FPGA + OV7670 = Super slow UART webcam

What do you get when you combine an FPGA with some SDRAM and an OV7670 camera, transferring uncompressed frames through UART? Really poor performance, reliability and a pretty useless end product… Though just because it sucks that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth doing! I’ve had my first exam and I’ve wanted to crack on with […]

FPGA based Mandlebrot set generator

Mandlebrot Set Generator As I said in my last post, I implemented a Mandlebrot set generator in my STM32. Even though it was running at 64MHz, generating the set took a fair bit of time, slow enough to not even maximise the fully available SDRAM capacity at the time. At this point, I decided to […]

Anthrophex – New Controller Board

So today has been exceptional! I’ve made loads of progress with thanks to the arrival of my new components. As was stated previously, there were way too many losses in the gate shift registers using the 4x 1k resistor arrays. Therefore, I needed to replace the arrays for 1k resistors to the gate (maximum output […]

Anthrophex – Update 3/5/17

(Its now 4/5/17 shhhh) Frame So last night I was in the hackspace testing out my new hinges and moved actuator. Sadly, the hinges once again were too weak to fully support my weight (ugh) so it’s made me rethink the design of each leg. I am however going to keep the hinges for now […]

Anthrophex – Controller board 2

After the faults with controller board 1, I wanted to respin another controller board ASAP. These boards arrived yesterday and with a swift order from RS, so did a load of components! On the previous board, I was using a large STM32 device with many pins and driving the motors directly through level shifter chips. […]

Anthrophex – Linear actuator feedback

Obviously having feedback for each of the linear actuators is a pretty big requirement (though not essential realistically for the leg lifting actuators), therefore a fair bit of through needs to go into this section. I was originally going to use flex sensors on the joints to measure the angle of each joint but after […]