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It's Summer which means we've got roughly two months before classes start up again and half way through the year. Do you guys have any trips planned? Visiting colleges? Taking this time to learn something new or get caught up on a project? Don't forget to share any projects in the "Your Projects" sub-forum.

  • ckosmic has started teaching himself Unity by porting his CHIP-84 project, which is an interpreter/emulator for the CHIP-8 & SuperChip-8. He's textured everything that's not included in Unity himself, such as the TV.

  • Pieman7373 is working on a way to control an Atari 2600 using a TI-84+CE for this years Maker Faire in New York, which will be Cemetech' 7th year having a booth at this world wide event.

  • Admittedly, we're really looking forward to theprogrammingcube's progress on his Arduino Controlled/Stabilized Rockets. He first shared this project with us in April with a few videos. He's utilizing 3D printers to create components for testing. He's then stuffing servos, wires, sensors, and an Arduino into these prototypes. Hopefully one of these Arduino rockets will fly soon.

  • On the other hand, new Cemetech member Decepticon7 would like to know how to create 3D worlds on a TI-89. His topic hasn't gotten any replies yet, but if you feel like you know of any good resources, ideas, or examples please share them in his topic.

  • c4ooo would like to know if it's possible for a TI-84+CE to talk to an Arduino over USB. If you have any pointers or resources to share, that'd be helpful for the project he's working on, looking forward to seeing more details of this project soon! ;)


We hope you guys are having, and continue to have, a fantastic summer. Feel free to share any candid photos you guys take on trips and adventures ;D
Yay! Summer, and projects :3 Thanks for including mine, even though it is most likely destined for failure Razz
Pieman7373 wrote:
it is most likely destined for failure


Failure doesn't exist, you're going to learn something along the way and that's a win.

You're learning about communicating over USB, and thus likely a little bit of the USB protocol. You're likely learning a bit of electrical engineering by creating the circuit to simulate button presses of an Atari controller, and probably tons of other stuff that'll be useful to you in the future. So, no matter the outcome it's going to be a success Wink
Cool projects! In particular, the Arudino-controlled rocket caught my attention, that one looks especially risky! Hope it all goes over smoothly, for all our projects here!
It's not really a summer project because 1) it's not summer here and 2) I've been working on it for quite a while already, but I'm continuing to plod through designing an FPGA board that can speak PCI express.

(Just the part around the memory that I've done the majority of layout work on so far, with some ground planes omitted.)

All this because PoC||GTFO convinced me one day that PCIe is electrically quite robust, so it shouldn't be hard. Then somebody else stated it's often helpful to have a large amount of memory on a board like this, so I added some DDR3 memory (which has turned out to be the most time-consuming part, though I've learned a lot about high-speed design).
Wow, that looks like quite a project Tari, could you explain what a FPGA board is?

I thinky only summer goal for programming is to get my HDpic program at least ready for a beta release.
Obligatory "not Tari", but an FPGA (or Field Programmable Gate Array), is a logic chip of which you can reconfigure the layout. You can use one of several languages to describe how the logic gates and memory inside the chip should be arranged, and can therefore make it do many different things. In some circles, FPGAs are used to prototype ASICs, which are a more permanent version of an FPGA but much more expensive. One can only imagine what Tari wants to do with an FPGA programmed to and electrically capable of speaking PCI express.

I wish I had more ambitious summer goals this summer for my personal projects; mostly I'm planning to continue working hard on Geopipe and continue playing with trains. I would love to also have time to finish off something like my N-scale Acela locomotive project or one of several calculator projects I have pending, but no guarantees.
  
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