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    The Ultimate Axon Thread

    The ultimate Axon thread. A place to share info on this awesome new controller.

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    Re: The ultimate Axon thread.

    Good idea, Droid!

    Do you have one (more) yet? I just don't get over to SoR often enough to see all the spiffy updates from John.

    I'm kinda contemplating putting it on our SO competition robot - way more than we need, but I could do some nice bling with it.
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    Re: The ultimate Axon thread.

    I bought one soon as you gave me the heads up on the axon a few months ago. I love it, I just need some more free time to play with it...lol I can see this becoming the main controller of choice for hexipods and maybe even humanoids.

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    Arrow Re: The ultimate Axon thread.

    Since the Hammer is essentially dead in the water and TinCanTools isn't going to make any more CPU based boards, I'm starting to look at controllers like the Axon now. What I am wondering is how hard it would be to get the Arduino IDE system working for the Axon. The Axon uses the Atmega644P, and so does the Sanguino, so it seems like it would not take too much to make the IDE and such work for it also. It seems like doing this might also widen the audience for the Axon, increase sales of it, and hopefully help reduce the price.

    I'm just now starting to actually tinkering with my Arduino Decimilia, and am working with a few others to create a new IDE for it, written in Python instead of JAVA. I'm working on a SoftwarePWM library for the Arduino now. I don't really care for the current IDE though, since it doesn't do some of the simplest things, like use and preserve tabs in source files and allow setting the tab width.

    I don't really care for the way some of the libraries are put together, so as I learn more about creating libraries and working with the Arduino, I want to replace some of them completely.

    I am way more interested in working with a board such as the
    Axon, since it already has those spiffy 3 pin headers we robotics folks like.

    I'm even more interested in working with an
    Arduino compatible, robotics friendly, board that uses the Atmega128. The Wiring board uses the Atmega128, so the entire Processing environment, libraries, and language features would be available to an Atmega128 based board.

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    Re: The ultimate Axon thread.

    I'd bet a nickel that making the Arduino IDE work with the Axon would be fairly easy. Possibly as easy as just the arduino source/config tweaks needed for a Sanguino, and burning the arduino bootloader to the axon's chip instead (not sure how "easy" that last part is, as I know little more than the name "Axon", but it sure can't be hard.)

    Off to read about the ATMega128. I know even less about it

    As much as I enjoyed learning and playing with my arduino, I'm probably not buying another one since it's now semi-permanently in my son's halloween costume. Instead I'm just ordering up a small wad of '168s and crystals from mouser, and a USBtinyISP from adafruit (unfortunately I don't get to have them until Dec. 25th... suckage). I learned enough from it to know I need to get on the ball and learn to use AVRs the "right" way. heh.
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    Arrow Re: The ultimate Axon thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudolph View Post
    I'd bet a nickel that making the Arduino IDE work with the Axon would be fairly easy. Possibly as easy as just the arduino source/config tweaks needed for a Sanguino, and burning the arduino bootloader to the axon's chip instead (not sure how "easy" that last part is, as I know little more than the name "Axon", but it sure can't be hard.)
    This is my guess also. Perhaps there would need to be an "Axon" board type added as well. There are probably some pin definitions that would have to be changed to suit the Axon too. From what I have read, it is pretty easy to add another board type and such to the Arduino IDE.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudolph View Post
    Off to read about the ATMega128. I know even less about it
    Mucho more I/O!!

    Quote Originally Posted by Rudolph View Post
    As much as I enjoyed learning and playing with my arduino, I'm probably not buying another one since it's now semi-permanently in my son's halloween costume. Instead I'm just ordering up a small wad of '168s and crystals from mouser, and a USBtinyISP from adafruit (unfortunately I don't get to have them until Dec. 25th... suckage). I learned enough from it to know I need to get on the ball and learn to use AVRs the "right" way. heh.
    I'm planning to get a Sanguino next month. The Arduino Decimilia just does not have the I/O and memory I need for my projects, and is not solderless breadboard friendly like the Sanguino. I really need that second serial port and two extra ADCs.

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    Re: The ultimate Axon thread.

    Personally, I'd say it's _more_ breadboard-friendly. Pins are very unbreadboard-friendly whereas being able to run a wire from a socket to a socket (socket on the Arduino to a breadboard connection which is effectively a socket) is the way that breadboarding works.
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    Re: The ultimate Axon thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Adrenalynn View Post
    Personally, I'd say it's _more_ breadboard-friendly. Pins are very unbreadboard-friendly whereas being able to run a wire from a socket to a socket (socket on the Arduino to a breadboard connection which is effectively a socket) is the way that breadboarding works.
    I'm thinking the Sanguino is laid out as a DIP package itself, so you plug the whole thing into a breadboard, rather than running wires to a breadboard...

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    I am pretty sure this has been covered, but I have yet to find it, what programming language does the Axon use? As this will be the deciding factor of whether or not I will buy one.

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    Smile Re: The ultimate Axon thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by No0bert View Post
    I am pretty sure this has been covered, but I have yet to find it, what programming language does the Axon use? As this will be the deciding factor of whether or not I will buy one.
    You program the Axon's Atmega644P processor in C, C++, or assembler. If you don't already know C/C++, you are going to eventually have to learn them to use the better microcontroller boards, like the Axon. I just wish there was a Linux/UNIX version of AVR Studio, which would make things easier on us Windows as our second (or third) OS folks.

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