PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius

PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius
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This wickedly inventive guide shows you how to program, build, and debug a variety of PICAXE microcontroller projects. PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius gets you started with programming and I/O interfacing right away, and then shows you how to develop a master processor circuit.

From "Hello, World!" to "Hail, Octavius!"
All the projects in Part I can be accomplished using either an M or M2 class PICAXE processor, and Part II adds 20X2-based master processor projects to the mix. Part III culminates in the creation of Octavius--a sophisticated robotics experimentation platform featuring a 40X2 master processor and eight breadboard stations which allow you to develop intelligent peripherals to augment Octavius' functioning. The only limit is your imagination!

PICAXE Microcontroller Projects for the Evil Genius:

  • Features step-by-step instructions and helpful photos and illustrations
  • Allows you to customize each project for your purposes
  • Offers all the programs in the book free for download
  • Removes the frustration factor--all required parts are listed, along with sources

Build these and other devious devices:

  • Simple mini-stereo jack adapter
  • USBS-PA3 PICAXE programming adapter
  • Power supply
  • Three-state digital logic probe
  • 20X2 master processor circuit
  • TV-R input module
  • 8-bit parallel 16X2 LCD board
  • Serialized 16X2 LCD
  • Serialized 4X4 matrix keypad
  • SPI 4-digit LED display
  • Countdown timer
  • Programmable, multi-function peripheral device and operating system
  • Octavius--advanced robotics experimentation platform
  • L298 dual DC motor controller board

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Table of contents

Part One: PICAXE Basics;
Chapter 1. Introduction to PICAXE Programming and Projects;
Chapter 2. Introduction to Stripboard Circuits;
Chapter 3. Designing and Building a +5V Regulated Power Supply;
Chapter 4. Hardware Overview of the PICAXE M2-class Processors;
Chapter 5. The Ins and Outs of PICAXE Interfacing; Chapter 6. Introduction to ADC Inputs on M2-class Processors;
Part Two: PICAXE Peripheral Projects;
Chapter 7. Introduction to the PICAXE-20X2 Processor;
Chapter 8. Infared Input from a TV Remote Control;
Chapter 9. Interfacing Parallel LCDs;
Chapter 10. Serializing a Parallel LCD;
Chapter 11. Interfacing Keypads;
Chapter 12. SPI Communication;
Chapter 13. Background Timing on the 20X2 Processor;
Chapter 14. Constructing a Programmable Multifunction Peripheral Device;
Chapter 15. Developing Software for the Evil Genius MPD;
Part Three: Octavius: An Advanced Robotics Experimentation Platform;;
Chapter 16. Birthing Octavius;
Chapter 17. Driving Octavius;
Chapter 18. Programming Octavius;
Epilogue: What's Next for Octavius?;

Biographical note

Ron Hackett has more than 30 years' experience in the fields of education and psychology. He has taught mathematics, psychology, and computer science courses at high school and college levels, and in-service courses for teachers in the use of microcomputers in the classroom setting. Ron has published 20 PICAXE-related articles for Nuts & Volts and SERVO magazines. He also designed the "Brain-Alpha" PC board used in the popular SERVO TankBot robot. His website is

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