On 29.06 in Saturday from 10.00 started the Hardware Hackathon in Olimex’s training building, many people were coming and going until 16.30 oclock, about 60 FOSDEM-85 Arduino clone boards were build from kits by people who come mostly from FOSS world and have never touch soldering iron.
The results were amazing, you can see here TuxCon glasses made with FOSDEM-85 kit:
some pictures from the Hackathon are here
The Software Hckathon was about programming of Interractive table:
The setup was: 8×8 matrix of 64 pcs RGB LEDs connected with four US-020 Ultra sonic distance sensors connected to OLIMEXINO-328 (Arduino DueMilaNove clone) then connected via USB to A10-OLinuXino-LIME with WIFI running Debian.
LIME was registered in the local WIFI and everyone could log in through SSH and to write his own code.
The project goal was to make something interesting and interactive.
Unfortunately we found bug in our Arduino code which prevented the Hackathon to complete correctly, so we decided to do as follows:
Radoslav Kolev presented his patch work to AVR dude which allow any Linux computer with GPIOs to write code to AVR processors via GPIO fs.
What we are going to do this week is to connect some of the LIME GPIOs to Arduino ICSP so Arduino could be pre-programmed by LIME.
Also we are going to setup web camera which to point to the interactive table and to open access to the LIME in the table from internet. Then we will give 1 week time to everyone who wants to develop something on this table and test his code to may do so.
We will put detailed instructions how to login, how to program the AVR and how to program the RGB/sensors, so the Hackathon will no longer be limited to local area. Anyone from anywhere in the world could participate.
To prevent problems made by the parallel login and programming we encourage the developers to enter in #olimex IRC channel and coordinate the programming and table use.
The prize for the most interesting program will be A20-OLinuXino-MICRO.
We hope the table to be ready for hacking by the end of this week!