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2 FSE members nominated for Most Outstanding Students in Engineering

We are so excited and proud to share that two students at the Accra Institute of Technology, who have been involved in FSE from the beginning, have been nominated by the Ghana Teriary Award in the category of Most Outstanding Students in Engineering! Nilson Mabika (@nilmab) and Luvick Otoka (@otokaluvick) have been recognized amongst thousands of students at Ghanain universities for their work  creating the noninvasive Glucometer and Pulse Oximeter. Screenshot_20181023-190657~3.png

The aim of the Ghana Teriary Award is to support students whose work has the potential to impact and change Ghana and its society. According to the GTA critera, each nominee has proven to be “a significant achievement holder, a change maker and one that demonstrates ethical and socially accepted principles.” We think that’s a pretty accurate description of Nil and Luvick, and we are so honored to be working with them!

They got to the nomination level with their hard work, but you can help them to win the award for Most Outstanding Students in Engineering! To cast your vote for Nil and Luvick, just text GTL18 to 1736!

 

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AIT Robotics Club workshop at Pinnacle College

The AIT Robotics Club is at it again! After a successful seminar at Pinnacle College in Achimota on 9 July, 2018, the founder of the university was so impressed that called the Robotics Club members to come back to do a workshop with Pinnacle students on 14 July.

The Robotics Club members introduced the Parking Distance Controller system, also known as PDC, to the 10 students. During the workshop the students learned:

  • The basics of python programming and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program the Ultrasound Sensor using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program RGB LED using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program the buzzer using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller
  • How to program the PDC system using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontroller

The workshop participants were amazed to be able to program the various components! Students asked a lot of relevant questions that created a great dialog between the Robotics Club members and the workshop participants. We can’t wait to see what the Robotics Club will be up to next!

Here are some pictures of the workshop for you to enjoy. The whole album can be found here.

Expanding our FSE team in Europe

Full Stack Embedded is growing!

Thanks to our dedicated, ambitious team in Africa, FSE has not only been active in Ghana and Togo, but has even started to expand into new countries. This growth means that we will need some more members in our European team to keep up!

With that goal in mind, we’ve set up a group on Meetup.com to try to find like-minded people who are excited about the opportunities that modern tech offers to the world. Anyone who is interested in helping us with communications, planning, sponsorship, hacking, or teaching, or just wants to learn more about the work that FSE is doing, is welcome to join us. We’ll meet every two weeks to have some drinks and work on helping FSE expand and thrive. We hope to be introducing some new members of our team soon!

AIT Robotics Club July Seminar

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It’s been a busy year for the Robotics Club at Accra Institute of Technology! After successful robotics seminars at both the Sea View and Catonment campuses of AIT, the Club members have now reached out to work with students at a new university: Pinnacle College in Achimota.

The Robotics Club members introduced Full Stack Embedded’s Raspberry Pi Autonomous Car, also known affectionately as Alfred, to 30 students plus lecturers at Pinnacle College on 9 July. During the seminar, the students and lecturers:

  • Learned the basics of the Raspberry Pi microprocessor and how to use it
  • Learned about the RPi customer board and its various integrated circuits
  • Tested the ultrasound sensor by measuring distance
  • Controlled Alfred themselves on their phones

The seminar participants were amazed to be able to run a robot right from their phones! Both students and lecturers asked a lot of relevant questions that created a great dialog between the Robotics Club members and the seminar participants.

We at Full Stack Embedded are proud and excited to see the AIT Robotics Club taking agency over the skills they learned during our workshops last year, and bringing those skills to others in West Africa. Keep up the awesome work!

Here are some pictures of the seminar for you to enjoy:

 

Getting ready for FSE 2019

The first step for the next FSE is practically done.  The base board is designed and almost ready to get printed.  The second edition of the board fixes some minor bugs  and brings new features with. All this to give you the ability to let your creativity free during designing some powerful and useful embedded devices 🙂

The new version of the board is show below. A lot will look familiar to you.

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One major new functionality is probably the I2C to PWM converter. I thought it is about time to get to know how I2C works and at the same time give you access to more PWM pins. The PCA9685 is an I2C-bus controlled 16-channel PWM controller. Each output has its own 12-bit resolution (4096 steps) fixed frequency individual PWM controller that operates at a programmable frequency from a typical 24 Hz to 1526 Hz with a duty cycle that is adjustable from 0% to 100%. This makes it possible to set the LED to a specific brightness value. All outputs are set to the same PWM frequency. Find more information in the  IC’s  datasheet.

A challenge for me this time was the tool change I had. I decided to go fully open source and migrate from Eagle to KiCad. Wasn’t an easy choice since both tools are quite different.

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With the schematic editor of KiCad you can create your design without limit. There are no paywalls to unlock features. An official library for schematic symbols and a built-in schematic symbol editor help you get started quickly with your designs. KiCad’s PCB layout view lets you make professional PCB layouts with up to 32 copper layers. KiCad now has a push and shove router which is capable of routing differential pairs and interactively tuning trace lengths. The feature which amazes me most is the 3D viewer of KiCad which you can use to inspect your design in an interactive canvas. You can rotate and pan around to inspect details that are difficult to inspect on a 2D view. Multiple rendering options allow you to modify the aesthetic appearance of the board or to hide and show features for easier inspection. Here below is the 3D model of our next board.

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This will be the board we use in the future, and you can begin programming for it now. Updates coming soon!