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2013

We have had this RasWIK kit from Ciseco fro a while now and now Christmas has come finally I have time

to have a go opening the kit up and going through the online instructions for the first 17 or so pre-worked

experiments and the further guided projects demonstrating Ciseco's Radio module based on the Chipcon/TI

c1110 chipset

First up the "unboxing"

 

 

Further information on the Kit can be found here
Ciseco
http://shop.ciseco.co.uk/
RasWIK product information
http://shop.ciseco.co.uk/raswik/
RasWIK project instructions here:
http://www.openmicros.org/index.php/articles/81-xrf-projects/296-raspberry-pi-wireless-inventors-kit

If you are in the area of Edinburgh Hackerspace you may fancy dragging one of your technophobe

relatives to one of the Arduino Workshops been held in January.

 

Soldering Workshop: Saturday 11th January 2:30 – 5pm

£18/20

<http://edinsolder-ml.eventbrite.co.uk/>

 

Arduino Workshop: Saturday 1st February 10:30 - 5pm

£35/£40 (+ £20 for Arduino)

<http://edinarduino-ml.eventbrite.co.uk/>

 

So any one who failed dismally on the Xmas present front can have another go.

Currently involved  with the rather fun PiNoir & Santa Catcher Challenge one

of the main Components for the Challenge Kit is the PIFace Control & Display

PIFace4.JPG

We wanted to know what's inside and what's connected to what but unfortunately

the 16x2 LCD is soldered to the main PCB. Fortunately I have a good de-solder tool to hand

and a few minutes latter we had this.

PIFace2.JPG

 

First thing you see is the 16 bit SPI port expander from Microchip MCP23S17

 

PIFace3.JPG

 

From a set of very close photos I'm taking an educated guess the IR Receiver (SV2)  is a Vishay TSOP 34438.

Take a look at the data sheet and the drawing below to get an idea of how it's connected..

 

I've done a check over with the multimeter and checked the continuity and values where appropriate and I feel they are

more or less right .. please contact us with any comments or corrections ..cheers

 

Here's the Johnny CAD drawing and yes I know I can't draw !!

PiFace Control and Display.png