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My new Development Board : MSP-EXP430FR5739

Hi everybody,

I just got back home from Sakarya. One of the reasons i came back to Istanbul this weekend was a delivery received from Farnell. It was the MSP-EXP430FR5739 Experimenter Board :) . As soon as i came home , i reach the shipment box and opened it. I was already very excited about this board whole week. This development board is going to be a complete new journey for me after my long journey with the Arduinos… anyway enough with the chit chat :)

Lets get into some detail… Why i choosed this board?
You might have already noticed my interest in motion-controlled apps & technologies. It was first started with the Nokia Symbian smartphones with built-in accelerometers.I developed two apps for those devices one called AlertMe and the other was nGUN. I also developed some experimental apps too which are not released for public use. I kept experimenting with accelerometers on my N95 with Python s60 on the go. It is fun and very entertaining to play with accelerometers.

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Self-Balancing robot project starts!

I just had an idea yesterday that can get me to make a self-balancing robot without buying any expensive electronic components.
You know last summer i made a cellphone controlled RC Car which had a tabletpc onboard to get commands via bluetooth.That time , having an onboard tabletpc , save me from buying a bluetooth chip which costs about 60$.This time, to make a self-balancing robot i’ll have to have whether an Accelerometer or a MEMS Gyro to track rotation of the robot.
Those sensors are pretty expensive too.So i’m thinkin about putting my n95 smartphone onto the robot.As i have Accelerometer on the smartphone i can use it to measure rotation movement of the robot.

I tried to explain how it is going to work in the photo.

And the finished robot will look something like this: