Building gauges and gadgets with Arduinos, Raspberry Pis and Switec stepper motors.

Apr 29, 2017 - 5 minute read - Comments - Switec X25 Arduino

SwitecX25 Quad Driver Tests


This article demonstrates a modification of the Arduino SwitecX25 driver library to use a AX1201728SG quad driver chip (equivalent to the X12.017 or VID6606). This chip offers some significant advantages over driving the motor directly:

  • it uses microstepping to provide smoother positioning - 12 steps per degree rather than 3.
  • it requires only two GPIO pins per motor (plus one global reset pin)
  • it protects the microprocessor from the inductive effects of the motor coils
  • it places lower current requirements on the microprocessor

Jan 1, 2017 - 3 minute read - Comments - Python Raspberry Pi

Google OAuth2 for Devices Revisited

I just dusted off an old project that uses Google’s OAuth 2.0 for Devices API to authenticate against Google Docs, and cleaned up my implementation.

OAuth2ForDevices is really useful for IoT projects that use Google APIs. I’m using it for a device that records data directly a Google Sheet.

While the API itself is pretty straight forward, getting the implementation 100% battle-hardened takes a bit of work and iteration, so I’ll share here what I’ve learned. If you are coding in Python, you might find the OAuth class in the py-gaugette library useful.

Nov 12, 2016 - 1 minute read - Comments - Python Raspberry Pi

py-gaugette Gets a Refresh

I’ve made some major changes to the py-gaugette library to address several issues that have accumulated over time, namely: added interrupt-driven option to rotary encoder fully Python 3 compatible works with current version of Py-WiringPi uses dependency injection for GPIO and SPI interfaces updated Google Sheets code to use new API Dependency Injection for GPIO and SPI Classes that interact with the GPIO or SPI interfaces now take an instance of that interface as a parameter to the constructor.

Jan 28, 2014 - 5 minute read - Comments - Beaglebone

Controlling an Adafruit SSD1306 SPI OLED With a Beaglebone Black

What Are We Doing Here?

In an earlier post I described how to use the py-gaugette library to drive an Adafruit 128x32 monochrome OLED display from a Raspberry Pi, and a followup article added high-quality fonts.

I’ve now updated the library to run on the BeagleBone Black and to support Adafruit’s larger 128x64 display.

On the BBB py-gaugette uses Adafruit’s BBIO library for SPI and GPIO access.