First and foremost my attempts to get back into game development was a total fail. It just did not work out. I was starting then I lost interest quickly and proceeded to get slamed into the dirt by massive ammounts of school work. On the bright side I am only 3 1/2 classes from graduation woo. After all these years of slugging it away at a pointless job it feels good to be almost to my goal of correcting my past mistakes of dropping out of college.
Now onto more goodies. I have always loved electronics such fun to make electricity do cool things and it is even a very good experience to become a much better developer. Having to deal with everything at such a low level it really brings to light some skills that can even help developers create better software at the high level. It is amazing what high level languages sacrifice often for ease of use and it is also amazing how universities do not teach there students the low level stuff really anymore.
So I have been looking into building a interesting robotics project well not exactly robotics but more of a drone project. This is a aspect of engineering I really enjoy because it is a tough project with lots of room to learn and also a larger project that can grow overtime. The issue with a lot of the simpler electronics projects is that they have small room for growth. After some design I realized I am going to need lots of power for this project so it is time for me to leave the world of PIC and AVR and move to ARM Cortex-M. The overall reasoning behind this is that you need some decent processing power to handle all the math needed for the flight controller and the smaller chips have a very hard time with this.
The board I chose is quite powerful for a development board.
- Cortex-M4 processor (has hardware FPU)
- Contains a mulit axis accelerometer
- Contains a Mag sensor for reading magnetic fields of the earth
These few features are awesome because both sensors are needed for accurate flight and maximum stability adjustments.
The board is made by STM as well as the chip and has a built in programmer/debugger making life a lot cheaper then buying external debugging hardware. Super powerful dev package for only $10 can't go wrong. Here is a link to the site for the board if you are interested...
Here is also a picture of the beast if you choose not to visit the link above...
Now that this is all said and done I need to test various IDE's to see what I like. Right now I am testing out CooCox on windows which is free. Seems rather solid despite being a really stripped down version of eclipse as in missing the good features. Eclipse is another option but would have to be run on linux due to the need for make and some other unix tools to function properly without having to run through massive windows GNU loopholes to get it working on windows. Commercial IDE's are not an option because for some reason the Embedded world things $4000 for an IDE is normal.
I will have some more updates on my learning in the future until then have fun coding.