So what is a microcontroller? And then what is a multicore microcontroller? In this short read, meet the Propeller chip, a multicore microcontroller that makes inventing easier with teamwork.
If you are new to the Blockly programming environment with the Propeller development boards, including the Activity Board WX, start here. This tutorial will introduce you to BlocklyProp and prepare you using it with other tutorials and your own projects.
Download and set up SimpleIDE, the programming environment for Propeller C. Installers available now for Windows and Mac, and i386 binaries are available for Linux.
Get started with C-language programming for the multicore Propeller microcontroller. The simple example programs use variables, do math, count loops, make decisions, and store information.
Build simple circuits on the Propeller Activity Board, and write Propeller C programs to interact with them. Blink lights, beep a speaker, measure voltage, and more.
A function is a little piece of reusable code designed to do a specific task. This Propeller C Tutorial series will show you how to use functions, pass information to them, and get information back from them. It will show you how C functions work with the Propeller's memory and multiple cores.
This Propeller C Tutorial shows you how make use of the Propeller chip's multiple cores. Launch functions into other cores, monitor processes in other cores, share data between cores, and print from other cores.
Learn how to make your own custom Simple Libraries for your Propeller Activity Board. This Propeller C Tutorial walks you through creating a library, tricks for reducing code size, and making your library to work well with the ones already in your SimpleIDE Learn folder.
In Basic Analog and Digital, you'll learn the basics of Analog to Digital (A/D) and Digital to Analog (D/A) conversions with the BASIC Stamp, and how they relate to values we deal with everyday: voltage, light level, frequency, etc.
Get started with basic circuits and programming! What's a Microcontroller? is a fun and engaging introductory text for the BASIC Stamp microcontroller and Board of Education, or BASIC Stamp HomeWork Board.
Understanding Signals with the PropScope is an in-depth text that has been designed to develop skils and understanding of electronic measurement techniques with the Parallax PropScope Oscilloscope.
BlocklyProp + Multicore = Amazing! Learn how to build and use functions—re-usable chunks of code—with BlocklyProp. Then, try launching the functions into their own cores to run at the same time on the multicore Propeller microcontroller.
Bring the spirit of the holidays with you anywhere using this DIY caroling device and light display!
Turn your Parallax Hackable Electronic Badge into a Physics Measurement Tool using the on-board accelerometer, a PING))) Ultrasonic Distance Sensor, and a FlexiForce pressure sensor. The Physics Fun Badge measures distance, tilt, and force. It can display live readings or record them. Recorded readings can be visualized as a graph on the main screen and exported as comma-separated values using the SimpleIDE terminal.
Visit this Stamps in Class Mini Project and learn how to build a timer complete with sound, adjustable time settings, and pushbutton start-control.
Check out this Stamps in Class Mini Project to learn how to make a fun and addictive memory game that gets tougher the longer you play!
Incorporate your favorite sheet music into your PBASIC application and play it using a piezo speaker with this easy-to-follow Stamps in Class Mini Project.
Are people you know always breaking into your room or office while you aren't there? Check out this Stamps in Class Mini Project on how to build yourself a customized alarm to keep pesky intruders out.
This Stamps in Class PBASIC project teaches you to design and play tunes from a simple wireless musical keyboard. Press some keys on one BASIC Stamp HomeWork Board, and have the sound come out of another!
As seen on the Parallax 2013 Catalog cover! This beginner-level Propeller C project makes a tilt-controlled 4-note musical instrument, with LEDs that light up just for fun. There's a BASIC Stamp version as well.
As seen on the Parallax 2013 Catalog cover! This beginner-level PBASIC project makes a tilt-controlled 4-note musical instrument, with LEDs that light up just for fun. There's a Propeller C version as well.
Want to make your own Magic 8-Ball using your HomeWork Board or Board of Education? Try this Stamps in Class Mini-Project and wow your family and friends with its eerie fortune-telling abilities!
Create a project to control DC motors using a simple Joystick, Xbees, Polulu motor driver board, and two Activity Boards. This is a great beginner project for those interested in DC motors and wireless communication through Xbee modules.
This is part 1 of a 2 part demo series describing how to control doors using various motors and limit switches. Part 1 is a non-application demo that will take you through door control via a servo and optical limit switch.
Ready to learn to program with BlocklyProp? If so, you are in the right place.
This set of activities will help you get familiar with the basic BlocklyProp blocks, how to use them, and how they work together. You will build programs for common coding tasks: naming and using values, doing math problems, making decisions, and repeating sections of code.
Learn to build simple circuits on a Propeller Activity Board or breadboard with a Propeller FLiP module. Create BlocklyProp graphical programs for blinking LEDs, controlling LEDs with pushbuttons, playing notes on a piezo speaker, and more. You will be building real-world STEM skills!
Spook those trick-or-treaters this year with a festive Halloween laughing skull window display made from popular Parallax sensors and components.
DIY your Halloween lawn decorations this year with the Parallax Animation Kit, some inexpensive holiday props, and a lot of hot glue.
This BlocklyProp project for the Propeller Activity Board or the FLiP Try-it Kit makes a tilt-controlled 4-note musical instrument, with LEDs that light up for each note. Make a few in your classroom for an electronic bell choir.
Create a database of records by storing RFID tag numbers with meaningful information (like names, dates, or locations) together in EEPROM. Using an OLED screen you can even display the records for each tag as you scan them.
The FLiP Try-it Kit comes with an exciting array of sensors and components that you can build into creative projects. Try this activity involving the 4x4 Matrix Keypad, 7-Segment LED, and piezospeaker and get visible and audible feedback to your Keypad key presses.
Practical applications for microcontrollers like the Propeller are all around you everyday. This tutorial will show you how easy it is to add a coin acceptor to your Propeller program (like you'd see in a vending machine) using BlocklyProp!
This is an easy-to-make window display for Halloween that pairs the capable Parallax Propeller Activity Board WX with some of our more popular sensors and components.
With just two servos, the ColorPal sensor, and a whole lot of hot glue, you can build your own Candy Sorter and program it in Blockly. Yum!!!
Traditional metronomes are boring! Jazz up your musical practice with this beautiful Visual Metronome - featuring components from the Parallax Animation Kit.
Ever wondered how your fitness tracker is able to measure your heart rate? Learn how build a finger-clip device to observe and measure your heart rate using LEDs and a light sensor.
Need help parking in just the right spot to clear the garage door without tapping the front bumper? Use the PING))) Ultrasonic Distance Sensor to measure the distance to your car, with indicator lights to tell you when to stop. This little project uses the parts in the BlocklyProp Starter Kit.
Display your Memsic 2125's X/Y tilt position on an interactive OLED display! With the Propeller FL!P (or Activity Board) and BlocklyProp, this project will be simple and fun to complete.
Add the 96 x 64 Color OLED Display Module to add pizzaz to your BlocklyProp projects. Learn how to handle text, numbers, lines, shapes, and more.
Play Pong without ever touching a paddle or controller! This project will introduce you to the concept of capacitive sensing by creating touchless game controllers from aluminum foil and tape.
BlocklyProp makes it easy and straightforward to introduce precision timing into your Propeller applications. Special thanks to guest author Jon McPhalen for this in-depth tutorial.
Whether you live in an earthquake-prone area or not, this project is a fun way to experiment with accelerometers. Thanks to Carol Hazlett for creating this BlocklyProp project with parts from the BlocklyProp Starter Kit.
WS2812 LEDs are extremely versatile and fun to use. This 2-part project will give you plenty of creative ideas on how to incorporate them into your BlocklyProp applications.
Get started on your Halloween Projects with our Spooky Doll project and the Parallax Animation Kit.
Making projects with a few WS2812 LEDs is fun, but making a project with a whole strip of them is even better! Learn how to create scrolling patterns and even incorporate distance sensing and robotics in this BlocklyProp project.