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September 30, 2012

First Golden Lion Tamarin bot

This is the first GLT bot, and the first Babuino family member featuring servo motors.


Although Lizard and Babuino interpreter have been ported to TI Launchpad, I still need to finish some I/O functions. Since they are hardware specific, I need to code and test them one by one.

We will keep working to provide people with affordable, easy to use programming platforms. And now you have another option.

September 28, 2012

Babuino v4 and Golden Lion Tamarin


As I mentioned since I released v3, I planned to release a version based on an embedded operating system. An OS will allow us to add new features easily and to port Babuino to other hardware platforms.

I started this project but I really didn't have enough time to debug the system. And it gets more difficult to debug something you are not familiar with. So I just gave up to use any available RTOS and start writing mine.

In the past 4 months I've been working on Lizard OS. It is a lightweight RTOS for small footprint microcontrollers. And the first applications running on Lizard is the Babuino v4 for Arduino. I finished this project one month ago and it is under evaluation since then.

After I finished Bv4, I started porting Lizard do the TI MSP430 Launchpad. It was not easy to make Lizard + Babuino code fit the 512B RAM in MSP430G2553 microcontroller, but I finally did it. So, Golden Lion Tamarin is the newest member of Babuino Project. I am to finish GLT software this weekend and will start some tests. I'll let you know when it's done.