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BASIC Stamp Processors

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Electronics Components: Introducing Microcontrollers

A microcontroller is a complete computer on a single electronic chip. They can be purchased for $50 or less. Like all computer systems, microcomputers consist of several basic subsystems: [more…]

Electronics Components: Introducing the BASIC Stamp

The BASIC Stamp is an electronic microcontroller made by Parallax, a company started by two kids fresh out of high school in 1986. A BASIC Stamp is an essentially complete, self-contained computer system [more…]

Electronics Components: Buying a BASIC Stamp

A BASIC Stamp is an essentially complete, self-contained computer system for use in electronic circuits. Although you can purchase a BASIC Stamp microcontroller by itself, the easiest way to get into BASIC [more…]

Electronics Components: BASIC Stamp Prototyping Boards

There are two kinds of BASIC Stamp prototyping boards that you can consider for your electronics projects — a BASIC Stamp HomeWork board and a BASIC Stamp Board of Education. [more…]

Electronics Components: Connect I/O Pins on a HomeWork Board

Before you start writing programs to run on a BASIC Stamp to add special effects to your electronics projects, you must first build the circuit(s) that will connect to the I/O pins on the Stamp. Once the [more…]

Digital Electronics: How to Install the BASIC Stamp Editor and Connect to the Stamp

To tell the BASIC Stamp what you want it to do in your digital electronics project, you must program it. The BASIC Stamp Windows Editor is the software that you use on your computer to create programs [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Write a PBASIC Program

You can use a BASIC Stamp microcontroller to create some special effects in your digital electronics projects. But first you have to learn how to write programs to control the controller. If you’ve never [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Flash an LED with a BASIC Stamp

A BASIC Stamp is serious overkill for an electronic circuit that simply flashes an LED on and off: You can do that for a few bucks with a 555 timer integrated circuit [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Flash Multiple LEDs with a BASIC Stamp

This electronics project begins by connecting 6 LEDs to the breadboard in a BASIC Stamp HomeWork board and then continues by showing the programming necessary to flash all of the LEDs on and off. You can [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Use a Servo in a Circuit

A servo is a special type of motor for use in electronics that is designed to rotate to a particular position and hold that position until told to rotate to a different position. Hobby servos are frequently [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Create Names in PBASIC Code

When your electronics projects take you into the realm of programmable circuits, you may find yourself writing some PBASIC code. In PBASIC, you can create names to use as program labels. You can also create [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Create Constants in PBASIC Code

If you begin to use programmable circuits in your electronics projects, you’ll end up writing some code. If your programmable circuit is a BASIC Stamp, you’ll write that code in PBASIC. [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Assign Names to I/O Pins in PBASIC Code

Programmable circuits in electronics projects require a bit of programming. If your programmable circuit is a BASIC Stamp, you’ll write that code in PBASIC. PBASIC lets you assign a name to an I/O pin. [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Use Variables in PBASIC Code

The BASIC Stamp 2 microprocessor has a whopping 32 bytes of RAM memory that's available for processing for your electronics project. To use RAM memory in PBASIC, you create variables. A [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Do Math in PBASIC Code

A little programming is in order for your electronics project when you use programmable microprocessors like the BASIC Stamp. The BASIC Stamp uses Parallax BASIC [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Use IF Statements in PBASIC Code

When you use programmable microprocessors like the BASIC Stamp in your electronics project, a little programming is in order. The BASIC Stamp uses Parallax BASIC [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Use ENDIF and ELSE in PBASIC Code

Programming in PBASIC is a necessary evil when you use programmable microprocessors like the BASIC Stamp in your electronics projects. PBASIC lets you perform logic in your program through the use of [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Use DO Loops in PBASIC Code

The DO loop in PBASIC can make programming of the BASIC Stamp in your electronics project a bit more compact. The DO loop is a special PBASIC statement that performs essentially the same function as a [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Use FOR Loops in PBASIC Code

The PBASIC FOR loop will make the BASIC Stamp in your electronics project execute a loop a certain number of times. It is also a great programming tool for performing an action on multiple I/O pins. Thus [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Connect a Push Button to a BASIC Stamp

If you want the BASIC Stamp to react to the status of an external electronic circuit, connect a pushbutton to an I/O pin. Then, you can add commands to your PBASIC program to detect whether the pushbutton [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Check the Status of a Switch in PBASIC

Once you’ve connected a switch to a BASIC Stamp I/O pin in your electronics project, you need to know how to determine whether the switch is open or closed from a PBASIC program. The easiest way to do [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Read a Value from a Potentiometer

A potentiometer (often called a pot) is an electronic variable resistor with a knob you can turn to vary the resistance. Pots of various types are often used as input devices for BASIC Stamp projects. [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Program PBASIC Subroutines

PBASIC subroutines are invaluable in your electronics projects using a BASIC Stamp processor. A subroutine is a section of a program that can be called from any location in the program. When the subroutine [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Create Sound Effects

With creative use of PBASIC commands, you can create some interesting and at times annoying sound effects in your electronics projects. The idea is to use short durations in the [more…]

Electronics Projects: How to Program Music on a BASIC Stamp

With your BASIC Stamp processor, PBASIC commands and a piezo speaker, you can make your electronics projects sing. Here is a sample program that plays two songs on a piezo speaker: [more…]

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