Monday, March 8, 2010

Using a XBox controller with .NET Micro Framework

GHI Electronics wrote about how to use the Microsoft XBox controller (USB) to interact with a .NET Micro Framework module like the USBizi(FEZ), EMX or ChipworkX.

If you are asking yourself, how do I use the XBOX 360 controller in my project? If you are using Arduino then this requires so much circuitry and programming to do...actually, I am not sure myself how this can be done. If you are using BS2 then just forget about the idea! To use XBOX controller you will need a windows CE device with few month to learn how to write USB drivers. Out of curiosity, I did search the web for drivers for XBOX, linux winCE, windows or MAC drivers. I did find few and I can tell you this, looking the the driver source code was scary. Try to google then and take a look yourself.

XBOX controller has many digital inputs but unfortunately it is not a standard HID device and so it will not work with the standard drivers. This example implements an XBOX controller driver using raw USB services.

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Thursday, March 4, 2010

Using .NET Micro Framework v4.0, Device Solutions' Board Support Package and GCC

I’m currently working on the porting kit. For all of you never did something with the kit Jan Kučera has created a great tutorial where to start downloading all the files and do your first own firmware for the Thaoe-II board.

He is using the Board Support Package from Device Solutions which will help you to get all the different environment set-ups.

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Embedded World 2010 in Nuremberg – A short Review

Yesterday I visited the Microsoft .NET Micro Framework booth at the Embedded World 2010 here in Nuremberg. It was a pleasure for me to meet partners and developers from all over the world: from New Zealand, Turkey, the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Netherlands, the United States… well, and from Germany, of course.

Last year there was no booth at the Embedded World, but we could use the time to meet each other. The feedback from this year was really good, maybe 60% already have heard from .NET MF, about 20% already bought one of the great development kits.

In the evening we talked about all the news we got last year starting from integrating the .NET MF team in the developer group and opening the source code.

See some pictures from Bratwurst Röslein (and thanks to Andreas who invited us to eat some Nürnberger Bratwürstchen).

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Looking forward to see everybody again next year at the .NET MF booth!

See more photos taken at the booth at the .NET MF blog…