We have an awesome new Wing for you, and to celebrate its release we are selling the first batch for less then what it costs us to make ‘em for a 24 hour period! Pick one up for just $4.99 while supplies last, after the 1 day sale the normal sale price will be $9.99.
The Papilio Breadboarding Wing is ideal for adding your own custom electronics to the Papilio. Plug into any 16-bit Papilio Wing Slot and have access to the Papilio’s I/O pins through the convenient I/O header on the left. Ground is available on the right and 3.3V or 5V power is available on the top and bottom. Use jumper wires to connect any of the I/O or power pins of the Papilio to the 170 point breadboard in the middle. Wire up your favorite module or small electonics project and then plug and unplug it from your Papilio as it is needed! These boards are priced as low as we can get em so you can have several on hand for your projects.
In our ongoing quest to make using an FPGA as simple as drawing up a schematic we have a new tutorial ready. Using the Papilio Schematic Library you can draw up a circuit that has a Commodore 64 SID chip connected to a ZPUino Soft Processor, without learning any VHDL or Verilog! Just drag and drop components like the SID chip, a DeltaSigma DAC, an audio splitter, and the hardware to connect it to your speakers.
Its fun and easy to do and just think of all the possibilities! What about multiple SID chips connected inside the FPGA without the need to tear apart old Commodore’s or do any soldering. The tools are now in your hands to make electronics on a chip designs using the Papilio FPGA board and the Papilio Schematic Library.
Today we got an exciting project that we want to share with you. A group of students at the Cornell University have developed a virtual piano system that allows the user to play piano on the screen, I know you are thinking that there is nothing special here but what if I tell you that this virtual piano can be played on a simple screen and not on a touch screen!
This is what makes this project so special, users can play virtual piano keyboard on the screen even though it’s not a touch screen:
By hooking up a camera above a monitor, with very simple calibration steps, your monitor is turned into a touch screen! Then, by hitting the virtual piano keys displayed on the screen, you will get the sound as playing a real piano.
The design idea is taken from the “Synthesia Piano Hero” game and it provides two game modes, one is practice mode, in which users could play whatever they want and improve their piano skills, the other mode is play mode, in which users would play songs following graphical instructions displayed on the screen.
Our design is an entertainment tool which could be used by anyone who is interested in music playing but don’t have a piano keyboard. Our design could help users to turn their monitor into a touch screen and play interactively.
Do you have a Papilio FPGA board or any type of Papilio MegaWings and want to house it in a nice case to protect it from any potencial damage?
Our forum member Sonny has come up with a great solution, he managed to design a nice case for his Papilio Pro as you can see it in the picture above and shared his work with us in this forum thread:
So I think I have a finalized design for the Papillio Pro case. I’ve included top and side pictures below. I’ve updated the butterfly logo (Thanks Jack!), created ample room for the usb plug, and added a 3mm hole for the reset button.
This case actually only fits the Papilio Pro but Sonny is planning to make something similar for the Papilio One and he is currently working on designing other cases for the LogicStart, Arcade and RetroCade Megawings.
Sonny is supposed to be manufacturing a batch of the Papilio Pro cases so if you are interested in this project you can drop down the forum thread and directly ask him for a case or send him your feedback to help improve this project.
We have some exciting new Wings in the store. These little guys open up the entire library of Grove modules available from Seeed Studio. There’s all kinds of cool stuff available and these are the gateway to connect to them to your Papilio FPGA board. We’ve priced them as low as we possibly could so you can add some cool electronic widgets without breaking the bank.
Not sure if you need any Grove modules? The Analog Grove Wing is also a fully featured SPI ADC Wing that can be connected to any analog device out there, definitely worth having in your toolbox!
Need to connect some electronic modules to your Papilio FPGA board? Look no further, the Papilio Digital and Analog Grove Wing opens up the incredible library of Grove building blocks for your use! Grove modules provide rock solid and proven designs for simple electronic building blocks such as gas sensors, joysticks, light sensors, and pretty much anything you can imagine.
If you need an electronic widget and don’t want to bother with breadboarding then Grove is your answer. Just purchase the Grove module you need, connect it to the Papilio DigitalGrove Wing or the Papilio AnalogGrove Wing using the standard connectors and you are ready to go! Each Grove module comes with an Arduino Sketch that will work with the ZAP IDE, just take a look at the modules Wiki page to find the source code.
Large library of Electronic Widgets – The Grove product line has pretty much any electronic widget you could imagine. This single Wing opens up hundreds of possibilities to connect to your Papilio FPGA board!
Happy Friday, we have something new for you to take a look at over the weekend. Continuing on with our series of tutorials about the Papilio Schematic Library we have the next one ready. How to add an extra serial port to the ZPUino is a recurring question in the forums, so we thought we would take it to the extreme and show how to add ten serial ports to the ZPUino! Even better, since we use the Papilio Schematic Library we can just drag and drop them in the schematic editor, no VHDL necessary. So take some time to look at the new tutorial on the Gadget Factory Learn website.
There is also a walk-through video if you prefer to watch the process:
Finally, if you have any feedback, ideas for new tutorials, or any ideas to make future tutorials better then please join us in the forum.
These Audio Wings come with all headers fully connected and soldered so all you have to do is plug them into an open 8-bit wing slot and go.
The timing couldn’t be better since we are working hard on the Papilio Schematic Library, expect to see some tutorials about how to add the YM2149 audio chip, C64 SID audio chip, and Sigma-Delta DAC’s to your custom Soft Processor and output through the Audio Wing. Get your Audio Wing ordered now so you can follow along when new tutorials are posted to the Gadget Factory Learn website.