Digital Alarm Clocks

Three custom digital alarm clocks. Each slightly different. Each with many features such as dual crescendo alarms, dimmable display and battery backup of the time and settings. Read More


Parallax has an interesting kit called the M-Sorter. It really sorts M&M candies, and even Skittles. The device is incredible and ingenious in it’s simplicity and design, in that the whole project runs with only 1 moving part! In fact, the only devices needed to make this project work are the TAOS TCS230 Color Sensor (Available from Parallax with the kit), and a standard hobby servo (included in the kit). Read More

Knight Designs Computer Blowout

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This video shows how my old computer shop dealt with Compaq, HP and Gateway computers after we rebuilt them. All the parts were cleaned up and properly disposed of after the fun. It does show the damage some of these guns can do to a PC. These days the internet and YouTube are littered with videos showing PC rage. Read More

Custom Serial LCD Backpack

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When I first got into BASIC Stamps I was also introduced to the increasingly popular serial LCD since typical microcontrollers would lose too many pins controlling a parallel display. The Scott Edwards displays were the first recommendation and set me back $100.00, which was as much as I paid for the entire microcontroller kit I got to start. Read More

Build A Better Mousetrap

They say, “necessity is the mother of all invention”. Well, if that’s true then this project is living proof! Mice beware of the Mouse Motel! This BASIC Stamp 2 powered mousetrap can catch rodents live and alert you when one has been caught! You can then safely relocate the furry little rodents. This design could also be adapted to catch bigger animals as well. Read More

Prototype Alarm System

I purchased my first BASIC Stamp 2 Starter Kit in 2000. Once I got used to the programming I decided to port one of my existing alarm control systems over to it. This unit was the first alarm system I designed around the BASIC Stamp 2 to replace earlier Z80-based designs. Since it’s a prototype, it’s not intended for long-term use and differs slightly in design from the finished project. Read More

DS1302 Demo Code [BS2]

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Some time ago on the Parallax Support/Discussion Forums I posted a message about getting together some code for the DS1302 which would endow the average user with the necessary information and code to make full use of the DS1302 12 & 24 hours modes, as well as intuitive access to the on-board RAM. So far this seems to have been a difficult thing to achieve easily. By searching some 17 different threads on problems using the DS1302 in the last couple of years, it seemed like a good thing to cover. Read More

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