Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by rpwhite3 on Mon Aug 16, 2010 6:42 pm

caitsith2 wrote:Version 1.0 is ready. Now to start work on 1.1, to add GPS related code.

If you programmed Release Candidate 1.0 build 2, then there is no need to program this version, as this is what we now consider 1.0



Been reading this thread and just finished my MonoChron, so will be loading this firmware maybe tomorrow night.

Amazing work to be honest, for the neatest clock yet... This next to my IceTube clock is very impressive.

Love the clocks!

Open Source is simply amazing, this would have taken years, if at all, if done by a 'real' company...

Great stuff..

Chow..

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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by javajunkee on Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:16 pm

Cheers to all of you on this fine clock.

Finished my clock about a week ago, and tonight uploaded MultiChron version 1.0. Works Great!

Thanks to all for creating such a great, open source product. :D
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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by WestCoastSteve on Tue Aug 17, 2010 10:10 pm

I installed the 1.0 version last night, no problem and so far it's working great. I had been using the original firmware since the start but love the choice in the different modes now.

Thanks guys, this is great!
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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by dmiller on Tue Aug 31, 2010 10:28 pm

I just received and built my clock, and have loaded the latest version of MultiChron in this thread. So far everything has been great. I am new to micro controllers though and have a question. Can someone tell me the implications of having loaded new boot code? Would it be possible to go back to the original firmware, while leaving the bootcode the same? Can the original bootcode be re-loaded as well?
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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by dataman on Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:01 pm

Technically speaking,
If you loaded over USB, you probably didn't replace the boot code.
And the boot code is fairly generic anyhow.
Except for some minor differences, they all work about the same.
(Lady A did some wonderful work to improve the way that arduino loaded programs after a reset.)
Anyhow, if you have TinyUSB programmer, you can flash new boot code any time.
There's a folder in the project containing the boot code,
Or you can use the procedure built into Arduino Studio to load "factory" bootcode.

I've flashed my poor monochron so many times,
I think it has MultiChron identity disorder.
Frankly I don't see a reason to go back to a single clock anymore.
BORING!!!!
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MonoChron v1.1 Progress Report

by dataman on Thu Sep 02, 2010 2:11 pm

Wow, can you believe it?
Almost 2 months of working on MultiChron and how far we've come.

First, we got all 4 clocks combined into one source.
Added Random and Rotate functionality.
And left lots of room for more in Version 1.1

CaitSith is a debugging Jedi!
I churned out some buggy GPS code that CaitSith cleaned up and got working.
He then added his DeathClock to the mix,
(Don't panic, it's just a fancy count down clock.)
And continued to optimize the living Bejesus out of this code.

Then, with all that done,
He says, Dataman, I need another clock.
Get back to the work...

I'm here to report that we are nearing a 1.1 release.
There's probably going to be an 1.1A and 1.1B version,
Just too many clocks now (6!) to make fit in one core.
So 1.1a will contain the 4 orginal (Ratt, Intruder, Seven, XDali)
Plus the new TimesSquareChron (TSChron), and GPS Optional.
Version 1.1b will be a best of and included DeathClock.

Will post a video of TSChron shortly,
Vimeo just choked on the conversion.
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Video of TimesSquareChron

by dataman on Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:33 pm

The newest member if the MultiChron family. TimesSquareChron was designed to look like the scrolling marquee of Times Square New York. We love you big apple. Free! And only on MultiChron!

http://www.vimeo.com/14646695

(We're just cleaning up a few lose ends in the 1.1 release. We expect to post this weekend.)
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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by dmiller on Thu Sep 02, 2010 6:12 pm

Thanks for the info Dataman. The TimesSquareChron looks good. I have an LCD watch that looks just like that. I will be looking forward to the new code.

BTW, in SevenChron is there a reason why the 9s don't have the base horizontal line turned on (making them an upside down 6)?
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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by dataman on Fri Sep 03, 2010 3:43 am

Hmmmm,
I'll look into that.
An easily corrected bug.
More of a style issue,
But according to wikipedia,
The common 9 glyph does have 3 horizontals.
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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by acksee on Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:03 pm

I must be doing something wrong. I loaded the 1.0 version and just get a blank screen. When I press the menu switch it shows blocks of dark and light but no text. When I load back the original monochron or intruderchron they seem to be working. Is there something else I need to do besides just loading the .hex with avrdude? Thanks for your help.
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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by mr_daemon on Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:07 pm

Hey, great work there :D

Any plans on getting this on github so we can start poking at the code?
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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by caitsith2 on Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:20 pm

acksee wrote:I must be doing something wrong. I loaded the 1.0 version and just get a blank screen. When I press the menu switch it shows blocks of dark and light but no text. When I load back the original monochron or intruderchron they seem to be working. Is there something else I need to do besides just loading the .hex with avrdude? Thanks for your help.


You also have to load the .eep file too. The options for avrdude to do this is -U eeprom:w:MultiChron.eep

Not much harder than just flash only.
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Re: MultiChron for MonoChron!

by dataman on Fri Sep 10, 2010 12:21 pm

It always has been on GitHub since the begining.
Every rev, every change.
You can trace its roots directly from MonoChron,
Or jump directly to the project at http://GitHub.Com/CaitSith2/MultiChron
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Version 1.1 Imminent

by dataman on Fri Sep 10, 2010 1:26 pm

Whew!
Got through testing and documention on MultiChron 1.1.
Added some batch files and read me's.
CaitSith will post a final compile sometime later today.
(His compiler produces tighter code for some reason)

New in this Version:
* GPS Module: Assembly instructions at http://crjones.com/adamods
Doesn't require openning your monochron!
* TimesSquareChron: Simulates the marquee at Times Square
* DeathChron: A CountDown Clock (in the B Version of MultiChron)
* Batch files to more easily load firmware and eeprom.
* Readme file with changelog
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MultiChron Version 1.1 As Promised!!!

by dataman on Sat Sep 11, 2010 1:46 am

Here it is,
And just before Midnight PDT too!
MultiChron Version 1.1 & 1.1B!

See ReadMe.TXT for instructions.
Features batch files to simplify loading.
Instructions on connecting GPS module at http://crjones.com/adamods

MultiChron-V0101.zip
MultiChron Version 1.1 -- See ReadMe.TXT
(60.58 KiB) Downloaded 249 times
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