Alternative projects, In case this project does not pan out for whatever reason here are some alternatives projects to keep me busy during the course.
http://www.instructables.com/class/3D-Design-Class/ Learning to 3d design
Learning a programming language https://www.codecademy.com/
Taking cs50 https://www.edx.org/course/cs50s-introduction-computer-science-harvardx-cs50x
Using coursera I would like to complete this the course in a reasonable amount of time.
This is the website and information.
Throughout a week I will have various projects and such to complete and learn new skills. For example week 2 is learning about physical hardware components, their roles, functions and how to build a computer.
I will complete this project weekly until the course is complete, which should be around 6 weeks with all lessons.
This Semester I’m going to be starting out with the Google IT support Professional certificate provided by Coursera. Throughout this course I will learn a variety of different skillets that are essential to the field of IT.
These are the 6 Topics that are covered throughout the course.
- Technical Support Fundamentals
- The Bits and Bytes of Computer Networking
- Operating Systems and You: Becoming a Power User
- System Administration and IT Infrastructure Services
- IT Automation: It’s not that scary!
- IT Security: Defense against the digital dark arts
Each Course is estimated to take about a week to complete and the course estimates that I will be finished on April 1st.
How to load new “MAX_Falcon-8_V2.1_Firmware.bin” to your current Falcon-8?
1) Connect micro USB cable to your Falcon-8 and then plug in the USB cable to your computer.
2) Flip the device over and simply remove jumper from “Jumper 0” and then place onto “jumper 1”.
3) Slowly press the “Reset” button twice.
4) A temporary “CRP DISABLD” drive will display in “My Computer / This PC”
5) Delete the firmware.bin file in your CRP DISABLD drive
6) Copy/paste or drag/drop new “MAX_Falcon-8_V2.1_Firmware.bin” into your CRP DISABLD drive
7) Open your “MAX Falcon-8 V2 Programmer.exe” click load “MAX_Falcon-8_V2.1_Firmware.bin” from CRP DISABLD drive
8) Simply assign the function of each key from the drop down list or set your own macro or key combinations.
8) When satisfied with your settings, click “SAVE”
9) Flip the device over and remove jumper from “Jumper 1” and place it back to “Jumper 0”
10) Lastly, Press the “Reset” button once.
Today I soldered in the switches and led into the pcb.
For this part of the project It is important to line up the keys when you are soldering them in, to keep them straight. If you fail to do this it can end up with your keys being angled.
Properly insert the key pins into the pcb, and also ensure the leds are properly placed.
From there you can just solder them in, this will allow you to use the keypad with the default settings which is media control.
Based on a Tutorial, Ive gathered the steps to properly put together the project.
The first part of the process is to insert the keyswitch into the pcb.
The key pins are inserted in r0 and C2 then soldered into the pcb.
Then Insert the leds and solder them in.
(I have Red leds that I have purchased.)
Once all the leds are soldered in, then snip off the ends with a tool of some sort.
This completes the build section of the project, for my next journal I will release the programming section.
I finished creating the prototype for the case on inventor, based on the cases upabove.
Due to not having the dimensions or spacing for the pcbs (manufactoring site does not offer the sizing.)
So the plans for this is to either,
1. Wait for the pcb to arrive, and design the spacing accordingly.
2. Print the Current design that will fit the pcb into place, then create the holes using a tool afterwords.
Method 1 is the preffered method but 2. is useable if the pcb takes too long to arrive. Honestly this should be the case if it has not arrived a week before the project needs to be completed.