Tuesday, February 14, 2017

8 Bit Computer

One thing that has been on my bucket list since I was ten years old was to build an 8 bit computer. I was inspired by Sp3lo's project on Instructables. After taking some time to study CPU architecture I believe that I am now ready to take on this project. For the next couple of weeks I will be documenting my project on this blog and will make my own tutorial on how to build an 8 bit computer yourself.

To start off let me recommend some resources that have helped me to design the structure of my computer.
Here are two books that I would recommend reading as they both contain some very valuable information:

The Way Things Work:
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There is one page in particular that makes this a great resource. Towards the end as it gets into digital logic, it describes how a CPU works on a block diagram. After reading other books trying to comprehend how they work, the drawing in this book is very easy to understand and gives you exactly what you need to design your very own CPU.

Practical Electronics for Inventors:

This book can help anyone understand logic circuits and get a good grasp on TTL IC's. This book is at my local library and I have checked it out at least 50 times. This book helps to go in depth on CPU architecture and you can understand how the circuits work.

I will be posting later today a list of parts that I have gotten so far and this list will be updated continuously.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Thank You

We would like to thank Wendy Beam for her donation of $50 to the Gastonia Drone Club Indiegogo campaign. We now have $120, we need $3,037. Please donate to help this project become a reality. You can donate here:https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gastonia-nc-teen-drone-club--4/x/13240473#/story

Friday, February 5, 2016

First Donor!

Today I got my first donor on the Gastonia Drone Club Indiegogo Campaign.
I would like to thank Andrew Deppensmith. Thanks for your contribution!

Update:
We would also like to thank Andrew's FiancĂ©e, Molly Harrington for her donation.

Drone Club Shout Out

I would like to give a shout out to the shAIRed SPACE youtube channel for a shout out they gave during a live video group conference. I highly reccomend checking these guys out, they are great.

You can see the video here:
https://youtu.be/lWo2WqzaiZs

Or you  can skip ahead to the shout out here:
https://youtu.be/lWo2WqzaiZs?t=1041

Donations are still going for my Indiegogo campaign and anyone who donates, leave a comment on the blog and I will give you a shout out on the Campaign page, Website, Social media, and my blog.
https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/gastonia-nc-teen-drone-club--4/x/13240473#/

Thank you for reading.
Come back next week for a review of the easycap and some big Avid Tech Nerd News!

Friday, January 22, 2016

Top Five Drone Accesories

Hello it's the Avid Tech Nerd and today I am going over the top five things to buy for your drone.
I am going to try to cover 5 things that you dont see often such as spare props and prop gaurds and stuff you would see on every other list.
5.USB Power Bank:
These are awesome things to bring along when droning. If you use a drone that uses Lipo Batteries such as the ones that I have reviewed, than these are great to bring along with you into the field to charge up a battery after youve used it so you can reuse it in a half hour.
4.Graphing Paper Journal:
If you have a drone that has fine tunning for X, Y, and Z axis you can right down the fine tuning values down, along with the wind speed and direction to help you in the future to help you fine tune it to the best settings based on previous flights. You can also keep a log of take off time and landing time to help you keep track of about home much flight time you have left on your battery.
3.Drone Buddy App:
I am aware this isn't much of an accesory, but it is still a very handy app that I use before I go flying. It is very user friendly and tells you the weather, temperature, and windspeed in either English or Metric, Celsius or Farenheight. It also has a map that uses your phones GPS to show you on a map, that has no fly zones marked out so you never fly in illegal airspace.
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2.Drone Case:
A drone case it a great investment because it protects your drone and makes it easier to carry your drone and its accesories. The best kind is one with a custom cut foam inside to prevent the drone from bangs and bumps. It also is more convienient for storage, allowing you to set it under a desk or next to a file cabinet so its not in the way.
1.Insurance:
If you have bought your drone in the past 30 days or are going to purchase it soon, I would highly reccomend buying Insurance for it. The insurance I am talking about it called Canopy Protection Plan on Amazon. You buy it at the same time as you purchase your drone, and pick the plan that matches your drone price and if it is classified as a toy drone or a professional photography drone. All you need from that is the order number and you are protected for that many years as specified by the plan. If you break it, just send it back to them and they will send you a check in the mail for the same amount of money as the drone cost. They pay for you to ship it back, and they send the check as soon as they receive shipping info. The customer support is high quality and available 24/7. The best thing about it is that they cover spills and drops, which the manufacturers waranty doesn't cover.Overall I had a very good experience with this insurance and they replaced my first broken drone and bought me the replacement and the insurance only cost me $5.
Thank you for reading my top 5 list, and speaking of drones, I am starting a drone club for teens in Gastonia, NC. The campaign is going to run for 40 days. If you donate you will get your name posted on the drone club's Facebook, Twitter, Website, and a thank you from me. You can donate here-Link, or if you are a teen or know a teen who lives in Gastonia and would like to participate check out the registration section of the drone club's website here-link. Thank you for reading my blog and thank you for donating.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Thank You!

Hello its the Avid Tech Nerd and I want to say thank you.

Thanks to you guys my project was fully funded and we will be receiving the printers tomorrow. In the future I might try to recreate this project on a bigger scale in the future.But for now this means a lot to me and I am thankful for you guys and am glad to carry the Avid Tech Nerd into 2016!

Drone Battle! Syma X5SW V.S. Syma X5SC(Tenergy Edition)

Hello it's the Avid Tech Nerd and today I am going to do a comparison review of the Syma X5SW and the Syma X5SC(Tenergy Edition).

Yes I know that I said I would do a review of the Syma X5SW on Christmas,but I like to give it 2 days of usage so I can write a fair review. But on the Second day, a motor just stopped working. Turns out I got a used model of the Drone. Well maybe I should do more research about the seller before I buy from them... Never the less I am going to do a fair review of both of them and not let the motor incidence get in the way of me giving it a fair review, so lets begin!

Syma X5SW-
To start of this was a really nice drone and flew very smoothly. It came with a FPV wifi camera that allows you to record and take pictures from your phone via the Syma App. It had a max distance from the controller of 160 feet. Which I accidentally went over. Whenever you go out of range, like most drones just turned off. But this thing took the fall from 160 feet without a single scratch or dent!
This thing is super durable and super light so you wont have to work about registering it with the FAA. The only  complaint I have is the camera's pictures are low quality and the videos are laggy. I understand this due to the fact that it has to send it back and forth between the camera and the phone.Besides that it is a great little drone.

Syma X5SC-
This drone is very similar to the X5SW but has a few modifications. For starters this drone fixed the camera problems in the X5SW, it now includes a camera that saves your pictures and videos to an Micro SD card instead of to your phone. The picture quality is better and the videos don't have lag. The only problem with this is they include sound on the video, which is pointless because the camera is right next to the blades so all you hear is the drone. It also includes a 4GB SD card to save videos on. If you get the Tenergy edition it is very nice and gives you a lot of extras to help you. You get 3 extra sets of props,prop guards,and landing gear plus an extra battery. This is very nice for beginners who will probably crash a lot. The only problem that is noticeable is the wind bug. This drone is not good at fighting the wind and just gives up. Instead of fighting it just hovers in place. That's not all bad because it does prevent it from blowing away in a slight breeze. Overall I love this drone and am glad to learn more about it.

OK now its time to do a side by side comparison.

So in my opinion the winner is the X5SC. It was a close match and I would highly recommend both of them. In the end though it ultimately comes down to what you want. Do you want a FPV camera so you can see where you are going and line up a shot? Or would you rather get a better quality picture but have to take more time to learn how to line it up?  So really it just depends what you want. Leave a comment on which one you prefer. I'm the Avid Tech Nerd and Ill be back next time to give a list of my favorite drone accessories.