June 2014 Newsletter

In This Issue

Arduino Competition Hosted by CAS and Lee’s Electronic

Lee’s Electronic and Chipkin Automation Systems have joined together to bring you an exciting new competition!

Complete the entry form  and post a project about Arduino on www.automationwiki.com.

This can be an essay/article/video/images or anything else you come up with. Any Arduino-based project is acceptable.

3 Prizes

  • Grand Prize: 2 Arduino devices + $100 worth of goods from Lee’s Electronics + shipping*
  • Modbus Prize: $100 worth of goods from Lee’s  Electronics + shipping*
  • Popular Prize: $100 worth of goods from Lee’s Electronics + shipping*

*If located outside of Greater Vancouver and within North America


What is Arduino?

Arduino is a tool for creating computers that can sense and control more of the physical world than your desktop computer. Arduino is an open-source, open-hardware, electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.

Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other physical outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can communicate with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP.) The boards can be assembled by hand or purchased preassembled; the open-source IDE can be downloaded for free.

The Arduino programming language is an implementation of Wiring – a similar physical computing platform – which is based on the Processing Multimedia Programming Environment.

Arduino Duemilanove

Arduino Duemilanove

Arduino Duemilanove

The Arduino IDE is good for simple projects, but as soon as you start building more complex multi-file projects it’s just not up to the job. Eclipse on the other hand is a free, powerful, and full-featured development environment that can be set up to work with AVR and Arduino. Arduino’s website has  instructions on how to compile with Eclipse for Arduino but it has some missing/confusing steps and is meant for C development not C++. There is still however, great reference material for new projects.

Ethernet Shield RAW Packet

An Ethernet shield was created for the Arduino that supports TCP connections. Serving webpages of the current status of the Arduino is just one of it’s many uses.

By default the Ethernet Shield only supports TCP connections, but you can download Ethernet RAW library to support UDP and RAW packets. This Ethernet RAW library also fixes some of the bugs discovered in the default Ethernet library shipped with Arduino IDE 015.

The Arduino Ethernet Shield allows an Arduino board to connect to the internet. It is based on the Wiznet W5100 ethernet chip (datasheet). The Wiznet W5100 provides a network (IP) stack capable of both TCP and UDP. It supports up to four simultaneous socket connections.

Arduino Projects

The Arduino is extremely popular and easy to use. Parts are relatively dirt cheap and people everywhere have jumped on the bandwagon to create something unique and interesting with it. Just some of the projects found on the internet:


Help With Your Projects

There are several different places to get help with your Arduino projects.


Project Ideas

  • Make: Arduino – Make Magazine is one of the forerunners for everything DIY. Their website has lots of information and example projects.
  • Instructables.com – Tons of example projects and tutorials for the Arduino.

Future Forecasts In 1900′ – So Wrong, So Hilarious

These prints are showing the predictions they had for year 2000. Hilarious, but some would be good to become true.

At School


Flying Firefighters

Air Firemen

Construction Site

Building site of electrical engineering

Strolling on Water

stroll on water

Weather Control Machine

weather control

A Sailing Locomotive

train ship

Flying to the Opera

flying machines

Video – Clothing of the Future

2014-02-19 23_26_23-Clothing Of The Future - Clothing in The Year 2000 - YouTube

CAS New Employee: Sandeep Puri

The newest addition to our team is Sandeep Puri, a Computer Engineer from Ambala, Haryana, India. He stays in Ambala and Gurgaon. Ambala is known for it’s large Indian Army and Airforce presence.

Sandeep has a Bachelor in Technology for Engineering in Computers Sciences as well as a Masters in Finance and Marketing(M.B.A.). He has worked at CAS for the past few months as a Support Engineer and a Sales Assistant. He loves Italian cuisine, watching movies (Inception is his favourite), and playing guitar. He is also known to spend a few hours playing his favourite video game  Delta Force Black Hawk Down.

Sandeep’s father retired recently as a Professor in Botany and his mother retired as a Lecturer in Economics.

Sandeep has a very rich and colourful ancestry. His grandfather was a Captain in the British Army and fought against Japan in World War 2 and Sandeep considers him to be his role model and has saved many of his medals and wartime memorabilia including his War medal and his Independence medal. Unfortunately, his grandfather’s India Service Medal has not been recovered.

His grandfather, Capt. J.P. Puri was also awarded the Burma Star for the courage and bravery he showed in the War in 1939-1945. Interestingly, Capt. Puri was in charge of the security of during the entire voyage of the train in which Mahatma Gandhi’s body Was carried for his last rites. He was also the first Hindu Civil Services officer of Independent India. Sandeep’s grandmother also played a role in wartime and she served in the Telecom Wing of The British. She is originally from Kent in England.

Sandeep will work as a Computer Engineer and Regional Sales Manager at Chipkin Automation Systems and we are very excited to have him on board our team. We look forward to a great working relationship!


Sandeep with members of his family.

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