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Thread: Really cool alarm system using Basic stamp

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    I agree with probedude_2000. I just learn to program Microchip Microcontroller. I built my own programmer (free from www.myke.com) and I'm writing code in pic basic (similar to Pbasic). You can compile your code at compileshot.com for free. Microchip is about 1/5 of the cost of Basic stamp and way faster. I designed my computer shut down circuit with it. Delay timing and controling you shut down can be done with you code instead of relays and transistor. You can make it to do anything you want.
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    heres a thought, Radio Shack (in the commercial catalog) sells a pair of RS-232 transeviers for like 5 bucks each.

    Not sure of the range, but wouldent it be cool to make one into a pager type device with the STAMP output going to the RS-232 transmitter sending an alarm signal to the pager? All Electronics sells a shaker taken out of a pager that could be used if you didn't want a loud alarm.

    just a few thoughts.

    share your thoughts with me on this.
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    I'm a visual basic programmer with very little understanding of hardware and lower level programming. Would you still recommend the Microchip route??

    I would be very interested in seeing some practical examples of projects people here have done with this (or similar) technology. Seems like there are a lot of things you can do with this stuff for both car and home automation.

    For you VB programmers, check out www.oopic.com.

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    Yes, go the microchip route.

    There are TONS of example programs on the Microchip website, and on the web itself with decently commented code. It shouldn't take you long to create simple programs that do useful things.

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    Yes, i agree. The Basic Stamp is not 1/2 as useful as a good PIC, and quite a bit more expensive, not to mention that they all have to run a real time basic intepreter to do anything. It just comes down to learning how to use the PIC. I am working on my microcontroller shutdown controller.

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