ing iron. Well, I’ve got the right soldering iron and I spent the entire summer
hacking the brains out of the thing. If
you’d like to learn more about how
you can exploit your own PSP, just wait
until my book PSP Unplugged
(McGraw-Hill, 2006) is released early
next year. Please wait, pretty please.
Circuits and Devices
experimenting with 802.15.4 ZigBee
wireless technology. Consisting of two
reference design boards equipped
with accelerometer sensors, MC13192
2.4 GHz RF transceiver data modems,
and MC9S08GT60 microcontrollers,
the DSK includes all of the software,
documentation, and even a trial version of Metrowerks Code Warrior™ IDE
that is needed for building and testing
a ZigBee design. Reasonably priced at
under $200, the 13192DSK is a great
way to evaluate ZigBee. Let’s take a
look at each of the DSK’s major
components in greater detail.
1. MMA6200Q Series XY-Axis 1.5g
Accelerometer. Able to measure
small exertion from tilt, motion, positioning, shock, or vibration forces.
Photo © Wow Wee Ltd.
Run, don’t walk, into the jungle
for the latest innovation from
WowWee — WowWee Alive!
Chimpanzee ( www.wowwee.com).
Developed by Hollywood F/X expert
George York, WowWee Alive
Chimpanzee employs a new cutting
edge technology for replicating the
sounds and movements of nature
Sporting all of the features that
we’ve come to expect from a
WowWee toy — sound sensors, touch
sensors, and IR vision — the
Facetronics Chimpanzee has something no other toy currently has —
mood swings. Who can argue with the
people that fused “personality and
technology?” Better yet, WowWee
Alive has come up with one of the
best advertising lines in this year’s toy
race — “this chimp is so real, it’s unreal.” That’s enough for me, I’ll take a
couple for Halloween, please.
Welcome to the ZigBee
Freescale Semiconductor (www.
freescale.com) makes a great
Developer’s Starter Kit (DSK) for