Category Archives: Electronics

Montreal Mini Maker Faire 2014


Went to visit the Montreal Montréal Mini Maker Faire today ! Saw cool projects. Here’s a video I recorded from the event:

Testing the Mini ELM327 OBD II



This is the Mini ELM327 V1.5 OBD2 II Bluetooth Diagnostic Car Auto Interface Scanner HE.
I tested it and it works very well.
Useful to diagnose your check engine light problems and get a lot of informations about the sensors of your car.

Pascal Guay Space Concordia Astronaut Assistance Rover

Space Concordia Astronaut Assistance Mars Rover Capstone Project


My final project at Concordia University is over, it has been a great experience working with an interdisciplinary team of software, mechanical, electrical, computer and industrial engineering students! I was responsible of programming the embedded computers on board of the rover. The embedded programming was mostly done in, C++ and C# and the operator user interface was done in .NET / MVVM. The Arduino Mega was used on the robot to interface with the multiple sensors and servo motors along with a Pico ITX board in charge of communicating with the operator’s main computer and streaming the cameras.
Here’s an article talking about it on Concordia University’s website:
Saved PDF in case the link becomes broken: Concordia Mars Rover 2014 Captstone_Project Article

New Project and Review for New Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Evaluation Kit for Robotic Vision Project


I want to announce that in the upcoming week I will review the new SAMA5D3 Xplained board and try to interface a camera to it in order to give vision to my robots, something I can’t do usually with the Arduino UNO or MEGA alone.
I will surely use the OpenCV library on it and try to interface a robot platform with it.

For more information on the Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Evaluation Kit, make sure to visit these links:

Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained evaluation kit specifications

Atmel SAMA5D3 Xplained Hardware

Working on an Arm / Stabilizer Prototype for a Mars Rover Robot


I’m currently participating in the University of Utah Mars Rover competition. I made a small prototype of what an arm or stabilization system could look like on the robot.
Material: three 9G micro servo, one 9 DOF IMU, an Arduino Uno with a Sensor Shield V5.0 mounted on top

Here’s a stabilizer mode instead of an arm mimicking mode, useful to keep certain objects stable while they are mounted on a moving vehicle encountering bumps and obstacles.

THL W8 Smartphone


I just received a THL W8 Smartphone. Here are some pictures and video of it.


Here’s a video sample I recorded with it: