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Propeller in real-life PAC-MAN Bud Light Super Bowl XLIX Commercial Multicore Propeller used in real-life PAC-MAN Bud Light Super Bowl XLIX Commercial! Preview the commercial and tell your friends how it works.

Parallax customers have a reason to grab a Bud Light and enjoy this year’s Super Bowl game, knowing that their 100% open source Propeller 1 Multicore Microcontroller is a key component in the Bud Light PAC-MAN commercial. Rick Galinson and Legacy Effects of Los Angeles designed a life-sized PAC-MAN game where unaware contenders munch pellets while being chased by Blinky, Pinky, Inky and Clyde. Winners get a Bud Light and the scene erupts into an intense party. The game and electronics... More

Propeller Activity Board WX Wireless Programming and Propeller Activity Board WX: Software and hardware developers are making big progress!

A customer on the forums asked about our progress on wireless programming progress for the Propeller. It’s been possible to program a Propeller over WiFi and XBee 802.15.4 RF links for quite some time, but it requires new programming tools and hardware designs to make this really beneficial for our customers. It’s the perfect demonstration of engineering - 90% of the fun is making a prototype work, but 90% of the work is bringing it to the market.

Educators have... More

Testing the SF10 outside New Lightware Optoelectronics 25-100m Laser Rangefinders: Reliable and affordable distance measurement up to 300 feet!

Lightware Optoelectronics has introduced three more laser rangefinders - in 25m, 50m and 100m models. Parallax has followed their efforts closely as these products were developed with some visibility on our discussion forums. Review the “From Hobby to Professional”... More

MacBS2 Software Screen Shot New MacBS2 Editor for OSX Yosemite: Test Murat Konar’s new MacBS2 V 3.1.5 Release Candidate

Mac users have a new MacBS2 editor and downloader ready for your testing. This one runs on OSx Yosemite so it should be useful for newer Macs. 

This tool was produced by a long-time Parallax friend and community contributor, Murat Konar. For over ten years Murat has provided the free MacBS2 editor. Recently, however, our customers began to experience problems with COM ports when they disconnect and reconnect their BASIC Stamp modules. We’ve... More

Ed demonstrates the Classic Ping Pong Ball in a Tube Display Ed Blanckenberg, an industrious friend of Parallax shows off the Propeller at a Robofair in Perth, Australia.

A report from Ed Blanckenberg, who kindly attended the Curtin University, Perth: Robotfair in November 2014 and represented Parallax Inc.

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I was allocated a nice large area in a separate room that I shared with Altronics (Australian chain electronic store). If I had known how large the area was I would have printed more posters!

I knew there would be a robot overload at the show, so I decided... More

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