October 12, 2014


Reading RFID tags with C# and RDM630


Low Cost RFID

The RDM630 Proximity Reader Module is a low cost 125 kHz RFID  Proximity reader. It uses uEM 4100 or compatible card with  64 bit Manchester encoding and outputs the data to its serial port at 9600 baud. With this, RFID tags can be easily read by C# using the serialport module and can be integrated to larger systems such as inventory or attendance systems .

The output format of the reader is given as :



To create the simple interface, create a new project and add two labels, change text to COM Port and ID TAG respectively, add a combo box to contain installed serial ports, a rich text box to contain the data coming from the tags, a button which will serve as connect and disconnect button and add a serialport.

After adding the controls, lets make the magic happen! Add the System.IO.Ports namespace, we need it later to get all the installed serial ports on the PC and populate our combo box for the Serial Port Selection.

IO Namespace


Instantiate a new delegate for the received serial port event and initialize the delegate to use getRFID routine to capture the data from the reader.


At startup, we get all stored serial ports and populate the combo box for the selection of the desired COM Port


For the Connect button to Open or Close the connection add the following

To read the RFID data, we read till the ETX of the reader and display it to the richtextbox


Finally we test if it works

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September 23, 2014


PBOT Graphical Programming with miniBloq



The PBOT is an entry level robotics platform that features 3 IR Collision Sensors, 3 Line Sensors and a 2 channel Motor driver. It is Compatible with all Gizduino Boards (An arduino derivative board) and all arduino form factor boards. It is a good starting point for beginners in the field of robotics. Line Follower, Sumo and Obstacle avoidance robot are some examples that can be done with this platform. To get things done, one needs a lot of programming to do what you like the robot would do. Using a Gizduino 328 board, it can be programmed using the Arduino IDE with the native C/C++ syntax. If you are a total beginner and do not have any background in programming but would love to learn can be troublesome. But there is still hope! It can be programmed with a graphical programming IDE  using Ardublock or Scratch for Android. Both IDE adds pure graphical programming to Arduino and Arduino compatible boards.

But wait! theres more! miniBloq is another graphical programming IDE that also generates the equivalent C code of the blocks good for learning the native language. Another good thing about miniBloq is its powerful XML backend that we could define custom hardware which means custom pin names for a specific hardware can be defined.

To get you started hardware file of the Pbot for the miniBloq is provided below. Extract the contents of the archive to miniBloq.v0.8x\hard and fire up miniBloq and start programming!

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September 19, 2014


Hacking a cheapo PIR for projects

This cheap PIR sensor with LED light is an eye catcher for hacks at only 150 Philippine peso. A generic PIR based on the LP0001 PIR controller chip and can readily be used for projects. The circuit reveals a basic circuit based on the datasheet of the controller chip, the signal from the output pin can […]

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September 18, 2014


Getting Started with the E-Gizmo IOT644

Today, we live in the Internet era where everything can be seen or controlled online. Internet of Things are becoming more and more popular. For us makers, the E-Gizmo IOT-644 board is a great starter board to build IOT projects. It is based on Atmel Atmega 644, double the memory and RAM of the Uno and […]

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August 12, 2013


Philrobotics interviewed by Vigattin radio program

(Photo grabbed from http://vigattintourism.com/tourism/articles/Vigattin-Radio-with-Project-NOAH-and-PhilRobotics) Philrobotics has been interviewed last Saturday, August 10, 2013,  by Vigattin radio program (DZIQ 990kHz) along with Project Noah and International Rice Research Institute’s (IRRI) Bigas Hackathon organizer Ms. Bianca Ferrer. It was great looking back at how we’ve won the 1st Bigas Hackathon with lack of planning and the only […]

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January 20, 2013


Getting Started With Philrobokit Presentation Material

Congratulations to Gigz for a successful Anino Seminar held last Saturday. For those who wanted to attend but wasn’t able to go, below is the presentation material. Getting Started with PhilRoboKit Anito This 7Zip file contains the Powerpoint presentation and sample codes. <edit editedby=n0th1n6> Getting Started with PhilRoboKit Anito by </edit>

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January 1, 2013


Anito Seminar

To start of the year, Philrobotics will have a seminar this January. Here’s the details. What: Anito Seminar When: January 19, 2013 Where: e-Gizmo 2fl VSC Building, Taft Ave Malate Manila Time: 1pm Wanna know more about the Anito Dev Board? (click here)

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January 1, 2013


Happy New Year!

Happy New Year to you all from Philrobotics team. May we all have a prosperous new year. Let’s have more fun and activities, and enjoy building robots and learning new things this 2013.

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November 19, 2012


Robot Zoo in the Philippines

Over the weekend, I brought my kids to a popular mall at the end of EDSA to see the planetarium and Robot Zoo. It was a fun experience seeing these huge robot animals. There’s a giraffe, a chameleon, a rhino, a grasshopper, platipus, squid, and bat. Mostly these robots are powered by pneumatics so you […]

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November 11, 2012

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IRRI-Smart BIGAS Hackathon – Philrobotics team awarded the top honor

The 2 day event called BIGAS Hackathon held at UP Los Baños by IRRI and Smart has already concluded. Philrobotics would like to congratulate the winners of this years Hackathon. You guys are great! Six days ago, Philrobotics Vice Chairman Martin Miranda heard about the event posted here BIGAS Hackathon is a two-day developer event and hackathon […]

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