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Check out my previous posts on WIFI ESP8266 1.AT COMMANDS  ,  2. TCP CLIENT/SERVER

In this post we shall see how to connect ESP module with an ANDROID Mobile device & communicate.

On ESP side following are the AT commands to configure :

AT+CWLAP   –  Lists all surrounding Access Points

AT+CWJAP = “SSID”,”password”     – Join with your preferred AP


AT+CIPMUX=1     Allow multiple connections

AT+CIPSERVER=1,80   start the SERVER on port 80

AT+CIFSR    to get the STATION IP Address



On your Android Mobile open SETTINGS & switch ON WI FI




Surrounding Access Points will be listed automatically.Select the one to which the ESP module has joined already.Here it is MBLAZE , which is a secured one.




Open the preferred WIFI access point & connect to it by providing the Password.



Now , my Mobile has connected to the Access point where ESP is already connected with.




From the Market , install a TELNET client on your Mobile



Open the TELNET Client

TELNET waits to get the Local Host IP & the Port number.



Enter the IP as & Port as 80  .

This IP is the one we got from AT+CIFSR previously & we’ve started a Server on port 80 already with ESP.

Touch on Connect to Server


Now the TELNET Client is connected to the ESP server on port 80.

Type in some characters & touch Enter




The characters are received by the ESP Module



To send data to TELNET ,use the AT command


This command is to send 15 characters on channel 0




The message is received by the TELNET screen.








First time in India , VEGA ROBOKITS has engineered a development board universal to both AVR & 8051 ICs.The board has in built Programmer capable of programming both AVR & 8051 family ICs.




A 40 pin ZIF socket is used as Target to hold the 8051 IC. Additional 40 pin ZIF socket with modified connection is provided to host AVR ICs.This additional ZIF socket should be placed over the on- board ZIF socket to use AVR ICs.








To start with we shall see how to use this board for 8051 development.

Select switch 1 to USB position ,if you connect the board to PC using A to B USB cable.Now the power is taken from USB itself. If this switch is selected to other side , the board needs an external 12v/1A adapter.

Select the ISP switch (switch 2 near the middle of board) to ON position.This makes sure that you’re going to program the chip .

Put the jumper (found on top of I2C EEPROM IC) on 8051 position.


WILPRO’s WLAR software is used as an application to fuse the HEX files.Download the zip file from :

No installation is required.It is a standalone application.

Download the drivers required for this board from :

Unzip the driver file & double click on  “PL2303_Prolific_DriverInstaller_v1.10.0 “  EXE file to install the drivers.

Connect the USB cable of board to PC & open the DEVICE MANAGER.

If the PORT allotted is within range 1 to 9 , you can start the WLPRO application and proceed to load HEX file.

If the port allotted is a double digit , then WLPRO will enter DEMO mode .Only in ON LINE Mode you can load the HEX file.




To solve this , RIGHT CLICK on the port allotted inside Device Manager & select PROPERTIES.




Click on ADVANCED button under PORT SETTINGS.



From the DROP DOWN you can select a PORT number between 1 & 9  &  click OK.

If the port number is not free , you can try overwriting the pre allotted port number & confirm.








After PORT setting to single digit  , open the WILLAR software . Now you can see ONLINE MODE at the bottom of screen.



Click on DEVICE button & select the target device as AT89S51@ISP 

If you select plain AT89S51 , DEVICE ID ERROR will be returned while programming .So make sure to select the ISP version as device.

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Click on LOAD button & browse to the location of the HEX file to be fused.Select the HEX file & then click OPEN.




On the next LOAD FILE window leave the File type as “INTEL HEX” & CLICK ok.



You’ll see LOAD FILE SUCCESSFUL display.

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Now click on the PROGRAM button on the left pane.



Programming is DONE & you get Program Successful display.

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If you click the AUTO mode button , all functions like Erase,Blank check ,Program,Verify & code copy Protect will be done automatically one by one.

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To test the program loaded , change the switch 2 to ISP OFF position .Push RESET button to see the result of blinking LED .




Select USB ON (switch 1)

Select the ISP (switch2) to ON position.

Put the Jumper on top of I2C chip to AVR position.

Place the converter socket on the ZIF socket & lock it.Make sure that the handles of sockets match.Do not place the socket in REVERSE as it may damage the target IC.


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Ensure to select ISP version of IC & not the plain one.

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Select File type as INTEL HEX & click OK.


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Click on LOAD & browse to the location of AVR HEX file .

Click OPEN to LOAD the file.

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After LOAD SUCCESSFUL display click on PROGRAM to fuse the file.


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Watch this support video  :



For availability of this board contact :


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Previous post Minipro 866 CS

In this post we shall review the second model of MINIPRO UNIVERSAL PROGRAMMER .This is same as the 866CS model but has the ability to program “IN CIRCUIT”. ICSP programming involves programming the chip leaving it on the existing board itself.This saves the hard work of removing the chip from board and again fixing it.

We shall see how to program PIC16F877A leaving the target IC on the demo board itself.The ZIF socket on programmer is not used & ICSP connector is used instead.

Open the MINIPRO IDE & select the target IC as PIC16F877A.


Instead of 40P Adapter selection (which is default) we’ll select the ICSP port seen under “Set Interface” & ensure that ICSP VCC is Enabled.If this is not enabled then a separate power source is needed for the target demo board.

Click on OK.


Now click on the INFORMATION button seen at the right top corner.

This will display the ICSP connection details between the programmer & the target board.

As the readymade wire supplied with the programmer may not match with all target boards , it is better to use separate wires.Here our target board has male berg pins.So Female to Female Jumper wires are used for the connections.


No separate power source is required for the target demo board as we’ve selected ICSP_VCC Enable.


To load the HEX file on to the buffer click File à Open & browse to the HEX file location.



Confirm that INTEL HEX is selected under File Format of File load Options & All Memory selected under To Region


Now click OK to see the HEX file loaded to the buffer .



  Click the P button on top to initiate Programming


Finally click on the Program button.


You can see the Programming Progressive bar.


Finally PROGRAMMING SUCCESSFUL message appears.



For Programming ATMEL 89Sxx ICs the procedure is same as above.The ICSP connections are known by clicking the INFORMATION button .


Once the connections are done as per the diagram , the HEX file developed using KEIL can be loaded on the buffer.Then Program can be done.

For AVR ICs following is the ICSP connection detail



MINIPRO 866A is a must have tool for all Embedded enthusiasts and Lap Top service Engineers.

The huge support of IC list and ICSP functionality makes it the most value for money product.Note that other manufacturers offer these support for a cost of around Rs.25000/- while the cost of MINIPRO 866A is around 5500/- & if you do not need ICSP ,it is only Rs.4500/- (866CS model).

Watch this support video :

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For availability contact :

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In a previous post we’ve seen a Universal Programmer TOPWIN which is capable of programming 8051,PIC,AVR,EEPROM ,EPROM,etc.. But the main problem with TOPWIN is its incompatibility with 64 bit Operating System & Windows 8 .

In this post we shall review an excellent Universal programmer MINIPRO 866 from AUTOELECTRIC Co. that works on all platforms including 32/64 bit Windows 8 .



Two models are available MINIPRO 866 CS & MINIPRO 866 A.

The 866 A has an additional advantage of ICSP – In Circuit Serial Programming – a real awesome support for ON board programming of SMD chips.

ICSP now supports ATMEL89S51,52, ATMEGA- AVR whole series and MICROCHIP PIC10F, 12F, 16F, 18F whole series,SYNCMOS SM59Dxx / SM59Rxx full range.

Minipro programmer delivers outstanding performance in supporting nearly 13k + devices that other similar products like Topwin are not capable.


Download the IDE version 6.10 from :

Always download the latest version as the list of support ICs is updated frequently.

Start the installation file by double clicking MiniProV610setup.exe application.

You can leave it to default location or browse to a preferred one.





Click on INSTALL to confirm USB Driver installation.



Click “Install this driver software anyway “ to bypass Windows verification.


Click FINISH to complete the installation.



Now connect the Hardware unit to the USB port .Under Device Manager you can see the device name as “MiniIProWdf” if the installation went through smoothly.


You’re all set to start the Programming.Open the IDE & if you get Reflash Firmware window , just click on Tools à Reflash Firmware from the IDE to install the latest updates

Obviously you should connect the hardware to the USB & your internet connection should be ON for this process.If there is no access to internet the Reflash Firmware window appears again.




Once the Reflash is successful , click on the “Cancel” button. (Yes it is not OK button ,it is Cancel button) !!

We shall see how to program PIC 16F877A IC .

Under Select IC à click Search and Select IC.


Under Type select MCU/MPU & start typing “PIC16F” inside the ‘ search device’ space bar.All the related PIC ICs will be displayed on the right pane.Select the target IC as , PIC16F877A.

Click on Select.


Ensure that 40 pin adapter is selected on top .Later we’ll see how to work with ICSP.


Click on “Information” button at the right top corner to learn how to place the chip on the ZIF socket.According to the diagram place the IC on the socket , pin 1 is always near the handle.


Lock the handle by pressing it down.

By clicking under DEVICE ,you can perform initial check for the IC .Blank check can be done & if you want to erase the chip , click ERASE


Following is the screenshot of Chip Erase function :


To load the HEX file on to the buffer click File à Open & browse to the location where you’ve stored the HEX file that is to be fused on to the target chip.


Select the HEX file & click Open.


The File Load Options should be in the File format “INTEL HEX” .The Binary option is to load a “bin” file.Here confirm INTEL HEX is selected.


Under DEVICE click on PROGRAM to start fusing the HEX file.


On the next Chip Program window click “Program”.




You can see PROGRAM SUCCESSFUL if the fusing is finished.

To make a copy of a chip say, EPROM 27C256 following is the method :

Select Device as 27c256 using Search Device bar.



Click on the Information button & place the Master IC on to the ZIF socket as per the diagram.


Ensure that the VPP Voltage at the bottom of the screen is selected according to programming voltage of the chip (mostly it is 13.5 or 12v)



Click the “R “ button to READ the chip to the buffer.



Now remove the MASTER chip from the ZIF socket & place the SLAVE IC .This IC should be a fresh blank one or erased one under UV light.

Click on the “P” button on the top to start copying the data on the buffer to the chip.


Same way you can make copy of PIC ,AVR or 8051 Microcontrollers.Remember that , if the source IC is previously LOCKED ,you can’t make a copy.

To program SMD ICs & other QUAD package ICs you can buy Converters on which this IC is mounted.


In the next post we shall review the ICSP model of MINIPRO 866.

Watch this demo video :


Universal Programmer MINIPRO 866CS for all PIC,AVR,8051,EPROM,….


For availabilty of this programmer contact :

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My YouTube channel is back


Happy to inform that YouTube has considered reactivation of my video channel & return all my subscribers & views back as it was earlier.

Thank you You Tube !!

You can expect more & more educational videos from now on…. 

In the previous posts  I’ve  described in detail how to dual Boot Windows 8.1 with Ubuntu Linux.Link here.

In this post I shall demonstrate the steps of dual booting Windows 8.1 with Fedora 20 Linux.


Download the 64 BIT ISO image of FEDORA 20 from here :

Create a live DVD from this iso image.If you do not know how to create a live DVD read on this

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Following are the steps in creating the dual boot :

1. Create a Recovery media of Windows 8.1 with a 16GB pendrive.You can type on the Tiles window “Recovery “ & select “Create a Recovery Media”.Follow the instructions to create the media.

2. Create an Unallocated space from the Disk Management window.To open this type in “Disk “ on Tiles window & select “Create & Format hard disk partitions”.

Right click on C:\ drive & shrink the volume.Here I’ve created 100GB unallocated space to host Fedora Linux.

3. Windows 8.1 has advanced boot process which does not allow a dual booting.We’ve to disable 2 features of Windows.First is the Fast Start up.Type in “Power “ on Tiles window & select Power Options”.

Select the option which says “Choose what the power button does “ & then click on “Change settings that are currently unavailable “.

Scroll down & Uncheck the option “ Turn On fast startup” . Save the changes.

4. Finally we’ve to Disable the SECURE BOOT of Windows.

Move the mouse to the Right bottom corner to open the Charms bar.Open the Settings & under Power button select the Restart.

Keep pressing the SHIFT key & then click on Restart .

Now  the Advanced options screen opens.Select Troubleshoot & then click on Advanced Options.

Click on UEFI FIRMWARE Settings & then Restart


Under SECURITY tab of UEFI setup DISABLE the SECURE BOOT option & Exit saving changes.

5. Now place the Live DVD & Restart. To boot from the DVD go to the Charms bar  (right bottom corner) & select settings.

Under Power button select Restart.Keep pressing the SHIFT key , click on Restart.

On the advanced screen select USE A DEVICE & then select EFI DVD/CDROM to boot from the DVD.

Start Fedora Live & select Install to Hard drive.Follow the instructions till you get the Dual boot screen.Fedora installation is automatic  and much easier to dual boot than Ubuntu.

Watch this video on Step by step method in Dual booting process :





My Youtube account was suspended earlier this Month .I received a mail stating that one of my videos was given “community strike” for not following the Guidelines.The suspension mail also came along with this mail.I read the Community guidelines many times to understand what would’ve went wrong.But I couln’t make it out as my videos are simple demo videos for students to get through their Engineering projects.

Finally I got a link to Appeal for the Suspension.After 2 days I got a mail that my videos are within their Guidelines (???) & my channel was activated.







The story has not ended.

I uploaded a video yesterday, soon after I got a mail again that my account was suspended.I’ve followed their guidelines strictly, but my account was terminated without warning and without any explanation.




As you know , my videos are basically of Tutorials & how to types supporting the projects of Engineering students.I see no reason for the Suspension.I do not spam or copy contents of others.

I create my own videos on my hands on experience.

My 2 years of hard work , 100 videos , 2 lakh+ views & more over my 1000+ subscribers all vanished in a moment.I’m left out helpless & wounded as Youtube refuse to answer or indicate what went wrong.

They simply display an automated notice stating that the videos are not within guidelines.

Please comment below if you’d ever seen my videos.You may comment on support of my videos or demand for a reason from Youtube. You comments may help me reactivate the channel.

For now I’ve created an account with Dailymotion , where I shall post the videos for now.


Speech recognition is commonly used  for controlling appliances, toys, tools and computers. It is used in Robotics to control motors according to voice commands.

The heart of the circuit is the HM2007 speech recognition IC. HM2007 is made by HUALON Microelectronics Corporation(Taiwan) .

The IC can recognize 20 words, each word a length of 1.92 seconds.




Speech samples are acquired by a Microphone on board.HM2007 analyzes the analog signal received compares with the data stored in external RAM & finally outputs a corresponding 8 bit Data.This 8 bit data can be directly connected to a port of Microcontroller for further action.

An 8 kB external RAM is needed to store data.As the RAM is volatile , a 3v button battery is used to backup stored data.The 8 bit data is passed through an octal latch IC 74HC573.

To display the command numbers 2 common cathode 7 segment displays are provided.This is driven by a BCD to 7 segment decoder/driver IC CD4511.

The board requires 5v DC supply. A 12v adapter can be used as a power source, as the board has inbuilt 5v regulator with heat sink.

The HM 2007 IC requires initial configuration or training of words, which is performed using a 4 x 3 Matrix Keypad. In the training process user trains the IC by speaking words into the microphone and

assigning a particular value for that word. For example a world “left” can be assigned a value 01.This can then be later connected to a microcontroller for further functions.

Words  can be assigned from 01 to 20.


Training Words for Recognition:

Before starting the training process we can erase the previous memory.

Press 99 & then press the CLEAR button.

The display will scroll from 01 to 20 erasing all the memory

To train a word

Press “01” on the keypad.Display will show “01” and the READY LED will turn off.Now press the TRAIN key ( the LED will turn on) & HM2007 goes to  training mode, for word one.

Say the target word into the onboard microphone (near LED) clearly. The READY LED should blink momentarily indicating the acceptance of word.

If the LED did not flash, start again by pressing “1” and then “TRAIN” key.

You may continue training new words in the circuit. Press “02” then TRAIN key to train the second word and so on. The circuit will accept and recognize up to 20 words (numbers 01 through 20).

It is not necessary to train all word spaces. If you only require 5 target words that’s all you NEED TO TRAIN.

If the system has to work under noisy environments, background noise may corrupt the original data and leads to malfunctioning.Take care to avoid using this board in Noisy places.

Error codes generally displayed


55 = word too long

66 = word too short

77 = word no match


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Let us test the board by connecting to a Motor through a motor driver board L293.This L293 can drive 2 motors at a time.For demo we’re using one part of the IC.

Functioning of L293 can be understood from this post.

EN1 of L293 should be made HIGH and according to logic levels at IN1 & IN2 the motor will rotate to Right or Left or Stop.

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HM2007 Outputs an  8 bit Data buffered by 74HC573 IC & available as two 4 bits.

D0 to D3 represent one digit & the second one by D4 to D7

We shall connect

EN1 of L293 TO  D4

IN1 of L293 TO  D3

IN2 of L293 TO  D0

Provide a separate 12v DC power source to L293 board.Do not forget to make common the GND of L293 BOARD and that of HM2007 board.

Check out the table below to see how to achieve a number for a Word.

Here we’ve assigned decimal  11 for RIGHT  ,  18 for LEFT  &  08 for STOP.



To rotate the motor to RIGHT we assign Decimal value  11 .To rotate LEFT a decimal value of 18 is assigned.

To stop the motor decimal 08 is assigned.The calculation of arriving at these values are shown in table above.


Train the HM2007 board by pressing 11 & then TRAIN key for the word RIGHT.

Then press 18 & TRAIN for the word LEFT.

Finally 08 & TRAIN for the word STOP.

Now speak the word RIGHT to see the motor rotate Rightwards, LEFT to notice the motor rotating leftwards & STOP will apply brake to motor.Corresponding Digit will be displayed on the 7 SEGMENT Displays.



Motor Control by Voice Recognition


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L293 is the most widely known dual motor HBridge drive IC in Robotics.It can drive bipolar motors as well as Stepper motors.

L293 can drive two motors at a time with source 600mA current for each motor.The L293 comes in a standard 16-pin, dual-in line integrated circuit package. There is an L293 and an L293D part number. “D” version  has built in fly back diodes to minimize inductive voltage spikes

The L293 has an automatic thermal shutdown which means the chip will stop working if it gets too hot.If the L293 is getting too hot you can get another L293 and solder it piggy back on top of the first. This will double the drive current.

For current requirements of 2A you can use L298 & for still higher currents opt for MOSFET driven H Bridges.

Each motor is driven clockwise or anticlockwise according to the Logic levels at Input pins & Enable pin as shown in figure below :

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L293 is available in market on break out board which is handy to use in projects.The board has a built in 7805 regulator to power up L293 with 5v at pin 16.Motor connection pins are extended using berg pins. The control pins Enable/Inputs are also extended to make connections easier.



The functioning of L293 can be understood through simulation on Proteus Design Suite.This is an expensive Commercial software by Labcenter Electronics.But a Demo version is available for free.The demo version has some limitations on usage of number of pins & the work cannot be saved.

Download the demo version from

The simulation procedure is explained in the video below :