Microprinter RSS Arduino Driven
Nice step by step project to display feeds on a microprinter.
The concept of Microprinting as described by Tom Taylor is “an experiment in physical activity streams and notification, using a repurposed receipt printer connected to the web”. Using this and the works of others as inspiration, I set about making my own Internet connected printer.
Before starting the project, I hadn’t had any previous experience of building electronic circuits, and it had been over 10 years since I had last picked up a soldering iron. Unperturbed, I set out and acquired everything I needed for the project:
- An old receipt printer – I have a Citizen CBM-231 from ebay
- An Arduino board, bread board and jump wires (from Cool Components)
- An Arduino Ethernet shield (also from Cool Components)
- A MAX233 Chip and serial plug (from Maplins)
The serial output of the Arduino board isn’t natively compatible with the printer – you need to run the signal through the MAX233 chip to transform the output to the correct voltage.
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