Today, you’ll have the chance to involve in the UBW board or USB Bit Whacker development project. Basically, UBW is a small board, which is contains a Microchip PIC USB-capable microcontroller, and it have the headers to bring out all of the PICs signal lines. This means, when you’re attaching it to a Windows/Max OS X/Linux computer, the UBW will show up as an RS232 Com port. As a result, you can easily control the individual I/O pins on the PIC through simple serial commands!
Normally, this will only cost you about $20 to build this UBW board and don’t forget that it’s powered from the USB connection.
If you want to build your own UBW, remember that you have to put the bootloader and firmware HEX files on your UBW, before you can start to proceed! When you’re using the bootloader to create HEX files, make sure that you’re use the compiler correctly an then load that HEX file onto the PIC without an external programmer, by directly over USB!
Hope you all will have fun with this exciting project…