Parallax Update Hack Chat

Join us on Wednesday, August 28th at noon Pacific for the Parallax Update Hack Chat with Chip and Ken Gracey!

For a lot of us, our first exposure to the world of microcontrollers was through the offerings of Parallax, Inc. Perhaps you were interested in doing something small and light, and hoping to leverage your programming skills from an IBM-PC or an Apple ][, you chanced upon the magic of the BASIC Stamp. Or maybe you had a teacher who built a robotics class around a Boe-Bot, or you joined a FIRST Robotics team that used some Parallax sensors.

Whatever your relationship with Parallax products is, there’s no doubting that they were at the forefront of the hobbyist microcontroller revolution. Nor can you doubt that Parallax is about a lot more than BASIC Stamps these days. Its popular multicore Propeller chip has been gaining a passionate following since its 2006 introduction and has found its way into tons of projects, many of which we’ve featured on Hackaday. And now, its long-awaited successor, the Propeller 2, is almost ready to hit the market.

The Gracey brothers have been the men behind Parallax from the beginning, with Chip designing all the products and Ken running the business. They’ll be joining us on the Hack Chat to catch us up on everything new at Parallax, and to give us the lowdown on the P2. Be sure to stop be with your Parallax questions, or just to say hi.

join-hack-chatOur Hack Chats are live community events in the Hack Chat group messaging. This week we’ll be sitting down on Wednesday, August 28 at 12:00 PM Pacific time. If time zones have got you down, we have a handy time zone converter.

Click that speech bubble to the right, and you’ll be taken directly to the Hack Chat group on You don’t have to wait until Wednesday; join whenever you want and you can see what the community is talking about.

8 thoughts on “Parallax Update Hack Chat

  1. They helped me out so much when I was first getting started. I called their tech support once at the request of their support forum moderator. The gentleman who answered was very helpful and patient. After he was done helping me with my problem I asked him a question about the timings of the propeller 1 and because it was so new he couldn’t answer it. He told me to hang on for a second and when the other end of the phone came alive again I was talking with Chip Gracey. They sell good products and offer outstanding tech support.

  2. – Yep, exactly as the article mentioned, a basic stamp was one of my first jumps from PC to micro programming, and taking programming to controlling real-world items (well, other than flipping bits on an LPT port). Then onto the SX line to learn the lower-level stuff like debugging, registers, assembly and whatnot. Huge help in my early understanding of micros, thanks parallax!

    1. Got proof? Because your statements contain two things that are wrong. Integer BASIC is by itself a programming language that can be a difficult thing to grok for a lot of people. And all of their BASIC Stamp related items are not expensive. In fact so far it has been the other side of developer board area where things are expensive.

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