Hello people. 

I've been experimenting with the MSP430 Microcontroller from Texas Instruments since i recieved it, and working toward a goal. But thought i'd document every step. That way creating a complete video blog of the project, from the first steps, to hopefully something unique.
This is mainly for people new to microcontrollers and are interested in the Launchpad, or just bought one and don't know what to do with it. MSP430 veterans: Probably not for you, but if you see errors in the video's please tell me so i can insert notes about them for future viewers :)

Enjoy!:

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 1: Audio Intro 

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 2: First part of the package contents

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 4: The Standard Temperature Sensing Program(with pc serial connection)

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 5: Leds and Buttons 

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 6: Leds controlled through PC Serial Connection

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 7: Soldering, connections, and more

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 8: Created my LaunchPad Plugon Test Board 

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 9: PC Soundcard Oscilloscope for testing

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 10:  Introducing a Porsche (rc car)

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 11:RC Car controlled through PC Serial. 

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 12: Serial RC car, added connectors and first drive test!

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 13: The first Sensor, Cheap, but working, IR LED Collision Detection

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 14: Started work on the Car Drive Program 

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 15: Introducing an OpenPandora and an FT232RL usb to serial chip

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 16A: Created plugin sensor

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 16B: Plugin IR sensor test, and tools overview

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 17: Porsche with USB! Hardware building and status overview

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 18: Standalone G2252 First Tests, serial communication too

MarkoeZ MSP430 Launchpad Video's Part 19: MSP on batteries, Main Board for the car updated with IR, power led and more

MSP430 Launchpad Video 20: Porsche Knightrider Shiftregister

MSP430 Launchpad Video 21: PWM On Board Leds, controlled by launchpad Serial

 

The final Contest Entry:

A Porsche Model Car with an MSP430G2252, movement, speed and (just for fun) shiftregister LEDs controlled over usb Serial by a Pandora Console.With custom written Gui, And Touchscreen, D-Pad and ActionButton drive/program select.

But the Video's show it pretty well, Enjoy!

Drive Tests:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA2C2AJlzQU

Software overview and Final tests before drive:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=49rGjpp5HcE

Some other video's i kept private till now:

Very first Pandora gui test:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJB7Ig4d8Ic

First PC serial test with all modules connected, also nice overview of the individual modules: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n6fKybp_U84

From the pandora you have basic drive control obviously, but also the PWM can be adjusted by single values, or 6 pre set steps, starting at 0 and increasing 20% with each step, and slider/buttons for quick selection.Also, just for fun, i added some commands to change the led blinking mode :)
Components:

MSP430 Main Car Control and Interface Board - Contains all the connections for the individual modules, as well as the ControllerParts:

* 1 MSP430G2252 
* 1 20 pin DIP Chipsocket
* 4 NPN Transistors
* 4 2.2kohm Resistors
* 1 33kohm Resistor
* 1 470ohm Resistor
* 1 470nF Capacitor
* 1 Orange T1 LED
* About a row of male Pin Headers
* lots of connection cables (i use old hard drive IDE cables for everything)

Shift Register Led Control Board - A shift Register built onto a small module containing all resistors for led driveParts:

* 1 74HC595 Shift Register
* Chipsocket optional, i just soldered onto the board
* 6 1kohm resistors (for the slightly dimmed knightrider leds, and one for the board power led)
* 1 Orange T1 LED* about  1/4 of a row of male Pin Headers
* connection cable (i use old hard drive IDE cables for everything)
* min 5 port female Pin Header

FT232R BreakoutBoard by SparkfunSimply soldered male Pin Headers to it, and glued female headers with a cable inside the car. Instant usb module.

Built into the car:

* 5x T1 LED for the knightrider effect
* 1 pushbutton
* 5 pin female header with connection cables for the usb->serial module glued in.

An OpenPandora - Gui is only functional for pandora atm. But any device capable of USB serial can drive it, using a terminal, or a Gui. It's only sending out to the car atm, so a simple "echo blabla" is enough.