Arduino

DIY & Hobby Projects: Parts, Components & Tools Must Have’s

Most people who visit to this site are either DIY’ers, Makers, Hackers, or Robotics / RC enthusiast.  For the most part, we all do the same thing – we build or mod stuff for our projects or hobbies.  Over the years, experience and repetition has given we wisdom as to what works, what doesn’t, and key components that I want to have on hand.  I wanted to share a list of parts/components I have found useful...
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Electronics

Hot Tub: ESP8266 IoT Temp Monitor and NeoPixel Lighting

Finally got our free hot tub hooked up.   Well, not so free… Hot tubs are never free unless you have all the electrical and other bits already.  Anyway,  I wanted to add some remote temperature monitoring as well as jazz up the lighting a bit.   I wanted to be able to track the temperature and use trigger notifications if the temperature falls below a set threshold.   Of course Blynk is my...
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Arduino

ESP8266 – Lessons Learned

I’ve gotten enough ESP8266 projects under my belt to have a few lessons learned to share with you.  The ESP comes in many flavors.  One of my favorites is the NodeMCU.  I also like the Adafruit Huzzah WDT Reset Error: This error was the bane of my existence for quite some time.   When experiencing this, you typically see your sketch run and fail.  Using the Serial Monitor and carefully placed statements, you...
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Electronics

Review: RBBell – Electronic Bike Horn

Today, I’m doing a review of the RBBell electronic bike horn.   This is a battery powered piezo that beeps when the button is pressed.  Pretty simple.  It’s loud (as in 120dB loud)!  It startled me after accidentally pressing the button during my review video. I can tell already this is going to be effective when I hit the trails.   I do a fair bit of biking. Most of which is in trails...
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Arduino

WIoT: Weather Station & IoT Notifier

This is a project that I have been wanting to do for some time.  Since the marrying of IoT with microcontrollers, the world of cloud-connected devices has taken off.  I had a hard time naming this thing because its sort of a swiss army knife of IoT.  I keep coming up with new ideas as to what to connect to and control.    I’ve done other similar projects (like my garage door monitor / opener project),...
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DYI, Mods, Hacks & Stuff

LISAMRC ML180 Carbon Fiber Frame Kit – Review

Today we are doing a review of the LISAMRC ML1800 Carbon Fiber Frame Kit.  Not sure what LISAMRC stands for, so I suppose it’s a ‘cool’ factor thing.  Overall, I’m pretty impressed with this micro-sized quad frame kit. It’s well crafted and light.  There are some minor issues, but no show stoppers and nothing you can’t fix with some spare bits.  The following is an unboxing review and observations putting the base kit together.  Sometime...
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Electronics

FeeYoung – FatShark 600TVL Rotating Camera Mount

This allows you to mount the FatShark TVL600 (or similar) FPV camera so it can be rotated by a servo on the FeeYoung ZX-250 quad frame. The flange is printed wider with a support. Once printed and cooled, you have to twist the flange to break it free. A few twists back-and-forth will loosen it up so it can act as a bearing. The right side flange is printed flat and can...
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Electronics

FVT LittleBee 20A ESC Mounts – FeeYoung Frame

You can use these mounts to hold a set of small ESCs in place on your quad. These were made for a FeeYoung ZX-250 frame and mount the FVT LittleBee 20A ESCs. However, they may work for others. Requires Hot glue or Goop (my favourite). Note: This is a single STL but 2 parts.   FVT LittleBee ESCs   FeeYoung ZX-250 Carbon Fiber Frame    Tinker this thing.    
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3D Printing

LulzBot Mini: Arduino Temp Monitor / Fan & LED Controller

I’m on a mission to reduce the amount of noise my LulzBot Mini 3D printer makes. I’ve already added a motor damper to the Y axis.  However, one thing that is consistently noisy is the case fan.   It’s on at > 70% nearly all the time.  In addition to this, the air vent fins in the side of the case amplifies the fan noise.  So, I decided to build my own fan controller....
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Electronics

LulzBot Mini: WebCam & LED Mount

Given that I can’t leave well enough alone, along comes my latest project.  I was trying to both have good lighting on the build platform as well as a stable platform for the web camera.  My first run at a camera mount used a series of flex hose pieces I printed.  However, getting them to snap together required warming them up and press fitting them to each other.  After they cooled down however, the...
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