Nissan Juke – Footwell & Glove Box LED Lightning

Next on the block - adding LEDs to the foot wells and glove box.   (Prev mods: LED Tails and Rear Passenger LED mods) This mod can be especially useful this time of year up here on the 49th parallel since we are pretty much in darkness @ 5PM during November. All to often I drop something down near my feet and have to go looking for it.  The light that casts from the map lights…
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Nissan Juke – Custom LED Tail Lights

I'm a sucker for not conforming to status quo when it comes to my This includes my new Nissan (2012) Juke. In this mod, I added a set of LED light strips to the tail lights with a twist - I wanted to also monitor and react to braking to enhance the effect. I decided to go with an ATTiny85 using the Arduino core. It only needed 1 input from the 12V brake power and…
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Dual LED Desk Light Controller – Arduino

I've been involved in microcontrollers for some time - but of the LEGO Mindstorms flavour (and BASIC Stamp to a lesser extent). Lately, I've jumped on the Arduino bandwagon. I've always had the natural nack to fix pretty much anything that has batteries or a plug running out of it.  As the Arduino revolution has picked up dramatically over the past few years, so to has my desire to do DIY projects around the house.…
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Pulito – Featuring DFlex

Over the summer we installed hardwood flooring - which needs constant sweeping and cleaning .    What to   What to   Well, most of us would just sweep it, right?  Some of us might even go buy a Roomba.  But, then again, some of us build something to do it for them.  Why?  Because we Pulito (Italian for 'clean') is simply put, a sweeper robot. Much like a Swiffer and Roomba combined.  The intent was…
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dSwitch Aquasaurs Temp Monitor

We recently picked up one of those Aquasaurs kits for the kids - which lets you hatch and care for some neat little aquatic fish (or shrimp) that date back to pre-historic times.   After reading the instructions we got everything set-up and all was good,  until we read the part about the temp of the water needing to remain between 72 - 80F.   Problem is, we tend to keep our house around 70ish, and…
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Solar Charger Project

At some point I would like to use solar energy to supplement our home power usage.   Of course I was not going to jump into a full-out solar power array on my roof and out myself thousands of dollars without fully knowing the risks and potentials of photovoltaic solar power in my area.   Instead, I decided on a proof-of-concept project - a small 10Watt 12V solar charger. (more…)
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Cleaning Microsoft Wireless Notebook Laser Mouse 6000

So, since I find myself constantly taking things apart because they are broken, needing repair and cleaning, I figured why not post about them on my blog!  Surely someone out there will take on the same task at some point in time.  That said, here is a DIY cleaning for the Microsoft wireless notebook laser mouse 6000. (more…)
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Asus EEE 901 MightyMouse Hack

What: Hack the innards of an Apple Mighty Mouse into an EEE 901. Why: I found the 2-finger scrolling using the touchpad a PINTA.   So, since it's never my intent to leave well enough alone, and I was itching for something to take apart and hack, I decided to integrate a trackball into my EEE 901. The Apple Mighty Mouse was the best candidate becase the trackball acts like a wheel on the mouse -…
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LEGO X50/X50v Cradle

I am an AFOL (Adult Fan of Lego) and specialize in building and programming Lego robots (look at the rest of this site for more of my robots). I use (or play) with Lego Technic / Mindstorms for the most part. I got an idea to see what I could come up with for a cradle for my Axim. Below is my first run at a Lego Dell Axim X50 / X50v cradle. It also…
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