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’ve done other similar projects (like my garage door monitor / opener project), but this is the first complex project that I’ve embarked on.  All too often, as we are headed out the door, we often want to know what the weather is.  Sure we can...
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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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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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Arduino

LulzBot Mini: LED Lighting Controller

Update: Check out the more recent mod – camera mount and better lighting. So, I just got my LulzBot Mini this week and have to say I love this thing.  It’s my 2nd 3D printer (I Kickstarted the M3D – but it was not a reliable machine).  Anyway, like any guy with a new toy, I had to do something to make it my own!   ..and why not print some parts for it!...
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Arduino

10 Minute Project – Glowy Pumpkin

Here’s a quick project to get some funky flashing / colour changing LEDs into your pumpkin. Just grab a set of addressable WS2812‘s and some Arduino code and your’re done.    The 2812’s are pretty easy to wire up.  Essentially, +5v, GND and data signal get daisy changed through the set of LEDs.  Each LED has 3 pins for IN and 3 pins out.  Wire from the Arduino to the first IN set, then...
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Arduino

IoT Garage Door Monitor/Opener with Finger Print Scanner

I’ve got a lot of stuff in my garage, and having 3 kids (one of them being me!) with forgetful minds, the garage door is sometimes left open over night.  I don’t really like that sinking feeling after waking up the next day to find the door was left open.  Between loosing valuables and critters that make a mess of garbage, I finally decided it’s time to take a stance!  I have an IP Cam mounted inside...
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Arduino

Quadcopter – Enhanced Lost Model Alarm

Just 24 hours earlier I built my first Lost Model Alarm.  Not being satisfied with good enough, I’ve built an enhanced version.  Of course, you could just buy one, but where’s the fun in that?!  As mentioned in my original posting, I wanted the alarm to have multiple modes.  First, I wanted to be able to have it triggered while the TX is on using one of the available aux controls.  Second, I wanted it...
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Arduino

Outdoor LED Light Controller – Enclosure and Mounting

  Over the past 2 years, we have working on our back-yard landscaping project.  We added a patio, stones, a deck etc.  One of the remaining bits was to add LED’s to accent the rocks and other areas at night.  After completing my outdoor LED light controller and Andriod app, I found myself struggling to find a way to enclose all the components in something that would protect the controller and power supply from...
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Arduino

Crius I2C GPS Nav Board – Programming via RS232 USB to Serial FTDI Board

I had an Adafruit UP501 GPS module laying around and wanted to get it working on my Quad.  However, my serial connection is being used by a bluetooth module which left me with finding a way to get it working over I2C.   I found the Crius I2C GPS module and this video which provides some great guidance on how to set things up.  However, I was having trouble getting it programmed using the Sparkfun...
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Arduino

DIY Quadcopter Build (MultiWii / NanoWii / Qbrain)

If I didn’t have enough hobbies already…  I’ve just gotten myself into the world of quadcopters and flying.  I’ve never flown before.  My RC experience is limited to 4 wheels on the ground.    Navigating with 2 sticks and learning the world of yaw, elevation, pitch and throttle has become my next challenge.  I’ve wanted to learn how to fly for some time, so here we I’m not going to re-create the wheel...
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