Red Light Camera Alerter

I had the chance to play with some new components - namely the Adafruit Monochrome 128x32 OLED display and the Adafruit UP501 66 channel GPS receiver.  (Alternatives). As I was pondering ideas of what to build, I thought that it would be neat to be alerted when approaching a red light camera.  In my local area (Southern Ontario), there are currently about a hundred or so of these cameras around the GTA.  However, it appears…
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Arduino Temperature / Humidity Sensor

The projects I do tend to fall in one of two buckets - either proof-of-concept (so I can learn new stuff) or items that have some sort of functional use.   The need for this project came about when my wife was prodding me about the humidity in the house and whether our humidifier was doing it's job correctly.  Most people would just go out and buy a temp / humidity sensor and be done…
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Adafruit Monochrome 128×32 OLED graphic display

I recently got my hands on the Adafruit Monochrome 128x32 OLED graphic display for my next project.  This is a 128x32 OLED B+W graphics chip and it's tiny!  Don't let its size fool you however. Being an OLED display,  text/graphics contrasts well against the black background.  My initial intent for this display was to use it to provide information to you GPS Red Light Camera project.  It's job would be to provide key information such…
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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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MicroBot

After I had success with my challenge to build a 1"x1"x1" NanoBot, I wanted to try my luck at something a little larger. MicroBot measures approx 2"x2"" and uses the same Atmel microcontroller and battery (see N anoBot details). The body was custom made from a larger piece of 4mm white PVC. MicroBot gets its' senses from 3 front mounted ProxDots (IR units) and a bottom mounted IR unit (for line following). This gives MicroBot…
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NanoBot

While waiting for the NXT system to come out, I decided to try my luck at making tiny robots. While Googling, I stumbled across a Yahoo newsgroup for NanoBots based on the MegaBitty controller. I have always been interested in making compact Lego robots, but for obvious reasons, they can only be so small. So, I decided to try my luck and NanoBots. Although I am not sure of the exact definition of a NanoBot,…
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