Dicontinued – BT Bot Control & IPCam Bot – Android App to control Arduino Robots

BT Bot Control is an Android application that allows you to remotely control a micro controller-based robot using Bluetooth ( Arduino).  It also allows you to (optionally) view a video stream from an IPCamera mounted to your robot.  This could be any type wireless IP camera or phone that has the ability to broadcast a video stream/images to the web.  Example Foscam, Ai-Cam etc.  If you are looking to control your robot over WiFi, check…
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Remote Shutdown using a Foscam FI8918W

As a parent of 2 children and an obsession with cramming my hobbies in whenever I can, I decided to devise a means to remotely monitor my CNC (a ShapeOko) and also provide the ability for me to remotely shut it down if things go arwy during a milling session.   I picked up a Foscam FI8918W IPCam at a 'car boot' sale (I love that name) when I was visting in England this past…
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Review – OPTEK – Warm White LED Strip

Lately, I've been toying around with different LED strips for my projects.   I've had the chance to use a variety of LED strips (both RGB, and single colour types).  They come in many flavours - water proof, 3m-backed, silcone encased, sealed, non-sealed, exposed etc.   All have their advantages / disadvantages. (more…)
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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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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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