Let's Make Robots!
 As I make more electronic gizmos, I try to grow in efficiency. This includes my actions of trying to move to more SMD (surface mount device) parts in my circuit … Read more
Okay this is just a concept at this point, but If it generates enough interest i'll begin finishing the design. I want to take the Sanguino, Arduinos Middle child … Read more
overlay data from an arduino on live video
The Video Experimenter shield from nootropic design allows data overlay from a camera.  This is the demo program running.  I'm using an old pair of video goggles … Read more
Create a solid rocket motor at home!
Manufacturing combustion chambers and nozzles, cooking rocket fuel and using PVC pipe to create custom rocket motors right at home! Not only is making your own … Read more
Read RFID tags and Smart Cards with this handheld device
A Basic Stamp 2px powered handheld device that can read RFID tags and Smart Cards then displays the data on an LCD screen. Future upgrades will include the ability … Read more
Accelerometer assisted fin actuation to provide straight flight
This model rocket was modified to fit 4 servos, each controlling the position or a fin. An accelerometer in the nose cone gave data to the Arduino in which it … Read more
Provides a 16 port IO device for the chip.
A note on the cost and time estimates. Time = time to draw out the schematic, do the layout and then populate the board. It's also the little things that seem to be … Read more
Preface:  No, this is not a robot.  But either I document this project here or on my turf & soil blog.  This seems like a better choice.  And yes, I use a … Read more
I show you data on your LED so you can save some power on your LEDs.
My program shows you all of the data on your Led from the first light to the normal operation light. From that data you can pick an RS that is good light, but lower … Read more
Observes the sky with a video camera, transmits a ring tone to all walkie-talkies in a range of 2km, beeps to find it again
****Update 2011/8/18**** Video from a successful flight is up. The HD BoosterVision camera is awesome. Telemetry worked perfect. Recovery took me and my father in … Read more
Tests the sorta stuff you would test on robots
Inspired by a post by Geir Andersen, I decided to make a little tester box. Nothing too fancy, and (I'm sure) not properly put together, but enough to be able to so … Read more
The robot controller app is out! Woo Hoo! Finally, a Android-based hobbyist robot controller that works with every microprocessor. There is no corresponding … Read more
***Update 2011/8/19*** First experiment using white wood glue (polyvinyl acetate) as a binder for the propellant hexaphenox. The advantage is that polyvinyl … Read more
How I used an Arduino to display scrolling text on a LED matrix
The build is as simple as it gets. I just used 8 red and 5 blue connectors to connect the arduino pins to the positive and negative pins of the matrix. I didn't … Read more
Provides regulated power and battery backup for low power systems.
The powerboard is part of a gardening project I've been working on that uses low power systems and integrates with a solar panel and battery backup. The intent was … Read more
I didn't really know where to put this..... The associated picture is what happens when you take a 10 minute time lapse shot of a SHR wondering about in the dark. … Read more
For the last couple of years I have had a bird box mounted on the wall outside my room. All the time I have had a USB webcam inside so I (and a lot of other people … Read more
Remote controlled, extremely precise (yeah, right!) 2-axis laser death ray
This started out as a top secret destruction weapon to be placed on the moon with plans of taking the world hostage, in order to make a trillion dollars... … Read more
Catches on fire
From our 'fun with fire' series. Simple.  Rocket motors and a battery placed in the box and wired to the switch.  Make a few for your next party, set them around … Read more
When I first came across some videos on YouTube for Ferrofluid I was amazed of its properties and wanted to build something micro controlled with electro magnets. Read more