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Arduino CAN-BUS OBD Gas Gauge

Posted May 21, 2018 by Chris

"My inspiration for developing this gas gauge was after purchasing a new car (Scion Xa) and wondering what MPG I was getting. After much research on ODBII protocols, and looking into open source software that already existed I delved into my first Arduino project."

G-Scale Model Train Automation Control

Posted May 18, 2018 by Chris

"As we enter 2014, I thought I would post up a recap of what I’m working on. Primarily I’m developing a wireless method for controlling moving vehicles. In my particular case, this is Garden Scale (G) model train locomotives. However the principles and widgets I’m designing could be used to drive almost anything via real time wireless up to a distance of about 300 ft."

Pentax DSLR IR Interval Timer

Posted May 15, 2018 by Chris

"I’m planning a trip to the desert, and one of the things I wanted to make for myself were time lapse movies of sunrise or sunset, and the night sky. My DSLR does not have a wired remote capability and Hoya has decided not to include an interval timer on their low end DSLR…So, many months ago, I tore apart one of the Pentax IR remotes, to see what makes it tick."

Emanual Version2 – Ready for the Playa

Posted May 11, 2018 by Chris

"…I had a vision of a different kind of vehicle for that year. What I wanted to make was a self balancing extension ladder. You could ride it around the desert while standing on a rung, and then when the dust storms kick up, you hit a button and whuup!, the ladder extends and lifts you right above the low-flying dust clouds. Sounds fun? I thought so."

3D Music Visualization with Spinning Display

Posted May 8, 2018 by Chris

"As a device that is primarily for entertainment purposes, we want the final design to be simple to control, portable, easy to use and cool. Thus, we decided to generate 3D visual effects by spinning an LED screen around its middle vertical axis. The screen is 10×10 and is a mix of red and yellow LEDs."

Building A Polargraph

Posted May 5, 2018 by Chris

"As part of an graduate-level independent study course I am taking through my university’s Art department, I will creating a polargraph drawing machine and installing it in a public hallway for public viewing."

D.I.Y. Sega Genesis Cartridge UMDKv2 (FPGA)

Posted May 2, 2018 by Chris

"The UMDKv2 is basically a PROM emulator. It’s a small FPGA board connected to a USB MegaDrive Kit. UMDKv1 (link) Is also worth a look, it uses an AVR microcontroller as a PROM emulator."

A Theremin Design Walkthrough

Posted April 27, 2018 by Chris

"This document will detail my attempt at designing and building a complete theremin…..The project should be a valuable educational experience for anyone undertaking basic RF electronics."

Wireless Xbox360 Controller on a PC

Posted April 23, 2018 by Chris

"Yesterday I had a thought – I don’t like having a wire to the Xbox360 controller I use for games on my PC…I was thinking that there may be some other RF transceiver that could be modified or adapted to work with the controller. As it happens, there -kind of- is."

Will O’ the Wisps – An experiment In Self-Sustained System Dynamics

Posted April 19, 2018 by Chris

"The project consists of eight modules (creatures) that operate independently, but coordinate their efforts to perform a common task. Each module implements a solar panel to collect the energy needed to operate (feeding) and communicates using radio transmissions. These mechanisms allow the system’s overall behavior to mimic the interactions of prairie dog and mongoose colonies."