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Pumpkin PCB Files In KiCAD Format

Posted October 31, 2014 by Chris

"This year at the Seattle and Portland Mini Maker Faires I did a presentation on getting started with designing your own PCB using KiCAD. In this presentation as an example I created a pumpkin shaped PCB with a candle like flickering LED."

Remote Controlled Kids

Posted October 30, 2014 by Chris

"It all started when I found a ‘Power wheels’ style toy at a thrift shop for $20. As you can see I’m a little excited about it. It wasn’t working when I bought it as there were wiring issues and a bad battery. This wasn’t too much of a concern to me because I planned to overhaul it anyways. It also started out as an Audi; being a BMW guy I figured I would change that too."

The Ghost Gunner

Posted October 28, 2014 by Chris

"Ghost Gunner is a non-profit open source hardware effort by Defense Distributed. Ghost Gunner builds on the open source community’s existing hard work, including the gshield 3 axis motion hardware, the grbl g-code parser and motion controller, and the legendary Arduino microcontroller. All GhostGunner schematics and design files will be published into the public domain."

LED Stuffed Pumpkin :: Halloween Arduino Project

Posted October 27, 2014 by Chris

"Create your own LED Stuffed Pumpkin for a Halloween Arduino Project. Follow this step by step guide for making your own."

PUMPKTRIS – More Halloween Electronics

Posted October 26, 2014 by Chris

"What do you get when you combine a pumpkin with the classic video game Tetris? Pumpktris! Fully playable, embedded in a pumpkin, and with the stem serving as a controller. Watch the video below to see it in action, then read on for the development story."

Halloween Pumpkin LEDs and IR project

Posted October 25, 2014 by Chris

"What’s Halloween without a carved pumpkin? And what’s the point of lighting the pumpkin with a candle when we have LEDs?…The LEDs flicker for 30s when someone is close to the pumpkin. Notice the IR-detector in the nose."

DIY Halloween Decoration Ideas

Posted October 24, 2014 by Chris

"The Halloween season is approaching quickly….Every year it is good to have at least one new attraction. If, you don’t just completely overhaul the whole event. The hope would be that this attraction would be bigger and better than the previous year. This means we are always trying to come up with new DIY projects to scare people."

ATTiny LED Candle

Posted October 23, 2014 by Chris

"The ATTiny Candle is an LED candle. It uses a high brightness LED and some software to mimic the look of a traditional candle without the dangers associated with an open flame. I imagine they could be useful as movie props where you cannot afford to have a candle go out during a take or in your home in places not suitable for traditional candles such as in a wall niche or alcove."

VGA Hardware Project (AVR/FPGA)

Posted October 22, 2014 by Chris

"The aim of the project was roughly to display stuff on a monitor by programming an AVR microcontroller as well as an FPGA . We further had a working networking interface (using an old 10 MBit Ethernet card) to retrieve the stuff we should display."

ECE 4760: Haptic Data Visualizer

Posted October 20, 2014 by Chris

"The goal of our project was to create both the hardware and software platform that can be used as a adaptable haptic data visualization device…Sure, it’s nice to see [the] data on the computer screen, but what if you could feel it? Bring it to life? With our current haptic visualizer, users can feel any arbitrary surface plot generated in MATLAB as well as animate and manipulate a 3D sandbox used to draw and feel objects."