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Solar Powered Wireless Security

Posted January 17, 2011 by Chris

Home security is very important if you have a family. If you can make that security powered by renewable energy then you will really have nothing to worry about, it will always be on. This project guides you through how you can build a system that doesn’t rely on the power companies. Take a look!

Digital Camera Interface

Posted December 17, 2010 by Chris

If you’re interested in using a camera module in any of your projects, this project shows you how to connect an AVR to a camera and get it working. The sample code is posted and the schematic is basic. Luckily most camera modules operate the same so you’ll be able to adapt the code if necessary.

Long Range Explorer: Oberon

Posted December 13, 2010 by Chris

Oberon is built from the leftovers of a wheel chair so it has some powerful motors and sensors. It uses this power to be able to explore long range, far away from the remote controller. This can be quite cool for the lone DIYer without a big budget. The project write-up is 33 pages of detailed info.

The Seeker Robot

Posted December 8, 2010 by Chris

This ‘Seeker’ robot was originally designed to compete in DARPA’s Robo Magellan contest. It has all the standard features, along with some complex planning as well as 802.11 diagnostics information transmission. The project write-up has tons of pictures, the schematics and software.

The SwashBot

Posted November 15, 2010 by Chris

Today’s project is a creative little robot called the SwashBot. It is a neat construction design with some servos and a wireless receiver/controller. The project write-up includes instructions for building, parts list and schematic. Don’t miss the videos of the robot in action!

Linux PC Robot

Posted November 12, 2010 by Chris

The objective of is to build a fully functional robotic development platform for $500 or less using linux, commonly available components, a little skill, and some good old fashioned scrounging. The website is full of info detailing the build process.

StreamHawk – Telepresence Robot

Posted November 6, 2010 by Chris

Straight from the project write-up: The primary purpose of this semi-autonomous robot is to allow the operator to remotely explore rooms in a home. It is a robot with a wireless camera, white-LED ring light, wireless data connection, large wheel clearance, and two rear speakers for the speech module. Don’t miss this awesome creation!

Secret Knock Detecting Lock

Posted September 29, 2010 by Chris

The Secret Knock Detecting Lock unlocks your door when it detects the correct knocking sequence. It’s the perfect accessory to your secret lair, club house or tree house. Why isn’t this in every home already?

Alarm Motion Sensor Switch

Posted August 24, 2010 by Chris

I’m sure we’ve all seen the security motion sensors in the corner of the walls of our arch-enemies’ homes, so why not learn how it works? This project takes a look at how to use a PIR motion sensor to switch on/off virtually anything, from an alarm to water sprinklers!

Using an AVR as an RFID tag

Posted August 20, 2010 by Chris

In a little more sinister project, this guy used an AVR micro controller to act as an RFID tag. Hopefully the security gurus see stuff like this in action and realize how bad access control security really can be. The write-up has a few pics and gives a good general overview.