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Starting A Build of an Arduino Laser Tag System

Posted July 17, 2017 by Chris

"For the past few months, my friends and I have been planning to make our own laser tag system that we can play at home. The goal is to make a laser tag system that we can modify and program different game modes. Why are we doing his? We just want to play some laser tag, and learn a couple of things along the way."

Bark Opening Door System

Posted July 14, 2017 by Chris

"Sleep deprivation has been driving me mad recently. And it’s all down to a new member of the family, our new dog. She barks at night when she’s left out. She barks early in the morning when she’s left in. So once I recognized the patterns of her barking, I realized that all I needed was something that would let her out when she needed to go for a pee, usually around 6:30 in the morning."

Temperature And Humidity Sensing

Posted July 8, 2017 by Chris

"The temperature and relative humidity of indoor air is an important parameter that can influence indoor microbial survival, abundance, and community structure. Temperature and relative humidity can also be used to infer other information about indoor environments, such as whether or not it is being heated or cooled."

Rain Detector Sensor

Posted June 26, 2017 by Chris

"This rain detector will give you a heads-up the instant it starts to rain, hopefully giving you time to close windows and bring in possessions. The battery-powered circuit draws virtually no current when the sensor is dry and the current consumption is low when the buzzer is activated so a couple of AA cells will last a long time."

Seismic Sensor

Posted June 11, 2017 by Chris

"My original “Deer Repellent/ Seismic Sensor” recommended using a speaker with a weight glued to the cone as a vibration sensor (see bottom of page) but it recently occurred to me that the speaker could supply the mass itself. By gluing a standoff to the center of the cone, an inexpensive 2″, 8 ohm speaker becomes a vibration sensor with a natural resonance below 100Hz which is quite good."

Heatsink Tester

Posted April 3, 2017 by Chris

"It’s quite a common problem when building electronics that some components need cooling which is usually done through some sort of heatsink and optional fans. Choosing the right cooling solution can be a difficult task because the real life behavior of the system is hard to predict or model. In my case I have faced the simple question quite a few times: how much heat can a cooling system dissipate?"

Portable Ultrasonic Range Meter

Posted April 29, 2016 by Chris

"Sound is a phenomena that is a result of vibration of materials. Sound is characterized as a mechanical wave that carries mechanical energy. For the transmission of this energy between transmitter and receiver, presence of a medium is necessary. The medium can be solids, liquids or gases."

Keyglove Tech In

Posted April 24, 2016 by Chris

"The Keyglove is an innovative new way to interact with your technology. A wearable, wireless, open-source input device, the Keyglove provides unprecedented flexibility and convenience for gaming, design, art, music, data entry, device control, 3D object manipulation, and even inexpensive telepresence."

Wireless Thermostat/Temp Sensor (With XBee)

Posted April 20, 2016 by Chris

"This post will be divided down into two main sections: hardware and software. I will try to explain with detail while keeping it short, and cover some of the key elements and choices involved in making this project."

Home-made GPS and compass

Posted April 18, 2016 by Chris

"This is a project I started about a week or so ago and have been working on when I find time after work. It’s a GPS and compass that temporarily uses an Arduino Nano micro-controller, Nokia 3310 screen, EM-406A SiRF III GPS receiver, and a simple (non-tilt compensated) magnetometer for compass heading."