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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."

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."

Constructing a Bluetooth controlled Robot

Posted April 11, 2018 by Chris

"In this post, I’ll show how to construct a robot with .NET Gadgeteer and how to control it using a Bluetooth connection from a PC application based on the 32feet.NET library. Let’s start from .NET Gadgeteer part. The base of our robot is the Rover 5 Tank Chassis, that provides two motors that can be easily controlled by the Motor Driver L298 Module."

Wireless BusCounter

Posted March 20, 2018 by Chris

"I’ve been working on creating a cheap, time-lapse camera that people could use to ‘sense’ the world around them. The cost of such a device would be around $10, when all is said and done, and having multiple of these devices would open up options for public computing that people have not considered – a world where people are willing to deploy “personal, public” electronics throughout their environment with the same ubiquity, recyclability and reusability as paper."

DIY Basic Cellphone

Posted February 20, 2018 by Chris

"An exploration into the possibilities for individual construction and customization of the most ubiquitous of electronic devices, the cellphone. I investigate the implications of digital fabrication and open-source hardware for DIY practice."

Wireless Thermostat/Temp Sensor (With XBee)

Posted February 4, 2018 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."

Commodore Wi-Fi Modem

Posted January 23, 2018 by Chris

"The Commodore Wi-Fi Modem is built around two main components: The Arduino-compatible MicroView with built-in OLED screen, and the Roving Networks RN-XV or ‘Wifly’ wireless module. These give you significant flexibility to use it as a straight-forward wireless solution for your Commodore, with optional expandability for standalone use or as a platform for interfacing to the outside world. "

Wireless SNES Controller

Posted August 25, 2017 by Chris

"The goal of this project was to build a wireless SNES controller that has the feel and action of the original hardware while also upgrading the interface from the SNES connector to a more modern USB connection."

Wireless Data Logging For Temperature And Humidity Sensing

Posted August 4, 2017 by Chris

"Monitoring and controlling relative humidity is important for humans health. Too low or too high humidity feels uncomfortable, but most importantly high moisture is a factor for growing mold in your home, which could be health threatening. I will not go into details on how to control humidity. Instead I’ll describe what motivated me to design and create my own temperature and humidity sensor which reports its readings every minute to a central Linux server."

Digital Temperature Sensing

Posted July 29, 2017 by Chris

"This circuit is simply a digital thermometer. I use a Microchip PIC Microcontroller to communicate to a Dallas DS18B20 Digital Temperature Sensor, interpret the data, and display the temperature on a multi 7 segment LED display."