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Developing an IR Remote and Software Controller

Posted May 11, 2016 by Chris

"This one is an interesting one, it’s something we’ve been looking at for a while and figuring out how to solve it. We have sets of speakers and projectors and the users keep losing the remotes, or misplaced/stolen. Usually this wouldn’t be a problem, we’ll just contact the supplier or manufacturer and order replacements. Except we can’t any more."

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."

The AT-AT Project – Building A Walker

Posted March 21, 2016 by Chris

"Combine an Arduino Uno, an Adafruit Servo Shield, Xbox 360 Controller, and a beat-up 1981 Kenner At-At Walker and the result is the toy I always wanted when I was a kid. If you played with this toy growing up you will probably remember how clumsy it was and difficult to move around."

Commodore Wi-Fi Modem

Posted March 15, 2016 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. "

The Raspberry Pi as DVB-S digital TV Transmitter

Posted February 19, 2016 by Chris

"Some extra hardware and software changes the Raspberry Pi into a DVB-S digital TV transmitter. The code and diagrams are released under the GPL license. Credits: This project would not have been possible without the pioneering done by Jean-François Fourcadier, F4DAY. I also made use of simplifications made by F4AGC, I simply simplified things some more. "

A Look At Power Line Communication

Posted January 25, 2016 by Chris

"PLC (Power Line Communication) is the technology that allows data transmission over the existing Power Line network. Power Line can be the home power network or the national electricity transmission grid. The data that can be transferred is as diverse as its speed. With speeds of nearly 200Mbps, video transmission, voice, data and any other services can be transmitted successfully."

The RIFFLE Open Source Datalogger

Posted November 10, 2015 by Chris

"We are working to develop an open source hardware datalogger that can be placed in the field for extended deployments and measure common water parameters like temperature, conductivity, depth, and turbidity. There have been several iterations of the hardware, including a version based on an ARM chip."

Dualshock Wireless Xbee Controller

Posted November 3, 2015 by Chris

"The controller uses an ATmega328P, the same as used on the ‘Arduino uno’. This makes it very easy to adapt the Arduino platform on the controller. You can upload your sketches via the usb port. The hardware and software is open for everyone, this makes it possible to program your own functionality into the controller."

DIY Temperature And Humidity Wireless Data Logger

Posted October 10, 2015 by Chris

"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."

Build A Simple Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Audio System

Posted September 27, 2015 by Chris

"This article describes how to build that wireless Bluetooth stereo audio system—one that’s also fairly low-cost—for outdoor use. The system, which maintains 20-WRMS output power, can be controlled either with a handset containing a Bluetooth connection and a music player or with an Apple iPod model."