An electrical design engineer by profession, Sandeep Sharma is a part time hobbyist who likes to experiment with electronic projects, especially involving Arduino. With an aim to share his knowledge about arduino and embedded projects, he owns a website as well as a YouTube channel through which he showcases certain interesting projects. In one of his Arduino based projects, he made a unique use of old DVD drives to build a DIY CNC Plotter at home. This machine is not only inexpensive but also quite easy to construct and operate. Presented here, is one of his exciting DIY projects that illustrates the construction and coding of an arduino based mini CNC plotter.
It would be a fun ride to metamorphose any switch, joystick, sensor or other electrical gadgets into a USB keyboard and/or mouse. To begin with, you can convert any input device into a controller for your computer programs or games. And the most fascinating portion of this tutorial is yet to be explored as you can do every conversion with one line of code, inside the relaxing margins of Arduino. This interesting tutorial by Jimb0 of Sparkfun is dependent to this micro friend: the SparkFun Pro Micro! The Pro Micro is a small, Arduino-compatible microcontroller positioned around an ATmega32U4 – an 8-bit AVR akin to the ATmega328 with one colossal limitation: The 32U4 comes fitted out with a full-speed USB transceiver.
Ingmar excels in building most interesting electronic projects like machine learning, robotics, differential GPS, and others. The one we are talking about here is a small GPS navigation system that can be used for small sized systems like robotic cars. The most usual problem faced with respect to such devices is that the accuracy gets compromised over 4-5 meters distance when filters aren’t used.
Romin Irani is a serial innovator whose prime endeavour is to help software developers with best of what he knows. Apparently, here he has tried to bring some spark to the personal world of his audience by creating one of the most beautiful projects for Valentine’s Day. It is a little paper made heart connected with net and keeps waiting for any messages.
Heated bed is an added module to 3D printer, that ensures a controlled printing process. It assists in improving the print quality drastically by maintaining ideal conditions for the printer to function. This DIY heated bed is designed to monitor and set up the print bed temperature. Temperature plays an important role in the printing process; too hot or too cold temperature can lead to a mess. Additionally, the heated bed would provide extra power supply to the printer so that overload can be avoided and would give over-temperature protection beyond the usual monitoring.
This cardboard based coin sorting machine will calculate and display total value of coins. It will also sort the coins by value. It seems to be an inexpensive fit for every bank and cashier of the company and can be built on their own. Ikhsan Ismail, a DIY maker has come up with yet another interesting DIY project.This simple machine is build around a few things like an Arduino Nano R3, 3 TCRT5000 IR Sensors, 12C LCD Module, 9V Battery, One Switch, Adafruit Standard LCD – 16 x 2 White on Blue, 3 x 10 Ohm Resistor, One Full Size Cardboard, Jumper Wires, Resistor 10k Ohm, and a 10 Ohm Resistor.
It’s always fun to work on an electronic project especially when it lets you recycle old objects that are otherwise thrown into the trash. Afrotechmods is a website run by an electrical engineer nicknamed as Afroman who publishes a bunch of interesting experiments with electronics through videos. His areas of interest include power electronics, robotics, and mixed signal design. In one of his videos, Afroman has described an interesting use of hard drive in the form of a DIY speaker. The project has been demonstrated clearly with the help of a video and doesn’t require any software installation. In order to build the speaker, all you need is a hard drive and some easily accessible tools like hex wrench, a multimeter, couple of thin wires, soldering iron, and an amplified audio source.
Who doesn’t get fascinated towards those bizarre optimistic professional LED wall with endless repetitive patterns. Now, if you have some experience in wiring and other technical stuffs, why not take a further step to enhance your professionalism. Well, this tutorial by Adafruit is definitely a savior if you are interested in building a professional LED wall by using a 16×32 RGB LED matrix panels and a bit of patience.They have used 18 panels to construct a 96×96 pixel display, which measures roughly 2ft square. As you can see that the video decoder boards do all the diligence, therefore all you require is a DVI/HDMI/Displayport
Coffee is one true love for every heart that pumps their blood in hard work, want to escape the boredom from all tedious work or push the limits to meet the deadline. This tutorial by Arduino Project hub allows you to solve the puzzle arising out of diverse capsules, placed in a different jar and then have no idea which color to pick.To resolve the confusion of finding the correct jar containing the correct capsules, the Nespresso capsule detector is introduced. The notion is rather effortless. All you need is to drop a capsule into the tube, and as soon as it’s absolutely dim, a distinct LED lights up. The RGB light sensor states the brightness concentration of each color channel – Red, Green, and Blue.
Who doesn’t like to get greetings from people and when you get the same from your house, it gives you an overwhelming experience. Houses with modern sensors, not only makes your life easy and comfortable but also saves the environment and assist humankind.This tutorial by Hacktronis aims to lend a hand in constructing your own Arduino motion sensor/detector so that you can experience something as soon as you enter your room like have the lights turn on, or have your theme song play whenever you enter.
What if your embroidered fancy clothes hold the ability to observe your fitness levels or improve your smartphone reception? And here, the vision does not limit to several wiring and equipment tailored inside your dress. Cheers to an innovative technique that uses ultra-thin electronic thread to stitch circuits into the fabric, where each embroidered antenna transmit test signals with near-perfect productivity.The most exciting feature is its proportion, measuring just 0.1 mm in diameter. The thread encompasses seven filaments made of copper and silver. Using this advantage, researchers have discovered a mode to embroider circuits into textile with sufficient accuracy to assimilate electronic components such as sensors and memory devices into clothing.
We have seen various occasions when technology was mixed with creativity to demonstrate universal magic. In this tutorial of Adafruit, get ready to say “Lumos” as this exciting project, known as Raspberry Potter, syndicates everyone’s two beloved things—the open source Raspberry Pi and the magic Potter wand.This interactive magic band can either be purchased or you can DIY your own by adding a sequin or pearl button to the tip of any wand you have lying around the house. The wand act together with a magic lantern that is essentially a hacked hurricane lamp.
This intermediate tutorial of arduinomylifeup defines an upfront process to develop your own Arduino web server. The steps covering this procedure involves the dynamics of getting it up and running. Further, this tutorial also aims to cover some core concepts such as using ajax for updating rather than refreshing the page over and over.In order to understand this tutorial and fully execute it, it is crucial to learn some basic HTML concepts, which is exceptionally simple to grasp. For newbies, it is recommended to go through w3schools for a basic introduction, to gather some basic notions about HTML.
You are aware of various pros of an LCD (liquid crystal display) and its ability to perform and therefore in this Arduino LCD tutorial of arduinomylifeup, we will learn how to connect a simple 16×2 LCD up to the Arduino with this good little device.If you had some experience with the LCD boards, you must be aware of the fact that they are not assembled with header pins and hence, will need to be soldered on. With the availability of header pins, you can perhaps skip soldering but getting a worthy connection to the board will be challenging. The potentiometer in the circuit is used to control the brightness of the screen.
Engineering your mind in electronic inventions is not everyone’s cup of tea but a born enthusiast cannot ignore its guts for a long period. Dansku or Daniel Andrade in his recent post has detailed about its unsurpassed urge to create DIY projects while pursuing electric engineering.In this simple project, Daniel has shared a blog that defines how to shape a metronome via some simple parts, which are readily available in any electronic shop. To begin with, a Metronome is any device that generates a structured audible and visual pulse, habitually utilized to create a stable beat, or tempo and computed in beats-per-minute (BPM) for the execution of musical compositions.
In yet another post, dansku has attempted to relive the past of technology. From connecting computer to the old 32′ TV in order to watch things from the internet to the era of eMule, which was ruling the p2p community or to the introduction of HTPC (Home Theater PC), a dedicated computer that gets connected to the TV, with good Motherboard/VGA/Soundboard and with gaming aptitudes.The inventions never stopped and so the demand for technology. In this tutorial, Daniel has used a 2TB Lacie Network Space 2, which is a simple NAS Server, and a WD plus Live. The WD PLUS LIVE is a small computer with an operating system to playback videos and music with no storage facility.
Time and again, it is entertaining to make use of daily items to create something innovative and ironically, this project itself is using a pizza box to bake itself. In one of the DIY projects of statusorel, they have developed a solar oven by using a pizza box.All they have used is to make this device are Cardboard pizza box, Box knife or scissors, Aluminum foil, Clear tape Plastic wrap or a heavy-duty or freezer zip lock bag will also work, Black construction paper, NewspapersRuler or wooden spoon and a Thermometer.
A Casio PT-82 was considered as a classic of Casio 8 bit technology before the famous SK-1 came in market. A LushOne kit can be used to modify simple keyboards. But PT-82 does not has a circuit bend as the SK-1.The useful modifications that can be made are quite limited. The sliding switches can be stripped back to individual components, plastics can be removed from the debris and the springs can be adjusted on the sliding switches.In one of the tutorials of Lushproject, base can be used to add a filter with LFO input to the cut-off frequency and a ring modulator with second oscillator input to the PT-82.
We are completely familiar with the fact that Lithium Polymer Batteries contains great power in a small package. But they are designed in a manner which is considered tricky in order to charge securely. In a tutorial of Adafruit LiPo Chargers project, a charging cycle is designed for safely charging 3.7v Lithium Polymer cells.This project aims to design the batteries that can adjust more than 3.7v. But forcing more voltage into a multi-cell pack is dangerous. Therefore, Adafruit has come up with another tutorial that shows how to safely charge multiple cells while maintaining a balanced charge.
Yes, you got it right, you are now free from carrying an extra charger for charging your mobile batteries. We all use mobile phones and definitely, a discharged battery makes the phone useless. A wireless recharging battery case can be a solution. You just have to make sure that it is gently placed near the battery and the power transmitter, How can we do this? The following tutorial of the Adafruit has the answer.Have a closer look, firstly just to protect the battery case from getting damaged. Make sure that the Qi charging stickers must be used that terminate in Micro/Mini USB connectors. Be careful while modifying high capacity batteries.