September 9, 2013 /
I decided to make a “bumper sticker” that I think any young “Luke” would appreciate.
One way to intensify your kids workout is to weigh down their pedal car down with a few dozen pounds of wood. However, I doubt that was the inspiration blogsdo had when he turned his sons “Original KettCar” into a Pedal Powered Landspeeder X-34. This dad just may be a strong contender for the father of the year award for this awesome birthday gift.
He did not intend to document his build so there is not a whole lot to report on. As you can see from the build photos after the break the car was basically wrapped with wood and decorated with a few custom decals. One of which probably had the little ones giggling.
September 6, 2013 /
Kostas made a pretty sweet mod to his motor bike. He’s come up with a cool way of sensing the spark via an inductive spark plug sensor. With that information fed into his Arduino, he can calculate the RPM of the motor and display it via 7 segment displays.
Some LEDs are used to indicate shift points just like a drag car. A Dip switch panel is used to set the shift points.
There’s a video after the break demonstrating it in action.
August 27, 2013 /
Isn’t it fun to take stuff apart and see how things are made ? Well Michael over at EDN likes to as well! He’s got one of those cheap-y eBay Bluetooth OBD-II adapters and while what’s inside isn’t much of a shocker, it’s still nice to look at how things are made.
Inside is a bunch of power regulation, a CAN bus transceiver, a Microchip PIC and a ready-made bluetooth module. Usually when you crack these cheap clones apart the soldering looks pretty shoddy, but this one looks pretty clean except for the Bluetooth module for some reason.
Check out the full teardown.