October 7, 2013 /
Taking a ploy from the upcoming TouchID feature the new iPhone will have, Grant was inspired to make this really neat toy box for his son’s toy car collection.
You would think getting a fingerprint reader would be the most difficult part, but apparently Adafruit has ‘em for sale! So Grant got a fingerprint reader, a hobby servo, pushbutton, and some batteries and hooked it up to an Arduino UNO.
Looks like a fun project, especially for something like a jewelry box.
Check out the source code and other details on Grant’s site.
Check out the video after the break.
September 13, 2013 /
Ranking up there in the category of possibly over engineered cat toys, is the TinyLaserTurret. This will probably keep you _and_ fluffy entertained for at least a few hours.
The brains of the operation is an ATTiny85 microcontroller. The unit is controlled by a Wii Nunchuck (using the WiiChuck adapter). Pan & tilt are made available via servos. Then there’s a 5v red laser module for that mysterious dot that fluffy can’t seem to ever catch. Because of current requirements the laser is driven with a transistor. Everything is mounted on a 3D Printed frame.
August 7, 2013 /
Project sentry gun is an open source project for people who like to make sentry guns. From the looks of it the most popular flavor is for paintball guns, but you could adapt this design to anything — as all the basics are there. The project is powered by an Arduino or a custom Sentry controller, some servos, webcam, and some raw materials.
The site has everything you need, part’s list / BOM, places to order the parts, schematics and source code. They also have the design for their standalone controller. You can even buy a complete setup.
Cool project, looks like it could be a lot of fun.
July 29, 2013 /
Matthew is back making some cool stuff, this time we got frank and his little obstacle avoiding robot. He’s roaming around, looking around, avoiding things. He’s even got some LED’s and plays music! A fun little project to build I’m sure.
Matthew was nice enough to put up his source code in case you want to build something similar.