October 24, 2013 /
OpenSCAD is pretty popular amongst the 3D Printering community. You can design your 3D modles using a meta language that describes what you are trying to build. Frustrated with some of the methodoligies that OpenSCAD implements, Bluebie created Oozby.
While I can’t say that I’m much of a Ruby person, I’d much rather prefer using Python variants like SolidPython or pySCAD I can appreciate the goal to make technology more accessible to other people with different backgrounds.
Check out more on the Oozby site, and the source code on Github.
October 22, 2013 /
Everyone usually agrees that home made gifts are usually more heart felt. So instead of buying a gift, Christian decided to make one for a friend. Not too far from a musical birthday card, the Birthday Box, will present a message to the receiver on an LCD screen, and sing the song happy birthday.
The Happy Birthday Box uses a piezo buzzer for a speaker generated by an Arduino. The text message is displayed on a standard 16×2 LCD screen, and powered by a battery pack. There is a small roller switch as well, I assume everything turns on / off when you open and close the box but it wasn’t specifically stated as the functionality.
Keep this project bookmarked, and add a few LEDs for that valentine of yours.
Check out a quick video after the break; Source code and more pictures on Christian’s blog.
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.
October 6, 2013 /
Stumbled on this awesome project that uses 2 old hard drives platters as rotary encoders / jog wheels. Obviously for the purpose of DJing! I love it when people reuse hardware that was originally intended for another purpose.
The build uses an Arduino Mega 2560 as its main processor. RGB LED’s for the VUmeters, some slider pots for fading, and some extra buttons and knobs for MIDI events. On the PC software side, the author is using mixxx for the MIDI mapping.
Check out the video after the break. More pictures in the gallery. Source code here on GitHub. More documentation here.