September 22, 2013 /
It’s Sunday again, time to take a break from watching your favorite NFL team lose and learn something somewhat productive.
First up, you should fire up your 3D Printer and make yourself a set of these cool 8bit video game coasters.
Not in the mood for some video game coasters? Well did you know there are more places to get 3D models to print for your 3D Printer other than Thingiverse ? There’s Defcad which commonly has all those items that people are forced to take down other places, and Yeggi which seems to just scour the web hunting models. If you are making industrial designs like PCB layout, there’s 3dcontentcentral. That should get you going.
You’ve obviously heard of FFT or Fast Fourier Transform, you have it on your trusty O’Scope and when you look at it, you think you see valuable information. But what exactly is a Fourier Transform? Check out the interactive guide to Fourier Transform so you can learn something.
Looking for somewhere to host your software project, not a fan of GitHub? Srchub is just starting out, but offers subversion, git, mercurial, wiki, issue tracker. Lets you assign multiple collaborators and also make private repositories. Not a bad gig for free.
September 19, 2013 /
The Electric Imp is a WIFI module with a brain. In some use cases it’s used to help connect your device to the cloud, as one of those ‘internet of things’. On other cases (like this one), it is the thing. Marcus has a cool little project that takes temperature readings and pushes them to the cloud.
Since the Imp is pretty power savvy, Marcus was able to power the project using a solar panel and charger. From there it uses a TMP36 analog temperature module to pull readings from. The temperature is read using the ADC and turned into an actual temperature number. The imp handles the rest by using the ThingSpeak api, which then collects and graphs the data.
Source code and schematic included on slickstreamer.
August 28, 2013 /
[su_quote]… it runs over AVRs microcontrollers and include all the libraries and drivers required for a complete a distributed intelligent network, it also includes an Android user interface.[/su_quote]Ever wanted to make your home smarter ? Or just remotely control basically everything in your home ? Souliss is here to help. It’s a framework for DIY home automation.
What I like about Souliss versus having used traditional home automation hardware (like Z-Wave) is you aren’t restricted to what modules are available. You can craft your own using a lot of familiar hardware like Arduino’s (and I’m sure Raspberry Pi’s in the future). It’s not restricted to specific methods of communication either, you can do wired or wireless or wi-fi or serial or whatever you can use to get your devices to communicate. Great project!