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May 14, 2015

Solder Paste Dispenser

at 1:51 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

Solder Paste Dispenser

 

There are lots of expensive Solder Paste Dispenser options but there will come a time that you just need to do more than is practical to do with a syringe and your fingers. That is when building a quick and dirty machine would come in. Good thing there is a system that you can model your endeavors after. The tricorderproject.org has a nice and simple DIY Solder Paste Dispenser project that might be just what you are looking for.

 

“The prototype that I put together is more of a sketch in hardware to help me appreciate the issues of paste extrusion, and help hammer out a design. Instead of using a plunger, I’ve used a very long lead screw that acts as the plunger, and has a gear atop with a captive nut to transfer force. The gear is driven by a Parallax continuous rotation servo, which I thought I’d try given that it simplifies the design by having an integrated gear box (which gives it lots of torque), and it can be directly driven by a microcontroller rather than requiring a separate stepper driver.”


May 12, 2015

Raspberry Pi Weather Station

at 11:19 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Computer Hacks, Electronic Hacks

Raspberry Pi Weather Station

 

Yes you can purchase weather stations that are ready to go but where is the fun in that? The Raspberry Pi Weather Station is designed for people who like to take control of their technology. 

 “WeatherPi is a solar powered Raspberry Pi WiFi connected weather station designed for Makers by SwitchDoc Labs. This is a great system to build and tinker with. All of it is modifiable and all source code is included. The most important functions are:

  • Senses 20 different environmental values
  • Completely Solar Powered
  • Has a full database containing history of the environment (MySQL)
  • Monitors and reports lots of data on the solar powered system – great for education!
  • Self contained and monitored for brownouts and power issues
  • Can be modified remotely
  • Download your data to crunch it on your PC
  • Can be modified to do SMS (Text) messaging, Twitters, webpages and more
  • Has an iPad Based Control Panel”

 

Raspberry Pi Weather Station_2


May 10, 2015

Name the Thing Contest – 280

at 3:05 pm. Filed under Contests

guess_this_280

 

The prize this week is a HMC5883L Triple Axis Compass Magnetometer Sensor so you can add some directionality to your next project. This contest will run for one week (May 10 – May 15, 2015). Ending time is based on central standard time. To enter, identify the item above and what it can be used for.

Please do not give the answer in the comments.

Send an email to contest @ hackedgadgets.com with “Name the Thing Contest” as the subject, and the message body consisting of:

  • The name of the item in the above picture
  • An example of what the item pictured above can be used for

The winner will be chosen at random from all of the correct entries.

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Added Dec 6, 2015

The item to guess was a RF Power Transistor.

The winner is Dan C.  (there were 38 entries)

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Below is a picture of the prize.

 

electronic_compass_2

 


Arduino Quadcopter Project

at 2:42 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

 

 Alvin Phyo built this quadcopter using Ardunio Nano and a GY-87 3-axis Gyro, this way he has total control of how the flight control works. There are lots of off the shelf control systems that would have been easier to get working but would not have the same ability to make it work exactly way Alvin would like.

May 8, 2015

DIY Home Automation Box

at 8:09 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks

DIY Home Automation Box

 

If you have a spare Arduino that is looking for a purpose this DIY Home Automation Box might be something interesting to build. 

“A DIY project that is a home automation box created with what as brains but pcduino and arduino combo. Nice! This home automation box allows the maker to turn on or off the lights in a room or select color of a hacked oil diffuser (the oil diffuser also created by the maker and made compatible to this project), project the indoor or outdoor temperature and humidity ratings from an arduino node by using RF transmission 433Mhz or create the simple handle for alarms. Like any other amateur DIY, this one too leaves plenty of scope for your imagination.”


May 6, 2015

Arduino Gas Sensor Project

at 6:43 pm. Filed under Electronic Hacks

Arduino Gas Sensor Project

 

Eric William made a Gas Sensor Project that uses an Arduino to send out spoken words to a cheap transmitter that can send the current levels of the sensors direct to a radio. This is a very adaptable idea that could be used for many things, best of all the parts of the project are very affordable!

 “Using the Arduino I was able to easily measure the gas levels. Using the Talkie library I was able to then translate these values into true synthesized human voice (with NO special boards/modules) The transmitter accepts the voice output and directly transmits it out on 433mhz to ANY receiver. It is sending this as an AM transmission- but surprisingly any FM receiver such as scanners/handy talkie radio, ems radios etc have no trouble receiving the clear voice values.”

 

May 5, 2015

Robot Bug

at 4:55 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks

 robot_bug

 

This Robot Bug is very elegant. It has an Arduino for a brain and PING sensors for the eyes. 

“Software is quite straight forward, a giant state machine, that takes input from the sensor, every now and then. halfbug has 5 different movements, one regular forward movement, one turn (left and right) and one turn hard (left and right). In addition to that halfbug has a head movement (left-right-straight) or looks left when turning left. Both, leg and head movement is controlled by separate sub-state machines.”

 

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