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November 29, 2016

OpenHAB Raspberry Pi Home Automation Build

at 12:39 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

 
 

DIY has used OpenHab is used to build a home automation control system using a Raspberry Pi. They are controlling an RGB strip. They are using some Adafruit modules to interface the Raspberry Pi to the light strip.

 
 

“openHAB is a software for integrating different home automation systems and technologies into one single solution that allows over-arching automation rules and that offers uniform user interfaces.

This means openHAB
is designed to be absolutely vendor-neutral as well as hardware/protocol-agnostic
can run on any device that is capable of running a JVM (Linux, Mac, Windows)
lets you integrate an abundance of different home automation technologies into one
has a powerful rule engine to fulfill all your automation needs
comes with different web-based UIs as well as native UIs for iOS and Android
is fully open source
is maintained by a passionate and growing community
is easily extensible to integrate with new systems and devices
provides APIs for being integrated in other systems”


November 23, 2016

Wood Turned Bowl with Inlaid Letters

at 10:58 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

 
Kevin Hou built a Wood Turned Bowl with Inlaid Letters as one of his final high school projects.  He used sketchup for design the bowl and common power tools to bring it to life. His school has a very well equipped shop, most of the build was created with conventional woodworking tools except for the letters which was cut out on a CNC machine. The build took 60 hours and was all filmed using an iPhone 6S.


November 19, 2016

Vintage Camera Raspberry Pi Hack

at 9:41 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

Tinkernut took a vintage camera and smoshed it together with some mini technology to re purpose it. A Raspberry Pi, camera module, WIFI module and screen is used as the wireless camera. The completed system sends each captured picture to the cloud. The code is very basic but turns this device into a robust IOT device that is fully functional.

 


October 28, 2016

DIY Cheap CNC Machine using DVD Drives

at 10:39 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks

 

If you are looking for a project build that can probably be put together with some items out of your junk box and about $10 in parts. The main drive for the system are the motor units from 2 old DVD drives. An Arduino controls the system.

“components used
1. 2x old PC DVD Writer
2. Arduino nano
3. Small servo motor
4. L293D
5. Zero PCB”

 

October 15, 2016

Drone with 1000 Watts of LED Light

at 8:35 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, DIY Hacks

 

1000 watts of light doesn’t sound like much. But 1000 watts of LED light mounted to the bottom of a drone flying overhead looks amazing. The video captured at the end of the video is stunning and the smoke scenes are mesmerizing.

 


October 9, 2016

DIY 1500 Watt Lab Power Supply

at 6:28 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks

 

 

A power supply is the heart of any good electronics lab. Hansaka Perera built his instead of purchasing one. It sure has a ton of bells and whistles. I don’t think I have seen a supply that shows what it is pulling from the wall, the LCD display in the center of his shows the total draw from the wall plug. The case of the supply is very nice and makes the supply look very professional. There are still a few bugs that need to be ironed out such as an LCD display that gets corrupted in some modes. There is also lots of customization that is to come. When looking inside the unit you can see that if anything the case could have been a bit larger to fit all of the electronics.

 
The case was ordered from China, it didn’t have any holes in the front but it kicked off his need for a CNC router which is a nice addition to his shop.

October 7, 2016

Raspberry Pi Vehicle Accident Alert System

at 9:56 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks

 

SVS Embedded has built a nice proof of concept. It has a ton of peripherals hanging off the Raspberry PI. The system uses a vibration sensor and accelerometer to determine if an car accident has occurred. An LCD display reads out the information for the user. GPS captures the location of the incident and transmits it to a cell phone using a SMS transmission using the cellular radio.

 

 

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