arduino

  • When The Boss Is Gone, Rock Out With This Automatic Party Desk

    Some folks we met in Charlotte had a mission: they wanted to win a contest (sponsored by Red Bull) for the coolest Arduino project in the land. I think they may have nailed it. The project, built by engineers and designers for Edison Nation, turns an ordinary desk into a booze-infused party zone when the clock hits five (or when you slap the Swingline stapler.) Read More

  • Twilio Evangelist Builds Popular Phone-Powered Rolling Robot, Hints Flying Bot Is Next

    Twilio Evangelist Builds Popular Phone-Powered Rolling Robot, Hints Flying Bot Is Next

    So here’s something you may have seen floating around on Hacker News or elsewhere, but we thought it was cool enough to share in case you’re looking for something to do with your weekend. After all, there are few of us who don’t love stories that end with robots. Especially robots controlled by phones. Robots have indeed fascinated many of us since childhood, and thanks to… Read More

  • DIY Doorbell Will Send Pictures Of Your Guests To Your iPhone

    DIY Doorbell Will Send Pictures Of Your Guests To Your iPhone

    Say you’re a misanthrope and you’re afraid of humans. What to do? Well, you could cower in the dark when people ring your doorbell or you could laugh derisively at their smug faces in the screen of your iPhone. I’m going for the derisive laughter. This DIY Arduino project involves a simple circuit, a webcam, and a few API calls to PushingBox to enable a truly enjoyable… Read More

  • Surprisingly Simple Arduino Motion-Sensing Project Makes For Some Weekend Fun

    Surprisingly Simple Arduino Motion-Sensing Project Makes For Some Weekend Fun

    If you’ve always wanted to try to build an Arduino project, this may be a great way to start. Matt Williamson built a tiny, Arduino-based motion sensor that will SMS you when something moves by your desk or into a room. It’s completely open source and the notifications system runs on your PC thanks to a simple Python script. Read More

  • The Kinect-A-Sketch: A Homebrew Robotic Sketcher

    This video from Waterloo Labs shows a bunch of young, excited interns building what amounts to a computer-controlled Etch-A-Sketch. The project uses an Xbox Kinect sensor to find the nearest point in space and then transmits that motion to an Arduino board which in turn controls stepper motors to turn the Etch-A-Sketch knobs. Sure you could just turn the knobs yourself, but where would the fun… Read More

  • This Kit Lets You Print Out The Internet

    This Kit Lets You Print Out The Internet

    This complete project kit made by Adafruit allows you to print out things from the Internet. Want to print all your Tweets onto receipt paper? You got it. Want to print out your Facebook wall? Why the heck not! The kit uses an Arduino board and thermal printer and offers the opportunity for weekend hackers to pop together a cool little printer thinger and learn Arduino and Twitter programming. Read More

  • Video: “Der Kritzler,” An Automatic Scribbling Machine

    Video: “Der Kritzler,” An Automatic Scribbling Machine

    An automatic scribbling machine sounds less than useful, admittedly, but it’s really just the style of line created by this motorized drawing machine. It’s reminiscent of ASCII art, in which heavier characters are used to create darker tones; in this case, the more jiggle added to the drawing platform, the more ink is put on the drawing surface. It’s kind of mesmerizing. Read More

  • Cane 2.0: The Tacit Is Hand-Mounted Sonar For The Vision Impaired

    Cane 2.0: The Tacit Is Hand-Mounted Sonar For The Vision Impaired

    Every once in a while you see an invention that seems a long time coming. The Tacit, a hand-mounted system that pings surroundings and transmits distance information to the user, is one of those. While the reliable white cane and occasional accommodations for the blind and vision impaired ameliorate the difficulty of navigating the world sans sight, technological advances that are both useful… Read More

  • DIY Device Mutes Your TV When Someone You Don’t Like Is Mentioned

    DIY Device Mutes Your TV When Someone You Don’t Like Is Mentioned

    Matt Richardson created a wild Arduino system that mutes a TV whenever a name or other keyword is broadcast on TV. It uses the closed caption track and an IR blaster to grab what’s currently playing and then mute the TV for 30 seconds – or more – depending on the current topic. The project uses the Video Experimenter Shield, Lady Ada’s IR tutorial, and some basic code… Read More

  • Video: This Guy Plays Air Drums That Actually Make Music

    Video: This Guy Plays Air Drums That Actually Make Music

    I find myself playing the air drums rather regularly when boppin’ along to some tunes, and the drum set on Rock Band is by far my favorite instrument, but neither of those hold a candle to what Maayan Migdal has up his sleeve. My air drums don’t make real music. My Rock Band drums do, but they also take up a hunk of space in my room. His make real music and are invisible. Read More

  • "Light Scythe" Is A Monster LED Strip For Long Exposure Art

    You’ve probably seen a few little gadgets and apps where you can wave it around and it spells something out on a long exposure, or draws a little picture. Pretty cool, but they’ve all been somewhat small — mainly good for painting stripes or single lines of text. The Mechatronics Guy’s “Light Scythe” is a two-meter bar covered in LEDs, and can be used to… Read More