arduino

  • 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

  • The Cansole: A Pong Console In A Can

    You can stick anything into a can. Peaches. Corn. (Very small) Apples. Or an Arduino board and potentiometer. The latter of those items allows you to create a playable pong TV pong game in a container the size of one of the old Pong paddles from the 1970s. While you won’t be able to eat the contents of the Cansole, you can make one yourself and play the age-old game of table tennis right… Read More

  • Want To Get Your Arduino On, But Don't Want To Solder? Check Out Teagueduino

    With Google’s Open Accessory Toolkit rolling up Android and Arduino together, there’s a lot of attention being given to to the popular hacking engine. But unsurprisingly, such a powerful tool isn’t really able to be just picked up and played with. Teagueduino is a modification of the Arduino system that makes the platform a bit more accessible to newbies. Read More