Archive for the ‘Mega’ Category

A tangible orchestra one can walk through and play with others

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

tangible orchestra

Tangible Orchestra is a project by Picarøøn, a collaboration of artists Rebecca Gischel and Sebastian Walter, combining electronic and classical music perceived very individually in a three-dimensional space.

Single units are triggered by people in close proximity and play a unique instrument, with the collection of individual instruments gathering as people congregate in the project space, eventually creating a complete musical work. As electronic music is usually composed and arranged at the mixing desk, the installation creates the illusion of an orchestra playing a musical piece that relies heavily on digitally created sounds and therefore could normally not be perceived this way.

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1900 Chinese lanterns and more than 15000 LEDs controlled by Arduino in Jakarta

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

We are delighted to share a video about the light installation performed by Arduino Verkstad in Jakarta in 2013. 15200 LEDs in 3800 groups adding up to 1900 Chinese lanterns controlled by 40 Arduino Mega boards with a specially design shield to handle communications and a lot of manual work.

Take a look at the shorter version of video below focusing more on the results of the installation, or the full length directly on youtube.

Enjoy!

 

Teach kids how colors are made with the color machine

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

color machine

The Color Machine (La macchina dei colori, in Italian language) is a tool to teach children about the use and the operation of RGB color coding, which is used in all digital devices (TVs, smartphones, computers, etc.). It was created with Arduino Mega by an italian duo composed by Fabio Ghidini and Stefano Guerrini:

Using 3 knobs you can increase the percentages of red, green and blue separately, and the LED strip at the top of the machine lights up consistently with the color mix choosen. (more…)

How to monitor a domestic photovoltaic plant with Arduino

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Ardusol

 

ArdaSol is the name of a project for a solar energy monitoring system based on Arduino Mega and UNO, made by Heinz Pieren. It’s a system built to monitor energy production and consumption of a domestic photovoltaic plant:

The ArdaSol Energy Monitoring System has 3 devices:

- ArdaSol Display based on a Arduino Mega Board
The master of the system, it collects the data from the two other ArdaSol devices, shows the data on the display, stores it on a SD card and sends it to a server in the internet.

- ArdaSol Energy Monitor based on a Arduino Uno
Measures the consumption of the energy, shows energy values on local display and delivers it on request to the ArdaSol Display.

- ArdaSol Remote PVI Interface based on a Arduino Uno
The photovoltaic inverter (PVI) has a RS485 interface, this is connected to ArdaSol Remote, which interacts as a gateway to ArdaSol Display. It converts the requests, coming with a radio signal to the PVI and vice versa.

 

Growing your veggies with a smart greenhouse called MEG

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014

MEG presented at PopupMakers

MEG is the world’s first social and automated greenhouse, part machine and part community, now on Kickstarter. Carlo D’Alesio and Piero Santoro, the designer duo based in Milan presented the prototype  at Maker Faire Rome and also at a PopupMakers event last year.

MEG means Micro Experimental Growing system, runs on an Arduino MEGA 2560 which controls an automated “light engine,” water and nutrient tank, fans and sensors monitoring humidity, temperature, and pH. It’s smart because if you are not really good with growing plants, you can crowdsource parameters from other gardeners: your neighbour’s tomatoes won’t be more red than yours!

 

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An electronic diesel engine controlled with Arduino Mega

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014
Diesel_Engine

A few years ago Sven and Juho started working on the same type of project without knowing about each other and only by a coincidence their paths crossed. They wrote me about their cool story and the successful experiment of upgrading a diesel engine using Arduino Mega: (more…)

TouchSynth – A high school senior project

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

touchsynth

Steve Mostovoy and his partner Tim Boy Jr, worked for over 9 months to  create a TouchSynth and share all the documentation about it.

touchsynth

 

It was hard but they learnt  a lot about how not to organize code, how to think in terms of data, and how many amazing things you can do on a 16MHz processor:

This project uses an Arduino Mega, a resistive touchpad, and an 8×8 LED matrix to create a simple digital audio workstation and synthesizer. You can compose and play songs in real time and use different types of sounds. It was a nine month process between me and my partner during our senior year of high school to create this. The result is a really nifty Arduino project that showcases the flexibility of Arduino devices, and it sounds good as well!

Take a look at the video to see how it works:

A diy solar-thermal-powered car in sunny La Paz

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

AlexCarl

Alexander Carl is a Canadian engineer designing and building one of the world’s first diy solar thermal powered car in sunny La Paz in Mexico. He contacted us through Arduino Facebook page to show us his project developed  using  Arduino Mega to sun track the 24 x 6 foot curved mirror, to sense the temperature and pump hot oil and many other things. You can find a lot of pictures on the project page on Facebook. (more…)

Using Arduino in a semi-automatic production line for casting polyurethane foam

Tuesday, November 19th, 2013

decor_casting

Alexander Kozusyev wrote us from Kiev to share how he introduced Arduino in his semi-auto production line creating decor by casting polyurethane foam.

Production line has two independent CNC 3-axis manipulator. The first spraying of release agent. Second automatic pouring polyurethane into the mold. Before spraying or pouring read RFID unique code for the mold, and then loads the G-CODE from the database server based MySQL. After pouring, the mould is moved to the waiting area.

He used Arduino Mega to read RFID codes and to  control some components, an Arduino Uno with firmware GRBL version 0.9 to control the CNC. Take a look at the video:

An open source robotic lawn mower

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Ardumower

 

Ardumower is a project with a basic aim: making a new ‘brain’ freely available for every robot mower in the universe! They  use Arduino Mega and a selection of electronic components including motor driver and sensors.

Why did we create this project?

We did create this project because we think robotics should be open and this includes robotic mowers as well.

Objectives of the project:

- Low-cost, ready-made components, replaceable (à la RC model: stick together receiver, controller, motor, servo !)
- Little soldering – easy programming only the minimum of components (keep it simple!)
detailed instructions for building
- Offering a construction kit (ready ‘Ardumower-kits’) with all modules, components etc. for purchasing
- Free, open-source Arduino-Code for download
- Finding a producer for a robot chassis (‘Ardumower’ chassis)

 

Find documentation, code and  list of components on Ardumower website,  in english and german!