Archive for the ‘arduino’ Category

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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A binary clock made with an Arduino Micro, GPS and LED panel #arduinomicromonday

Monday, March 31st, 2014

Directly from our Arduino community on GooglePlus: a binary clock by Jamie Booth:

Join us and show us what you made with Arduino!

Muzzley and Intel Galileo LED strip demo

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

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Muzzley provides libraries for the most popular languages and platforms and in this project allows you to control a led strip with a mobile device (iOS and Android) using an Intel Galileo Board: (more…)

Playing chiptunes with Arduino Micro #arduinomicromonday

Monday, March 24th, 2014

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Vespira created a project  forking a previous one made with Arduino Uno. In this case all audio is generated on the Arduino Micro:

If you look closely, you will see that I added a yellow wire going from the TXLED to the empty hole that was drilled over by the reset button. I added a single pin though this hole and epoxied the plastic in place to give myself another bread-boardable pin that has access to the PD5 signal which was not broken out. Simple mod really. (more…)

Anywhere, a personal autonomous sound installation

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Anywhere

Anywhere is a pseudo multichannel installation created by Dmitry Morozov, a Moscow media-artist, musician and engineer of strange-sounding mechanisms. It’s made using 10 speakers, optical relays, an Arduino Uno and a micro sd wav player. (more…)

Support Open Source Beehives and help promoting international bee recovery

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Open Source Beehive

Recent declines in honey bee populations raised attention of many scientists and now makers started activating swell.

The Open Source Beehives (OSBH) project is a collaborative response to the threat faced by Bee populations in industrialised nations around the world.
They’ve just launched a campaign on Indiegogo and are waiting for your contribution.

The campaign will help to build new sensors to understand the behaviour of the bees and the pollutants that are killing them. Also the production of the hives relies on the Fab Lab Network, which makes it able to be produced anywhere in the world. The project is proudly powered by the Arduino At Heart Smart Citizen Kit.

Jonathan Minchin, the bee-man in the lab ;) , told us: (more…)

Using Arduino Micro to make a blinking belt #ArduinoMicroMonday

Monday, March 17th, 2014

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Making a blinking belt with Arduino Micro, Altoids box, LED and some code:

This project had many ups and downs, sadly ending in a down. My greatest strength caused my demise since my aesthetically pleasing container, the Altoids box, is conductor and my LEDs, connected to the side, failed to blink properly. Even though my project didnt end up exactly like I intended, I still learned a lot from this project and had a bunch of fun experimenting with my Arduino Micro.

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Arduino Day Roma: call for volunteers, save the date!

Friday, March 14th, 2014

arduino day roma

Arduino Day  selected Rome as the official italian event, that will be held on March 29th at the triumphal Tempio di Adriano. The program of the day, developed by Officine Arduino and DiScienza, will include: an area for makers and open-source startups, free workshops for kids and free talks and demos about Arduino (click here for the program).

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Hack the Arduino Robot: the results are impressive! (And you can vote them)

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

Hackrobot

During the last months we’ve been involved with RS components in launching the “Hack the Arduino Robot” competition. It has been a bit of a special competition where people would participate by posting their ideas and a committee of experts would choose which could be the most interesting challenges for the Arduino Robot to perform.

I was part of the committee and I am pleased to say that I am not disappointed. The level of the projects is in general pretty impressive, specially considering the amount of time they had to put into making something innovative. I am really thrilled about getting to know which team will be the one voted as the final winner of the challenge, I have my favorites, but I will not say publicly.

I think everyone should look at the videos just to see that robots can be so much more than whatever it is we conceptualized them for.

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Now it’s time to express your vote too: the likes of the videos on the playlist will be counted until 23rd of March 2014. The project with the most likes wins the community award!

Hack! USB NeXT Keyboard with an Arduino Micro #ArduinoMicroMonday

Monday, March 10th, 2014

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On Adafruit Learning System there are a lot of cool tutorials and this  particular one is based on the Arduino Micro used to upcycles old Next keyboards:

Ladyada and pt had an old NeXT keyboard with a strong desire to get it running on a modern computer. These keyboards are durable, super clicky, and very satisfying to use! However, they are very old designs, specifically made for NeXT hardware, pre-ADB and pre-USB! That means you can’t just plug the keyboard into an ADB or PS/2 port or PS/2 to USB converter (even though it looks similar). In fact, I have no idea what the protocol or pinout is named, so we’ll just call it “non-ADB NeXT Keyboard”

Click and follow the steps to make your own.