Happy Thanksgiving from Seeed Studio! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We would LOVE to thank our families and friends for always standing by our sides. And we would LOVE to take this opportunity to give our special thanks to our dear customers, distributors, cooperated designers, to show our gratitude to the Open Hardware Community. […]
Happy Thanksgiving to all our USA friends from DangerousPrototypes!
Add some LED goodness to this year’s Halloween pumpkins. This flickering LED design on a pumpkin shaped PCB was drawn up in KiCAD. Grab the design files from the low voltage labs site. It’s a simple schematic with just a switch, resistor, battery holder and 10mm LED. But makes for a nice easy project to […]
Halloween is just a few weeks away so why not be prepared with your own easy to build spirit detector! The simple circuit described in this post by fritsl from Let’s Make Robots uses only three BC517 transistors and three resistors connected to an LED, antenna and 6-volt power source to build a device capable […]
It’s National Geek Day / Geek Pride Day! According to Wikipedia, “Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture, celebrated on 25 May. The date was chosen as to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film, A New Hope on 25 May 1977 (a/k/a Star Wars Day), but shares the same […]
Happy International Women’s Day. Our community can only benefit from diversity and the involvement of anyone who wears the label engineer, hacker, or maker. Ada Lovelace, Adafruit’s namesake, is considered to be the world’s first computer programmer.
“”He who receives an idea from me receives it without lessening me, as he who lights his candle at mine receives light without darkening me.”” – Thomas Jefferson Happy President’s Day!
Happy New Year! Thank you for reading the blog and being part of our community in 2011. We’re looking forward to more open hardware projects, more how-tos, more videos, more free PCBs, and more hacking in 2012.
What geek gifts did you get? We liked these gloves that work on capacitive touch screens like iPods, phones, etc. Silver threads in the fabric stimulate the screen. Now we don’t have to take off our gloves to reply in the forum.
Santa’s got some help delivering these toys! Merry Christmas to All! Remember, support is available on Christmas. Just give us a shout in the forum.
Stefano has completed work on a holiday project known as the DIY Santa Claus Singer with Flyport. It is built around an animated Santa Claus decoration with the control switch bypassed with an NPN transistor. The switch is controlled over the internet via the Arduino/ethernet shield combo which responds to Twitter messages. Part one of […]
Matt Richardson from MAKE presents his take on the traditional CHristmas tree email notifier utilizing the Arduino and the Ethernet Shield. He says: “On a set interval, the Arduino will connect to a PHP-enabled web server which will, in turn, check for new email. The PHP web server will return the count of messages to […]
A simple example of a Christmas light project using store bought LED lights and components you probably have lying around the shop. Mark VandeWettering found a set of battery powered LED Christmas lights and decided to combine this this an ATtiny13 to make an MCU controlled lighting display. He explains: I found a set of […]
CheerLights is an ioBridge Labs project that allows people’s lights all across the world to synchronize, stay linked based on social networking trends. It’s a way to connect physical things with social networking experiences and spread cheer at the same time. We are all connected. The Arduino is used to generate the PWN signal to […]
Happy Thanksgiving to all from DangerousPrototypes!
ColorNode is a wireless Arduino-compatible microcontroller board designed to replace the stock controller board on GE Color Effects light strings. It’s a project designed by digitalmisery and was inspired by deep darc’s Hacking Christmas Lights project last year. The schematic and photos are available, and they promise to post the code as soon as the […]
Randofo published the details on this flamethrowing Jack-O’-Lantern on Instructables. This bad boy is designed for remote control via Squidbee RF modules so you can shoot a one-second burst of flame on command. (As randofo observes, you should be able to substitute any Arduino/XBee combo for the SquidBee.) This definitely qualifies as a Dangerous (Halloween) […]
Boris presents this project just in time for Halloween. It’s a simple Halloween skull which employs an Arduino to read the level from sound sensors and controls a servo connected to the skull’s mandible. You can see more project details and get the source code from the Open-Electronics website. Via the contact form.
Hack a Day made a Jack-o-lantern that shows animations on a LED matrix. Mike shows you how to design and run a multiplexed display with an AVR. Then he guts a pumpkin and installs 70 LEDs with power tools. Gourds, LEDs, and power tools, what’s not to love? We’re big fans of blinken-pumpkins.
Piotr got a hackable Christmas card PCB on free PCB Sunday, and made this time-lapse video of his build. Excellent use of tweezers, a key tool for surface mount soldering.