Tagged: Arduino

Flip Dot Clock makes smart use of electromagnets to display time

Flip Dot Clock DIY

We have seen a plethora of clocks that look different and in some cases, they have completely unthought-of functionality. Maintaining our love for the coolest timepieces around, here we have the Flip Dot Clock by Kentaro Iizuka. The maker has done smart use of electromagnets and Arduino controller to create a matrix of flipping dots which display the current time accurately. One side of the dots is colored in neon green color and the other in black color.
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DIY for ones who wonder how blind bats fly around with precision

Ultrasound BatGoggles

Ever imagined what bat life would be like? Being blind and only driven by ultrasonic sounds that reflect from objects to give precise idea about them. We as humans cannot inherent that type of sophisticated spatial awareness, but at-least we have technology by our side to mimic what we desire. Call it an insane, time-wasting idea or a good weekend DIY project that gives you an idea for developing something much more useful, the Ultrasound Arduino BatGoggles is a father-son endeavor which is niche. This simple weekend project by Alan Mann uses Arduino Nano and ultrasound module to give the user an idea about any obstacles right in front of the goggles.
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17-year old makes incredible phone controlled BB-8 robot at home

Smartphone controlled BB-8 droid_2

Angelo Casimiro is a 17-year old genius who likes to tinker around with electronics and his recent idea of making a smartphone-controlled Star Wars BB-8 robot is genius. He has made this robot for less than $100 from household items like beach ball and he surely knows how to work with Arduino and Arduino Uno. He is a die-hard Star Wars fan and now he wants to give all his followers a reason to smile with an extensive DIY that will amaze you for its sheer perfection. Moreover the droid is life-sized and you’ll wish it was yours. For that you’ll have to make one for yourself.
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Tennis racket hacked to play grunting sounds while hitting hard shots

Grunting Tennis Racket

Lawn tennis as a game is one of the most gripping in sports and player’s grunting at the swing of every powerful shot is one of its charming aspect. But grunting also uses up lot of your energy and if you want to have that signature grunt while playing just for fun, this DIY will interest you. Seiya Kobayashi wanted to bring the grunting of players like Maria Sharapova, Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Novan Djokovic to the tennis racket. So, he decided to make a custom tennis racket which emulated the grunt of tennis players.
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DIY awesomeness: AT-AT Walker controlled with an Xbox 360 controller

AT-AT Walker controlled with an Xbox 360 controller

AT-AT Walker, the heaviest four-legged armored ground vehicle in Imperial Army had a huge impact on the enemy. The galactic battles of Star Wars were in a way intimidated by AT-AT Walker. There have been innumerable DIY’s which emulate the AT-AT Walker and this one is one step above them all. Dave Stein, a software engineer, Star Wars fan and keen DIY’er turned a lifeless model of the walker into a real functional juggernaut that is controlled by an Xbox 360 controller.
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Spaceship like overhead control panel for computer shortcuts is remarkable

DIY Overhead Control Panel

One look at this mind-boggling DIY and you’d want to own it. Reditt user [smashcuts] has mated his computer system with a sci-fi warship like overhead console which looks nothing less than amazing. This overhead control panel features 100 programmable buttons with flick switches that initiate a certain action on the computer. For example, buttons in the top row open softwares like Chrome, Photoshop or iTunes while buttons in the center panel buttons trigger actions like Open, Save, Close etc. of a document.
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Watch this Lego robot emulate the maker’s body movement with precision

Cyclops exoskeleton suit robot

The concept shown in Real Steel movie is quite intriguing where robots are controlled by their human counterpart’s body movements. Daniele Bendettelli seems to be inspired by that very sci-fi though as he has come-up with a cool way to control humanoid robot Cyclops MK ll that he build using Legos and electronic parts. He just has to wear a Bluetooth connected exoskeleton suit on his body and then whatever body movement he makes, the robot emulates that.
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The Selfie Plant is as self-obsessed as you are!

The Selfie Plant

There is no denying the fact that selfie trend has spread like wild fire across the globe. A self-expression that allows you to express mood and admiration. The trend of clicking selfies has grown so much that it has prompted students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design to create a selfie clicking plant they call “The Selfie Plant”. An attempt to give “The Secret Life of Plants” a whole new meaning, the idea is to show what nature would do if it gets self-obsessed.
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Galactic Dimension: Jumbo-sized pinball machine for pure arcade fun

Pinball Machine Galactic Dimension by Niklas Roy

You say Pinball and the feeling of nostalgia is all that oozes in one’s mind. That arcade music keeps ringing in my head and the metal ball bouncing against all the props placed. Niklas Roy, a die-hard pinball fan and DIY project maker has brought those sweet memories back, but in a jumbo design. This is Galactic Dimension, a supersized pinball machine designed by him for Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany; and it more than meets the eye. Everything about this machine is colossal as it invites pinball lovers to try their hand on a 3×6 meter machine inspired by the cosmic vastness and UFOs.
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DIY BEERduino – Automatic beer dispenser that limits your alcohol intake

BEERduino beer dispenser DIY

If you have a beer dispenser at home and your friends don’t mind drinking till the last drop is consumed then you are in a fix. There has to be a way to dispense the beer in limited quantity and only to people who are authorized to do so. This DIY project however is going to change that as a Raspberry Pi microcontroller system regulates the amount of beer dispensed from a home kegerator system. The project dubbed as BEERduino is designed by Karl Gerhardt and Samantha Paulsen from Rice University to record the number of requests to pour beer and control the individuals who can use the kegerator.
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