Tag Archives: arduino

Weekend Project: MMA8451Q Accelerometer as a Microphone?

Last weekend was the Australia Day long weekend, so aside from chasing Shortwave Radiogram broadcasts and posting radiofax galleries, I also decided to build something I thought was rather interesting. In the past, I remember vaguely seeing articles about how … Continue reading

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Project: DIY Weather Station & Displays

It’s summer in Sydney and we’re definitely feeling it. In the west, there are often strings of 32 degree Celsius or above days coupled with dangerous storm activity, so staying comfortable is not always easy even with the modern conveniences … Continue reading

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Project: Words vs Numbers “Art” with an Arduino & HD44780 LCD

I’m definitely no artist – I don’t normally go on “artistic” endeavours, but I try to do practical things as any engineer would. But it’s been a while since I’ve had the time or inclination to build something … and … Continue reading

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Review, Teardown, Reverse Eng: Generic Battery Tester

As a kid growing up in the 90’s, one fond memory I had was sorting through piles of batteries to see which ones were good and which ones needed to be discarded or recharged. With many toys and appliances using … Continue reading

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Project: Arduino Grid Mouse Clicker (and other Pokemon Go-related fun)

I started my Pokemon Go journey as a “law abiding citizen”. That was, until, someone I knew decided to tell me about this magical thing which could tell me exactly what Pokemon would spawn in front of me at any … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Arduino/Genuino 101 Board

I was lucky enough for element14 to send me a little surprise “care package” just last week. As it turned out, it contained a Genuino 101, the latest release from Arduino. This board has been slated to be the “next … Continue reading

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Reverse Eng Pt 2: Watts Clever Easy-Off w/SMART Box (ES-AUS1103)

Continuing on from my last post about the Watts Clever Easy-Off Sockets with Smart Box, there were a few things still bugging me in the back of my head. After all, they do advertise that their other system has >1 … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Freetronics LeoStick (XC4266) Arduino Compatible Board

Just this week, I was gifted a Freetronics LeoStick from a colleague at the university, so I decided to take a look at it over the weekend. This particular unit seems to be distributed by Jaycar under catalogue number XC4266 … Continue reading

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Random: Sunset, More Rail Stuff, Facebook Meltdown, Recovering an Arduino, etc.

Not that much random stuff to report on this week – I’ve been too busy with everything else, quite possibly. Lovely Sunset over Sydney On 28th July 2014, Sydney experienced the sunset that almost broke the internet. Too bad, all … Continue reading

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Review: 4D Systems Display Starter Kit (Arduino & Raspberry Pi) & Bezel

Note: This is quite a long posting, so feel free to bookmark it for future reference! It’s taken me quite a bit of effort to put together, so I hope you enjoy reading it and following along. If you’re like … Continue reading

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Reverse-Engineering & Emulating the Kogan Active-Shutter 3D TV IR Protocol

In an earlier post, I looked at the provided active-shutter 3D glasses from Kogan and aftermarket compatible glasses which can be used with their TVs. A key sticking point of that article was that different TVs often use different synchronization … Continue reading

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Teardown and Project: Clone Nikon ML-L3 IR Remote and Emulation

Users of Nikon cameras, including the D3200, have had several choices for remote triggering. The use of a wired remote is traditional, with infrared (IR) remotes being common accessories for many and Wi-Fi just becoming the latest craze. The Product … Continue reading

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Project: Arduino Clock with DVD Player LED Display

A while ago, an Aldi DVD player with a dead laser pickup landed on my desk. Not being economically worth repairing, it was to be scrapped anyhow. I found the front panel had a potted LED module – so I … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Itead Studio IBoard Pro

It’s probably not that evident from my blog that I like to play with Arduino from time to time. It’s actually my favourite prototyping platform because it’s inexpensive, and easy to get started on – despite its limited power and … Continue reading

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Setting off a Flashgun with an Arduino

So it might not be obvious why one might want to do such a thing – but it could come in useful. I have a Yongnuo YN560 “manual” flash (no TTL metering, so one had to set the flash power … Continue reading

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