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Glowback: Arduino-Powered Clay Sculpture

Look at this nice clay sculpture by Ben Hollis and Eva Funderburgh who chose an unusual material to house their Arduino in. The porcelain gives off a soft glow in staggered rhythms provided by the super bright LEDs underneath the nodules.

Arduino is used more and more by arts and design projects to implement some physical computing applications. It’s easy and intuitive way of programming microcontrollers is a welcomed opportunity for non programmers to model some physical enabled applications. You  can light some multicolor LEDs, read out sensor values of all kinds and control all sorts of actuators, such as stepper motors, brushless motors, linear motors and many more.

See Ben Hollis’ site for full documentation.

Arduino Cookbook Author Michael Margolis gives a free Webcast

On Tuesday, June 19, 2012, the author of the O’Reilly Arduino Cookbook is offering a free webcast, Expanding the Capabilities of your Arduino Projects:

Michael Margolis is the author of Arduino Cookbook 2nd Edition, a collection of projects utilizing the physical computing platform of Arduino, the open source electronics prototyping platform. In this webcast Michael will discuss how to combine and apply multiple techniques from the Arduino Cookbook.

Arduino controlled Greenhouse

So with this project published by Inventgeek it is finally shown that Arduino microcontroller boards are not limited to control small bots. The Arduino in this project controlles the growth of a lot of tomatos in a greenhouse. It is a nice idea to bring smart electronics into gardening and controlling the status of your seeds.

humidity and temperature sensor, image source: Inventgeek

source: Inventgeek.com

ARDUINO — Cool Retail Packaging Design

On this years Maker Faire, Massimo Banzi, one of the founders of the Arduino project presented the new retail packaging design for the original Arduino microcontroller board. Massimo presented some sample packages of the new retail design, which were designed by Todo studio, which is run by Giorgio Olivero. Massimo was Giorgio’s professor at the Interaction Design Institute in Ivrea, Italy.

Here you can find a Flickr gallery of the new very stylish Arduino retail package design.


image source: boingboing.net


Arduino Notifying Doorbell with Push Messages

Clement Storck has published his Arduino Notifying Doorbell Make project, which will help you to upgrade your doorbell to send out Push notification and an email with an attached picture to your smartphone when somebody’s at the door. It uses the free PushingBox service to delegate all the programming part and make things quite easy.
See following instruction guide to implement this smart solution to upgrade your own old doorbell.

Notifying Doorbell with PushingBox

Bubble Display

Its always surprising what creative technology some people invent! Look at this Bubble Display, which is based on bubbles in different tubes. I never saw something comparable and it looks amazing. The Bubble display is used to print letters by releasing oxygen bubbles within a tube of liquids.

Low Power RGB Night Light

Michael of n0m1 Design built this Arduino-controlled night light as a Mother’s Day gift.

A few years back I made a motion sensitive night light as a Mother’s day gift and while it worked pretty well it really chewed out the batteries. And as with all devices that eat batteries it eventually fell out of use. The standby current was around 4 mA due to the common LM324 opamp that was used to amplify the PIR motion sensor signal. The original enclosure was CNC milled from a bit of re-purposed apple which had a former life as a guitar body I built as a child.

Code and schematics on the project page.

WiFi RC Car with Camera and Force Feedback


Here’s some amazing work from maker Blair Kelly:

Arduino Wifly Mini is a remotely operated vehicle that communicates over a WiFi network, can be controlled with an XBOX 360 or PS3 controller, or G27 steering wheel, or any other controller that can be manipulated with Processing’s ProControll library, and features force-feedback and a first-person view. Presently only the G27 wheel and a Logitech F510 controller rumble properly with force-feedback.

To mention, the point-of-view camera inside the car can be set to pan in the direction that you’re steering so that you can see where you’re going. He also implemented force feedback to the controller triggered from sensors on the car. Blair documented this project in incredible detail.

New in the Maker Shed: Getting Started with Netduino Kit

People always ask me, “What’s a Netduino and how do I use one?” The Netduino is an open source microcontroller similar to an Arduino, except it is programmed using the common Visual C# .NET programming language developed by Microsoft. This makes it perfect for people that are already familiar with .NET environment and don’t want the hassle of learning another variation of code.

Thanks to the Maker Shed’s Getting Started with Netduino Kit, learning to use it is easy! This full featured package includes the Getting Started with Netduino book by Chris Walker, the creator of the Netduino platform. By following along in the book and using the included components you’ll learn how to:

  • Install the free Visual C# Express .NET Micro Framework and Netduino SDK.
  • Turn an LED on and off.
  • Increase the capabilities of the Netduino using shields.
  • Interact with digital and analog signals using the MakerShield.
  • Dim and brighten LEDs using pulse width modulation and control RGB LEDs.
  • Use electrical pulses to play a song and control servos.
  • Create an app to control your Netduino over the internet.