No matter what the weather is doing outside you can now have a personalized thunderstorm for one right inside your home whenever you like. This is Cloud, an awesome interactive light shaped like a cumulus cloud created by multidisciplinary designer Richard Clarkson. Clarkson’s Cloud simulates a thunderstorm using motion sensors (or a remote control) to activate lightning and thunder displays in response to the user’s presence. It’s a smart cloud!

“The Cloud is an Arduino-controlled, motion-triggered lightning & thunder performance, as well as a music-activated visualizing speaker. As an interactive lamp and speaker system designed to mimic a thundercloud in appearance, The Cloud employs embedded motion sensors to create unique lightning and thunder shows while providing entertainment value and inspiring awe. This is a kind of magic, not based on illusions and trickery, but on sensors and code. Featuring a powerful speaker system, The Cloud allows its beholder to stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device and can adapt to any desired lighting, color and brightness.”

Watch this video to get a better look at how the Cloud works:

Clarkson’s Cloud and a smaller version called the Tiny Cloud are both available for purchase via his online shop.

[via Colossal and Bored Panda]

Use Arduino And Recycled Electronics To Make An Automatic Watering Can
Use Arduino and recycle electronics to make an E-waste watering can. via instructables This instructable came out of a project to teach a group of middle school students at RPI. Some of the work is...

Details on instructables. This instructable came out of a project to teach a group of middle school students at RPI. Some of the work is available on the E-Waste Makerspace: http://e-wastetomakerspace.wikispaces.com/E-Waste+…

A trashed computer tower (plunder an e-waste recycling bin)
A 12-16V power supply – also e-waste
Some wire
Two DPDT relays that have coil input 5V & An Arduino & power supply
A moisture sensor (though you could make your own)
Some waste water or soda bottles
(optional) waste surgical tubing
A plant

The materials you will need are:

— rw

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DIY Turn Signal Jacket

This DIY is super cool if you love to go biking in the evening and want to signal others around you as you journey through. It’s a lot of fun to just wear it on the crowded streets in the city too, and improve your plain jacket into something exciting and cool!! 

Please read through all the “notes” if you are a beginner with wearable tech projects.


Continua a leggere


(via https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sv-2sc4d4Yg)

I have successfully interfaced a rotary dial with an arduino.  It now sends RS232 macros at 9600 baud onto a serial connection between my H89 and my Raspberry Pi A+ for easier computing!

Meet Gilbert300, the 3D Printed Arduino-Based Hexapod

After conferring with his daughters he decided to build his own spider-legged robot, which Leca would name “Gilbert” because they asked him to. As of this iteration, Gilbert has evolved through three prototyping phases. The first, Gilbert100, was built using a 2mm thick aluminium plate that he machined at home and controlled using a wired PS2 controller. Gilbert200 traded in his aluminium body for parts from two different Chinese robotics kits that Leca purchased from eBay and some upgraded electronic parts that made him more responsive. Leca also added a Wi-Fi-enabled digital camera to the hexapod.

Several months later what you see now is the result of the third prototyping phase. Gilbert300 got a new PLA, 3D printed body, touchscreen controls and inverse-kinematic with range sensors and touchdown sensors that would allow the robot to feel where it is going. Leca designed all of the 3D printed parts using OpenSCAD over a period of about three days. Then he 3D printed all of the parts while he was sleeping or at work over a period of about a month, but final assembly only took him a few

Read more about Gilbert300 on 3DPrint.com


Electronic LEGO Super Mario Bros. Dry Bones Sprites

Using similar technology of my electronic LEGO Super Mario power-ups from fall 2014, these new 3-D sprites actually play polyphonic music using a new Arduino code! This new code was written for converting MIDI files into binary code – and then being split amongst multiple AVR timers for three sound channels. The code is known as Miditones, created originally by Len Shustek.

Len’s code generates binary music from MIDI files, so the particular song I’ve chosen was the Fortress theme from Super Mario Bros. 3, naturally (composed by Koji Kondo), and any song can be used.

Along with the music, the eye blinks with a flickering red LED. I wanted to use a standard LED to blink in synch with the music, but alas I wasn’t able to achieve this due to the ATmega’s timers being occupied with the musical score. Unlike my previous power-ups, the Dry Bones model uses four AAA batteries along with an ATmega328p, rather than two coin cells and an ATtiny85.

These models shall be for sale at A Video Game Con in Northern New Jersey this September!

-Baron von Brunk

How to use PNP transistor with arduino?

so yeah some of you might think this is a noob question. but there is an issue that isnt so obvious if you didnt worked with a pnp on an arduino yet.When i try to switch a pnp with my arduino i connect it as follows: base to some pin on arduino. gnd to the thing that should be switched, the thing to the transistor and vcc (12V) to the transistor. then i connect the gnd to the arduino… the arduinos 5V supply is not connected yet.. and the arduino turns on… it pulls its power over one of its pins. i fried my micro with that. and my duemilanove heated one of the smd components with the power (i think its a smd resistor which got pretty hot, but i turned it of quickly enough so it didnt kill it).so yeah. how in the hell do you use a pnp transistor with an arduino? do i really have to use a npn to switch the pnp? via /r/arduino

You too can build a robot!


17.6.15 | Physical Computing: Complete Geeks…

Kylie (kylieclarke-bct) and I (who will be now be known collectively as Kymanda) have decided to dig into learning a bit of Arduino during the break to prepare us for next semester. Yes, we are complete and utter nerds.

I have an awesome kit I bought a while back and a copy of Arduino Workshop, which is an great book to learn the basics of Arduino with some cool projects. We got through the first couple of chapters and managed to make Blinky happen (nothing fancy, just making a light on the Arduino board blink).

Kylie has ordered the same book so it will be easier to work together. We are both incredibly excited about the possibilities that Arduino affords.

After mucking around for a bit, we watched Big Hero Six (one of my favourite movies), which has unfortunately made us wonder if we can make our very own Baymax. I’m thinking we may need a few more parts…

*Fist bump* tra-la-la-la-la.