Cute autonomous Para poetic device

Electronics can be romantic. The Autonomous Parapoetic Device is a self-contained and portable machine that generates poetry. The idea is really great – electronics is packed in a nice wooden box. You just need to open it and 20×4 LCD screen shows poetry. All this joy is driven by ATmega168 microcontroller programmed with Arduino (source). This could be great geeky gift for your beloved one. Continue reading

Arduino based CrudBox

It can remember 4 different loops. You can see which one you’re one on the 7 segment display and scroll to different ones with the rotary encoder knob next to it.  The tempo can be seen on the 4 LEDs in the lower right corner. “There are 4 speaker terminals on the box, into each of which you can plug any object that can run on 5 volts. In the video I’ve plugged in LEDs because it makes the interaction clearer, but my main interest is in plugging motors in, attaching them to the box, and amplifying the sounds they make. Each speaker terminal has a button and a pot. Pay attention to which of the 4 tempo LEDs is on, then press a button, then let go. It will… Continue reading

Simple Arduino bot

Building bots can be fun. Especially when you don’t have to deal with electronics very much. Just grab an Arduino board, mount  it with several additional components as SN754410 H-bridge motor driver chip. Put couple DC motors with wheels mounted. Just few lines of code and you are ready to buzz. Simple, easy, fast and great fun – especially when doing it with kids. Continue reading

DIY real world Gmail notifier

Various event notifiers are becoming more and more popular. So why not to have one for Gmail. Isn’t it a great idea to have a light cube standing on your table and attracting your attention when ever you get email. Physical Gmail notifier consists of three major parts: Software on PC side; Controller hardware; Firmware on controller Controller hardware is nothing more than Arduino board. If you have one, then consider half project to be finished. As output device you can use anything like lights, sounds, etc. In this case there is a simple LED cube used which actually looks cool. Arduino board communicates with PC via serial cable. It’s a simple loop that checks if there is new mail or not.  On computer side a Python scripts is running,… Continue reading