A geeky way of keeping time using PIC18F2550

The build for a geeky clock is on!  AndyO fashioned a digitally programmable clock – not just any ordinary clock this one comes with loads of geeky functions, some of which are overly geeky they are not really necessary – but in a nice way! This clock has two arms, rotary dial? Nah! That’s not geeky enough. AndyO have dials similar to an analog meter one dial for the hours while the other for the minutes. It has LED indicators and front panel lighting, also has buttons and guess what – this clock has a USB port! Settings are loaded to the clock using USB interface. The clock’s dials are actuated using servo motors with a gearbox. The brain? A clock with a brain? Yeah this one has a PIC18F2550. AndyO used the PIC18F2550 since it has enough I/O ports and it has USB compatibility! Swordfish USBHID was used for the USB communications while digital signal pulses are used to control the servo motor actuator. Continue reading

ArduInboxMeter – Your Fantastic Mailbox Buddy!

Have you ever suffered from the obsessive compulsive, where you’re always have the urge to check your mailbox every few seconds? Do you feeling uncomfortable, when you’re using a whole computer just to know how long your mailbox backlog is? Alright, let’s stop all the annoyance and make yourself a fantastic ArduInboxMeter! Some of you might be wondering, “Seriously, do you think that this ArduInboxMeter is going to solve up my hassles?” The truth is this ArduInboxMeter is a very powerful device, as it based on the Arduino Duemilanove board with an Ethernet shield. Furthermore, it also equipped with the following components, including: An old analog VU-meter, A few LEDs, 100-ohm resistors, and A prototyping PCB. Well, you assemble them all together and solder them with soldering alloy. Then, you might want to leave all parts exposed, or maybe just securing them with duct tape or toothpicks. It also a good idea, where you can take some Fimo Soft PVC, flatten, bake, pierce and cut it into the square box-shaped. Lastly, it’s time to add some software and plug the… Continue reading