Arduino Candle with remote control

We have lots of light sources around us. Most of them are electricity based – lamps, flashlights, screens. But some time ago one of main light sources were candles. This is amazing, that candles still are popular due to several reasons. They create intimate climate, serve as emergency light, improve odor, and is attribute in many celebrations. The fact is that we love burning candles and probably will continue doing so. Speaking of electronics, candles are great inspiration for many projects. There has been many attempts to build electronic candle with various effects and colors. Some of them try to mimic candle flame flickering, other focus on design and functionality. Jose Daniel Herrera have built his own version of candle. He’s chosen RGB LED strip as light source which is controlled with Arduino Pro. Project was housed inside IKEA lantern which already has candle shape in it. He programmed several effects like rainbow, fade and fire. He wanted easy way of switching between modes, so he used an IR remote control. With a button press you can select any effect… Continue reading

The Stylish Blue Arduino Pro – 3.3V/8MHz

Although the Arduino boards have been regarded as one of the costless boards, however it’s still need a sum of money out from your pocket, especially if you’re purchase in large amount! You must be wondered, “Is there any cheaper, skinnier, and more stylish Arduino board around the market?” Well, since you’ve asked for it, then you got it… Today, you’ll have the chance to look at the new and sophisticated blue Arduino Pro board. This Arduino Pro appearance is just like the Arduino Diecimila, but it used all SMD components to make it becoming a two layer. By this way, the board can be directly connected to the FTDI Basic Breakout board and supports the auto-reset. Furthermore, the Arduino Pro can also work with the FTDI cable, but you must careful as the FTDI cable doest not bring out the DTR pin. Since the Arduino Pro’s designation is very much like the Skinny, most of the people will have the wrong thoughts that it is a Skinny! However, you can easily differential it as the power switch was moved… Continue reading