This guide will take you through the steps to build an NES playing robot.
This is an arduino based bot which can play back tool assisted speedruns on the NES. If you’ve ever seen the “Super Mario Bros 3 beat in 11 minutes” video, think that, but being played back on the actual console. This bot can only handle the original Super Mario Bros currently, but it can beat it completely.
NESBot: Arduino Powered Robot beating Super Mario Bros for the NES – [Link]
Asim from a group called TinkerAct! came by the Hack Factory a couple of weeks ago with a bag of Arduino clones they had created. Called the Arduino Stripper, it’s super tiny (1.6″ X 2″) and inexpensive ($20). [via]
I love using the little Arduino Pro Mini from Sparkfun. These little boards are perfect for space constrained and low voltage applications. I have built a number of projects using it. My only problem using it was that I always had to solder components/sensors directly on to it which is a) ugly and b) prone to short-circuiting. To solve this problem, I started building bare minimal Arduinos using perf/strip boards which is almost perfect space wise, but becomes a really laborious work (2-3 hours to get it all right) Sometimes, I just need an Arduino for a quick idea I have in my head and neither of the above two options quite cut it.
Arduino Stripper, a Perfboard ‘Duino Clone – [Link]
Phillip Torrone writes:
Each month, I’ll be posting a couple of new editorial-style columns here on Make: Online. These pieces are meant to get you thinking, to stir up discussion and debate, maybe even freak you out a little. My first column is called “Why the Arduino Won and Why It’s Here to Stay.”
Why the Arduino Won and Why It’s Here to Stay – [Link]
uhclem writes: [via]
Build yourself a wirelessly controlled, Arduino-powered message board!
Here’s an easy project which creates a wirelessly programmable message board. It uses XBee modules to provide a wireless serial link between your computer and the device. You interact with it via a simple menu system. There are no buttons (other than the reset button, which is hidden) on the device.
Wireless Arduino message board - [Link]
Wise time with Arduino: First release of the Wise Clock 3 software: [via]
The routine work of porting the “Wise Clock 2″ code to the new “platform” (namely the new 3216 bicolor display) went well. Most of features worked right off the bat. Some coordinates had to be adjusted in order to center the text (time etc) on the larger display. These adjustments could have been avoided if the original code used calculations starting from X_MAX and Y_MAX. Ideally, just by changing these two values, the code should have worked.
“Wise Clock 3″ – PONG CLOCK! – [Link]
Asteroids running on Hackvision. Written completely with Arduino:
I implemented Asteroids for Hackvision, written completely using Arduino technology. The ATmega328 is more than powerful enough for real arcade action!
Asteroids for the Arduino – [Link]
Embedded Newbie has compiled a list of Arduino DAC solutions. [via]
I was in a need of an analog output output for my Arduino, and I found quite many different digital-to-analog converter (DAC) solutions by googling around. So finally I decided to gather them on one page as a reminder for myself and a guide for others. So here it comes!
Review of Arduino DAC solutions – [Link]
The flow sensor uses a simple rotating wheel that pulses a hall effect sensor. By reading these pulses the Arduino mathematically calculates the liquid flow with a 3% accuracy rate and sends the reading via serial to the PC. Schematic and Arduino source code included.
Measure liquid flow rate with Arduino – [Link]
If you are looking a wireless communication between two Arduino modules, this project might be helpful. It uses low costs RF transmitter and receiver from Sparkfun to establish a radio link between the Arduino boards up to 500 ft. Data can be transferred serially at the maximum rate of 2400 bps. [via]
Radio link between two Arduino boards – [Link]