by Kalle Hyvönen:
I bought a small aquarium (54l) as an impulse buy and I needed some lights for it, so naturally I wanted to use LEDs. I also needed a timer for the lights. I also wanted the lights to fade in and out when they were going on or off as a cool effect.
I ordered four Cree XP-G R5 LEDs (cool white, apparently too warm of a light will cause algae growth) and a one amp (switching) constant current supply (with PWM support) from LED-tech.de. I had some Maxim DS3234 real-time clocks with a serial bus (SPI) which looked easy to implement so I decided to use one. I also had one spare Arduino board so that was going to be my microcontroller of choice. I used a laptop power supply as the power source.
LED aquarium lighting with an Arduino based PWM timer - [Link]
Raj @ embedded-lab.com writes:
A group of students at Indiana university has built an Arduino-based distance measuring tool as their class project. It is a handheld device that measures the distance between any two points using the latitude and longitude coordinates (received from GPS satellite) of the points. It provides distance output in Yards and is useful for sports applications, such as in golfing to compute the distance between where a ball is hit and where it ends up.
Distance meter using GPS and Arduino - [Link]
Here’s Oscar Liang another Arduino GPS project, he writes:
Garlow stands for GPS Arduino Rechargeable Logger OLED Watch. The device gives GPS information which is logged on SD card and shown on a OLED display. It can be carried as a watch or simply used as a GPS data logger. The whole system is based on Arduino Nano, with a Lipo power management module which enables USB battery recharge.
A small GPS Arduino watch/clock - [Link]
Heinz Pieren writes:
ArdaSol is the project name for my solar energy and Arduino based monitoring system. This description shows how the system is built and how it works. The energy production of a photovoltaic plant is monitored and also the consumption or feeding to grid of the energy. Data acquisition during a solar day and publishing on the internet is also a function of this system.
ArdaSol – Photovoltaic Energy Monitoring System - [Link]
bbustin @ instructables.com writes:
Not everyone lives somewhere with central air, or is willing to pay for a Nest or similar “smart” thermostat. The Climaduino is a DIY Arduino-based thermostat designed to control a wall unit A/C. I incorporated both temperature and humidity sensors in order to optimize comfort and reduce energy usage. I then developed a Raspberry Pi-based web interface to control the Climaduino from my phone.
This is still a work in progress, but is definitely functional. I am posting this instructable so others can both build their own smart thermostats, and hopefully build on this project with their Climaduino improvements.
Introducing Climaduino – The Arduino-Based Thermostat You Control From Your Phone! - [Link]
Mizchief100 @ instructables.com wanted a way to control with dorm air conditioner so he build an Arduino thermostat that controls the control knob using a servo motor:
I am currently living in a college dorm. Like most dorms it’s about the size of a tissue box but less comforting. Fortunately, my room has a heater/AC with four positions: low, medium, high, and off. Unfortunately in winter an hour on the low setting makes the room a stifling 80 degrees and when turned off it drops quickly to 60 degrees. My solution uses an arduino, temperature sensor, and motor to automatically turn the heater on/off to keep the room within a desired temperature range. Not only is this more comfortable but it dramatically reduces the time the heater is used, saving lots of energy. (Also note that the motor is only driven to switch the setting and then turned off so no holding energy is wasted.)
Arduino Thermostat (Mechanical) - [Link]
This instructable will show you how to build a portable Touch Screen Oscilloscope for less than 40 U$! johnag @ instructables.com writes:
The oscilloscope is one of the most powerful electronic instruments that is available to electronics hobbyist, experimenters, and engineers. It is mainly used to measue time-varying signals. Any time you have a signal that varies with time( slowly, quickly, and /or periodically ) you can use an oscilloscope to measure it , visualize it, and to find any unexpected features in it.
Make an Oscilloscope using the SainSmart Mega2560 - [Link]
Raj @ embedded-lab.com writes:
Here is an instructable that describes a DIY shield which would convert your Arduino board into a multifunctional digital multimeter. This shield can be used with “Arduino” UNO und Duemilanove boards, and can display the measurements on a 16X2 character LCD and/or on the serial monitor window on PC. This digital multimeter Arduino shield has the following features:voltmeter ranges : 0-10V; 0-30V; 0-100V ampmeter range : 0-500mA ohmmeter ranges : 0-1KOhm, 0-250KOhm diode, LED, continuity tester LED functionality tester transistor Beta meter.
Turn your Arduino board into a digital multimeter with this shield - [Link]
Printoo is an Arduino-based platform of paper-thin, low-power boards and modules that gives makers new levels of creative flexibility
Printoo is a platform of paper-thin circuit boards and modules. It gives makers an open-source, lightweight, flexible, and modular Arduino-compatible platform to create just about anything you want! What makes Printoo amazingly unique is that it comes with a range of printed electronics modules previously unavailable to the public. These are electronics building “blocks” of the future, only not so rigid.
Printoo: Paper-Thin, Flexible Arduino™-Compatible modules! - [Link]
Movies look cool with those EKG (electrocardiogram), the one that beeps and detects heart activities. A few months ago, we had to shoot a hospital scene for our school project. We needed an EKG instrument. To keep the movie authentic, we didn’t want to fake the readings so we made the next best thing, a pulse monitor. Since my dad is a doctor he gave me some advice to design the pulse monitor.
Homebrew Arduino Pulse Monitor - [Link]