by Sound Guy @ instructables.com:
You may be familiar with a website in the UK called Colour Clock (http://thecolourclock.co.uk/) which converts the time into a hex value and then uses that value to update the background color. It’s very hypnotic and once you get used to how it works you can actually tell where you are in the day just by glancing at the screen from across the room.
I had an Arduino Uno R3 and an Adafruit 1.8″ Color TFT Shield w/microSD and Joystick that I was trying to use for another project that kept stalling out. One night just for fun I decided to see if I could recreate the Colour Clock and it only took a couple hours. If you’re familiar with Arduino you could easily swap parts out for a simple TFT breakout board and something tiny like a Beetle and make a very compact unit. You could even wear it as a badge.
Arduino TFT Color Clock - [Link]
A recent press release from Atmel has announced the introduction of the Arduino WiFi Shield 101 which can be connected to any modern Arduino R3 board to give connectivity to the Internet via any traditional Wi-Fi access points. This new Shield is said to offer secure, cost-effective, high-performance Wi-Fi connectivity. The new board is targeted at Arduino IoT applications and incorporates Atmel’s WINC 1500 wireless network controller offering IEEE 802.11 b/g/n (1×1) at up to 72 Mbps and supporting IEEE 802.11 WEP, WPA2 security enterprise.
Arduino WiFi Shield - [Link]
by Suzanne Deffree @ edn.com
Arduino and Raspberry Pi are great, well-utilized DIY boards for hacking just about anything you want to design. But if you’re looking for an alternate hacker board, here are seven that Steve Nelson, Freescale’s director of ecosystem and marketing programs, presented at this week’s Designers of Things (DoT) conference.
With some starting below the $20 mark, these Freescale-enabled, alternative hacker boards are community-supported and allow the transition to low-cost commercial volume manufacturing while still being compatible and easy-to-use, according to Nelson.
7 alternative hacker boards - [Link]
ScratchDuino is a highly customizable, simple and interactive open source robots construction kit based on Arduino. Unique features of ScratchDuino are simplicity of assembly by using magnetic-mount parts and simplicity of programming the AI by MIT Scratch, a visual program language. Scratchduino can be used as an interactive educational open source platform for kids and beginners, as well as a vast experimental kit for advanced robots enthusiasts.
ScratchDuino magnetic robots construction kit - [Link]
Kerry D. Wong writes:
I just got myself a couple of Arduino Due boards. While they were released almost two years ago, I have not really got a chance to look at these until quite recently. Arduino Due is based on Atmel’s ATSAM3x8E 32-bit ARM Cortext-M3 processor. The processor core runs at 84 MHz, which is significantly faster than its 8-bit AVR counterpart ATmega328p which runs at 16 MHz. For an ATmega328p, the highest achievable PWM frequency is 8Mhz (square wave), so we should be able to generate much higher frequency signals on an Arduino Due. But how high can we go? Let’s find out.
On Arduino due PWM frequency - [Link]
A fine-spot welder is one of the few equipment where building yourself is cheaper than buying. There are already published a lot of DIY spot welders, this one has some unique features:
It can be used in 2 welding applications: opposed and series configuration.
The construction is kept very simple.
Accurate electrode force adjustment.
It has a solid electrode holder, made of a radiator earthing clamp.
An Arduino microcontroller is used to set the weld time accurately.
Creates a double pulse which improves clamping.
The current can be reduced for welding sensitive parts.
DIY battery tab resistance fine-spot welder - [Link]
Electro18 posted a tutorial on how to make a portable digital optical tachometer using an Arduino Uno, an instructable here:
A tachometer is a device used to measure the RPM or Revolutions Per Minute of any rotating body. Tachometers can be contact based or non-contact ones. The non-contact or contact-less optical tachometers usually use laser or Infrared beam to monitor the rotation of any body. This is done by calculating time taken for one rotation.
It can measure RPM over 20k
Sensor range extends upto 7~8 cm
Displays Maximum RPM
Measure RPM – DIY portable digital tachometer - [Link]
Remote control your electrical devices through your local network or internet. The circuit contains one output (Relay) and one input (isolated input). The whole project was built by using arduino nano platform and an ENC28J60 ethernet module. It can be used the W5100 ethernet module instead of ENC28J60, by replacing the UIPEthernet library to Ethernet library.
Moreover, the control is made from the Android application I wrote and it’s available on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.serasidis.NetworkRelay).
The schematic diagram, arduino sketch, photos and demonstration video is on my web site:
Arduino Network relay - [Link]
Stephen Wylie , “Program two ATmegas w/an Arduino & AVRDUDE without re-cabling in between!”
Those of you who have programmed an Arduino through the Arduino or AVR Studio IDE may have noticed the utility that is really doing the work: AVRDUDE (AVR Downloader/UploaDEr). This is a powerful program that can facilitate programming new sketches on top of a bootloader, load a brand new bootloader or chip image, capture the current firmware programmed on the chip, and set fuse bits (which can render your chip unusable without special tools if you’re not careful).
Make your own dual programmer in AVRDUDE - [Link]