Category Electronics

Building a color camera with an IR controlled RGB LED lamp and a monochromatic camera

“Birgit, you are the only person who manages to crash the software of a freaking lamp.” – whoopsie;-) So my dad just bought one of those (rather pointless, but.. uh, well) IR controlled RGB lamps, and being both nerds, we decided to spend Christmas Eve (okay, okay) hacking the remote control. (Here’s a link to […]

Hacking a mini helicopter – with my newly “updated” BORA and VHDL

So I’ve decided to use my BORA and hack a small helicopter –  a Syma S107G (3.5channels), which is one of the cheap and very popular helis. It’s cute, looks surprisingly sturdy for its price, it’s chargeable with USB (nice one!) and well-documented. And I want to learn how to work with VHDL. 🙂 The […]

BORA – Binary Explorer Board – my new CPLD toy board !!!

This is my newest love: BORA. (Sorry for the bad quality of the picture, but it’s my mobile, and I’M SO EXCITED!) It’s a tiny little CPLD board, and I helped making it work on Kickstarter! (Read their story!) It confused our dear import tax guys quite a bit, but I finally have it – […]

On Lasercutters and building Lightsaber Prototype II

I’m currently building light sabers (and robot armies and image processing frameworks and visualization libraries, and..), and right now, I’m working at prototype IIb. Prototype I used tape to connect a Nunchuk and toy sword, and wire to go to an Arduino that is connected to the PC with wires. Lightsaber prototype II is based […]

Arduino + distance sensor + 7-segment

Arduino is a nice open-source platform for mostly Atmegas, which I’m familiar with. They are programmed with  a C-dialect, have a nice IDE written in Processing, which is a cool language 🙂 Arduino has a really awesome community, a number of shields (like on Sparkfun or DFRobot or, in my own country, komputer.de). I also adore the Fritzing project, which gives you this […]

My portable lab:-)

I always carry my personal portable lab in my laptop backpack, included are – a mini breadboard, a breadboard, jumper wires, an esd bag – leds, some sensors (temp/light,..), some resistors/capacitors/transistors, some ICs (timer/amplifier/gate/driver,..), random stuff (like 2DC motors, this tiny switch),,.. – a USB 6009 and, if available, a myDAQ – small screwdriver, electronic […]