Electric Long-board


When this year’s lock-down started a few months ago, I finally bought myself a long-board so that I could keep up with the kids on their bikes or scooters when exercising.
It didn’t take long before I remembered that I always wanted to build an electric "toy" that could carry myself.
I contemplated a bike, a Go Kart and others, but it’s always been pretty obvious that the easiest to attempt would be a skateboard…

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Rotary Dial Phone Revival – 2


This is the 2nd part of a multi post series about bringing back to life an old rotary dial phone.

After managing to interface with the dial itself inΒ part 1 Β it’s now time to do something about the vintage, bells based, ringing mechanism.

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Rotary Dial Revival


I know it’s been a long time since my last post, but hey, at least I have an excuse…Β  he’s 2 and a half and knows no rest or the meaning of the phrase “staying still” πŸ™‚

This is (hopefully) only the 1st part of a series, based around this ’70s Rotary Dial Phone from Eastern Europe. I inherited it from my grandad when he passed away a couple of years ago. This is the same phone that I remember from when I was a kid and would play with at my grandparents’ house… ok, ok, I’ll stop here with the nostalgia πŸ™‚

So I can personally confirm it’s at least 35 years old, but probably more like 40 or 50. Most importantly it has quite a sentimental value for me, which means I have to be careful what I do with it !

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Self Balancing Robot – V4


It’s been almost 4 years since I started playing with self balancing robots posting about the very first version, then the 2nd really unsuccessful one and finally a really jittery / impossible to control 3rd version

Now it’s finally time to show you something that actually works !

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stm32f4-discovery art


It’s long been since I gave up any pretense of usefulness for my projects / hacks… now all my projects are “art installations”… (except when it’s something for my 5 year old son, which is always a good pretext to play around with some electronics… πŸ™‚ )

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RC Car Electronics


This, to some extent, is a continuation of this post, where I replaced the motors and some gears to fix one of my son’s RC cars.

I remove the electronics and replace them completely, including the remote for which I now use a freshly made wireless Wii Nunchuck.

The results are far from impressive in terms of manoeuvrability, but it was really fun to build and I think the handling can still be improved by tweaking the mix between the 2 joystick axes.

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Automotive CAN bus hacking


This 1st video shows the dashboard of a VW Passat B6 2006 being controlled directly by a micro-controller (an old ARM M3 on a LM3S8962 Texas Instruments discovery board) using the automotive CAN bus.

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Electronic Art


 

I had been wanting to do this for such a long time…

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Espruino & MPU6050 & Digital Motion Processing


Espruino Pico

If neither of the 3 terms in the title mean anything to you, then you can stop here, there won’t be any nice video or images in this post πŸ™‚

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Hack a humidifier with an AtTiny


 

This is a refreshingly simple hack on which I spent only a few hours, most of which were actually for installing Atmel Studio to program the AtTiny πŸ™‚

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