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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Self Balancing Robot – V3


Same as the previous post, this is an old project that still doesn’t work properly, but will probably never have the time to fix, so I’ve decided to post the details here, in case I need to refer to them later.

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