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2m Tall LED Display - Falling Rain

A few months ago while working on the Traveling Lights project I had a strip of leds laid out and had programmed a single dot of light to run along it, this effect while simple looked really cool so I...

Light bulbs everywhere

Last year the company I was working with were having their offices refurbished and it got me thinking about corporate art but something that's potentially useful as well as interesting to look at. I g...

Interfacing with a Vending Machine

Before Christmas Build Brighton procured a vending machine. This is something we had been talking about for a while but vending machines are typically large and heavy as they have refrigeration units...

Mini LCD Adapter Backpack

Over the past month I have been working on a simple I2C adapter for the common Hitachi LCD displays. These adapters are already widely available but only for displays with a single row of pins and I h...

Internet of Things - Serial to Ethernet Adapter

I have been working on a number of projects recently which would all require an internet connection either for fetching data or uploading data, in other words the Internet of Things! One of the easie...

Tennis Balls and LED's - Increasing user engagement

Recently I have been doing some freelance web development work for a local search marketing company called Propellernet, they are a great local company which really value their staff. One of the thing...

Shenzhen Electronic Markets

Its been 3 weeks since I got back from China and I wanted to write a quick post about my my trip. I started off in Hong Kong where I spent 3 days exploring parts of the city and taking in as much as I...

Home Automation - Is anyone home?

I have been interested in the idea of home automation for some time, I think most of us like the idea of things turning on or off as needed so that everything is ready when we want. The closest I have...

Experiments with e-paper

I enjoy playing with new technology and one thing I hadn't experimented with before was epaper or eink. These are the displays found within ereaders like the Kindle. The displays come in a wide range...

Chip & Pin tamper detection

While browsing eBay I spotted a chip & pin key pad, this was being sold as locked/broken but it was only a couple of pounds so it seemed worth it. The pin pad arrived yesterday and after powering...

Kevin - CAN bus problems and success

Last year when I was working through the electronic systems for Kevin I decided to implement a CAN bus to allow the various boards to talk to each other, this is the same system thats used in cars and...

Upgrading Colin

Colin is my trusty servant, he tirelessly cleans my flat for me and his only reward is electricity (and an occasional bit of verbal abuse when he stops behind a door and blocks it). He is a Roomba 520...

3D Printer

A few weeks ago I received a 3D printer, this is something I had been planning to get for a while so when I saw a decent looking device for sale in Maplin last month I jumped at the chance. The printe...

Kevin's first test run

I finally managed to get kevin outside at the weekend for a proper test run. This is the first time the base electrical systems including the motor controllers have been tested and they performed flaw...

The frame is finally complete

After a month or more of work the steel frame for Kevin is complete and painted. This is something I have been looking forward to for a long time as it means I can start attaching components and runni...