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In a couple of months, we will begin making accessibility related projects for those who are physically challenged.  The projects will be designed to make a "smart" home aid a person through their day.   One challenge will be getting things like a clothes basket from point A to point B including going up stairs.  Looking around, it appears Boston Dynamics is on to something.  So, we are going to experiment with a stair climbing "dog" like robot.   In the video below, we ...
This is the next deep dive video for an up-and-coming Project14 build.  This follows my last blog post where we designed a circuit for a programmer board for the ESP8266.  This programmer coupled to the Arduino IDE makes programming the ESP8266 a breeze.   In this video, we quickly solder the board up not worrying too much about cosmetics.  You'll see me pull out of common mishaps and handle things like long exposed leads that were hard to get the heat in.  It isn't pre ...
For our next Project14 project, we need to make a circuit board that can speed up programming of an ESP8266.    To design the board, we used the Open-Source software KiCad.  This gave us an opportunity to do a deep dive tutorial on how to use the software.   Warning, this is long and nerdy, but it gives you everything you need to know to make your own PCB files for fabrication.  We hope to inspire kids and parents to learn KiCad to make their own fabricated board of a ...
    Over the holidays, we had a unique opportunity.  Dave Jones of EEVBlog was going on a walkabout and offered to show guest videos.  He selected 12 videos to release one at a time each day he was gone.  We were lucky enough to have our video selected.   For our video, we did a retro 8-Bit build.  At the same time, we elected to do a parody of Dave set back in 1978.  It was a lot of fun.  The build was originally inspired by Ben Hecks Super Solder ...
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Introduction

Posted by sjmill01 Sep 23, 2017
I'm Sean Miller.  I am a Reliability Engineer during the day.  In my spare time, I develop projects to learn life skills with my son.  I often learn just as much as he does.   Our biggest accomplishment to date has been making a life size R2D2 that is semi-autonomous.  It took about 4 years to build.  The research involved taught me to be a better engineer than my actual degree did.   This blog will mostly be where I update my mishaps behind the scenes for ou ...