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12 Posts authored by: dwinhold
Hi Everyone,   Attached is video of how this all works. I put everything together to work, but without the clock everything couldn't be demonstrated. I set this up in the basement and couldn't have the lasers work the thermostat as we don't have one where I did the demo. Everything works in the demo as you will see. Hope you enjoy:         This is everything until I finish the clock and have it all together. Thank you for your patience and hope you enjoyed. I wan ...
Here is our final (But not final) update for our Enchanted Clock.     My goal was to create a wooden clock and enchant it with the kits supplied by our generous sponsors, Atmel, Element 14 and Infineon. I wanted to have the clock recognize who was in front of it, control the lights and temperature  by voice command, control the lights by sensing if you were sleeping. There would also be a way to keep the time correct without self-adjusting the clock.   Accomplishments: &# ...
Happy Fathers Day everyone (Especially my Dad),   So my Dad is real happy with what I have done with the temperature control. He has now challenged me with the issue of the thermostat being across the room from the clock. He has asked me to have the motor run wireless from the Arduino to set the temperature. I have thought this out for the past 2 days and came up with a perfect solution. I designed a way to have the Arduino send a laser beam to a photoresistor on the other side of the room ...
Hi everyone, it is Chrystal with the update.   First of all, my Dad told me that the temperature will be voice controlled, AFTER I GOT IT WORKING!!! So I spent all day today (after school) and added it into the voice program, haha to him, it works. He has no idea yet as he is working on the wooden clock. Below is the Arduino script that is used for the whole voice control, my part is in red so it stands out. I drew a quick picture of how it works, I couldn't get a picture without him findi ...
Sorry for the delay in this posting, between working 7 days a week for the past 3 weeks and family I got a bit behind on blogging.   Chrystal has been working on the thermostat regulator with the servo for  a bit now. She is wanting to do it on her own so I am letting her learn about the motor and connecting it to the Arduino. She is starting to program it to turn on and off, this has been frustrating at times but she hasn't backed off. I have pictures of her getting mad with frustrat ...
This update brings you how the clock will personally greet you when you stand in front of (it?, "It" seems so impersonal. My daughter Chrystal has named it "Tic", she says since we are going to make it talk. "Tic - T(alk)". Close enough explanation I guess. I use it as an acronym ("T"alking - "I"nteractive - "C"lock ). Here is the missing bracket).   So we programmed the Arduino to use the 2x16 LCD screen and Ultrasonic sensor to accomplish this. Below are pictures with the readout on the ...
Today my goal is to cut more gears and other parts of the clock to get it to the assembly stage. This clock will be one of my long desired accomplishments, woodworking is my life and passion. Anyone interested in seeing other creations I have done check out: http://www.woodandironcreations.com/ This is a totally one of a kind woodworking creation company my partner and I own.   I have set aside the thought of using the SAMA5D4 for now, I have focued on the arduino and YUN for my project. I ...
Wow, half way already!!   Here is an in depth update at where Chrystal and I are at.   Clock building: This is a slower then hught process, a lot of scroll sawing in making gears. I keep getting tempted with the CNC machine, but this I want to do by hand. Chrystal has been helping cutting out the gears as she has learned patience (from me of coarse). Below are pictures of the gears:     Next we have finaly received our voice recognition module. Attached are pictures and ...
Hello everyone,   So I have been programming the Arduino for enchanted clock I'm building (Work in progress). I am still having issues with the SAMA5D4 Xplained, I may have to change to an RPi if time starts to get tight. I really don't want to do this as our sponsors have been very generous and I don't want to let them down.   So to update where I am at. I have decided that for the clock to stay in time due to the inconsistency in a wood clock, I have made a binary clock. This clock ...
Today was the arrival of the Arduino Yun, thank you very much to all our sponsors.   So Chrystal and I have been busy cutting out a clock and programming the Arduino and LED cape. In order for the clock to keep time we are going to have a sensor detect the minute hand gear for correct 1 hour per revolution. If the hands are out more then 2 minutes it will be corrected by the arduino connected to the servo. We also connected 3 ultrasound sensors to check for movement in the room. If the dis ...
This week we received a welcoming parcel from Element14!! The parcel contained, Atmel SAMA5D4 Xplained Ultra, Arduino RGB LED Lighting Shield, Arduino DC Motor Control Shield  and the Arduino Workshop Livello Kit. We are still waiting for a couple of items but this is a great start, nothing will be holding us up.   I have started on making the clock. I am using plans purchased from Clayton Boyer Clock Designs ("The Simplicity"), I have had them for years now. This will be quite a proj ...
Chrystal and I would like to thank all the sponsors, Element14 and everyone involved for choosing us to compete in this challenge.   Our enchanted clock is going to be very special. The clock is going to be hand made by Chrystal and myself, all made from wood (recycled wood). All the working parts are going to be made from wood as well (Gears, hands, weights etc.) I am a cabinetmaker by trade and need a new challenge so building a wooden clock fit right into this challenge perfectly.   ...