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Greetings Earthicans!  For this write up, I present my project for "Build Inside the Box." This contest was designed to give various makers a "random assortment of components and have them create a project with them. This is somewhat in the style of "Chopped" cooking show.   I was able to get as far as a solid mechanical assembly of components, but did run quite a bit short on final assembly time.   I had a  build log running which can be found here if anyone is interested ...
Hi, everybody!   First of all, thanks a lot to the organisers who gave me the opportunity to participate for free! Second, I failed to get it done it time. The box was delivered two weeks ago and it coincided with my exam session in college (actually, the last exam was today).   But there are good news too: I have finally found the idea that I am able and wish to realise with my limited skills of a first-year student. I will first introduce what inspired me and then present the actu ...
Welcome to my build log for the Build Inside the Box Challenge! This is my first blog/writeup/build on here, so if you have any feedback, please leave a comment! Here are the contents of The Box: - Arduino MKR Zero – Neat little development board, uses a Cortex M0+ MCU, and has an SD card slot. -  USB Power Bank – 10Ah 5V power bank, should be able to power any project that doesn’t involve large motors - WAGO Terminal Blocks – great way to connect cables together - ...
Thank you Christopher Stanton and element14 for the opportunity to Build Inside The Box!  It was great fun.   Getting the box was a moment of great joy and great panic as the reality of "I've got to build something!" really hits home.  I retreat to my basement lair and begin to think.   Think.  Think.  Think.  THUMP, Thump, thump.  Argh!  Silly sump pump.  I don't remember it being so loud.   Think.  Think.  Think.  THUMP, ...
I so want to start showing off my talent to create. And my skills being a maker. ...
Greetings fellow Earthlings! In this living blog post, I will be documenting the build of my project for Build Inside the Box. See the section headers for the updates as they come. I'm planning to leave any previously-posted stuff alone; otherwise make notes as to what changed and why.   I won't be revealing the final project until I have it in working order, but feel free to guess down below   The ingredients! For this project, we were given a 'random' assortment of components and h ...
Probably that will get tiresome after a while, but dang that was a good movie.   And whoo boy after starting looking, I think I might know more about what to do with a severed head than this   Mostly it seems that the MKR Zero uses different libraries and definitions than the nano/e3 so some of the sample code I had been looking at for the VL53L0X won't work without major rewrite. But there's always other sample code.   The box's contents   1 - Arduino MKR Zero (in the ...
After a brief departure onto a couple of other projects, I'm back to complete Project Mego--my 2XL-Google Assistant conversion--and I needed to come up with a way to change the voice from one of the stock Assistant voices to more of a robotic sound. So, I started playing with the Velleman MK171 Voice Changer Kit as a jumping-off point for my own voice modulator. But before I could play with the circuit, I needed to assemble it! ...
One of the first challenges with restoring the 2XL at the heart of Project Mego is repairing and restoring the malfunctioning 8-track player mechanism in his belly. This particular unit has a few broken pieces and a misaligned head, so I'll point out how to correct those minor issues while illustrating a few other interesting features of this "ancient" format. PARTS/TOOLS: Rotary potentionmeter switch De-Ox-Id spray ...
This segment was cut from the completed project video, but I thought it interesting to have a look inside one of these cheapo voice changer toys that retails for way more than it should. I'm certainly nota531016, but I like to pretend every so often ...
After studying the Velleman MK171 Voice Changer kit that I assembled in a previous video, I wanted to play around with some elements of the circuit to see if I could customize it. In this video, I'll walk through the circuit schematic and explain how the voice changer works before replicating the design on breadboard, then soldering it to protoboard.   PARTS/TOOLS:  https://www.newark.com
experia/bzx79-c3v0-133/zener-single-diode-3-v-500-mw/dp/96K7357 https://www.newark.com/multic ...
When you're building a project that has multiple modules with different voltage requirements, you may need to build a 5V buck converter. This video walks through the process to build a converter that will take up to 40V input down to 5V at up to 5A, and you can get the schematic as well as the necessary parts in the show notes below! PARTS/TOOLS: https://www.newark.com/tdk/slf10145t-220m1r9-pf/power-line-ind-22uh-1-9a-20/dp/90R0605 https://www.newark.com
ichicon/upw1c181med1td/aluminum-elect ...
****EPISODE TITLE**** element14 presents  |  AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile |  Project Videos   Arduino sketch://Project ColorTyme //Hexadecimal Color Code Clock //CC-BY-SA Matthew Eargle //element14 Presents http://element14.com/presents //AirborneSurfer Productions http://airbornesurfer.com //Included Libraries #include <Wire.h> #include <LedControl.h> #include <SPI.h> #include <Adafruit_RA8875.h> #include <RealTimeClockDS1307.h> /* Setup MAX ...
****EPISODE TITLE**** element14 presents  |  AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile |  Project Videos   In a previous project, we looked at how to attach a TFT LCD screen to a Raspberry Pi to build a small-form-factor project. But what if your project doesn't need quite as much horsepower? What if you just need to display shapes and colors on a screen with no operating system and nearly instant boot times? This is where a TFT LCD screen on Arduino comes in handy. In this video, we'l ...
****EPISODE TITLE**** element14 presents  |  AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile |  Project Videos   The Arduino platform is great for making LEDs blink and driving small displays, but what happens when you need to display more complex information? For Project ColorTyme, I need to drive 6x 14-segment "starburst" style alphanumeric LED displays, but pins are at a premium. To solve the problem, we'll incorporate the MAX7219 LED display driver; however, it's an imperfect solution: T ...