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This is the second list in a five part series where we list the Greatest Hits of the Project14 as part of the first Makevember celebration on the element14 community in honor of the third Makevember event.  Makevember is an event that encourages everyone to spend 5 minutes a day working on projects to make things for the fun of it. The idea of a Greatest Hits compilation is borrowed from music.   On a Greatest Hits compilation you'll see 20-25 songs in no particular order and you'll notice a lot of gems missing if you're at all familiar with the artist's work. In the spirit of Makevember its not about whose project is "best", won prizes, and it is not a ranked or ordered list.   It's a celebration of the effort, the learning, the fun, the creativity, the skill, and the entertainment that you have provided to make this program possible.

 

We'll be releasing parts of the 25 greatest Hits of Project14 throughout Makevember and by the time we have finished this list, you'll have a representative sample of all the great work that's been done by the community members in support of this program.  The purpose is not to exclude but to celebrate, and the hope is that the 25 projects selected are representative of everything that's been going on around here since things got started.

 

Here is the second batch (Projects 16-20) of the 25 Greatest Hits on Project14:

 

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Project 20: Walky the Biped Robot

Project 20: Walky the Biped Robot by genebren

Movers and Shakers

 

 

Walky the Biped Robot, the first element14 project from genebren , was 16 years making, and the unanimous favorite of our community member judges.  The project began as a way of paying it forward with the precious time he had with his son.  In those days, he spent a fair amount of his time building projects in the hope of getting his son interested in engineering  This earlier incarnation of Walky the Biped robot did not have the most graceful set of legs.  Its body was cut or machined out of scraps of plexiglass and glued together.  Metal control rods, with swivel ball joints transferred the servos movement to the feet and legs. The control board consisted of an ATtiny12 processor, a resistor, and a capacitor.  Having lost any code and the schematic, he started out by tracing out the old controller, built on perf-board, and generated a schematic.

 

The old robot having long been disassembled.   genebren made plans to resurrect Walky and make it a platform for future experiments, leading to fully autonomous operation. His initial goal was to give the robot awareness to manage edge and object detection, while accepting control from a R/C controller.

 

The 1940 Laws of Robotics (by Isaac Asimov and John W. Campbell)

  • First Law: A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
  • Second Law: A robot must obey orders given it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
  • Third Law:  A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

 

 

Walky the Biped Robot

 

 

"Considering the effort the author spent developing the project, solving the issues in the walk mechanism, this project (is) the star (for) followers of Project14. A great example of a collaborative project." - Community Member Judge

 

 

 

"First place was really easy to pickout and has to be WalkyII. If I was able to mark on just one thing then the cute name would have got this to win, however it also did really well in my opinion on all other aspects." - Community Member Judge

 

Also on Project14  by  genebren:

Project 19: 300g Bot

Project 19: 300g BOT  by mcb1

Open Arduino

 

 

This project started life as a challenge.

The local Robot Club (who spend time on everything except robots) was looking to get back into robots since they had a sumo ring.

 

They talked about making something small and decided on the 300g class.

 

It allowed for new and younger members to make something which could compete, and wouldn't cost a fortune, or require lifting gear.

 

300g Bot

 

 

Product NameQuantity
Arduino Nano1Buy NowBuy Now

 

Product Name
Wiimote
chassis
Some Mosfet driver IC's
11.1V lithium battery (also works on a 7.2V lithium battery)

 

 

Also on Project14 by mcb1 :

Project 18: (Semi)Automated Plant Irrigation System

 

Project 18:  DIY Test Equipment: Mini Air Jet  by rsc

DIY Test Equipment

 

Mini Air Jet was chosen because it got some serious respect from our community member judges because its a simple solution that solves a unique project, and looks good in its custom enclosure!  rsc works with some small thermocouples and Hot-Wire/Hot-Film devices in his labs and relies on some "crazy equipment" to test and calibrate these devices. Hot-films are very sensitive to the air flow direction, and it's difficult to move a big fan around keeping the air flow at accurate angles. So, after trying straws taped to little fans and other sometimes successful ideas, he designed a small hand-held air jet for this purpose. The case was designed using AutoCAD, and printed on a SeeMeCNC H2 Delta 3D printer.

 

 

Mini Air Jet

"This was awesome because it was a simple thing yet really useful and something that ought to be a purchaseable product. Also it looked really good with the custom enclosure." -Community Member Judge

"A very simple solution to a unique problem. The design concept lends itself to other uses. The finished project was tidy and fit for purpose." - Community Member Judge

 

Product Name
30 mm Fan
9 V Battery
Autocad

 

Also on Project14  by rsc :

 

 

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Project 17: Self-adjusting Clock with e-ink Display

Project 17: Self-adjusting clock with e-display  by kk99

Smart Alarm Clock

kk99 set out to make a self-adjusting clock, making it work with CET time zone and supporting daylight savings. For the source of time, he used a GPS signal received from a NEO-7M module that had a serial port, a 2.9 inch module with e-ink display, and connected all this to an Arduino Nano. This is a really interesting application of e-ink technology that uses a low-powered Arduino and automatically updates using smart technology.  He provides schematics and source code which can be used to expand this project even further!

 

Self-adjusting clock with e-display

 

Simple Power Bot was conceived as a simple solar powered robot capable of harnessing energy from solar panels. Part of this project involved learning more about how an Arduino handled power consumption and whether it could get the voltage and current that it needed from solar power boards. What's really impressive, is the fact that this was snidhi 's first attempt working with solar energy, an undertaking that she was very enthusiastic about.  If everything goes according to plan, the Simple Solar Bot would be able to self sustain its energy requirements and be smart enough to go into sleep mode to consume less energy when there was no activity.  Adjustments were necessary throughout the process to nail down the right motors to use for the mechanical design.  This project involves an Arduino NaNo

 

"This project should be first place. It followed the theme and was completed. Being the first solar project by snidhi made it even better. ...Very detailed steps on how this project was created. From schematics, video, images and text. It could be re-made by many with the information included. ...Many uploaded videos detailing the continued progress throughout the project. The final video submission proves that it works and has a lot of potential. ...The project was original and very well planned. ...This being S Nidhi's first time working with solar power made it more impressive. There were some issues that were overcome with a couple of changes. ...Feedback was positive and encouraging." - Community Member Feedback

"This was a great lesson in overcoming deficiencies in initial plans and persevering to complete your goals". - Community Member Judge

 

"There was plenty of detail to follow, nice videos and a great sense of motivation." - Community Member Judge

Product NameManufacturerQuantity
Arduino NanoArduino1Buy NowBuy Now
e-ink Display ShieldCypressBuy NowBuy Now

 

Product Name
NEO-7M GPS module

 

 

Also on Project14 by kk99

Project 16: IoT Magical Wand

Project 21:  IoT Magical Wand

Clustered MCUs

 

 

In a moment of revelry,  dixonselvan muses about the halcyon days of childhood when you fantasized about being a magician who performed magic using a wand, using the phrase "abracadabra", and the magic would happen!  Now as an adult, he set about making this fantasy a childhood reality with his  IoT Magical Wand project. The IoT Magical Wand allows you to control your home appliances and it can be turned ON or OFF by rotating the magical wand or tilting it towards a particular direction. Proving that any sufficiently advanced technology is akin to magic, he uses IFTTT, Arduino MKR 1000, Node MCU, Arduino Uno, thinger.io, and relay module as the magical elements used to perform this particular brand of magic.

 

 

 

 

"IOT Magical Wand ...demonstrates good use for each of the different devices, it is clearly documented and has a good demo." - Community Member Judge

"Dixon made this project easy to follow. The blog is filled with lots of information for those who want to re-create it. All the coding is included as well as a list of hardware required. The video uploaded was very well made with a good demo of the finished project. Very fun to watch with lots of information. I really like this project. It was fun to follow and will be worth re-making. The wand can be used for many purposes that is only limited to your imagination." - Community Member Judge

"Dixon's getting great at presenting his projects in stunning ways - great descriptions, interesting to watch his videos and he makes it all sound really fun. He ought to be one of the Ben Heck show new presenters. He knows how to make his projects interesting, like Enrico." - Community Member Judges

 

 

A lot of good effort was shown in this project. - Community Member Judge

 

Also on Project14 by dixon415:

 

 

Product NameManufacturerQuantity
Arduino MKR1000Arduino1Buy NowBuy Now
Arduino UnoArduino1Buy NowBuy Now
MEMS AccelerometerAnalog Devices1Buy NowBuy Now

 

Product Name
NodeMCU ESP8266  WIFI Serial Wireless Module
Optocoupler 4 Channel 5V Relay Module Relay Control
5mm LED Lights
Resistors
Header Pin and Stripboard
3.7V LiPo Battery
2-pin JST connector
Few Jumper wires and Solid core wires
Amazon Echo Dot (Optional)
Thinger.io
IFTTT