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For those of y'all that enjoy more soldering and synthwave, here's over an hour of real-time soldering that maxolmsted & I compressed to build element14 presents episode 454. Presented without commentary for your relaxing pleasure so sit back, grab a beverage, and chill to the vibes! ...
Inspired by scouting merit badges, I decided to start a tile wall to celebrate my various achievements or milestones or whatever. To celebrate building my first online course (Arduino For Kooks), I'm going to design a tile based on the Arduino Community Logo--a frenetic jumble of multicolored shapes forming the Arduino "infinity" logo. Since my 3D printer only has one extruder, I decided to paint and assemble the differently colored pieces for a nice, lo-fi aesthetic. If you want to build your o ...
Raspberry Pi 2XL Robot Assistant Part 1 element14 presents  |  Matt Eargle's VCP Profile |  Project Videos   I know that this is all probably moot at this point, considering that Snowboy will be shutting down at some point in the next 8 months, but I'm posting this for posterity and hopefully for some kind of learning moment. In my journey to get Project Mego up and running, I initially opted to use the Matrix Creator platform and its microphone array to serve as the audi ...
Haynes Publishing (the folks behind the indispensable Haynes automotive guides) has released a series of electronics kits targeted at the young STEM-enthusiast. In this video, we'll be assembling the Haynes Retro Arcade electronics kit and seeing if it's worth the $35 price tag. ...
Thankfully, it's a pretty simple override to just bridge the two sides of the switch. It seems like there's a timer IC that counts how long to keep the light on for, and "holding the button down" just continuously resets that timer.   This Sharp atomic alarm clock features a nice backlight that shuts off after 5 seconds. My mother-in-law, however, would prefer the light stay on so she can see it in the middle of the night. In this video, we'll open up the Sharp atomic alarm clock, overri ...
CP at NUCC put these scripts together to handle communication with the BOINC server for our element14 Presents collaboration.   boinc.py import subprocess class boinc():   # Executes boinccmd commands   def cmd(self, command):     try:       command.insert(0, "boinccmd")       p = subprocess.Popen(command, stdout=subprocess.PIPE, stderr=subprocess.PIPE)       return p.communicate()   ...
Greetings, Programs!   If you'd like to build your own Attack of the Surfarians! handheld or think you've got some rad period artwork in you, here are the dimensions of the handheld that I built. Let me know if you need anything else to get started!   Tally-ho, y'all! ...
This is the current state of the "Attack of the Surfarians!" game code and will be updated as necessary. Please check out Julius Roberts's website for the original public domain code that I'm working from   /*   Attack of the Surfarians! v0.9   CC-BY-SA 2019 AirborneSurfer Productions   for element14 Presents   airbornesurfer.com   element14.com/presents   based on public domain code by Julius Roberts   hooliowobbits.blogspot.com   CHANGELOG v0.9: ...
Here's the Fritzing diagram for Project Hawthorne/"Attack of the Surfarians". Hopefully you can read it okay, especially around the matrix. ...
For those of you wanting to build your own replica case, here are the Adobe Illustrator files that I used for laser cutting the acrylic sections. ...
Here's my contribution to the code for Episode 367: Most Useless IoT Device Ever - Part 2 It's ugly, but it works!   //element14 Presents IoT Rock Phase II //Maui airport monitor by Matthew Eargle //https://airbornesurfer.com //Completely useless function to tell us when someone arrives in a place we aren't //Especially when that place is somewhere we'd rather be //Based on Adafruit GMailbox Example Code //https://learn.adafruit.com/gmailbox //Please support open source developers--we're al ...
Raspberry Pi NOAA Satellite Receiver element14 Presents  |  AirborneSurfer's VCP Profile |  Project Videos   Great vintage background material on NASA's first experimental weather satellite, developed by RCA and launched in 1960. Namesake for an upcoming project.   ...
With internal space at a premium inside the case, I really wanted to etch a custom PCB for this build. Unfortunately, it's really not my forte and I don't have enough time or material to practice. As such, I built the controller board the old-fashioned way: with Bakelite perf board and lots of wires!   This morning, I had a fun conversation with Ben, Karen, Felix, and Max discussing production and expectations from Element 14 should one of us (Shock Slayer, Drew Littrell, Clem Mayer, or my ...
Now that the Dremel work is done, I've been able to retool the workstation and begin work on the software side of the project. I hate to have to resort to RetroPie as the OS for this project, but it really does handle everything I need and it is the most versatile build in terms of being able to customize the interface.   I've grabbed the RetroPie image from their website and flashed it to my SD card with Etcher as it's the best option for MacOS. (Yes, I use a Mac as my primary machine. It ...
Good evening, Hecklers!   I just wanted to take a moment to update my progress on this challenge. It's been a crazy couple of weeks here with my car finally giving up the ghost and having to deal with all the headaches that come with that (hooray car dealerships! ). In the time available, I've been hard at work preparing my project--gathering the parts, measuring, designing, and modifying the case that I'll be using. Case mods! Classic electronic games!   So! Much! Dremeling!   ...