Control Phone Camera Wirelessly Using ARDUINO!!!!!

Ever Wondered Making an Anti-theft device With camera trigger system? Or you want to make a device for your chocolate thief little brother which would just take Picture when and if he takes the chocolate away.To be Clear, this post is all about Controlling Smart Phone Camera by Arduino WIRELESS'LY....
By: Ashraf Minhaj

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Instructables 18 Aug 13:33

Multi-switch Useless Box Is Useless In Multiple Ways

We’ve probably all seen (and built) a useless box, in which you flip a switch that activates a servo that pops out a finger and flips the switch off. [Coffeman500] decided to take this a step further by building a useless box with multiple switches. Flip one, the finger pops out to flip it back. Flip several switches, and the finger pops out and flips each back in turn.

It’s a smart build that [coffeeman500] says is his first electronics build. The compulsively switching brain of this is an ATmega328 driving an A4988 stepper motor driver, with one stepper moving the finger mechanism and the other moving the finger along a rail to reach each switch in turn. [Coffeeman500] has released the complete plans for this wonderful waste of time, including 3D models for the box and mechanism, plus the code. Redditors are already planning bigger and more useless designs with more switches, a pursuit that we fully support.

Via [Reddit]

Hack a Day 18 Aug 06:00

Upload Arduino Sketch to STM32F407 Board

I ordered this compact STM32F407 board on Ebay recently, here is one way to get it to work.All you need is any cheap Serial USB adapter, the Arduino STM32 library from Roger Clark and the free flasher software from ST attached here.Or you can download it from here (requires an email address) :https:...
By: JohnR769

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Instructables 18 Aug 03:06

Control Arduino Using Telegram Bot

There is a wide range of things you can do with Arduino, but did you ever think about control your Arduino using a Telegram bot?WHAT YOU WILL NEED: Arduino UNONode.js installed on your PCSome controllable device (We use Arduino's on-board LED at pin 13 here, but feel free to ask about anything you w...
By: aliveravb

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Instructables 17 Aug 23:50

Semi-automated Winder Spins Rotors for Motors

What’s your secret evil plan? Are you looking for world domination by building a machine that can truly replicate itself? Or are you just tired of winding motor rotors and other coils by hand? Either way, this automated coil winder is something you’re probably going to need.

We jest in part, but it’s true that closing the loop on self-replicating machines means being able to make things like motors. And for either brushed or brushless motors, that means turning spools of wire into coils of some sort. [Mr Innovative]’s winder uses a 3D-printed tube to spin magnet wire around a rotor core. A stepper motor turns the spinner arm a specified number of times, pausing at the end so the operator can move the wire to make room for the next loop. The rotor then spins to the next position on its own stepper motor, and the winding continues. That manual step needs attention to make this a fully automated system, and we think the tension of the wire needs to be addressed so the windings are a bit tighter. But it’s still a nice start, and it gives us some ideas for related coil-winding projects.

Of course, not every motor needs wound coils. After all, brushless PCB motors with etched coils are a thing.

Hack a Day 17 Aug 16:30

Build a 4-button arcade game out of LEGO

If your kids (or you) have somehow gotten tired of playing with LEGO bricks, Lenka Design Workshop has a great way for you to breathe new life into this unused pile. 

Their game enclosure consists of a 32×32 LEGO baseplate, along with walls made of blocks to support a clear acrylic cover. This in turn holds four large arcade buttons for gameplay control. Five games are currently implemented to run on the game’s Arduino, with light and sound feedback.

We decided to recycle the unwanted Lego bricks and created an arcade game.

The code has been written in such a way that it doesn’t have dependencies and will compile on any Arduino board. And of course the games have been intensively tested by our kids.

How is this game different from many others that have been published before?

First of all, there are 5 games built into it:

  • Memory Game (“Simon-Says”-like, similar to Touch Me game)
  • Reaction game (similar to Whack-a-Mole game)
  • Contest/Competition game (for 2-4 players)
  • Melody Game (Push and Play free mode for toddlers and smaller ones)
  • War game (for 2-4 adults)

Secondly, it has a great design (from our perspective) and can be easily repeated.

And thirdly, it is earth-friendly because it allows you to recycle the plastic.

You can see a short demo of the system in the video below, or check out the project write-up for more info. 

Arduino Blog 17 Aug 15:58

Sim Racing Button Box

Welcome sim racing addicts!Are you running out of keybinds to map all your car controls to? You're probably in need of a button box! In this Instructable we'll be creating one from scratch. The button box will have 32(!) available button states. No additional software is required to use this button ...
By: hobbylex

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Instructables 17 Aug 15:24

[IoT] Telegram Bot With Arduino MKR WiFi 1010

This project demonstrates how to interface Arduino with the Telegram Bot APIs.The project is built around the new MKR WiFi 1010 board equipped with an ESP32 module by U-BLOX.At this stage, the project is no more than a proof of concept, just to show you what you could do with, so for this you need ...
By: AppsByDavideV

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Instructables 17 Aug 15:09

Arduino Arcade Lego Games Box

If you have kids, you are likely facing the same issues as we did with the Lego sets you bought for them. They assemble and play with them but after a while the sets transform into a single pile of bricks. The kids grow up and you don't know what to do with this pile.We decided to recycle the unwant...
By: LenkaDesign

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Instructables 16 Aug 22:53

Make your own soda fountain out of cardboard

If you’re ever wanted to make something awesome, but thought that you just didn’t have the right tools to do so, this soda fountain by “The Wrench” could provide the needed inspiration. 

The project uses an Arduino Nano to control a small air pump via a relay, which turns on when a glass is the correct dispensing position. This pushes air into a sealed soda bottle, and soda is pushed out of another tube to equalize the pressure.

It’s a certainly a neat trick. Given its frame made out of cardboard stuck together with hot glue, the raw materials are very easy to obtain and dispose of when needed. The build process is explained in the video below, while the circuit diagram and Arduino code can be found here.