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Arduino Haunted House 2016

This year marked our 3rd annual Arduino-controlled Haunted House.  The girls helped me out, and we created two entirely new props: floating phantasm and grim reaper coffin.  I'll follow up with some how-to posts well before next Halloween. https://youtu.be/yRpC1_ZGsWk&rel=0 More... Continue Reading →

One Week Make-ation

I took a week long vacation so I could build a piece of furniture. I didn’t know what I was getting into. Yes, I have some tools. Yes, I’ve built a quick and dirty workbench out of 2x4s.  But I’ve... Continue Reading →

Stop Motion LEGO Movie

My daughters and I had a blast making our first stop-motion movie.  We used Stop Motion Studio and an iPhone to create this masterpiece. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8BGxbWINHXQ?rel=0

My First Autonomous Robot

It may not look like much, but this is the first autonomous robot I've built.  That board on top is an Arduino Uno that has a simple program to make the motors move forward, pause, then move backward. https://youtu.be/pq7lCPaNE6E?rel=0

My NerdKit Works

All I did was follow instructions, but hey… it worked!  Of course, it didn’t work at first since I put the wrong resistor on the LCD’s contrast pin.  Lesson learned: use a good light when reading resistor color codes. As... Continue Reading →

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