ALISS
Jun10

ALISS

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5 – ALISS] [Download] Just FYI, ALISS v0.7.4 has changed so dramatically that a lot of what follows is no longer representative of how the programme operates. The basic structure is the same, but almost all of the variables have changed, among other things. That said, I have not yet finished testing 0.7.4, so this article will remain here as long as 0.7.3 is still available. I am also...

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Digital Lock Pick #2
Apr01

Digital Lock Pick #2

[Part 1: Introduction] [Part 2: Keypads] A whole month has passed since I posted my Digital Lock Pick Introduction, and I am pleased to report that it is going rather well. I have successfully interfaced an Arduino with an off-the-shelf keypad and managed to turn off the alarm without physically pressing any buttons. The image below shows the first prototype. So then, Keypads. I’ve based all of my theory and design around the...

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Digital Lock Pick – Intro
Mar01

Digital Lock Pick – Intro

Headline Image: Author: Mr Hicks46 | Licence: Human | Borg [Part 1: Introduction] [Part 2: Keypads] You probably don’t know this, but I am quite proficient with a set of traditional Lock Picks; I carry a set with me everywhere I go, of course, I don’t use them for illegal activities, that would be, well, illegal. I remember the day when I successfully picked my first lock, it was amazing and then it was very scary. All of a sudden,...

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Arduino Irrigation System #2
Jul23

Arduino Irrigation System #2

[Part 1] [Part 2] [Part 3] [Part 4] [Part 5 – ALISS] [Download] We left off in part 1 with a simple circuit straight out of the Arduino Projects Book that allowed us to manually control a DC Motor. We need to adjust the circuit slightly because we don’t want to have to manually turn on each solenoid valve and then manually turn them all off again; if we did that we might as well have not bothered. (Also, we don’t...

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Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 3
May31

Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 3

[Part 1 Learn your IR codes] [Part 2 Control Arduino using AppleScript] [Part 3 Examples and Downloads] UPDATE: Works with OS X Yosemite.   Part 3 In Part 2 we learned how to control our Arduino using AppleScript, or more specifically, how to send Shell commands via AppleScript. In this next section we will look at a practical example, one which will take a User’s input and translate that into the appropriate IR commands...

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Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 2
May28

Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 2

[Part 1 Learn your IR codes] [Part 2 Control Arduino using AppleScript] [Part 3 Examples and Downloads] Part 2 This next part, for me at least, came with a bit of luck. I found a forum somewhere (which for the life of me I can’t re-find) which pointed out a very important part of the IR code which the IRrecord sketch we used last time didn’t show. As we know, the serial output of the IRrecord sketch showed us something...

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Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 1
May26

Control TV via IR with Arduino & AppleScript Part 1

[Part 1 Learn your IR codes] [Part 2 Control Arduino using AppleScript] [Part 3 Examples and Downloads] Part 1 What with my exams finished, I thought I’d take some down time and build an IR Remote that I can control with my computer. I use a 22” LG TV as a display for my MacBook, but because it’s a TV and not a monitor, it doesn’t switch off when I put my computer to sleep. Pressing the on/off button on the front of the TV doesn’t...

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Outdoor Motion Activated LED Light
Mar10

Outdoor Motion Activated LED Light

Following on from my recent wearable project, I was asked to build an outdoor motion activated LED light for the front door. I had briefly read about PIR sensors a few weeks ago, and I was keen to give it a go. Originally I was going to use some, or perhaps all, of my left over NeoPixel strip, as it has a weatherproof sheath, but I decided that it just wasn’t quite right for the project. Instead I settled on an Adafruit 16 LED...

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The Story of the Torch
Feb26

The Story of the Torch

Back in 2008, I owned a brilliant torch. It was a blue anodised aluminium torch with 19 bright white LEDs set in its face. It was a brilliant torch. I kept it in the car because that is one of the places where a torch is most useful, well, at least for me. But in 2008 it was stolen when my car was broken into – no doubt they used it to break into other people’s cars. It was the only thing that was stolen, but despite the damage...

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Hot Serving of Pi – P4
Jun18

Hot Serving of Pi – P4

Step 3: Samba & miniDLNA [Introduction] [Step 1] [Step 2] This is the last step in the process of making a cheap media server. We’re going to install and configure Samba and miniDLNA. Samba allows us to see files on the server from any machine on the network, and miniDLNA allows uPnP receiving devices, like the PS3, to easily access all the files on the server without any kind of hack or customisation. First things first,...

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A Hot Serving Of Pi – P3
Jun18

A Hot Serving Of Pi – P3

Step 2: Mounting Drives [Introduction] [Step 1] Before we install Samba, it is a good idea to make sure that the USB drives you want to plug-in are actually mounting in a useable way. Before we even get that far, though, we first need to make sure that the drives are formatted correctly. Being a Mac user, all my hard drives and USB sticks are formatted in HFS+ (or, Mac OS Extended (Journaled)). This is fine for me, as up until I...

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A Hot Serving of Pi – P2
Jun17

A Hot Serving of Pi – P2

Step 1: Assigning Static IP Address [Read the introduction] I DONE IT!!. . . *ahem*. . . I mean, ‘I have completed my assignment’. It was much easier than I was expecting, that’s not to say that I didn’t have problems (damn you permissions! Will you forever be the bane of my life?!) As it turns out I didn’t need to jailbreak my AppleTV which is useful, as the current version of seas0npass only provides a...

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