Posts Tagged ‘projects’

Wyze Camera – Mini Butterbot – Rick & Morty

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

New baby at home so I am getting some use out of an old IP camera I placed in the nursery. My wife and I enjoyed it so much, I looked into adding a second. What I found was so cute, I 3D printed some arms and gave some wire touches.

The IP camera I was using was a Foscam FI8910W with a resolution of 640*480px, full pan/tilt, and 3rd party app compatibility. Old enough that it has no cloud features and if you want to access remotly, you better know how to add exceptions to your firewall.

Simply typing ip camera into amazon, the first non-sponsored result turned out to be a $25 marvel. The Wyze Cam. Full 1080HD, offline recording, Alexa. Perfect. Testing it out, the quality was fantastic. Remote access needed zero setup. Alexa setup just needed some basic steps to add the skill and link my account.

The base is magnetic with a pop out stand. Even though I recently watched Wall-E, instead this cube shape camera reminded me of the Butter Bot from Rick and Morty.

I made a trip to thingiverse to 3D print the appropriate arms. I drilled holes in the sides of the camera to attached the arms with a machine screw and washers. Thus, making the arms posable!

Project time: 15 minutes.

EMF Reader – Assembly Notes for Wire Clips

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

This is to help out folks making my DIY kit.  I took some photos while assembling my latest batch of EMF Readers.  Routing the wires can be tricky.  My method uses spare 22 gauge solid core wire, a soldering iron, and hot glue.  Makes the wires stay put.

Click the infographic for a larger version.

EMF Assembly Notes - Wire Clips

Volume Control for a Android Head Unit

Sunday, October 1st, 2017

I gave myself a birthday gift earlier this year.  Upgrading my truck’s cd/tape deck with something more modern.   I installed an Android Head Unit.  For less than $200 and a weekend of work, I gave my 2005 truck modern features such as bluetooth, reverse camera, gps navigation, and mpg gauges.

I have had the android head unit installed a few month now and am still really impressed.  The head unit’s speaker amplifier is a huge upgrade from what I had for sound quality before.  The radio receives stations for longer distances.  I use the bluetooth and reverse camera features daily.  The mpg gauge is done through the Torque app that was preinstalled, and it also has a nice feature of calculating fuel miles remaining.  Cool.

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Ammo Counter 2017 – New Design

Monday, September 18th, 2017

This is a small preview of the new ammo counter design I am working on.  There are two buttons on the face of the circuit that will allow you to select from preset modes, or add your own!  No more hardcoded starting count values!!

More info to follow…

select_fire_outline

The finished circuit will be about the same size as my previous ammo counters.

A finished one

Ammo Counters – Researching Competition to Push a New Generation

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

I have been selling ammo counters since 2009. After I made my energy sword, ammo counters were the most requested kit. Over the years, I have probably sold 200-300 kits. Back then, I easily beat out the lame old competition. However, sales dried up last year. I was busy with my EMF and NES projects so I didn’t look into it.

Today, I searched around for new competition. Oh man. Things have changed. I think I still got them beat on size and price, but I need to work on my offerings to stay competitive.

Old competition

New competition

  • Nathaniel Deal: Nerf Ammo Counters
    • Good price for what you get.
    • Offers both bare bones and complete kits. Some kits include 3d printed shells.
    • Mostly focused on nerf builds. Requires additional circuit boards that must be hidden inside your build.
    • ammocounter.com

    Nathaniel Deal: Nerf Ammo Counters

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Mini NES Build w/ Functioning Cartridge Loader

Saturday, January 28th, 2017

Mini NES Build

This is a summary post about my Mini NES build.  This project is a derivative of the original efforts of DaftMike.  I used his 3D print files and basic source code, then reverse engineered the circuit from his Electronics Kit that allows the Raspberry Pi to talk to a NFC reader and an Arduino to control power.  Improving on the design with added features such as Fan Control and NFC Writing.  While also fixing bugs including lost Controller Configuration, Bad Power, and allowing  Out of Order Assembly.

If you are interested in making one of these, you can checkout my build instructions here:

Complete Guide: How to make a Mini NES~!

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MiniNES: NFC Wiring Diagram

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016

This wiring guide matches the .ino arduino code titled “NESPi NDEF Reader/Power Controlller v0.1 [mike.g|jun2016]” and python code titled “NESPi Cart Reader v0.1 by mike.g”. Be sure to test the rPi power circuit with a multimeter after assembling before wiring into your rPi.

http://www.daftmike.com/2016/07/NESPi.html

Note 1: This schematic is a draft, see comments for latest revision.
Note 2: The MOSFET part numbers listed are for surface mount kind, you can substitute with most any through hole package that supports 5 volts or more.
Note 3: This wiring diagram will become outdated if and when Mike posts updated arduino code.

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Ghostbusters 2016 Proton Pack

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Proton Packs are special for me.  A proton pack was the first costume prop I ever made and was very much a junk build.  Working light and sound circuits and only the alice frame is screen accurate.  I worked on mine in parallel with my brother, so we could both be Ghostbusters for Halloween 2008.  I have been making props and commission circuits ever since.

My original proton pack took me 3 months to research and construct, start to finish.  So when my wife told me she wanted to be Ghostbusters for Halloween 2016, my reaction was to skip the proton pack for her costume.  Stick to the jumpsuit and arm patches, then she can borrow my PKE meter for the night.  But as the wedding date came and went, I found a youtube video by indy mogul of a junk build.  That was all the inspiration I needed.  Some quick research on gbfans in the Reboot Pack parts identification thread and I was able to complete my wife’s proton pack in 8 days.

If you would like to make one of these. All my plans, references, part lists, source code, etc… are on Google Drive.

Light Animation Demo Video

 

Reboot Ghostbusters Proton Pack

 

Links to my original proton pack builds:

My Ghostbuster's Proto Pack

Laser Tag Take-Over

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Howdy folks, quick announcement from Robert Bontrager (Windjammer) and myself (thatdecade). Windjammer recently reached out to me asking if I would fully take over our team developments. I agreed and intend to breath some life into some old projects. Details to come!

Robert and I together are known for creating some amazing lasertag compatible equipment; the zombie sensor, echo base, and the handheld hosting station. I designed the circuits and Robert wrote the software.  I will now be taking over the software side too.
http://lt-mmo.blogspot.com/

 

On my own, I have designed and sold a number of LTAR display designs. I look forward to what updates I can make to the Nomad especially.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7VO0PthPOcJOeTjcbzzS-815vx-OZF7e

Energy Sword 2015

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

This is the new Energy Sword for 2015. Featuring dynamic and reactive lighting, motion activated sound effects, and an internal rechargeable battery. Videos on the bottom of this post show off the lighting and sound effects. I built my original energy sword design with the help of Sean Bradely in 2009.  This work was expanded by Joshua Kane in 2013 / 2014.  I took Joshua’s work to the next level with multiple animation modes with reactive and multi fade lighting. Kudos for the sculpting and paint job still goes to Sean Bradely.

Energy Sword Action Pose

Note: I abandoned the custom circuit that I detailed in a previous post and instead went with inexpensive circuit modules from Adafruit and Sparkfun.

Electronics Part List

Sword Usage

  • While OFF
    • Press button to activate
    • Hold button to enter color selection mode > Press to cycle color modes > Hold to save selection
      • Energy
      • Fire
      • Water
      • Rainbow
  • While ON
    • Press button to extinguish.
    • Hold button to enter animation selection mode > Press to cycle animation modes > Hold to save selection
      • No extra animation
      • Flicker on, Comet Off
      • Flicker off, Comet On
      • Flicker on, Comet On

Note: Additional animations are ignored in Rainbow Color mode

Videos