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Protect Your Personal Castle With the Gentleman Maker’s Photon Trebuchet
In this Gentleman Maker project, we will use Particle Photon boards to power a motion-sensing trebuchet that can fend off all your mischievous intruders.
September 27, 2018
How to Design a Super Simple Sensor System for Industrial Monitoring Applications
This article describes an Ethernet-connected subsystem of a larger modular sensor system designed for industrial or smart home sensing and monitoring. We will discuss a custom sensor subsystem...
September 12, 2018
Protect Your Summer Harvest with the Gentleman Maker’s Raspberry Pi and Arduino Dog Corrector
In this episode of the Gentleman Maker, we're using a Raspberry Pi and an Arduino Uno to stave off the onslaught of dogs trying to eat every single plant in our garden....
August 09, 2018
Hardware Assessment: OPB9000 Reflective Light Sensor from TTElectronics
The OPB9000 is a reflective light sensor from TTElectronics with programmable output and sensitivity levels.
July 27, 2018
Feeling Flashy? Tone It Down with the Gentleman Maker’s Raspberry Pi Colorboringizer
In this episode of the Gentleman Maker, we'll use a Raspberry Pi 3 Model B, an Arduino Nano, and an Arduino Uno to create a handy system to rid ourselves of overly-colorful fashion choices....
July 05, 2018
Save for Your Own Royal Wedding (of Sorts) with the Gentleman Maker’s Savings Incentivizer
In this project, we'll use a Raspberry Pi to create a responsive piggy bank that belittles you when you slack on your savings!
May 10, 2018
The Gentleman Maker’s Sun Informer Lets Homebodies Safely Enjoy Intermittent Sunshine
In this project, we will create the Sun Informer, a device that will alert us when the sun comes out and then alert us when we have been out for too long....
April 26, 2018
How to Stream Sensor Data from Bosch’s XDK110 Evaluation Board to the MQTT Messaging Service
In this article, we will take a look at the XDK110 rapid prototyping kit, characterize its hardware, explore its software environment, and demonstrate connecting the device to the MQTT...
April 12, 2018
How to Build a Particulate Matter Detector for Air Quality Measurement
Use a Honeywell particle sensor to measure 2.5 µm PM and 10.0 µm PM concentrations in your environment.
March 28, 2018
Building a Capacitive Touch Interface with the Texas Instruments MSP430FR2633
The MSP430FR2633 is a low-power microcontroller with multiple GPIOs and capacitive touch pins. This project creates a circuit that supports a custom capacitive touch panel with LED and haptic...
January 12, 2018
The FitByte: How to Make an ATtiny85 Powered Activity Tracking Wearable
This is a protoype of a fitness wearable device designed to vibrate when it detects stagnation.
December 13, 2017
How to Check and Calibrate a Humidity Sensor
How accurate is your humidity sensor? Find out with this project.
November 29, 2017
Tamper Detection with Differential Inductive Sensing Coils
This article demonstrates the creation of an inductive switch cabinet lock that can detect the movement of a conductive target. The purpose is to create a door that cannot be opened without...
November 06, 2017
How to Interface an Ultrasonic Sensor with an LCD Using a Microcontroller Dev Kit
Let's interface an ultrasonic sensor and a lighting system! In this project, we'll design a sensor subsystem and then use it in a parking sensor application....
November 02, 2017
How to Build a Weighing Scale Using a Load Cell and a Microcontroller
In this project, we're making a weighing scale using a C8051 microcontroller development kit, a load cell, and the Simplicity Studio IDE. The measured weight will be displayed on an LCD...
October 10, 2017
Testing for a Robot’s Collision Detection System with Varying Impact Resistance
We’ll use real collision data to refine the detection algorithm, and even better, we’ll confirm that the system actually works.
September 28, 2017
Build a Temperature and/or Humidity Controlled Fan with a Picaxe 08M2 Microcontroller
A Picaxe 08M2 microcontroller and an HIH6030 sensor team up to easily control a ventilation fan using temperature or humidity or both.
September 25, 2017
How to Protect Your Robot with Automatic Collision Detection
In this article, we’ll develop and test an algorithm for automatically shutting down a robot in response to a collision (or some other violent event)....
September 21, 2017
Adding an LCD and Keypad to a Tachometer and Speedometer
In part two of the tachometer/speedometer project, we'll add a keypad and LCD for easier user interaction.
September 18, 2017
Gathering and Analyzing a Robot’s Accelerometer Data
An accelerometer can be a valuable addition to a robotics project. This article will show you one approach to generating and analyzing acceleration data....
September 01, 2017
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