Micromouse Maze Solving Robot
This is a robot designed to solve a 16x16 maze, running from a corner to the
center as fast as possible. i’ve been into micromouse for a long time now,
but never quite gotten to a competitive level, so this mouse will hopefully
get me there
Quadruped Walking Robot
I bought a pile of servos years ago to make a hexapod with 2 degrees of
freedom per leg. I’ve now decided to change to a quadruped with 3dof per
leg, as it means it can move in any direction easily! This will be arduino
controlled, since i bought one to play with.
Robots are cool!
LED Mood lighting
Using some RGB LEDs, and an AVR-based lighting controller, make some nice
computer controllable lighting for my lounge.
I worked for a company who used Microchip PICs, and LED room lights
was going to be the project I used to learn PIC programming. Then I
was made redundant
USB Rotary Keyboard
This is going to be a controller for a jukebox PC, it uses a quadrature
encoder hooked up to an attiny45, using v-usb software USB stack to send
left / right / return keys. The hardware of the prototype is finished, just
gotta get the software up to scratch
Don’t quite understand, but sounds interesting.
Antweight fighting Robot
never really been into fighting robots (they’re rc cars with weapons, not
REAL robots), but fell in love with these after a demo at the UK MicroMouse
A remote control helecopter with 4 blades, probably arduino based, using the
software and designs fromhttp://aeroquad.info
Big scary robot
I have a mini lathe, and want to convert to computer controlled and use it
with EMC2 fromhttp://linuxcnc.org
A mill, either home made or converted, for making robot parts. Also
controlled by EMC2
Making tools is good.
MAME Machine to play all those old videogames as they were meant to be
Heh. I’ve done this.
I also have 2 other cabinets - one is completely empty, and the other
is a Jamma cabinet with a fighting game in it (possibly Mortal
Kombat), but the screen doesn’t work. I did say I’d donate one to ‘the
cause’. It would probably be the Jamma cabinet. I’d happily have both
of them for people to play about with. I’m not sure about the ‘giving
away’ suggestion - bear in mind that I’m currently out of work and
flogging things on eBay for my own benefit is a very appealing option!
But I could use the space so if someone could do something with one of
them, then that’d be fine, and if we needed to sell the result for
funds, then I guess that’s better than sitting in my flat not working.
Using a touchscreen, an itx motherboard, and a sonic-t mini amp, make a
plug-in touchscreen jukebox for playing my music throughout the house.
Maybe including multi-room audio.
Jees, thats a big list. Anyone else interested? Want to list your own
Digital 3D Camera
I’m obsessed with 3D, and have been taking 3D photos for about 20
years using various methods. I recently made a digital 3D camera by
linking two separate cameras together physically and electrically, so
they take two pictures simultaneously (one for each eye) which I
combine in Photoshop. My next stage is to combine the innards of the
two cameras into a single case, and then the stage after that is to
try and work out how to combine the two images in-camera.
Music Stand Light
A little hack - I’m currently making a light for a music stand by
hacking a solar powered LED torch
Telephone pulse to tone converter
I’m trying to convert an old American dial phone to work in the UK by
ripping the insides out, replacing them with the insides from a cheap
modern UK phone and then creating a board to count the pulses from the
dial and emit the required tones. Since I have no experience with
Arduinos, this will probably be the project I use to learn about them.
MAME Cabinet #2
As I mentioned above, I have an empty cabinet, and a spare 22"
monitor, and an old PC. I say this is a current project, but I’ve not
touched it for over a year!
Scanning Gigapixel Camera
Some guy online made a Gigapixel camera out of an old scanner and an
SLR lens. I have both of these things, and would love a Gigapixel
Retro Computing Projects
I have a large collection of retro computers, and am always interested
in related projects - especially Sinclair stuff. There are people on
the net who’ve made SD card readers for ZX Spectrums and Twitter
clients for C64’s and so on. All cool stuff.
These are just the main things - I have loads of other more nebulous
Oh, and blowing stuff up. I like that.