Author Archives: robertwilkie

Interesting distance sensor build to wake up a system

Author built a simple distance sensor system to wake up another device is something got close enough. http://www.instructables.com/id/IOT123-SR04-DISTANCE-TRIGGER-BRICK/

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Embed an RPI into your laptop

Dont’ you that CDROM drive on your laptop…wait you have a laptop with one of those?  Anyways this build helps embed an RPi Zero into your system. http://www.instructables.com/id/Re-purpose-Optical-Drive-With-RPi/

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Simple custom PC fan designs

Interest setup to 3D print your own custom fan covers Customize All the Fan Covers You Never Knew You Needed   https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2802474

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Nice build for a heat powered fan…

But…I can get a lot of the parts from scraps.  Aluminum I beams…not so much. http://www.instructables.com/id/Heat-Powered-Stove-Top-Fan-W-Salvaged-Parts/

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Nice write up on using Micro:Bit with Radio

The Micro:bit is a nice cheap dev platform for learning on.  Its not arduino, but it has alot of build int functions (bluetooth, lots of LEDs, buttons, giro, etc etc) for a cheap price (found some for $15).  This write … Continue reading

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Nice write up on adding a T-track to a CNC

Nice video and write up on how to add a t-track to a simple CNC.  But…the materials used (clamps and t-track) are not cheap. http://www.instructables.com/id/T-Track-Clamp-CNC-Upgrade/

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Interesting Camera Mount

Interesting build.  Not sure why the author didn’t just buy one for $10. http://www.instructables.com/id/Cheap-Wooden-Cam-Holder/

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This smart mirror has no glass

The author did a nice write up on the build, but if I read this correctly, he applied the film right onto the monitor screen itself. http://www.instructables.com/id/Smart-Mirror-Raspberry-Pi-3/

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Use plastic bottles for heat shrink ties

The author has an assortment of different tie wraps you can make, last one is the best in my opinion. http://www.instructables.com/id/Heat-Shrink-Ties-From-Plastic-Bottles-and-Other-Ju/

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Interesting list of apps for Podcasting

Not so sure Phones have the quality just yet for podcasting, but the apps look like they would do the work in a pinch.  SoundCloud looks pretty cool in this list.

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