Category Archives: android

3D print a 3D scanner

OK this is a clever build, using an old android phone, arduino, and a motor, the author make a 3D scanner. I would simplify this a bit more by not 3D printing the holder for the phone, and just use … Continue reading

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Turn an Old Phone Into a Smart Doorbell Camera With Facial Recognition

The phone is basically turned into a wifi camera, an RPI is used for an image server, and then cloud based apps for the rest. https://www.open-electronics.org/turn-an-old-phone-into-a-smart-doorbell-camera-with-facial-recognition/

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Use RemoteXY to control a robot arduino

Basically its a wizard for creating an “app” to control an arduino via wireless. Seems pretty neat.

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simple hands free wash

I got a kick out of this one. Uses an arduino as the controller. https://www.instructables.com/id/Automatic-Faucet-Touchless-Using-Arduino-Wash-Hand/

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Use an old tablet for a display on on RPi

Well I think I found a use for some old Amazon Tablets. The author uses VNC or RDP to access the RPi over the network. And act as its display. It sounds like RDP is a better way to go … Continue reading

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Nice set of “handiman tool” apps for your phone

Not a replacement for the real thing, but could be a “good enough” tool. The 10 Best Free Toolbox Apps for Android

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Another nice smart mirror

Interesting build, the author scaled down an existing version. https://medium.com/@maxbraun/smarter-mirrors-and-how-theyre-made-327997b9eff7

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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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Use QuickRemote to connect Roku to Google Home

I have not heard of QuickRemote app before.  Apparently you can use it to tie into your Roku to control it via voice.  The reviews on Android are mixed so not sure if this is a good solution yet. https://www.howtogeek.com/342806/how-to-control-your-roku-with-google-homes-voice-assistant/ … Continue reading

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Crankshaft, another carputer

This is built onto of OpenAuto, and looks like its a simplified version of it.  Would be worth checking out. https://hackaday.com/2018/02/26/crankshaft-open-source-car-computer/

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