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Control Fluorescent Lights with a Laser Pointer and an Arduino

A few members of the Alpha One Labs Hackerspace do not like the harsh light given out by fluorescent fixtures.  They wanted a way to be able to easily control the individual fixtures, perhaps with a laser pointer? I got right on it.  I dug out a pile of solid state relays and brought them to the Lab.  I bought an Arduino Duemilenova and demonstrated the use of the LED Blink example sketch to actually blink ...

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Pee to Check-In to Foursquare – Mark Your Territory using Arduino

In case you are unfamiliar with the most amazing new way to physically "check in" to foursquare here is a video that will explain it all: Mark Your Territory is a fully open-source system but because it interacts with the physical world as well as the digital one, some construction is necessary beyond just simply downloading the app to your phone. The main project site is here: http://www.markyourterritory. ...

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Arduino The 5$ Karduinoss pad

So, looking at these Kaoss pads and alike hardware, I found that there is hardly any point in this device being so expensive, when you just want to use it as MIDI controller. Going through my parts bin, I found a Synaptics touchpad from an old laptop and figured this should just work as a replacement. Ok, when I say 5$, i mean really cheap. Clearly a loose arduino is already 20-25 USD (but you can replace i ...

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Gas detector / indicator (USB powered) with arduino

ArduSniffer This Instructable shows how to build a gas detector / indicator using an arduino. The finished product is USB powered and displays the amount of detected gas on a led display. In this design the reset button on the arduino is also working. This project will cost you between €25,- and €65,- depending on the quality of the parts you want to use, the links to order the parts are included in step on ...

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Arduino Ping Ultrasonic Range Finder Code

The Ping))) is an ultrasonic range finder from Parallax. It detects the distance of the closest object in front of the sensor (from 2 cm up to 3m). It works by sending out a burst of ultrasound and listening for the echo when it bounces off of an object. The Arduino board sends a short pulse to trigger the detection, then listens for a pulse on the same pin using the pulseIn() function. The duration of this ...

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How to use a Piezo element to detect vibration using Arduino

This tutorial shows you how to use a Piezo element to detect vibration, in this case, a knock on a door, table, or other solid surface. A piezo is an electronic device that generates a voltage when it's physically deformed by a vibration, sound wave, or mechanical strain. Similarly, when you put a voltage across a piezo, it vibrates and creates a tone. Piezos can be used both to play tones and to detect ton ...

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Mr. Indecision – a small felt version of yourself that turns its head and looks at you using Arduino

This is a tutorial on how to use 123D Catch to get a 3D scan of your whole body. Once you have the scan or "catch" the tutorial will take you through a technique to clean it up and manipulate it ready for 123D Make. The tutorial will go through how to slice the model in Make and prep it for Laser cutting. The tutorial will briefly cover how lazer cutting and integrating the componentry and Arduino to make t ...

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Arduino Switch Statement used with sensor input

An if statement allows you to choose between two discrete options, TRUE or FALSE. When there are more than two options, you can use multiple if statements, or you can use the switch statement. Switch allows you to choose between several discrete options. This tutorial shows you how to use it to switch between four desired states of a photo resistor: really dark, dim, medium, and bright. This program first r ...

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How to use a while loop to calibrate the value of an analog sensor using Arduino

Sometimes you want everything in the program to stop while a given condition is true. You can do this using a while loop. This example shows how to use a while loop to calibrate the value of an analog sensor. In the main loop, the sketch below reads the value of a photoresistor on analog pin 0 and uses it to fade an LED on pin 9. But while a button attached to digital pin 2 is pressed, the program runs a me ...

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Homemade Infrared Rangefinder (Similar to Sharp GP2D120) using Arduino

Here is my instructable on how to construct a pretty simple (for some!) short range infrared rangefinder/range sensor. Infrared rangefinders are very useful in a number of projects. The majority of these come from obstacle detection (in robots) or generally detecting distances! The one shown here is only a simple rangefinder and will only really be able to measure about 6 or 7cm infront of the range finder. ...

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