Enchanted Cottage – An upgraded Weather House

Enchanted Cottage - An upgraded Weather House

Today was the final day for any submissions to the Enchanted Objects Design Challenge. As well as completing our projects we were tasked with blogging about the challenge on the community website, hence why you’ve not heard more about it

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Shorted pins workaround

In my previous Topsy Turvy clock post I mentioned that two of the output pins of my Arduino Micro were shorted together. I desoldered the pins and inspected the board using a magnifying glass. I even tried cutting at the

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Real Time Clock – DS1307

Real Time Clock - DS1307

For my Topsy Turvy clock project I’ve purchased an I2C clock module based on the DS1307 Real-Time Clock chip. As mentioned this came without a battery to keep the post office happy. Although looking at the current wording of the

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More small steppers

More small steppers

The output of my stepper motor feeds into a gearbox which I’ve been told has a ratio of approximatly 64:1. During the research of this project I came across a discussion about why the gear ratios were not exact nice

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Arduino Micro Review

Arduino Micro Review

The Arduino Micro is one of the newer Arduino models but it does not get much of a mention. Like the Leonardo it has a single microcontroller chip, the ATmega32u4 which is an 8bit controller with 32K of Flash and

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Small stepper motors

Small stepper motors

For my clock project I needed to control the position of the hands. My options were continuously rotating servos or stepper motors. I found some small 28BYJ-48 stepper motors and gearbox with ULN2003 driver boards on the internet so I

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Smart?

Smart?

Back in Nov 2012 I backed a project on Kickstarter for a small Arduino like microcontroller system called “Smartduino” which I hoped to use for an internet connected humidity monitor. About this time last year I was expecting to see

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Silly Clock

Silly Clock

Whilst watching the Mr Silly, Mr Men episode on TV, I noticed he had a rather splendidly silly clock. Research I was having a think and concluded that such a clock could be made and could also be designed to

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