27-June Arduino Workshop at Cafe Carmen’s

July 4, 2014 in Arduino, Electronics by admin

A big Mahalo to Lynn for letting us take over the space on Friday night.

Thanks to the regulars for making the trip to Kihei on short notice, and great to see some new faces.

The meeting started off with show and tell and some digging through the box of toys. Lots of nice items in there. I will post an inventory soon.

No meeting this week, due to 4th of July. Next meeting is Friday, July 11 from 6-9 PM. Location is TBD.

We got the creative juices flowing by watching a video of work by artist “CJ” Huang. You can find him at www.messymix.com.

Brainstorming came up with some awesome ideas, including one that some of us will be playing with Thurs night (July 3) at #mauimakers pu’unene space with the #dremels.

Brainstorming Results:

(Top tier got the most votes and so forth down to 4th tier)

Top tier

  1. Set up high-level programming of Arduino (Simulink targets Arduino)
  2. Motion-activated, solar talking tiki for garden with flashing eyes
  3. Color 3d “printer”. Print regular ink on a bunch of thin acrylic sheets like slices of an object. Put the sheets together into a slab to form the final object
  4. Automated gardening (sensors and controls)
  5. Display product remotely by cell phone wifi and/or bluetooth: control lights, and other sensors, such as temperature, etc. Integrate a QR code?
  6. Integrate a motion sensor into a Neopixel display to conserve battery
  7. A biosphere controlled by Arduino and cellphone, displayed at Mall

2nd tier

  1. Implement a waterproof pulse meter and accelerometer to make a fitness sensor for swimmers
  2. Rebuild (midi sound) controlled propane flares
  3. Camera system that takes multiple pictures and generates 3D models. Models can be used to print in 3D
  4. Display made from multiple LEDs and Fadecandy controller. Hook up to touchpad and mirror writing on the touchpad onto the LED display (or possibly use with e-ink display)

3rd tier

  1. Rope-climbing robot for exploring hard to reach places
  2. Make simple color LED toys or decorations for kids (1-4 years old)
  3. Light up dance shoes. Pattern depends on how the wearer steps
  4. Pitch sensitive wearable (T-shirt, tie, etc.). Variation: Sound-controlled LED display with spectrum display
  5. Meshnet of weather stations
  6. 3D printed and natural object wall art backlit with LED. Reacts to light and sound
  7. CNC controller
  8. More art and Arduino together—wearables and/or backpack

4th tier

  1. Turn signal jacket and RF control buttons
  2. Leveled up “annoyer” with alerts which range from: strength of pager, strength of sound of alert, brightness of alert
  3. Cat door with proximity sensor to let in only “your” cat
  4. RF (zigbee) mesh network of sensors for security system
  5. Camera/robot/etc. that can be controlled remotely by multiple people
  6. Daylight running lights for bicycles
  7. Arduino-controlled potato cannon, where the Arduino can automatically adjust the velocity, distance, etc. Could use 3d printer to print parts?
  8. Choose your own adventure game to exercise creative writing with learning Arduino