Raspberry Pi Camera Board

Get the „Unoffical guide to getting up and runing with the  Raspberry Pi Camera“ as an online or download PDF version :

http://www.element14.com/community/docs/DOC-54413/l/unofficial-guide-to-getting-up-and-running-with-the-raspberry-pi-camera

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Breakout – Connect the web and the physical world

„Breakout is a prototyping tool for exploring the intersection of the web and the physical world. The popular Arduino platform and the Firmata protocol are leveraged to enable users to access physical input and output purely from javascript. This makes it easy for anyone familiar with javascript and basic web development to explore the possibilities of using physical I/O in their web applications. Furthermore, the Breakout framework includes a growing library of hardware abstractions such as buttons, leds, servo motors, accelerometers, gyros, etc enabling the user to easily interface with a range of sensors and actuators using just a few lines of javascript code.“

http://breakoutjs.com/

Pocket Mini Computer

The Pocket Mini Computer was designed by Jeff Ledger.

The Pocket Mini Computer is pre-installed with a COLOR BASIC. COLOR BASIC is similar to the BASIC found on common microcomputers of the 80’s and early 90’s.

Explore micro computing with a machine which:
Can be successfully assembled in an evening.
Can be programmed in BASIC. (and other languages)
Can play games and run programs.
Most importantly: Can be understood.

The Pocket Mini Computer Kit arrives as a project which requires a small amount of soldering, all components are „thru-hole“ making it an easy project for anyone with modest soldering skills.

 

The Pocket Mini Computer hardware supports:

VGA Output
Right/Left Audio Output
PS2 Keyboard
Wii Classic/Nunchuck controller connection
Optional SRAM (32k extended RAM using 23K256)
Optional IR receiver connection
Optional I/O experimenters‘ port“

http://propellerpowered.wikispaces.com/Pocket+Mini+Computer

 

Jaluino

Everyone heared about the Arduino for Atmel. Now it’s posible to work with the modern PIC and use a arduino like board, the Jaluino.

„JAL (Just Another Language, version 2) is an open source programming language built for programming PIC microcontrollers. If electronics is your thing, JAL is for you!“

http://justanotherlanguage.org/content/jaluino

BrewTroller the open source standalone brewing control system

„BrewTroller is an open source standalone brewing control system based on the Sanguino platform. BrewTroller monitors temperature and volume of the Hot Liquor Tank (HLT), Mash Tun and Brew Kettle and controls heat sources, pumps and valves as needed in the brewing process“

http://www.brewtroller.com/

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CATaLOG | An RFID Cat Tracker

„The CATaLOG project aims to track our two cats Bobbin and Tuffin as they go in and out of the house so we can see which cat spends more time outside, what their favourite time to go out is, and also get sent SMS messages if a cat goes missing for a certain amount of time.

The system is designed around the Arduino Microcontroller linked to a low cost RS232 RFID reader and uses the Arduino Ethernet Shield and a Linksys WAP11 router acting as a wireless network bridge to send the data over the internet.“

http://www.nermal.org/projects/catalog/

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„Forknife“ the Android G1 controlled robot

„To see how well this idea worked I decided to build a small robot and a few applications to control it last weekend. The result of this is the Forknife Android G1 based robot, the RoboComm android application, and the RoboServ java server which I am happy to say work well. An overview of how the entire system works may be seen below.

In case others are interested in this, stuff, I have made my code for the robot, server, and android application available under the GPLv2 license. Please don’t get too upset with me if the code isn’t very polished.. I threw this together pretty quickly. At least I commented it! Be thankful :)“

http://macpod.net/misc/android_robot/android_robot.php

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Mobile-controlled Home Automation with PIC16F84

This how-to will provide a detailed guide to implementing your own Web/WAP enabled home automation system. The home automation system allows you to control the on/off state of up to eight 3A appliances via either a web browser or a mobile phone. The system provided is fairly cheap and effective, but has a few prerequisites:

  • An always-on internet connection (or at least on while you want to control things)
  • An always-on computer (see above)
  • PHP enabled Web space, or your own web server. (Of course if you are serving from home you already have the first two!)
  • WAP/web enabled phone if you’d like to use the mobile control features of the system. All modern mobile phones are capable of controlling the system.
  • Some beginner-level soldering skill. This project uses a PIC16F84, a cheap programmable chip.

Assuming the above, the total cost of building this system should be no more than about AU$50, plus AU$15 for each 240v switch. You can also extend the usefulness of the system by setting up an internet-viewable webcam, using a usb webcam and any freely publishing programs, providing some visual feedback.“

http://blog.neonascent.net/archives/292

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