Infrared Receiver (IR) Demo with Arduino

I remember back in the day when my father had two remote controls for the television, me and my younger brother. “Howard! Change the TV to channel 5.” I also operated as the television tuner by going outside and turning the antenna until I heard him shout to stop. My kids can not even comprehend

Lego Record Player Using an Arduino and a Servo Motor

I recently ran across an Instructable where the author showed how he had created a record player from paper. I thought that was pretty cool and decided to make something similar for myself. But rather than using paper and turning the record by hand I wanted to use one of my handy, dandy servos and

An Arduino With Two Servo Motors

In my last post I looked at using a servo motor with an Arduino and a couple of LED lights to indicate when it would rotate clockwise vs. counter-clockwise. In that post we were using a simple servo motor that had 180 degrees of rotation. We were using the write() function in the Servo library

Using an Arduino to Contol a Servo Motor

I was playing around today with my Arduino, running the tutorial for controlling a servo motor. I decided to make it a little more interesting by adding a couple of LEDs. The tutorial uses PWM (pulse width modulation) to control the rotation of the servo motor. It starts at the 0 position and rotates it

Soldering – Tinning the Tip

I tried my hand at soldering a headphones jack recently and had difficulty with the soldering part of the process. Actually, it was only soldering so I had trouble with the ENTIRE process. It was only after I had made a rather horrendous connection that I realized I had not tinned the tip of my

The Origins of Lego Bricks

If you’re reading this, chances are that you’ve either played with Legos or you’ve watched your children play with them. In my case, both are true. What’s not to love about taking a box of parts and creating something new and exciting? Something that nobody in the world has ever built in exactly the same

Today It’s Less Maker, More Daddy

My daughter asked me yesterday to pierce the ears of her “My Little Pony”. Her ears were pierced about three months ago and I guess she had earrings on her mind. My first response was something like “Sorry honey but we don’t have earrings for your pony.” She immediately offered to let the pony use

Replacing the Stereo Plug on a Set of Headphones

We have two sets of Sylvania headphones that we purchased for a trip to Belarus to visit my wife’s family. They were intended for the kids to watch their DVD player while on the plane. The headphones worked fine but were not enough by a long shot. By the time we arrived at our destination

Assembling the Minty Boost Kit

One of the first sites I found when becoming interested in electronics, robotics, and otherwise “making” things was www.ladyada.net, the website/blog of Limor Fried, otherwise known as Lady Ada. She has a number of projects that she has designed and developed into kits, the Minty Boost being one of them. I chose to purchase the

LED Flowers Project

I wanted to make something useful that used LEDs without having to program an Arduino or anything like that. The idea I came up with was to add LEDs to artificial flowers and make it decorative by putting them in a clear vase filled with clear/opaque glass marbles. The addition of more LEDs inside the