I found the personal compass project at Instructables.com quite interesting. Basically, a personal compass works like a regular compass, but instead of pointing to magnetic north, it points to a particular location of personal interest. Maybe it is pointing to the place where you were married, perhaps where your childhood home is. All this compass […]

On or around May 15, with no announcement or advanced notification, the Weather Underground quietly removed their free API key option for use in their weather products.  This left developers with no advanced warning to update their products or inform their customers in advance of the change. This also means that developers have one less […]

It’s been a month since my last post about my Arduino music player and remote.  This is a music system geared towards performers, like magicians, ventriloquists, jugglers and the like who perform a one man/woman show and need an easy way to queue up and play music and sounds. It uses two packet radio Arduino devices, […]

Yes, there are plenty of bluetooth enabled speakers that can be used with a smartphone to play music remotely, however, I was looking for a music system geared towards performers, like magicians, ventriloquists, jugglers and the like who perform a one man/woman show and need an easy way to queue up and play music and […]

I had this idea that had no real purpose other than to display a box of crayons in a fun way.  So, I created a crayon holder in the shape of a peacock, which I appropriately called, “The Crayon Peacock”. Modeled using Autodesk’s Fusion 360 software, I created two versions of the crayon peacock, one […]

  This past holiday season my wife asked me if I could make her a homemade gift for Christmas. So, I gave a her a gift that required some soldering, programming and configuring a web based service. I’m not sure if that was what she was expecting for a homemade present but I like the […]

Introduction The party light project is a simplified version of another project I have been working on that uses Adafruit’s Circuit Playground and its capacitive touch feature. This project has a number of features that make it well suited for new as well as seasoned hackers: No soldering Easy assembly Open source (available on GitHub) […]