Hobby Projects - Insulation tester, LED Circuits, Meters.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Reuse Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

Many people give up on Wireless Keyboard Mouse Combo after a few months of "Novelty". This is due to the chore of replacing batteries and also the cost and wastage (carbon foot).

Then i have long been suggesting, nineties, ferrite smps coupled charger docks. This is like RFID, but more like RF power transfer. One half of Ferrite E-Core is in the Gadget and the other half is in the Dock. When the Gadget is docked it is sensed and power transfer just like in SMPS. Rechargeable batteries in the gadget.

Here is the Schoodle for building this. The Mumbo Jumbo to make a Wired-Wireless Combo

Reuse Wireless Keyboard and Mouse

How-To Convert Wireless to Pseudo-Wired 

Now you got a Wireless Combo, it can be converted into wired yet wireless, it is simple the wires will now carry 3V power to the Keyboard and Mouse, so no batteries. A little gentle and smart drilling is needed for the Mouse.

Get a 5V Adapter, the ones used for charging phones and music players. If you cannot get 5V use a 7805 to derive a 5V from 6 or 9. Use two 1N4007 in series on the positive line to drop 1.5V - test out with a dummy load of 10K and 100uF cap. Now use this to power both the mouse and keyboard with thin dual-core wires leading to the battery terminals. Soldering this may be a delicate job. Now you got a Perpetual Wired Keyboard Mouse Combo. The Interface still remains Wireless.

Another way is use Rechargeable Batteries for both. The wires will carry exactly a regulated 3.3V from a LM317 circuit which can be tweaked. The Mains adapter can be any 6V or 9V raw DC. You can have a Connector for the power wires when you want it to be wire free. This may require greater Gadget Opening and Drilling Expertise.

Reuse - Be Earth Friendly - Keep your Carbon Footprint smaller than that of a Yeti.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Steve Conner of Scopeboy - Tesla to Inverters

Many projects and schematics related to Audio, Guitar, Amplifiers, synthesizers and Music Circuits. There are even Valve Amp and Computer related ideas.

Steve Conner of Scopeboy - Tesla to Inverters

"I've been building Tesla coils for about 4 years. I was inspired to start when I saw some pictures of Tesla coils making sparks on the internet, and wanted to experience one for myself. After my first attempt, I decided to join the online community of coil builders and try some of the new state-of-the-art ideas that were kicking around."

 Steve Conner of Scopeboy - Tesla to Inverters

Amazing Tesla Coils of Steve Conner

Other Projects
  • An 0-30V, 500mA bench power supply
  • How to make gyrators
  • Boosting a tube amp with a transistor one
  • Grid-tied inverter - 1/2 KW

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Let’s make robots – It is a Crowd of Bots

Let’s Make Robots is the ultimate community site where you can learn about robots, see what others have built, ask questions and get to know others in the community.

Let’s make robots – It is a Crowd of Bot

Navigate around via ultrasound. Detects fire and fight against it. CPU: Atmel ATmega328

It is named Mr. "Red" Adair, named after the well known firefighter Paul "Red" Adair. An Atmel ATmega328 controller acts as brain together with a Pololu LVDSMC as motor controller.

Firefighting robot

Mr. "Red" Adair - Firefighting robot

For the blower motor (robbed from a defect hair dryer) a simple logic level N-FET (IRL540N) has been used. The chassis is from a cheap RC car illumninated with red, white and blue LEDs. As power supply 3 AA cells for the drive motors are used. A 9V battery block has been used for the blower motor and the 5V regulated controller supply

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Beginning Arduino – Mike Earthshine Electronics

Located in London, Earthshine Electronics is a source of parts and kits relate to Arduino. Other electronics or microcontroller needs also.

Earthshine Electronics

Digital Barograph made with SCP1000 & GLCD

Arduino Mega Project - Measurement and Data Logging. Digital Pressure Sensor and 128×64 Graphic LCD. Plots graph of current pressure, temperature variation with time.

This certainly is a good project for college students. You can also enhance it for multiple channels, mini thermal printer interface.

Stand alone remote data loggers must be able to take a Standard Thumb Drive for storing and easy retrieval of data. In urban areas a wireless internet transfer is better. In a desert or jungle a satellite data transfer or small flash storage, that can be manually collected and logged into network.

Environmental Monitoring Arduino - The Arduino Guy

The blog of 'The Arduino Guy' aka Mike McRoberts

The basic premise of the project is to have sensor nodes monitoring things such as temperature, pressure, humidity, light levels and so on and then send that data wirelessly back to a base station which will upload it to a web server.

The Complete Beginners Guide to The Arduino

Earthshine Electronics
Suite 13365 2nd Floor 145-157 St John Street London EC1V 4PY, UK.