Computer Vision with Processing and Arduino

Using a robotic arm and an endoscope camera I have programmed the arm to follow objects of differing colours. The robot has two axes of motion, this could easily be expanded. The computer vision code is done in Processing based on A brilliant Coding Train example, the sketch sends commands via serial to an Arduino that…

Boba Fett Build Pt – 2

Finally, after nearly two years I have finished building this Boba Fett helmet. After sanding and filling for the umpteenth time it was painted with spray paint. The original prop is pretty beaten up so the surface finish did not have to be perfect. The helmet was primed then painted silver. After this a layer…

Robotic Jamiroquai Headdress 

I spent the last few months working on this build in my spare time. I tried to reverse engineer the one worn by Jamiroquai front man Jay Kay in his latest music video Automaton. It uses 15 servos, over 80 neopixel leds and  2 arduino nanos to move and flash just like the original.  Info…

RasberryPi LAMP Servers

I have been trying to get more familiar with RasberryPi computers, I find the best way to learn about these things is to do a project. Using various online guides I had been trying to install a LAMP server to act as a home media hub for films. I eventually found a video here wich…

Boba Fett Build Pt – 1

This project will focus on the build of the iconic Boba Fett helmet from the original Star Wars Films. A good place to start for these builds is the dented helmet, a forum for builders of everything Boba Fett. There are some good threads on using the Rafal Works Helmet V2 templates. Full credit goes to Rafal Works…

GPS Rover

Building on my last attempt at building an obstacle avoiding robot I decided to have a go at using GPS to guide a robot. I used 2 Arduino Nanos, a 3 axis compass to provide a heading for the robot and a UBlox Neo 6M GPS for the rovers global position. Using the Tiny GPS library…

An Arduino Based High Altitude Balloon Tracker – Part 1

I have been building an Arduino based high altitude balloon tracker, something that has been a real challenge from the start. The device uses an Arduino mega with a gps, radio, SMS unit, two temperature sensors and a barometric pressure sensor. Code The code works by first setting the GPS in high altitude mode then…

Arduino Rocket Data Logger

I have just published my second Instrucatble and entered it into the Space contest. I built an arduino data logger that takes acceleration,pressure and temperature readings during a model rocket flight. It uses an IMU (inertial measurement unit – typically found in quad copters) to sense its environment. The arduino reads the raw values from…

Obstacle Avoiding Robot

This project was ultimately a failure, but one where I learned a great deal. From the outset I wanted to develop a robot that could run around the house, avoiding obstacles using ultrasonic sensors. I didn’t like the look of the other ones I saw online, they were slow and clunky, stopping to sense their environment then…

Steampunk Nixie Clock Build

I have posted my first instructable on this Nixie clock I built. It is made from a nato 30cal ammo tin. It has moving coil gauges displaying the current and volts, they are from the 1940s. It has a large switch from a 1960s airliner. Check out the build details here.

Scratch Building a Model Glider

Edinburgh is perfect for slope soaring. I have been flying traditional R/C models here for years and have always cursed the amount of wind we have. Gliders however operate well in these conditions. I used my experience of gliding, R/C flying and some new building techniques learned from an earlier project to make a cheap model…

Scratch Building a Flying Wing.

I became aware of Flite Test last year, they have a great website and YouTube channel. I am keen to try some FPV flying and have always wanted to do a scratch build. The Blunt Nose Versa Wing fit the bill. It’s cheap, robust and easy to build. I downloaded the plans then cut out…