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Glen the Stove Project --Raw Materials

When I have mentioned my Glen the Stove project in the past, no less than 4 people told me that they just didn't believe that A) we actually use coal to heat the house or B) that anyone still used coal as a heat source. People do, and a big truck delivers it. Really, I am posting this video here for no other reason than the lift mechanism on the truck is awesome... It not only tilts like a regular dump truck, but it is part scissor-lift as well. They driver said the bed part of the truck was over 60 years old! Too cool.

I have had this board in my hands for over a month and I have to say that this review may be a bit complicated. I feel that I not only need to review this board … Read more

X-bee as a ADC "adapter" or "converter"

Fogive me, I read and re-read the data sheets but can't seem to find this. And I know this is a long shot. The ADC channes on an X-bee --they are just data-in, data-out right? I put an analog signal in one end and I get a PWM signal (equal to the input value) from the other end, correct? Is there any way to use the ADC inputs on an x-bee and get those values out via it's TX data pin? I am trying to put together a work-around for the lack of ADC's on the propeller and I thought, hey --the xbee's have ADC inputs, can I use them? I mean, I already have the x-bee on-board, why not use it?

Kinect Navigation... Done. (Man, MIT guys work fast)

And this is what I call navigation.



5 minutes later... Update. (added another cool video)

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Propeller Journey 009

I2c is in the bag. Done.

Hey! Micro 180 deg Pan and Tilt $20

This just crossed my path and it is very cool --A micro pan and tilt with some extra gearing to get 180 degrees outta the "pan". 20 bucks (20 Squids), too. I want one.... No, I wanna build one!


Servos going to first position in a violent way.

This is an open question on the problem of the violent twitch/swing servos have when they are first turned on and when they get their first position command. The obvious answer is to always finish a "session" by centering all your servos and then turning off, but this assumes that nothing is going to get bumped or creep out of "centered" while waiting for the next time it will be turned on. One could also center all the servos by hand (with the servo unpowered) but I have never cared for moving servos by hand if I can avoid it.

  This is a review of the BahBots 1284p controller board designed by: Glen Aidukas and Eddy Wright glena Unboxing: Read more

Serial Port now available on iPhone

I gotta be honest, I didn't have a chance to actually read this article before I posted, but it is an iPhone, with a big-ass adapter and a 9-pin serial plug coming out... That's good enough for me!


Again, to be honest --I don't know if this iPhone advance or serial-whatever will help any of us buy hey --I saw it on Boing Boing and you can't go wrong there!