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The Baldcorder is James Lewis’ tricorder-like device for measuring light levels and temperature

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Baldcorder is James Lewis’ tricorder-like device for measuring light levels and temperature Arduino Team — July 11th, 2021 As part of element14’s Build Inside the Box Challenge, James Lewis (AKA Bald Engineer) decided to make his own DIY tricoder from Star Trek. In the series, a tricoder is a ubiquitous scanning tool that can perform various scans of […]

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This MKR Zero system gives early warning of potential sump pump problems

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — June 29th, 2021 As most homeowners with a basement will tell you, keeping track of the sump pump is an important part of maintenance, as neglecting it can lead to the basement turning into a swimming pool. This is the exact predicament that a recent element14 Build Inside the Box winner, Mike Moore, ran into […]

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Turn your bicycle into a Pokebike with DJ Harrigan’s MKR Zero device

Reading Time: 2 minutes Turn your bicycle into a Pokebike with DJ Harrigan’s MKR Zero device Arduino Team — June 16th, 2021 Within the Pokemon series there exists a special bicycle that plays a little tune when ridden, and this is what element14 Presents’ DJ Harrigan was trying to recreate with his DIY Pokebike project. It has a simple purpose: […]

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This disguised campsite security system lets you know ‘hoos’ there

Reading Time: 2 minutes This disguised campsite security system lets you know ‘hoos’ there Arduino Team — June 10th, 2021 Motion sensors for home security stick out like a sore thumb, as their shiny white exteriors can be easily seen from a distance. This is made worse when camping, as small, discrete security devices that blend into their surroundings […]

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The Nespresso Shield logs your coffee consumption using a MKR Zero

Reading Time: < 1 minute Arduino Team — April 26th, 2021 How much coffee do you consume in a day? No idea? Then the Nespresso Shield by Steadman Thompson may be just what you need! The device employs an Arduino MKR Zero, and a microphone unit to sense when a Nespresso machine gets louder than a certain threshold. When this level […]

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A MKR ZERO-based volume controller for your PC

Reading Time: < 1 minute A MKR ZERO-based volume controller for your PC Arduino Team — September 18th, 2020 While some keyboards provide media keys or even knobs to adjust your overall computer sound up and down, often what you really want is the ability to tune program volumes separately. To make this extremely easy, SNR Tech Bytes has come up […]

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Recreating Rosie the Robot with a MKR ZERO

Reading Time: < 1 minute Recreating Rosie the Robot with a MKR ZERO Arduino Team — August 3rd, 2020 While 2020 may seem like a very futuristic year, we still don’t have robotic maids like the Jetsons’ Rosie the Robot. For his latest element14 Presents project, DJ Harrigan decided to create such a bot as a sort of animatronic character, using an […]

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Build a comment-critiquing keyboard adapter using TensorFlow Lite and Arduino

Reading Time: 2 minutes Build a comment-critiquing keyboard adapter using TensorFlow Lite and Arduino Arduino Team — July 7th, 2020 If you’ve ever left an online comment that you later regretted, this anti-troll bot will keep that from happening again by letting you know when you’re being a bit too harsh. The device — which was created by Andy […]

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Meet Tomo, a DIY virtual pet that’ll spark ’90s nostalgia

Reading Time: 2 minutes Meet Tomo, a DIY virtual pet that’ll spark ’90s nostalgia Arduino Team — June 19th, 2020 If you miss your Tamagotchi virtual pet from the ’90s, Element14 Presents’ DJ has come up with the next best thing — or perhaps something even better! His DIY device named “Tomo,” for friend, displays a digital companion on its […]

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Arduino barrel piano plays encoded sheet music

Reading Time: < 1 minute Arduino barrel piano plays encoded sheet music Arduino Team — June 17th, 2020 Max Danilin created an automatic barrel piano that outputs MIDI signals, not through an SD card or internal memory, but by reading sheet music encoded on paper as black dots and dashes. The sheet is pulled under an array of 40 optocouplers using a […]

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Developing a photovoltaic solar tracker controller with a MKR Zero

Reading Time: 2 minutes Developing a photovoltaic solar tracker controller with a MKR Zero Arduino Team — August 7th, 2019 While energy consumption is an important concern in our modern world, you might have noticed that energy in the form of light shines down on us every day from the sun. Solar panels can be utilized to harvest this […]