I don’t think there’s a contest, but here’s my entry.
Cellphones are pretty amazing.. that pic was taken through glass via Google Night Sight. The camera operator basically just has to aim at an area and keep the device still for a minute or so. Crazy storm, crazy technology. I would say something like ‘the future is here, but the skies are angry’, but that that would sound very stupid.
I don’t know.. the picture might look pretty awesome on a canvas. It would, without any doubt, look fucking awesome on a sleeveless shirt if I crop out the neighbors’ houses.
Now comes the hard part…choosing a decent battery and mounting the circuit board savely on the chasis. I have found a few good candidates, but they are a little bulky for my application. Still looking…
The UI should be fairly straight forward. Just need a few more garage sessions, and I’ll be good to go.
The cordless Dremel was a super purchase FWIW. One of the best tools I’ve used.
Impatiently awaiting my Dremel from Amazon, I made an executive decision that Clocky’s bright orange motif had to go. Clocky already had some big rims; sort of like my SS. Sort of too like my Yukon. Hmm…black and chrome…sort of a no-brainer.
Step 1: teardown / spray paint
Step 2: Re-assemble
Much better. Hoping to have the little guy rotary-drilled and souped-up before too long. Check back in soon.
A while back, I put together a project that added remote control via an Android. I broke out the leads to the DC motors that were existent, and left the structure largely intact…resulting in a monster of a build.
I would like to clean the build up a bit, but to do so will need to go with a different approach. I am looking into gutting the existing components entirely, and implementing continuous drive servos as my powertrain. This will likely get messy.
Servo motors will add big gains in the power consumption realm, and provide added control. I am not looking for speed, so I think this option might work out well. Stay tuned…
I bit on the Mr. Beer home-brewing kit last woot-off. Much to my dismay, the kit arrived in a giant brown cardboard box, with a sizable puncture would in the side. Opening it verified the damage:
The brewing container was smashed inward, and the plastic was too thick to pop back into shape.
I tried contacting FedEx, as the damage was definitely done in shipping. As it turns out, after creating an account with FedEx | submitting a claim ticket | waiting | waiting, FedEx has you contact the sender when the item is shipped via “Smartpost.” Whatever that entails. Not very helpful…just a reply email sending me back at woot.
I was sort of pissy, and ended up forwarding the email from Fedex to the primary woot returns email. Details are as follow:
I’m very sorry about that. We’ll get a replacement sent to you and have our crack team of commandos that make the Expendables look like babies go after them. No need to return the damaged one to us.
——————- Original Message ——————-
To: RMA; RMA Woot; RMA@woot.com
Subject: damaged shipment from woot (MRS), case # W-1030992-R925
Passing the buck…
———- Forwarded message ———-
Date: Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 7:45 AM
Subject: Re: damaged shipment from woot (MRS)
To: Joseph Swanson
Thank you for your recent inquiry. We have received your request, however when
packages are lost or damaged, only the party directly paying the shipping charges to
FedEx SmartPost may file a claim. Please contact the Shipper with your information so
they may file a claim.
We apologize for any inconvenience.
FedEx SmartPost Customer Support
—– Original Message —–
From: Joseph Swanson
Date: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 9:02 pm
Subject: damaged shipment from woot
> In regards to Smartpost tracking #02927009713120839115…
> I received a package from woot.com today (1/31) that was damaged by
> something en route to my front stairs, likely a forklift tine.
> I recognize that mistakes are made, accidents happen, etc., but it so
> happens that the damaged item is a Mr. Beer home-brew kit. The (assumed
> forklift) did quite a number on the brewing vessel in particular, and
> plastic used is not well-suited for popping back into shape. The reduced
> volume caused by the damage render the vat unable to accommodate a full
> batch of beer, which is the end goal. It turns out that our baby daughter
> is angrier that first assumed…half batches may not cut it.
> Kind regards,
> J. Swanson
Awesome support, Woot. FedEx should take note. FedEx should also teach their forklift drivers how to drive forklifts, but that is another topic entirely.
You will continue to receive my business…well done. I owe you a (Mr.) beer.
I thought I could get away with utilizing the onboard 6V from my cannibalized motion platform…aka the orange thing…in order to power both the DC motors and my IOIO. My bluetooth connection was cutting out…indicating that I needed to introduce a separate power source for the board and for the motors.
My workaround didn’t pan out…time to rethink the build. Guess what I have on my desk:
Adafruit Motor Shield for the Arduino. Two good looking H-Bridges staring at me….that’ll do. I never thought I would find myself treating my Arduino gear as a scrapheap, but the day has come.
The H-Bridge will allow me to cross over (think of a capitol H) and provide bi-directional motion from the hardware level. 3.3V digital outputs…no more open drain needed (bonus.)
Anyhow, I ended up putting together a little test board…socket, some male pins, and eventually some wires for a more secure connection. Sucking some serious soldering fumes…
It looks sloppy, but here is the hardware in its entirety:
Here is a quick video of my testing. I fired up my IOIOSeek program, which has two simple digital outputs triggered via buttons…
Early success? Yep. Except for the early part…this has been more work than I had assumed. More EE work…hoping the UI and hardware containment goes smoothly. Tune back in.