BE Maker Kit Campaign on Indigogo

The guys at Borderless Electronics are kicking things up a notch with the launch of their BE Maker Kit project to accompany their recent $9 Arduino compatible board.

The most interesting thing here is their “Learning System” which includes 10 hours worth of electronics-related learning materials in the form of video-based tutorials which can be used in conjunction with their kits.

More information about the project can be found on their campaign page.

Handy link: Arduino Ethernet Bumper Pack

Georg Kaindl, over at has developed a collection of libraries for the Arduino environment which allows developers to make use of the  DHCP, DNS and Bonjour (Apple Computers’ implementation of Zeroconf) protocols in their network-enabled Arduino projects. Documentation for each individual library (including installation instructions) can be found on Georg’s site.

If anyone is using these libraries in their own projects already, then feel free to share you experiences in the comments section. I’d love to hear about some of the cool stuff other people have made with them.

Simple LAN Controlled Stereo Audio Switch

Audio Switch (Main Board)

I needed an idea that I could use to teach myself about using a relay with Microcontrollers and solve that age old problem: Switching between speakers and headphones on my PC without having to actually get up and mess around in the rats nest of wire’s behind it.

The solution: Use a 5v DPDT relay, a few 3.5mm stereo sockets and an Ethernet-capable Arduino to create a simple audio switch which would allow me to switch one audio source (my PC’s Soundcard in this case) to one of two outputs (headphones or speakers) via a web interface running on the Arduino from the comfort of my web browser.

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From Hackaday: Arduino Snow Clock

This Alarm Clock Arduino hack , featured on hackaday,  has to be one of the most innovative uses of an Arduino and Python I have seen! The maker, insingertech, has published full instructions on his hack here.

He goes into great detail on his build process and the diagrams (for the Relay Driver part of his circuit, especially) really help to explain things.

The only critisism I can think of here is that perhaps he should have used an Ethernet Shield for the network connectivity element of his project instead of a PC/Laptop.

Webthermo: Web-based Temperature Monitor

Ok, so someone has already beaten me to it (and done a excellent job of it as well) with the whole web-based temperature monitoring thing, but anyway… Here’s Webthermo! 🙂

Webthermo,  my follow-up to Ardthermo, is a small, web-enabled Python script which uses the CherryPy HTTP Python framework.  It allows you to monitor temperature (in both Celsius and Fahrenheit units) over the Internet (using the port-fowarding facility of your Router),  or on your own LAN via a web browser, your favorite RSS reader or a WAP-capable Mobile phone, using the same Arduino sketch and hardware setup as was used for Ardthermo.

It’s still in the early stages of development at the moment, so its still a bit rough around the edges but it works well enough. You can get a copy of the Python script, which also includes the Arduino sketch needed for the hardware side of things, from the Software page.

System Requirements and instructions on how to use Webthermo can be found below. Enjoy everyone!

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Arduino-based Talking & Remote Thermometer

After recently getting my hands on an Arduino Duemilanove, I came across this Sketch on Arduino Playground that allowed an Arduino to function as a temperature measuring device with the addition of a few cheap and easily obtainable components.

Deciding to take things a step further, I wrote a Python script to create a DIY temperature measuring device that could be used both locally, via the command line, as well as remotely, using a googlemail account to check the temperature of a room. You can grab a copy of this script, called “Ardthermo”,  from the Software page.

This article should give all the info you need to know to build this little project for yourself and make use of the Ardthermo script.  Enjoy.

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