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(Archive of: http://www.thing-a-day2.com/2008/02/08/day-8-thing-8-place-holder-for-rotation-sensors/ )

limit switchesToday I made 2 new pieces of things but not the new thing that I had intended as todays thing today. So for now the the y axis that I built for a future drawing machine, and the limit switches that I added to the etcha sketch mechanism will have to do. The etch a sketch mechanism along with 3 of the other robots need rotation sensors. I plan to build them out of the ir emitter detector pairs that all of the check readers have.

Rotation Sensors

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(Archive of: http://www.thing-a-day2.com/2008/02/06/day-6-thing-6-motorized-etch-a-sketchr-mechanism/)

Etchy Sketchy.Several years ago I took apart an Etch-A-Sketch and took notes on the “complicated pully system” inside. have wanted to build one of these since then. With this  and several other projects in mind I bought a small pile of Tamaya pully sets. (this project ate most of 3 of them)

This turned out to be a bit more complicated that I origionally thought. I wanted to use the check reader motor mechanism that I have a pile of them but mounting them turned out to be less than straight forward. once I got through that I had to repully and thread each axis 4 or for times. My first attempt at the pivot point was a small disaster as well. However we persevered and there it is.  Tomorrow my thing will probably be a motor driver board to use with this.

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(Archive of: http://www.thing-a-day2.com/2008/02/05/day-5-thing-5-frame-for-internal-combustion/)

Seen Better DaysI have a painting that I did almost 10 years ago called internal combustion. It was done on blueprints fixed to foamcore. The piece is about 40″ in diameter and has been moved 8 times. It has clearly seen better days. I wanted to build a frame for it. As it is a radial engine like in an airplane I thought a cowling would be an appropriate shape. I dumpsterdove some pipe insulation and cut a circle in some foamcore. My head is still a little messed up from the contact cement but it is done.

Frame

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My Bulky PrototypeI was using the programming half of a a bulky prototype that I have been working on to program one of the mice from “Thing-a-day” Day 1 and I looked at the pile hanging precariously off of the coffee table and thought to myself.

“I need to just build one of these. “


The finished product
Modifying Sparkfun Board. to fit in the box the input side
flea assembly blinkin lights in place
test run Translucence done

So I did.

The programmer is based on the Auto-Reset Hack and the AdaBoot bootloader. The reset is pulled by putting a capacitor on the DTR line of the serial interface which is also the bootloader interface. Most people put the cap on the Arduino but I put it on the programmer (where it belongs). This programmer was built using the ftdi ft232rl breakout board sold by sparkfun. I had to trim it down to get it to fit in the pretty blue box i bought at Tap Plastics. The chip out of the box presents two of its 4 gpio (general pourpose i/o) pins to indicate when serial is being sent and recieved. I wired a pair of very bright leds that I had to them and then tried to pipe the light to the corners using some translucent plastic tubes and hot glue. It looks pretty cool!

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(Archive of: http://www.thing-a-day2.com/2008/02/04/day-4-thing-4-aduino-adaboot-programmer/)

I was using the programming half of a a bulky prototype that I have been working on to program one of the mice from Day 1 and I looked at the pile hanging precariously off of the coffe table and thought to myself.

“I need to just build one of these. “

The finished productModifying Sparkfun Board.to fit in the boxthe input sideflea assemblyblinkin lightsin placetest runTranslucencedone

So I did.

The programmer is based on the Auto-Reset Hack and the AdaBoot bootloader. The reset is pulled by putting a capacitor on the DTR line of the serial interface which is also the bootloader interface. Most people put the cap on the Arduino but I put it on the programmer (where it belongs). This programmer was built using the ftdi ft232rl breakout board sold by sparkfun. I had to trim it down to get it to fit in the pretty blue box i bought at Tap Plastics. The chip out of the box presents two of its 4 gpio (general pourpose i/o) pins to indicate when serial is being sent and recieved. I wired a pair of very bright leds that I had to them and then tried to pipe the light to the corners using some translucent plastic tubes and hot glue. It looks pretty cool!

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(Archive of: http://www.thing-a-day2.com/2008/02/03/thing-3-tiny45-emulation-using-the-arduino/)

Target projectA while ago I started working on a flapping wing mechanism using voice coils taken our of hard drives. To drive them I built a set of boards based on the Atmel tiny45. After getting the basic motion down I wanted to use a light sensor to detect motion so that they would only move when something was around to watch them.

Rather than developing on the tiny45 itself, it seemed that the Arduino with its bootloader and built in serial port would make a good emulation platform. All I needed was a “pod”. I scrapped a daughterboard from an old checkreader (that I have a small pile of) and made two out of it.

The last photo is the Arduino connected to the target.

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(Archive of: http://www.thing-a-day2.com/2008/02/02/day-2-ikea-inspired-stackable-box/)

Today we only broke 1 tool.

Model BoxesAs preparation for moving out of my storage space I went to IKEA with my g/f and spent 100 that I didn’t really have. I got the idea that I could make them cheaper. I went to the hardware store and got an 8 foot section of drywall corner for $1.50. I originally wanted to do boxes that were “compatible” but realized that I had scrap that allowed me to build the main part of the box with only 2 cuts. (this is important as I only have a scroll saw) I was going to build a second box but the blade wandered and broke so I called it a day.

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I have been looking at AvrMacPack as a recommended platform. They have done a really nice job ob doing everything that I was trying to do and they also have paid attention to a lot of detail that I haven’t.

Please look at this and tell me what you think. I am considering dropping OSX-AVR and focusing on other underserved platform pieces if everyone agrees that it is done as well as I think it is.

http://www.obdev.at/products/avrmacpack/download-de.html

I will be contacting them to see if they can consider bundling nick’s x-code templates or I may put any pieces that are missing as individual packages.