Over-engineered robotic scalp scratcher knows all the moves

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — August 5th, 2022 Those cheap wire-arm head massagers are great at giving your scalp a nice, relaxing rub. But they’re handheld implements that force the user to either manipulate the massager themselves or talk a partner into performing the task. David McDaid decided that the experience would be much more pleasant if…… Over-engineered robotic scalp scratcher knows all the moves weiterlesen

Arduino-controlled robot solves Rubik’s Cubes in a couple seconds

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — August 1st, 2022 Rubik’s Cubes have been sold in stores for more than 40 years now, but most of us still can’t solve them. Others take the puzzles very seriously, competing in many speed-solving competitions around the world. The world record for the fastest Rubik’s Cube solution is a mere 3.47 seconds,…… Arduino-controlled robot solves Rubik’s Cubes in a couple seconds weiterlesen

This walking machine can mosey in any direction

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — July 27th, 2022 Wheeled vehicles are so common because they’re efficient. If a vehicle will drive on a relatively smooth and flat surface, wheels are the most efficient option. But on rough terrain, wheels don’t always cut it. For such terrain, tank tracks and more exotic options often perform better than wheels.…… This walking machine can mosey in any direction weiterlesen

Reviving a classic Sony PS-X75 record player with Arduino

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — July 6th, 2022 In 1979, Sony launched the PS-X75 turntable. It quickly gained popularity thanks to its high-fidelity sound output and ease of use. It was easy to use because it was fully automated–a common feature today, but something that was quite exciting at the time. To perform that automation, the PS-X75…… Reviving a classic Sony PS-X75 record player with Arduino weiterlesen

Brenda is classic automata nightmare fuel

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — July 5th, 2022 Art is a strange thing. Sometimes its purpose is purely aesthetic. Sometimes it makes a statement. And sometimes it exists to disturb. Kinetic art is no different and some robots fall into this category. Graham Asker’s art elicits pondering on the relationship between humans and robots, as well as…… Brenda is classic automata nightmare fuel weiterlesen

This DIY basketball scoreboard looks and sounds like the real thing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — July 3rd, 2022 Inspired by his time as a scorekeeper in elementary school, now-high schooler Collin Wentzien wanted to recreate this setup by building a DIY scoreboard several years ago. His idea involved making a bright display composed of several seven-segment displays that could all be controlled by an external device in order to set scores,…… This DIY basketball scoreboard looks and sounds like the real thing weiterlesen

This large-format laser cutter was built from scratch for just $700

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — June 30th, 2022 When stuck between a cheaper yet small laser cutter and splurging on a much larger one, Owen Schafer decided instead to just build one himself. The project started with Schafer sourcing a 40W CO2 laser, which differs from a diode laser in that it uses gas heated with 16,000 volts to produce…… This large-format laser cutter was built from scratch for just $700 weiterlesen

Using an old printer to create organic pottery

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — June 2nd, 2022 Traditional pottery has been around for many thousands of years and is known for the mixing, shaping, and baking of clay in order to create artful items. Tools such as the pottery wheel and kiln are iconic, and Guillermo Perez Guillen wanted to make a pottery wheel of his own that…… Using an old printer to create organic pottery weiterlesen

This robotic system automatically scans film slides on its own

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 18th, 2022 Before the advent of digital cameras, people used film to capture their most cherished memories. And nowadays, there is a rush to convert them into a digital format before they inevitably degrade and become unrecognizable. Film slides in particular have a major drawback in that they are separate, individual…… This robotic system automatically scans film slides on its own weiterlesen

Celebrate Earth Day with these Arduino projects

Reading Time: 3 minutes In celebration of Earth Day, we thought it would be fun to highlight a handful of open-source projects that may inspire you to help make a positive impact on our world. From air quality and water pollution monitoring to wildlife conservation and deforestation prevention, here are just some of the ways our community members are…… Celebrate Earth Day with these Arduino projects weiterlesen

The Arduipiano is an Arduino-powered floor piano that lets you play music with your feet

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — April 5th, 2022 The typical piano consists of an array of keys that, when struck by a finger, cause a note to play either from a digital circuit or a vibrating string. But to change this design up a bit and introduce some additional fun, a team of students from the Marie…… The Arduipiano is an Arduino-powered floor piano that lets you play music with your feet weiterlesen

Electromechanical four-digit seven-segment clock displays the time silently

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — March 28th, 2022 While digital display technologies exist for just about every possible use case, sometimes you want the aesthetics that only electromechanical displays provide. Many makers have built electromechanical seven-segment displays for this purpose, but they are usually driven by noisy servo motors. David McDaid wanted something quieter and created this…… Electromechanical four-digit seven-segment clock displays the time silently weiterlesen

Can a triangle of tank tracks outperform omni wheels?

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — March 16th, 2022 Omni wheels are fantastic because they let a vehicle drive forward, backward, left, right, and rotate — all without a steering mechanism. There are only two catches: all four omni wheels must be driven and omni wheels don’t handle rough terrain or obstacles well. Tank tracks are perfect for…… Can a triangle of tank tracks outperform omni wheels? weiterlesen

This spinning disk produces animations using a single LED

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — March 15th, 2022 Nipkow displays are a special kind of persistence-of-vision device in that they use a spiral of tiny cutouts on a large spinning disk along with a single point of color generation to make an image. Maker Mac70 has come up with his own 3D-printed version, which integrates an Arduino Mega…… This spinning disk produces animations using a single LED weiterlesen

This spinning disk produces animations using a single LED

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — March 15th, 2022 Nipkow displays are a special kind of persistence-of-vision device in that they use a spiral of tiny cutouts on a large spinning disk along with a single point of color generation to make an image. Maker Mac70 has come up with his own 3D-printed version, which integrates an Arduino Mega…… This spinning disk produces animations using a single LED weiterlesen

Meet Fumik, a compact jellyfish robot that draws on walls

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — March 10th, 2022 Back in August 2021, mechatronics engineer ‘engineer2you’ had the idea to create a fun CNC plotter that easily mounts to a pair of points along a wall and traverses across the surface to draw on it, essentially becoming a self-contained mural-making robot. The jellyfish-looking device, named Fumik, is able to sketch…… Meet Fumik, a compact jellyfish robot that draws on walls weiterlesen

Meet Fumik, a compact jellyfish robot that draws on walls

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — March 10th, 2022 Back in August 2021, mechatronics engineer ‘engineer2you’ had the idea to create a fun CNC plotter that easily mounts to a pair of points along a wall and traverses across the surface to draw on it, essentially becoming a self-contained mural-making robot. The jellyfish-looking device, named Fumik, is able to sketch…… Meet Fumik, a compact jellyfish robot that draws on walls weiterlesen

James Bruton’s strange bicycle robot self-balances with an omni wheel

Reading Time: 2 minutes James Bruton’s strange bicycle robot self-balances with an omni wheel Arduino Team — February 26th, 2022 Omni wheels, sometimes referred to by the trademarked Mecanum name, are special wheels lined with rollers. Thanks to the orientation of the rollers, a vehicle equipped with four omni wheels (each driven independently) can move in any direction by…… James Bruton’s strange bicycle robot self-balances with an omni wheel weiterlesen

1960s stereo console modernized with an Arduino

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — February 23rd, 2022 The aphorism that “they don’t build them like they used to” is especially true of the consumer electronics industry. Most manufacturers today design their product to last only a few years — or with outright planned obsolescence. But mid-century stereo consoles were a different story and resembled high-end furniture…… 1960s stereo console modernized with an Arduino weiterlesen

This clever conductive ink printer lets anyone sketch a circuit with ease

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — February 16th, 2022 The creation of conductive ink has enabled anyone with a brush to sit down and sketch out an entire circuit on a wide variety of surfaces, although this process comes with a few large drawbacks. Compared to digital fabrication techniques, such as designing and manufacturing PCBs, the drawn traces…… This clever conductive ink printer lets anyone sketch a circuit with ease weiterlesen

Mapping the Earth with a homemade magnetometer

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — February 8th, 2022 Magnetometers are devices that use various techniques to measure certain aspects of magnetism, including direction, strength, or relative changes. By combining these and applying some math, underground and other hidden structures can be discovered without the risk of damaging anything sitting below the sensor. This is why Markus Opitz decided…… Mapping the Earth with a homemade magnetometer weiterlesen