September 27, 2016

IoT Wardrobe

This intelligent wardrobe system automatically reminds you of the types of clothing and accessories you will  need based on the weather! Not only does it provide these recommendations,  but using a clever LED indicator system it also reminds you of where the different items you will require are located! For example the wardrobe might recommend that you take your umbrella with you if rain is forecast. This is an idea with lots of potential! To get started and to build upon the existing IoT Wardrobe concept, checkout the following link.

IoT Wardrobe

If you are looking for a display to use with your IoT wardrobe why not have have a look at the Freetronics 128X128 Pixel OLED Module. The display is a high resolution, full colour OLED making it perfect for graphics, gauges, graphs and more. To find out more check out the product page.

OLED

Inspired to build your own IoT wardrobe? Working on a project you would like us to feature in this blog? Let us know in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

September 26, 2016

Arduino Stopwatch

If you are looking for a very simple Arduino project to learn more about Arduino coding, this project is perfect for you. Conor M has built an Arduino stopwatch which uses an LCD Keypad Shield to provide the buttons and screen for your stopwatch. The project requires you to simply plug in the shield and upload the stopwatch sketch, too easy! To find out more visit the instructables page.

Stopwatch

If you are looking for a rapid-use LCD for your Arduino stopwatch why not check out the Freetronics LCD & Keypad shield. The shield contains a bright 16x2 character LCD and five buttons that can be read from only one analog input pin making it perfect for this project!

LCD

Did I mention that you can play games on your LCD Shield? Check it out!

 

To find out more or to order checkout the product page.

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September 25, 2016

Skill Sunday: Uploading to your Arduino via a Network

Although it is fairly straight forward to upload a sketch to your Arduino by plugging it into your computer, there are certain times when this can be very inconvenient. For example, imagine you have an Arduino under your house collecting temperature and humidity values and you need to push a bug fix to your board. It can be a real hassle to get under your house with a laptop and updated your firmware! This is where uploading to you Arduino via a network comes in. With the help of a protocol called the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP) you can easily upload sketches to Arduinos that are connected to your home network right from the comfort of your computer. To get started learning this useful skill checkout the following link.

TFTP

If you are looking to for an Arduino board with network capabilities why not checkout our EtherTen. The EtherTen is a 100% Arduino compatible board that can talk to the world. Do Twitter updates automatically, serve web pages, connect to web services, display sensor data online, and control devices using a web browser.

EtherTen

The Freetronics EtherTen uses the same ATmega328P as the Uno and the same Wiznet W5100 chip used by the official Arduino Ethernet Shield, so it's 100% compatible with the Ethernet library and sketches. Better still it even includes a micro SD card so that you can store content and log data. To find out more about the fantastic EtherTen checkout the product page.

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September 24, 2016

WiFi Toilet Vacancy Sensor

Do you ever get up from your desk to go to the bathroom only to find that it is occupied? With this cool project from hassaku you can use a number of sensors, a buzzer,  and a Spark Core to create a toilet vacancy sensor.

Toilet Seat

The Spark Core interfaces with a Google Chrome extension which allows you to see in a quick glance if your bathroom is occupied. To get started on this unique project checkout the following link.

Spark Core

If you're looking for a buzzer module to use in this project check out our sound and buzzer module:Sound and Buzzer Module

It can be used as a noise-maker driven by your microcontroller for audible feedback of events, and it can also be used as a knock-detector input to sense events and react to them. Includes a built-in 1M resistor to allow the piezo element to detect shocks. For more information and to order, please visit the product page.

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September 23, 2016

DIY Calculator

Although you can buy your own calculator very cheaply you can learn a lot by building your own. Kale_3d has developed an Arduino based calculator that uses a keypad and an LCD display to your calculations.

Calculator

The project is very well documented, including instructions on how to build the case, full code examples and a wiring diagram. This is a great project to learn about electronics assembly and coding and learn how to develop something more than a blinking LED! If you are keen to get started building your own calculator checkout the following link.  

Tools

If you are looking for a rapid-use LCD for your Arduino or compatible projects why not check out the Freetronics LCD & Keypad shield. The shield contains a bright 16x2 character LCD and five buttons that can be read from only one analog input pin:

LCD

Did I mention that you can play games on your LCD Shield? Check it out!

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September 22, 2016

IoT Propane Tank

If you live in a remote area it is possible that you are not serviced by a mains gas connection. If this is the case you are probably relying on a propane tank. Wouldn’t it be great if you could reliably track the amount of gas remaining in your tank so that you could schedule a top up and not risk running out of gas?

Propane Tank

This project from Julio Aguirre you can turn your propane tank into a solar powered IoT device that sends you up regular information about your propane tank. Not only does it provide you information but it also automatically emails or SMS’s your gas supplier to arrange a new delivery when you are running low. Even if you have a mains gas connection you could use this to keep track of the gas levels on your BBQ so that you never run out of gas at an inconvient time ever again! To get started on this project check out the following link.

Example Data

Looking for a temperature sensor to use in this project? Why not check out the Freetronics Humidity and Temperature Sensor Module?

Sensor

The module only requires three wires: GND, power and data. This means that it is very easy to get started recording temperature and humidity data! The find out more visit the product page.  

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September 21, 2016

Arduino Disco Lights

If you have managed to blink an LED using an Arduino you should be able to easily build this project! ToughRocket52 has put together a fantastic instructable which teaches you how to build your own Arduino controlled disco lights. Not only do these disco lights look fantastic, but you could very easily modify the project to make disco lights in any shape or form! To find out more check out the following link.  

Disco Lights

 

If you are looking for an Arduino board to work on this hack why not check out the Freetronics “Eleven” Arduino Compatible Board.  

Eleven

The Eleven is just like an Arduino Uno (and 100% compatible), however the Freetronics team have made a number of improvements to the Arduino Uno design such as adding in a prototyping area, using a micro-USB connector and many more. These improvements mean that the Eleven is as easy to use as possible and is of the highest quality! To find out more about the fantastic Freetronics Eleven check out the following link. The Eleven has just come back into stock so order soon to avoid missing out!

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September 20, 2016

Robot Building Competition - Winners!

As a follow up on our earlier robot competition recap and video we thought we should celebrate the achievements of the winning teams. Each of the winning teams received a number of Freetronics goodies including a StepDuino, GPS module and a number of FreePixels. Congratulations to the following teams on their fantastic achievements in the recent robot building competition!

First Place:
First PlaceSecond Place:

Second Place

Third Place:

Third Place

If participating in, or reading about this awesome robotics competition has inspired you to start creating your own robots why not check out our 2WD Robot Chassis Kit. This kit can provide a solid base for you to begin building whatever sort of robot you like! The lazer cut chassis includes mounting holes so that you can attach your own parts and design your robot to be exactly as you like it! To find out more or to order visit the product page.

Robot Chassis

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September 19, 2016

Knock Controlled Night Light

Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night and stumbled around trying to turn on your light only to end up painfully bumping into things? With this project from Peter Javorsky you can build your own night light which will turn on with a simple knock.

Night Light

The project uses a piezo sensor to detect a knock and power a white LED strip meaning you can quickly and easily turn on or off your night light! The project comes with full schematics and code examples so there is nothing to stop you getting started. Checkout this link to find out more.  


If you're looking for a piezo module to use in this project checkout our sound and buzzer module:

Piezo ModuleIt can be used as a noise-maker driven by your microcontroller for audible feedback of events, and it can also be used as a knock-detector input to sense events and react to them. Includes a built-in 1M resistor to allow the piezo element to detect shocks. For more information and to order, please visit the product page.

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September 18, 2016

Build Your Own Oscilloscope!

An oscilloscope is a must have tool for any electronics enthusiast. Typically oscilloscopes are extremely expensive costing upwards of $600 meaning that price can be a real barrier to owning your own. With this fantastic project from BramMylemans you can use an Arduino to create your own oscilloscope very cheaply!

Oscilloscope

Not only is it great to be able to build your own oscilloscope, but this project will cost next to nothing as it only requires an Arduino Leonardo and a few capacitors, diodes and resistors. To get started building your own oscilloscope check out the following link.

Arduino Oscilloscope

If you are looking for an Arduino Leonardo compatible board why not checkout our LeoStick. The LeoStick is very similar to an Arduino Leonardo, however it comes in a compact, convenient USB stick style format! It comes packed with heaps of features and would be perfect to use when building your own Arduino oscilloscope. You can see the LeoStick in action in the video below:

If you want to find out more about the LeoStick checkout the product page.

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