August 13, 2012

DIY Weasley Clock with Arduino

 John McKerrell used an Ethernet-enabled Arduino board, stepper motor, old clock and some clever coding to check the service to create a Weasly Clock. This is not a clock as such, but a clock-like device that shows the location of a person using the hands of the clock. Instead of attempting to modify the clock mechanism a continuous-rotation servo was fitted instead. The concept is from the series of movies about a young boy with magic properties. Here is a short demonstration of the clock:

Certainly something different and a novel use for an old clock and an Arduino board. For more information, check out John's interesting blog, and examine the code from here. And we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

When making your own project that requires an Arduino board and Ethernet shield, don't double up! Instead, use a Freetronics EtherTen. Apart from being fully Arduino Uno-compatible, it has onboard Ethernet, microSD socket, full USB interface (so you don't need a costly FTDI cable just to upload a sketch!) and supports optional Power-over-Ethernet:

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