October 26, 2012

Make your own novel-writing progress monitor with Arduino

 The writing of a novel may not be simple, however tracking the amount of words you have written can be simple by making this progress monitor. As part of the National Novel Writing Month, author Steve Hoefer created an Arduino-based device that polls the progress of the novel that you post on a website, and uses the value to control a servo. The servo pushes or moves a cardboard indicator that works in a similar method to an analogue meter. Here it is in the following video:

Although it's quite simple, the final product works very well. Visit the project page for complete instructions on how to make your own. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.

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