Coagula Messenger Robot: Vintage Toy Robot, Arduino and Pachube


A few months ago I bought a toy robot and I wanted to recycle it in some way. I decided to use it as a "container" for a small project with Arduino. Basically when I change a string in a feed of my Pachube account Arduino with Ethernet Shield detects the change, plays the classic tune of "Close Encounters of the Third Kind," opens the doors thanks to two servo motors and displays the scrolling message on an 8x8 LED matrix, then closes his flaps and waits for a new change.

iPad, Camera Connection Kit and peripherals


Apple offers for the iPad the "Camera Connection Kit", a double connector for  SD cards and cameras . But many have discovered that you can connect other devices such as wireless keyboards, MIDI instruments and audio interfaces. It should be noted that when you attach a wireless dongle for keyboard and mouse iPad warns "can not use the device - USB device connected is not supported. "

Hacking a keyboard to build a wireless button


Some time ago, me and Laura needed to develop a software that enabled a user to indicate the completion of a repetitive action pushing a button every 5-10 minutes. The operator generally worked a couple of meters from his computer and each time he had to get close and press F2. Unfortunately there was no chance for placing a wireless keyboard closer to the operator because he is not sitting, so we thought to use a big wireless button to hang by the wall.



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