Arduino based cellular automata

Arduino cellular automata

You have probably heard of Game of Life. It is popular cellular automata simulation game where you create simple structures in infinite plain and watch the life evolve. All this is achieved by implementing several basic rules. By implementing different rules, you can simulate biological processes, model structure behavior and program robot swarms. Building cellular automata is fairly simple. You can start with Arduino Nano and 128×64 OLED to get pretty interesting results. In this following project the Game of Life has been implemented. There are only two rules applied to pixels to make it work: 1. A cell which is dead and is surrounded by exactly 3 alive cells, will be born 2. A cell which is alive and has either 3 or 2 alive cells will remain alive, … Continue reading

Arduino based Spot welder for 18650 batteries

spot welder

Lots of devices are using battery packs that are spot welded together. Spot welding ensures great connectivity and vibration safe operation. In order to spot weld you need special equipment that can give high current output for very short time duration. This way you can get good weld joints without damaging the batteries with heat. Building a spot welder for small tasks is fairly easy. KaeptnBalu has shared his instructable where he assembles his spot welder which is controlled by Arduino Nano. Spot welder require 7-12V power source capable to output high currents. So any lead acid battery works fine. Arduino is used to control welding pulse duration which can be adjusted from 1 to 20ms. With 0.15mm nickel strips he found that 9ms gives best result. First of all … Continue reading

Tiny RGB LED cube

RGB LED cube

LED cubes are cheap and great approach to 3D visualization. All you need is a hand full of single color or RGB LEDs and microcontroller. We’ve seen lots of interesting projects that use standard through hole LEDs that already have legs allowing to solder a cube grid. But there are not to many attempts to build cube with SMT LEDs especially with RGB. Hari Wiguna decided to build a tiny RGB LED cube as a module which could be driven by microcontroller platforms like Arduino. Since RGB LEDs are already three LEDs packed in, he build 4x4x4 configuration which already require 64 LEDs. If we count individual diodes there are 192 of them. So controlling them all already is some task. The size of cube is also tiny – cross … Continue reading

Arduino based non contact infrared thermometer

Arduino infrared thermometer

In some cases you might want to measure temperature without touching object. One solution is to use infrared thermometer. You’ve probably seen one somewhere in hospital where nurses usually measure temperature of patient from distance. Educ8s.tv has been sponsored with couple parts needed to build a simple infrared thermometer. The key element here is MLX90614 IR temperature sensor, which has pretty good characteristics: measured temperature range from -70 to 380ºC accuracy of 0.5ºC (when measured between 0 and 50ºC) resolution of 0.02ºC IIC digital interface small size He built thermometer by using Arduino and Nokia 5110 LCD shield. Fun fact is if you point thermometer to your body it will show much lower temperature than it is inside body. Simple explanation to this is that skin temperature is lower ~ … Continue reading

Nixie tube based digital thermometer

nixie_tube_digital_thermometer

It is always handy to have few digital thermometers around the house. You may want continuously monitor indoor and outdoor temperatures, Use it for specific needs, for instance when preparing food or regulating boiler water temperature. If you would like to check digital thermometer value from a distance, then you should go with bright display. You can always use large bright LED seven segment displays, but if you have few spare nixie tubes around, why not use them instead. Luca Dentella have build three digit Nixie tube digital thermometer based on Arduino. He has chosen 10K thermistor based temperature sensor which can be easily read through Arduino analog input. He wanted nixies to look even cooler, so he added RGB LEDs with WS2812 control chips underneath each tube. This way … Continue reading