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 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

Universal Arduino based distance meter

One way to measure the distance is to use ultrasonic transducer which is cheap and robust. Paoson Woodwork constantly needs to measure distances inside room while installing furniture or doing repair work. So he came up with idea of building an universal distance meter which would measure distances in all four directions at once. He put electronics in to his custom made plywood enclosure where he made openings for sr04 ultrasonic transducers. He put an LCD in front, along with two buttons for unit selection and function. Additionally there is a bubble level tube included to keep things straight when hanging on the wall. All you have to do is to hang the meter on the wall and it displays the distance on LCD for in all four directions. It … Continue reading

Handy capacitance tester on Arduino

If you are working on capacitance sensitive projects, it is recommended to check capacitor value before use. Practically any multimeter already have capacitance measure mode. If you are not satisfied with its range or want to have dedicated device, consider of building one. Braulio777 have written pretty illustrative instructable where he shares all building steps on how he built cap meter. It is capable of measuring capacitance from 0.000pF 0.001pF to 1000uF. The meter is built around Arduino where external components are assembled on separate Arduino proto shield with 16×2 LCD on top. He run several tests that prove that meter works within specs. With enclosure and battery it becomes decent portable meter.