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Top 10 DIY Arduino Projects and HOW-TO Tutorials!

Arduino has been widely popular among hackers and DIY-addicts out there for modding/hacking things.

For those of you just entering the Arduino world, here’s a bunch of great Arduino tutorials/projects that can help you jump-start your next project.

1) Did you know that you can program/flash your Arduino wirelessly?  For those of you who are going to be making devices where the Arduino is hidden from easy access, read up on how you can program your Arduino wirelessly using Xigbee modules over at Lady Ada’s site.

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2) Arduinome is a project the Monome for audio sequencers.  Theses are minimalist input for any Arduino project so I think this is a great device to add-on to your project, even it’s not audio-related.  You can see an example of how Arduino is applied to a project here as a pocket jammer.

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3) For energy eco-projects, you can refer to this great site on OpenEnergyMonitor, which uses Arduino and complete details are provided for making your own home energy monitor.  Of course, I am sure you can apply energy monitoring to anything else that matters to you.

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4) DIY Arduino Earthquake Seismic Detector can actually detect earthquakes, perhaps great for any project requiring sensing of vibrations and whatnot.

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5) Need some resources on robots using Arduino?  Check out George Frick’s Arduino Tank Robot.  Robots can be great ways to learn about sensor implementation and general Arduino programming.

Also see RC lawnmower using Arduino and the solar lawnmower.

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6) If you are a total newbie and you have no programming/soldering skills whatsoever, I highly recommend Lady Ada’s starter kit ($65). This can get you started learning basics of Arduino and making small LED projects.  (Sparkfun also has these for $59.95)

Of course, if you want to jump-start into robotics with Arduino, Maker Shed has a great Arduino-controlled Servo Robot Kit for $175 here. The Pop-Bot Robot Kit is another one you can get but be aware, it doesn’t come with Arduino, you will have to buy them separately.

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7) Arduino is great because there’s so many tutorials to help you get started on hacking.  One of my favorites is this brain-controlled Star Wars Trainer device coupled with Arduino to build a brain-controlled device.

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8) For chemistry lovers out there, you might want to start your Arduino adventure with this pH meter, which can be great for automating your pool pH balancing.

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9) The Magic Mirror is one of my all-time favorites.  This is a fairly complex project involving many things but once you master Arduino basics, you might want to tackle big projects like this one. You can buy the kit here.

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10) The RGB Color Table is probably something I will personally make someday.  This one uses Arduino and can even play the game Tetris!  How cool is that?

OMG, there’s so many more Arduino projects you need to check out.  We have about a hundred of them featured here on Zedomax.com, check out our Arduino section here.

read more:http://zedomax.com/blog/tech/top-10-diy-arduino-projects-and-how-to-tutorials/

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Just for fun, Eye Catching LCD Video Glasses

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While you may think that the glasses shown below would be rather expensive, you can actually make them for less than $15.  It’s as simple as buying two small digital photo frames on eBay for $6 and sacrifice an old pair of glasses.  Of course, you can’t see out of them

 

The overall idea is pretty absurd and I can’t believe I’m posting something related to Lady Gaga on HacknMod.  Nonetheless, the use of cheap LCDs is still pretty unique. The project is simple enough – the only critical components are the cheap digital photo frames. Just be sure that the digital frames fit into the glasses frames.

Read more:http://hacknmod.com/hack/eye-catching-lcd-video-glasses/

http://www.instructables.com/id/Lady-GaGa-Video-Glasses/

Incredible DIY Daft Punk Helmet Project

We’ve covered some downright superb daft punk projects in the past, but this helmet is one of the best so far. It took 17 long months to build and was documented fairly well in the project’s build notes.  The video below is a great walkthrough of the build as well.

The helmet is shaped from resin, finished with chrome, and illuminated with LEDs. The rainbow illumination effect is a result of LEDs housed in a pattern around the shape of the helmet. An Arduino, AA batteries, and potentiometers help to control the lighting and are attached externally to the Daft Punk helmet.

17 months seems like an absurdly long time, but consider the entire build process including molding, casting, sculpting, painting, and electronic wizardry that went into it.  Worth it?  If you’re a die hard fan.  Otherwise, we’ll stick with some less time intensive daft punk projects.

Read more:http://hacknmod.com/hack/incredible-diy-daft-punk-helmet-project/

How to: Wifi Signal Strength Light Painting

Wireless networks are everywhere these days, creating invisible layers that we cannot see.  This unique light painting project seeks to change that by mapping the signal strength of Wifi networks in a variety of environments.  The light painting is made using a WIFI signal strength detector and a bar of LED lights. They used a long exposure camera to capture the fluctuations in signal strength as they walked across a street, campus, etc.

The light painting is not about visual beauty alone; the project documentation shows full details on the electronics used during the build process.

Read more:http://bit.ly/hBUfeo