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Little Helper

Hardware DIY
Here’s the result of my attempt to recreate Gyro Gearloose’s Little Helper (in German: Daniel Düsentrieb’s Helferlein): It’s built out of: aluminium tubes brass sticks wooden shoes and gloves lots of two-component adhesive a 12V 40W bulb with E27 thread some wire a AC/DC converter 12V 3A

Adressenmeister

Software Basic C64
I’d like to share my very first software project from 1992 with you which was written in BASIC 2.0 on my C64. It has never really been finished but had a nice intro screen with moving sprites and was able to print labels on a wire printer 🙂 In order to archive it for myself, I’ve set up a git repository where the source code is available: https://git.qrz.is/clemens/adressenmeister Here’s a little screen-cap of it: Read more...

The One Button Audiobook Player

Raspberry Pi Hardware Python
This little Raspberry Pi based project is a gift for my wife’s grandmother for her 90th birthday. Being visually impaired, she is hard to entertain but loves to listen to audiobooks. The problem is, that she isn’t able to handle a ghetto blaster or MP3 player. The solution to this problem was – tadaaaah – a one button audiobook player 🙂 It basically consists of: 1 Raspberry Pi 1 ModMyPi enclosure 1 button 2 resistors (330 Ohm, 10 Kilo-Ohm) 1 blue LED 1 (slow) 8GB SD-Card some wire a pair of speakers The following software has been used: Read more...

The Laundruino

Arduino
My washing machine is located in the basement. Unfortunately, the time data displayed on the front panel is always inaccurate. So instead of constantly running down the stairs and checking if the laundry is done, I decided to connect the washing machine to my LAN and extend it’s features by a simple http server. This is what I needed for it: 1 arduino uno 1 ethernet shield 1 opto-coupler (CNY17) 1 perfboard 1 resistor (150 Ohm) In my case, getting the right signal from the washing machine was simple: It has a “Finished” LED on the front panel, so all I needed to do, was to solder it out and replace it with a two-core wire. Read more...
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