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Event Alert: Manchester MS Ideation Day, 12th of November

Gareth Halfacree

Event Alert: Manchester MS Ideation Day, 12th of November

If you're a maker in the Manchester area, or fancy a trip to Manchester on the 12th of November, we've got an event you're likely to love: Manchester MS Ideation Day, a 'hack-day' taking place as part of The World vs. MS in an effort to improve the lives of those with multiple sclerosis. Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating disease the cause of which is not fully understood and for which there is no cure, though treatments exist to improve function and reduce the chances of further attacks. MS is suffered more than two million people people world wide, with attacks...

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Celebrating Hallowe'en with Top Maker Projects

Gareth Halfacree

Celebrating Hallowe'en with Top Maker Projects

Makers rarely need an excuse to build weird and wonderful creations, but if excuses were necessary then today provides a doozy: it's All Hallows' Eve, or Hallowe'en, the time of the year when people pull out their creations, spooky or otherwise, and show off their creativity in a variety of ways. Naturally, the Arduino is a common theme in interactive Hallowe'en projects: its low cost and simplicity make it a great choice for projects which, like zombies, require a little more in the way of brains than simply sticking a candle in a hollowed-out pumpkin. Arn Dubreuil's Jack O' Lantern...

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Edward Mallon's Long-Life Arduino Data Logging Project

Gareth Halfacree

Edward Mallon's Long-Life Arduino Data Logging Project

Arduino is a platform which lends itself well to data logging, at least when its relatively small internal memory is enhanced with the inclusion of external storage for the data so logged. When building a device that will sit by itself gathering data, though, power draw becomes a concern, and saving micro-amps becomes the watchword - which is where Edward Mallon's latest data-logger design comes in. Built as part of his work with the Cave Pearl Project, which we covered late last year as part of our overview of Arduino-based flood monitoring systems, Edward's data logger is designed around the...

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Micah Toll's Maker Batteries Hit Kickstarter

Gareth Halfacree

Micah Toll's Maker Batteries Hit Kickstarter

Earlier this year we looked at a project aiming to create an open-hardware iron-air battery, partly as an experiment and partly to give makers more flexibility in how they power their creations. For those who don't fancy mixing urea and hydrochloric acid in their kitchens, though, Micah Toll has launched a Kickstarter project for self-assembly battery packs. Dubbed Maker Batteries, Micah's kits take common Panasonic 18650 lithium ion battery cells and spot-weld them in triangular or straight configurations. Spot welding is the trickiest part of combining cells into batteries: you can't solder to the top of a lithium ion cell,...

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Arduino-Powered Security with Allan Murray's Home Guarduino

Gareth Halfacree

Arduino-Powered Security with Allan Murray's Home Guarduino

We've looked at a few security-related projects here in the past, ranging from RFID-tag unlocking for your PC to using a pepper mill to unlock a door. The Home Guarduino from Allan Murray, though, really takes the cake in terms of the scope, power, and flexibility of the finished project. Designed as a drop-in driver for Allan's existing wired passive infrared (PIR) motion sensors and smoke detectors, the Arduino-powered Home Guarduino is a considerable upgrade from the stock system. Replacing an original alarm system to which nobody knew the unlock code, the Home Guarduino offers a list of features you'd...

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