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Zip Zaps Monster Truck Charging Mod

A while back, Radio Shack introduced micro RC vehicles called Zip Zaps.  Not long after introducing those, they introduced a line of monster trucks that in my opinion, were way cooler than the Zip Zaps SE or even the original … Continue reading

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Bluetooth OBD-II Adapter

Update:  Check out the STN1170-based Bluetooth OBDII Reader Preorder sale! My Bluetooth OBD-II adapter has gone open source!Get the sources here:  Bluetooth OBD-II Adapter Feel free to link to that page above if you’d like.

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Installing Debian Squeeze on the Dockstar

One of the neatest things about the Dockstar (besides that it’s a really cheap, embedded Linux box), is that you can install a build of Linux onto a USB stick or MicroSD card and have the Dockstar boot from that.  … Continue reading

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Adding a Serial Header to the Dockstar

This post will describe how to add a SuperDroid serial cable compatible header to the Dockstar. First, the Dockstar must be opened up. The case pops off relatively easy by inserting a screwdriver in the bottom seam that is below … Continue reading

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Dockstar U-Boot Replacement

The original instructions for performing the U-Boot replacement for the Dockstar came from Jeff Doozan at Jeff Doozan’s U-Boot Replacement Instructions. I have essentially mirrored my own copy of the instructions and his scripts for my own use in case … Continue reading

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Air Cannon

This post doesn’t really have anything to do w/ electronics, but rather the mechanical design of the air cannon itself. Revision 1 was pretty basic, just a single, small pressure tube (like a pressure tank on a compressor, just made … Continue reading

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Air Cannon Controller

This project was created in order to make my air-powered potato (well, it’ll shoot anything that ends up in the barrel) cannon safer, but most of all, way cooler! The cannon controller simply allows the user to arm the cannon … Continue reading

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Pumpkin Lights

Like a lot of my projects that I create, I intend to have the project perform some function that is useful to me, but at the same time, learn about some previously unused technology or feature.  Due to this, most … Continue reading

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Thermostat Project

This is the Thermostat project I set out designing about a year or two after we bought our first house.  Yes, there’s really no need to make your own digital thermostat as you can buy a good one for under … Continue reading

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Nixie Clock

Here’s my Nixie Clock I designed when I was still in school.  Actually, the majority of this design occurred when I was on a coop at a company at RIT.  I had little real work to do, so designing this … Continue reading

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