Overland Map Generator

July 6th, 2013


MAKE | 10 Hot New Boards to Watch

June 10th, 2013

Here are a list of the 10 latest microcontroller boards that you could use in a project:

MAKE | 10 Hot New Boards to Watch.

I need to do a robotics project one of these days. I might also get a Raspberry Pi and create a XBMC server for my crappy old TV.

Let me know what you are working on.

Pimp your Rockband 1 Drum Kit

September 25th, 2008

Feel ripped off that they want you to spend $300 for the RockBand 2 drumset? Or worried that in a couple of years, you’ll have hundreds of plastic drumkits scattered around your house? ;)

Here are some ways to pimp your existing hard-earned Rockband 1 drumkit.

Buy Silencers:

Rockband Drum SilencersOfficially licensed rockband drum silencers

Create your own Silencers:

Buy a real drummer’s seat:
Drum throneDrum Throne

Add DIY Cymbals:

More details about building your cymbals on scorehero rockband forums

Reinforce/replace that flimsy plastic kick pedal:
Rock Band Bass Pedal Reinforcement – Pedal Metal
Pedal Metal Billet with Hinge

Have a REAL drum pedal? Mod it for use with Rockband:
scorehero rockband forum article

Add ability to use double kick pedals!! (~$25):
OmegaPedal’s Twinrocker

Buy the Ultimate bad-ass heavy-duty pedal, designed for Rockband (~$85):
Omega Pedal

Ok, now get out there and give Lars Ulrich, Neil Peart and Mike Portnoy a run for their money!

EDIT: Steve Streeting has some good tips here too.

Simulation related news is moving

July 23rd, 2008

All of my Simulation news is moving to my new site: SAMLaunch.com

I welcome you to join me there, to start a new community related to combat simulation.
By default, anyone who registers on samlaunch.com will be able to post their own related news, which (pending review) will be posted to the site.

I look forward to interacting with you there.


SimHQ previews BlackShark

May 15th, 2008

Short preview articles talking about how much fun Chris “BeachAV8R” Frishmuth is having, getting to know this simulator. Includes exclusive images and videos!

Part 1:
blackshark helicopter in parking area

Part 2:
blackshark helicopter over trees

Monome – open music controller

April 19th, 2008

Monome is a controller kit for electronic music performance, based on open source hardware and protocols. You can build the units yourself, or buy kits from monome.org.

The controllers themselves are basically a grid of backlit rubber buttons that connect to your computer via USB.
Monome 64 controller

Many people use the device to create music with the free MAX/MSP synthesizer software, but it could theoretically be used with any application.

The schematics, parts list, and source code for the 40h unit are here

PowerShell for other platforms

April 8th, 2008

I love PowerShell (PoSh). It gives me (most of) the power of Perl, plus the DotNet framework(library), plus easy discoverability and debugging since all variables in PowerShell are objects with properties and methods.

Now PowerShell is available for Mac, Linux and others, using Mono:

I hope to post some of my PoSh scripts later.

RepRap – self replicating 3D printer project

April 4th, 2008

This is one of the cool projects that uses the Arduino controller.

RepRap is machine that you can build yourself, which can print plastic 3d shapes, based on computer design files (CAD). The more-exciting concept behind this project is that the first machine can build parts to build a second RepRap machine. And theoretically, it can be an evolving system, where the subsequent machines are improved because the designs will improve over time. Its also potentially self-healing, if you keep one backup copy of all the parts.
Reprap home

You can read more about the vision for the project here.

RepRap 3d printer

Arduino – open source electronics platform

April 2nd, 2008

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Arduino Home

The latest versions Arduino are based on the Atmel AVR microcontroller, and are programmed over USB.
For more info about Atmel processors you can visit http://canada.newark.com/atmel.

You can buy the Arduino or build your own, since the hardware specs are released under a Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 2.5 license and are made available on the Arduino Web site.

arduino diecimila

In the near future I will be posting about some cool projects that use the Arduino.

Forums Activated

April 1st, 2008

UPDATE 2013-02 – offline for now. Let me know if you want it back.

As you can see in the top-level navigation, I’ve added a user forum. I welcome you to share your views on the various topics, and I hope that we can have some good, fun interactions.

The address is http://www.rossmeeks.ca/forum