Here are a list of the 10 latest microcontroller boards that you could use in a project:
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.
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.
Create your own Silencers:
Buy a real drummer’s seat:
Have a REAL drum pedal? Mod it for use with Rockband:
scorehero rockband forum article
Add ability to use double kick pedals!! (~$25):
Buy the Ultimate bad-ass heavy-duty pedal, designed for Rockband (~$85):
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
You can read more about the vision for the project here.
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.
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.
In the near future I will be posting about some cool projects that use the Arduino.