Sunday, December 29, 2013

Arduino Alarm Clock

 Here is a wooden alarm clock I made using the ATMega328 micro-controller, programmed with the Arduino IDE. For the time keeping I used a DS1307 RTC with a Li-ion rechargeable battery on a trickle charger. the battery is used to keep the time even when the clock is unplugged. If the power goes out or the clock needs to be moved it will still display the right time when power is reconnected. I believe the data sheet for the RTC (Real Time Clock) says that on full charge of the battery, it will maintain it's charge for 5 years before needing to be charged again. The five buttons on the top from right to left are as follows: ALARM SET, TIME SET, SNOOZE, HOUR, MINUTE. There is a switch on the left side which is used for turning the alarm on and off. There are two LED's at the top of the face the left one is orange and represents the alarm being on, and the right LED represents PM. Over The coarse of this project I was able to introduce myself to a ton of new things I will be able to use in so many more projects.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Fishing Rod Hotdog Roaster

Here's a project from a while ago. I had a broken fishing rod and the handle on one of our marshmallow/hotdog roasters broke off. So my dad and I decided to mesh them together to make a novelty hotdog roaster. Short video of it working after the jump. I haven't had the chance to build any new projects because I'm waiting on parts from china for my new clock I'm building. So I'll be posting 2 or 3 older projects of mine while I'm trying to finish the clock.

Friday, October 11, 2013

First N64 Mod Update

I've been working on my Nintendo 64 off and on for a few weeks. I have added a few mods to it including a back-light on the logo, a fan on the top, and some various LED's. I plan on doing a few more mods before calling it finished. But here I'm showing my attempt at a paint job and side lighting. The paint job didn't turn out how I wanted.
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Cake Boards For Stonegate
The pastry chef at Stonegate Conference & Banquet Centre asked me to build her some cake boards. These give the chef a solid, controlled surface to build the cake on and transport it out of the kitchen. She requested there be two sets of 5 boards. first set being round at a 16" diameter, and the second set square. 16"x16". 

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

My New Electronics Bench

Recently I had to give up my larger mini fridge. So with the new space left in my room I extended my computer desk with some plywood to add a proper Electronics Bench to my room. I also mounted a power strip on the wall, built a Soldering Station, a small Component Drawer Set, and a Bench Power Supply.