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I got a Particle Photon in last month's Hackerbox and played with it a little and I needed a good idea to work on. I also bought an Amazon Echo device as well a few months ago and have been working on creating some skills for Alexa. So I worked out some integration between the two!
Here's an example of controlling the Photon through Alexa. The trick was using the IFTTT website to make the integration a breeze! If you haven't checked out IFTTT then you need to - it's very cool!
Without further ado - here's the video :)
You may be cool - but you'll never be "Jamie's homemade CNC machine plays The Entertainer" Cool! ;) hehe
I thought this was cool anyway - Search Google for "MIDI to GCode" upload your MIDI File and set a few parameters - and download your GCode to play on your machine! Pretty Cool!
Make sure your volume is turned up ;)
Hey everybody! So recently I bought a Smithy Granite 1340 MAX Mill Drill Lathe - I love it, it's a great machine and a huge upgrade over my previous mill drill lathe. I do have one small problem with it though - there's no real "finishing pass" gear. The slowest speed and lowest gear is still cutting 52 threads per inch and while that's OK, and I could grind a tool with a radius tip to make it even better, I'd rather just have a finish pass speed!
So I made one!
I've worked with the Parallax Propeller and Easy Driver boards for years, I used them in my Monster in a Box project, and have used them with my stretching machine project as well - they are really easy to work with and the Parallax Propeller is super easy to program.
Here's a quick wiring diagram of how I wired things up
and here's a video of me explaining a bit on how I did it...
Title says it all - I've been playing around with a 2.5W laser I got off eBay and wanted to do a little laser engraving. So I mounted (and by "mounted" I mean used a clamp and simply clamped it) on my CNC machine and wrote a program to engrave a dragon.
At first I plugged and unplugged the laser to turn it off during the moves. But this post is about how I achieved control from Mach3 to turn it on and off.
Planning ahead I wired an outlet to a relay board suited for 100vac - I figured I'd be able to use it to turn on and off my router as well - why not :)
Then I used output 16 on the HobbyCNC Pro board and also pulled 5v from the HobbyCNC Pro board to power the relay board as well - pretty easy wiring really
OK Stay tuned for some posts with my new toy - er um - Tool... soon :) Jamie
Hey everybody I'm back with another video :) two in one month! one week even! :)
In this video I'm going to show how I wired up this animatronic head with the Propeller Activity Board - The Parallax Propeller Activity Board is my new favorite go to board! :)
The first rail system was made with wooden dowels, and then I found some aluminum rods at the big box store so I decided those looked a little more "pro" and remember it's not about whether you win or lose - it's how you look playing the game ;) So here's a look at the new and improved DSLR Rail Rig
In the picture you can see my home made DSLR rail rig and also the homemade tablet holder mounted on the tripod - Using an app for controlling the camera from the tablet, I can face the tablet and camera towards me and see if I am framed in the shot or not - that's really helpful for my low budget DIY videos where I am the camera man AND the actor LOL
My camera rig consists of
OK so here's a picture - sorry the picture is taken with my phone because the camera is mounted on the rail system! LOL
It's October! And you know what that means... That means I'm working on Halloween projects :) I have three props that I'll be working on this year and I will post videos and articles on all of them. So stay tuned and check back in a few days for the first video / article / update! :)