Posted by: Keith on Sep 14, 2013
I have been out of touch lately. My Mother, Helen Irene Teague Applegarth, passed away in her sleep on September 7, 2013 after a succumbing to Alzheimer's. I am grateful that my sister was there with her at the time. It was sudden and unexpected. My Dad is coping as well as can be expected. Fortunately he is surrounded by friends and my brother and sister are there too.
This is a time when I wished we lived closer. But life is what it is. I will try to get back to a regular posting schedule soon. This trip back took a lot out of us.
Posted by: Keith on Aug 30, 2013
Lots of crazy stuff going on. Work is changing... I keep thinking of more projects to do and of course I want to do them all!
I did get the video of ARTy in action posted. Check out the page here. I am still working toward Bluetooth control.
In the interim I found the Maker Hanger. Brought to us by Make Magazine! In the Maker Hanger, Lucas Weakley does a 15 episode video series building a RC Trainer airplane from scratch and teaches you how to fly it. I am going to post some pictures, but he does a much better job showing the build process and explains what all the bits and pieces do. I have a few more parts coming in the mail and I will be ready to fly! Lucas Weakley also has a YouTube channel: BusyBee TV. Check out his YouTube channel and check out my Maker Trainer here!
Posted by: Keith on Aug 25, 2013
Greetings! It's been a busy month. I ran into a wall with my ARTy project. I was going to build an Android App from scratch to control ARTy from my smart phone. Well, lets just say it was a bit more difficult than I thought it would be. So, I have been looking for alternatives and I think I found one (Arduino BT Joystick lite). I will need to get the app to talk to ARTy. Fortunately, they have it documented well.
Oh, and I will get a video of ARTy running...
I also started work on another project - Building an RC trainer plane (it's wingspan is over 3') from scratch and learning how to fly it... What got me started was Maker Hanger. It is an 15 episode video tutorial series (14 are up and posted here). Do yourself a favor and check it out - even if you don't think you would build one! Building the trainer is really inexpensive - foam core board, packing tape, hot glue, and a couple of square dowels. The bits that cost are the electronics. However, you can use the electronics over and over. I have the plane built and am waiting on the electronics to show up (most from China). I ordered all of my parts from Hobby King.
Another goodie I picked up recently was a Magnetic Project Pad from iFixit. I have wanted one of these ever since I had read the review on the Cool Tools blog. It combines a magnetic whiteboard with a grid system to help you when taking things apart. All of the screws stay put and you can lable the grid as to where the go. Highly recommended.
Any way do yourself a favor and check it out. In the interim, I am going to sort out controlling ARTy from my smartphone, make a video of ARTy in action, and get some pictures up of my RC trainer.
Posted by: Keith on Aug 3, 2013
ARTy is getting closer to being done. Bluetooth is reporting to my phone. Check out the current status here: ARTy Page 4. I also added headlights and breaklights. I had to get a bit inventive to find pins. But I did it!
I also found another Kickstarter type project to support: $9 Arduino. It is an indiegogo project for the non-profit Borderless Electronics. The project is for a $9 Arduino Leonardo clone to make education in electronics cheaper. Check it out. I already have. And the stretch goals are almost complete. Get it now and support a good cause.
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