Arduino Actuators

Agy used for the first time Lilypad Arduino and LED s on a textile project called Blinky Bike Bag, combining her expertise in fabric hacking with electronics: The bike bag is made from umbrella material to make it waterproof, and I made it with safety features using the Lilypad light sensor and LEDs. My husband always forgets his reflectors but wi

th the bikebag always being on the bike, he`ll have no excuse not to be a safe cyclist! (more ) For a little over a year, I`ve been working on an open-source, DIY cellphone as part of my PhD research at the MIT Media Lab. The current version of the phone is based on the Arduino GSM shield and Arduino GSM library. It sports a deliberately low-resolution screen (8 characters, each a 5G—7 matrix of LEDs), a laser-cut wooden enclosure, flexure (living hinge) buttons, and a ~1000-line Arduino program that powers the user interface. The phone can make and receive phone calls and text messages, includes a phone book and caller id, and keeps the time. Everything you`d expect from a 20-year old Nokia! (Except snake. ) I`ve been using various iterations of the project as my primary cellphone for the past six months or so. The phone is open-source and the design files are available on GitHub ( hardware, software ). Assembly instructions are on my website, although I wouldn`t recommend making your own unless you have experience with soldering surface mount components. Of course, it`s not just me that`s been building these phones. I`ve run two workshops in which other people have made them for themselves. A few people have been building them on their own, including someone who posted his result on Twitter. Here you can see some the variations on the enclosure that my friends have made. On the left is a 3d-printed case by Ben Peters, the...

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