Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Arduino Controlled Solar Fountain

A fountain can make a nice decorative fixture for your garden. But it isn’t always easy to run a power cord out to where you want it. So I decided to run it on solar power. The system is controlled by an Arduino. This allows you to save energy by programming when the fountain will be turned on. You can set up a timer so that it only turns on at certain times of the day. You can add a light sensor so that it will only turn on when the sun is shining. Or you can use the Arduino to monitor the battery’s voltage so that the fountain can turn itself off if the battery gets too low. You can program the fountain to react to a wide variety of conditions. You can do this for improved efficiency or just for fun.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

DIY Sunrise Alarm Clock

There is nothing that is more annoying than the beep of an alarm clock. So I designed a simple DIY "sunrise alarm clock" This uses light to wake you up. At the set time, an LED lamp gradually turns on over several minutes. This is less of a shock than the sudden blare of a typical alarm.

Instructable: http://www.instructables.com/id/Sunrise-Alarm-Clock-1/

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

DIY Finger Printing with Super Glue

You may have heard that you can use super glue to develop finger prints. It's actually really easy, and you can do it with things that you probably already have lying around your house. This tutorial shows you how to develop fingerprints using the "Super glue fuming method." So put on you lab coat and start the CSI music.