Wednesday, December 16, 2015

More Awesome Adafruit Hardware

I keep purchasing Adafruit hardware and am amazed by the quality. I purchased an Adafruit PowerBoost 1000C and a Lithium Ion Battery Pack - 3.7V 6600mAh. I am looking at using this as a power source for my robot project.


In the above picture I have hooked up the PowerBoost 1000C to the 6600mAh Li-Po and to the voltage display (displays battery voltage).

In the above picture I am running a test to time how long the PowerBoost 1000C and 6600mAh Li-Po can run a static Model B Raspberry Pi. It lasted just over 4 hours.

Monday, December 7, 2015

Latest Kickstarter project received

I backed the Sensorian Shield for Raspberry Pi (

In the above picture you can see a Raspberry Pi Model B connected to the Sensorian sheild running the Sensorian Raspian Image. By default when booting the Sensorian Image it displays the active ethernet port and the IP address assigned. The shield has multiple sensors (motion, light, touch, compass, temperature, altitude) The shield can keep track of the time with a battery backed-up real time clock. I was able to test some of the example Python programs, but still have not received the manual that was supposed to come with the shield.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Printrbot upgrade

Just found some pictures I took when I upgraded my Printrbot Simple Makers Kit

These show the new Z-axis sensor for board leveling.

Here are several 3D-prints I did after the upgrade

The last on did not complete because I did not watch and had a filament spool jam.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

RasPiO duino testing

A big thanks to Alex Eames for the awesome documentation:
I followed the documentation to assemble and test my RasPiO duino and everything worked great.

Here is a picture of one of the early Blink tests

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Here are some picture of my Motenio collection, Ardunio compatible with built in rf cards

Moteino-USB to be used as gateway with one of my Raspberry Pi's

Here is a basic Moteino with programming header

Here is a basic Moteino with headers added for setting up test circuits on a breadboard. I have also attached an FTDI adaptor for programming

Here is a Moteino kit called a Motion-Mote that will detect motion

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Too many projects

I keep buying kits to build, but never finish them... Today I decided to start documenting the one's I have started and hopefully move more of them to completion. One of my most recent projects is the RasPiO Duino dual pack I received as a Kickstarter backer. I soldered the first board together this morning and here are a before and after picture.

With any luck I will test the first board and solder and test the second tomorrow.