- If you need "an object", first consider modifying something you already got!
- Why buy new when you can make better ?
Here is a summary of what I will show you:
- Who am I?
- My robots
- My room - made for projects (sleeping is only an added value!)
- Led reading lamp
- Bedroom illumination CFL lamp
- Camera tripod
- Skype Cell
- Laptop reparation
- Remote control amelioration
- Composite video cable from a banana wire
- Battery charger: from AA only to AA / AAA
- TV antenna
- Plants + shelf
- Plant light
- Alarm clock
As you will see, I'm a hardcore DIYer. I can't live without a project! I hope you will like what I have to show you and that you will vote for me. An Epilog would be so useful! Your second best choice is to vote for my friend Jerome Demers Desktop energy seed lamp or for Simon St-Hilaire's description of our robot BOTUS so I could have access to a machine :)
Note: As you will notice, I'm presenting many projects but I'm not explaining in details how they are achieved. If you are interested by something, just ask your questions in the Comments. If there is enough interest for a project, I will make a detailed Instructable about it.
Step 1: Who am I?
I'm from Quebec, Canada. I was born in St-Pascal de Kamouraska, an immense city (4000 habitants!) I have always been a curious child, always asking questions, always trying to understand how stuff works, why we are doing it that way, etc. My mother was playing "The Game of Silence" with me to get some rest!
When I wasn't playing Lego, I was building small projects in the basement of our house. My favourite place to go was the local hardware shop. I started to ask them for impossible stuff at about 8 years old (and 8 years later I was working there). It seems that I was a little messy when I was working so my dad banned me from the basement. I then installed my small lab in my tree house...
When I was about 15 or 16 I started to concentrate my projects on robots and I learned electronics, then C programming. I built a small workshop in the basement. I wasn't really successful and most of my project were never ended, except maybe my vacuum cleaning robot (pictures later).
After I finished my High School, I went to La Pocatiere to study Technologie Physique. It gave me access to a complete machine shop and many electronics instruments. I met people there that became my friends and my project partners. With the support of my school, I participated twice to Eurobot OPEN.
I'm now studying Electrical Engineering at Universite de Sherbrooke and I'm doing more projects than ever! I am developing products for Nova Biomatique Inc. (Plug'n'Grow), I helped a FIRST team, I do robots for my school projects and I always tinker. You will see some of these projects in the next pages.
Step 2: My robots
The ASA (Aspirateur Semi-Autonome) serie. With my good friend Louis Landry-Michaud we built 3 vacuum cleaning robots for a local science fair (Expo-Sciences Bell). The first one was horrible and poorly working, but we won in our school. The second one was better looking and it worked! We won public prize and Ecole Polytechnique prize at the regional competition. The third one was never ended...
My two biggest projects ever were built for Eurobot. Created in 1998, Eurobot is an international amateur robotics contest open to teams of young people, organised either in student projects or in independent clubs. Eurobot takes place in Europe but also welcomes countries from all over the world.
A video or our qualification routine:
My first EE term team project in Electrical Engineering, a robot that can reproduce the colour of the ground. This project was never completely finished, notice the bad deplacements, but we still managed to receive a mention for innovation for our "Color Matching" feature.
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My second term of Engineering team project, an exploration robot, BOTUS:
Simon St-Hilaire's Instructable on our BOTUS Project
Step 3: My room - made for projects (sleeping is only an added value!)
Step 4: Led reading lamp
- 31 10mm Warm White LEDs
- Power supply from an old camera
Step 5: Bedroom illumination CFL lamp
- LEGO container
- Metal threaded rod
- Some nuts
- Metallic wire
- Electric wire + lamp sockets
- 3 CFL
Step 6: Camera tripod
Step 7: Hookah
Note: Shisha is legal, since it is only flavored tobacco.
It's made almost entirely from recycled parts:
- 1 empty bottle of beer
- 1 "Puppy Slush" container
- 1 Masson jar
- 1 hose caddy's wheel
- Some aquarium tubing
- 2 wood dowels
- Silicone + aluminum tape
Step 8: Skype Cell
All the details are there: SkypeCell
Step 9: Laptop reparation
- Old laptop
- Audio and video cables
- Duct Tape
Step 10: Remote control amelioration
Step 11: Composite video cable from a banana wire
See what you can do with 2 banana wires and 5 min on the pictures! (And it works great!)
Step 12: Battery charger: from AA only to AA / AAA
Step 13: TV antenna
Step 14: Plants
Step 15: This alarm clock was simply too bright
- Opening the case
- Finding the current limiting resistors
- Changing them
- Closing the case
Finding the current limiting resistors is the only tricky part of this hack. I searched for the biggest resistors on the board. There were 2 0.5W 22 ohms near the display and they were hot. All the other resistors were 0.25W. I took a chance and I decided to replace them with higher values ones.
Tip: I needed about 44ohms @ 1/2W and I only had 0.25W resistors. I parallelled a 75 and a 100 ohms to make a 0.5W 42 ohm one.
Step 16: Thanks and credits
Pierre-Luc Bacon and Sebastien Belanger
Pierre-Luc Bacon, Sebastien Belanger, Stephan Couture, Jonathan Dube
Team P8: Eugene Morin, Simon St-Hilaire, Louis-Philippe Brault, Alexandre Bolduc, Louis-Philip St-Martin, Sebastien Gagnon and Vincent Chouinard
Eugene Morin, Simon St-Hilaire, Louis-Philippe Brault, Alexandre Bolduc, Sebastien Gagnon, Simon Marcoux, Guillaume Plourde and Vincent Chouinard