Saturday March 27th LVL1 is putting on an Electronic Mischief Soldering workshop. We'll be building TV-B-Gones and a surprise kit for computer pranks. Register online at eventbrite at the link below.
This sensor board is for summer 2010 research students to carry out studies of sediment transport in streams. It's for the SALAMANDER project: Serial Amphibious Linear Arrays of Micro And Nano Devices for Environmental Research.
It is mostly connectors with a few chips in between to sense ambient light levels, flow velocity and temperature. For the first time, I tried the SparkFun staggered Eagle footprints that are supposed to hold the connectors tightly during assembly and soldering. A solder stencil for the red pads is also on the way.
The next meeting (Tues. 3/2) will be held a Heine Brothers Coffee, 119
Chenoweth Lane Louisville KY 40207. They will have a space saved for
us and it's much quieter than BBC.
It is just around the corner from BBC. Here is a map.
For those of you who do not know... and Elmo is a document camera. Basically what I did here is I took an old security camera (from a dome) that was abandoned and re purposed it with some pvc pipe and wood, etc.
I had to rewire the camera to a 12v wall wart plug and also change the composite video out to an RCA jack. I mounted the camera on the end of a piece of PVC pipe attached to some scrap wood. The pink thing on the top of the Elmo is a plastic gum container that is holding a circuit board that is needed for the camera. It is there for protection and is screwed to the pvc pipe. Not pretty, but functional.
The whole thing does work and produces a nice clean video signal that I can output to a projector. I hope to be able to use it for LVL1's Freeduino soldering classes. The only problem with it is that it shows skin tones and tans as a green color. I think this has to do with the white balance or something.