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Projects for 2016

Happy New Years Everyone!!!

Here’s a preview of a few projects that I have planned for this year.

Automated AeroGarden

An automated AeroGarden based hydroponic-ish herb garden. I picked up this AeroGarden version 3 at a resale shop for about $8. I took it apart, cleaned it up, tested the unit and found it to be in working order. I need to replace the tubing and filter but all in all that’s a good find. I will be doing this project in stages. First will be 3d printing the planter cartridges that hold the sponge and just get the unit functioning. 2nd will be automating a few functions using an Arduino and holding tanks for nutrients and reserve water.

AeroGarden

Time-lapse Camera

An Arduino based Time-lapse Camera. This will be used in production of Dared to Survive shows.

Game Camera

An Arduino based Game Camera that will also collect environmental information such as Temperature, Humidity, etc. The data will be stored on an SD-Card and will be later used in an app to develop forecasting predictions.

Passive Repeater

I want to attempt a few things with a Passive Repeater design that integrates simple bi-directional amplification and/or filters.

Bench Top Power Supply

A simple bench top power supply made from PC and Server power supplies.

More Podcasts

I plan on starting a weekly 15 min per episode podcast covering my top 5 favorite Instructables projects.

I’m sure this list will change throughout the year so stay tuned. Have project suggestions or requests? Reach out to me @Mr_Red_Beard  on Twitter.

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Code Contest on Instructables

Coded Creations

Instructables with sponsorship by Microsoft is holding a contest for the best Instructables that are code related. The contest is called Coding Creations and among many prizes is a surface pro 3 and a Spark Prototyping Bundle.  The judges prize is for the “best use of Visual Studio,  Microsoft Azure, Kinect/Xbox, Windows Phone apps, or any Windows app” so if anyone has any ideas let me know.

So far I have submitted 2 Instructables for this competition, A View-State Key Generator (in c# & php) and a simple app that does Image Edge Detection.

This is a link to my profile on Instructables.

 

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Instructables WordPress Plugin

So a while back I posted a how-to on displaying a user’s Instructables projects on their own site or projects of those that they follow. I have since then created a WordPress plugin to do the work for you.

Download the Instructables Plugin Here

If you’re not familiar with www.Instructables.com and are interested in DIY projects go check it out.

Do you author DIY/How-To’s on Instructables?
Do you like the projects on Instructables?

This plugin allows you to post the latest projects you or other authors have posted or projects by keyword on your own site. See an example below

This is an expansion of an Instructable I wrote a while back that you can find here http://www.instructables.com/id/Display-your-Instructables-on-a-Wordpress-or-PHP-b/

Display a user’s projects:
[instructablesUP username=”MrRedBeard” num=”2″ thumb=”true”]

Display a list of projects by keyword:
[instructablesKW keyword=”tent” num=”3″ thumb=”true”]