Kegbot is an open source kegerator control system that makes use of both the arduino and android systems. The key piece of Kegbot is an arduino shield they created called the kegboard. They offer the board for the shield (you have to solder the parts to) and also schematics/board layout incase you wish to do it yourself.
Kegboard layout from kegbot.org
Kegboard schematic from kegbot.org
Also needed for the project is the kegboard coaster which is another board you can get from them. The kegboard coaster is a break out board that you need at least one of for the project. It is connected to the kegboard through a RJ-45 jack and has break out pins for the flow meter, temperature sensor, and other general I/O. The site also has the board layout/schematics if you want to fabricate it yourself.
Coaster layout from kegbot.org
Coaster schematics from kegbot.org
The kegbot website has all the documentation you need from a checklist of the materials to setting up the server and firmware for the project. It also has the information for the android app you can use to control your kegerator system.
e-Health Sensor Shield V2.0 by Cooking Hacks
The image above is of Version 2.0, which came out in August of 2013, of the e-Health Sensor Shield for both the Arduino and the Raspberry Pi. This version of the shield has been improved by adding new features to it such as a new blood pressure sensor, new muscle sensor, and an upgraded glucometer.
The shield will help you monitor up to 10 different sensors. They are the pulse, oxygen in blood, airflow, body temperature, electrocardiogram, glucometer, galvanic skin response, blood pressure, patient position, and muscle/eletromyography sensor. The information can be monitored in realtime or stored for analysis at a future time.
The information can be sent wirelessly via wifi, bluetooth, 3G, GPRS, 802.15.4, or ZigBee to the Cloud, a laptop, or a smartphone.
The shield costs around $100 and as of right now there is one on Amazon.com the only other place I have seen it is on the Cooking Hacks website for €75 or you could buy the kit which includes the sensors for €400.
The video below from Make Magazine’s Youtube channel is a tutorial that shows how to do scar makeup for special effects.
Youtube user VeryPink Knits has a video showing how to knit your own gloves. The materials needed for the project is yarn, knitting needles, and scissors.
With Halloween at the end of the month I found a Youtube user by the name of GuruBrew who has a done 3 videos showing how he built an animated halloween decoration last year.
A while back we had an article about the castAR augmented reality project started by Jeri Ellsworth. Recently they just started a Kickstarter campaign and we thought we would share the link with you if you wanted to check it out.
The Kickstarter, which was put up earlier today is close to 25% funded at this time.
This looks like it will be a great project to follow as it continues to get developed and ships.
Wally is a 3D printer
Photo by Nicholas Seward
designed by Nicholas Seward that is an arm based printer with free movement so that it could print plastic pieces to make larger versions of itself. The printer which is in the midst of Beta testing is in hopes of starting a Kickstarter sometime in December though the time frame is not set in stone.
Wally is designed to be mounted on a wall. It is supposed to use less plastic and bearings to give it better resolution as well as make it faster when it prints.
In the description on Youtube of the video below the person building Wally (Nicholas Seward) says, “Wally has the potential to be faster, higher resolution, quieter, cuter, and cheaper than anything out there. The Buccaneer will be slower and more expensive than Wally. (That is with off the shelf parts and no bulk ordering.) Wally could probably be made and sold for less than $200.”