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Mar 16, 2015 - 1 minute read

Blackpool LUG and Makerspace - The great give away

Attending :- Mike, Joe, Chris, Phyllis, Kieran, Elizabeth, Jeff, Olly, and Arthur. The great give away started today, so if you want anything, make sure you let me know soon, there is only two weeks left before I close Ripon Road for good. Arthur left with two bags full of cdrom/dvd drives, and is coming back for more. Elizabeth took two digital cameras, several people left with corded telephones selected from a box full of them.

Feb 9, 2015 - 4 minute read

Arduino how to: Cheap eBay OLED Screens

Introduction I noticed keenly priced OLED screens started appearing on eBay a long while ago. I bought a few, but at the time there wasn’t much information on how to drive them. I found a C library on a Chinese website that I was able to cajole into MikroC for the PIC microprocessors but it was never really useful as I didn’t implement any fonts. Time has moved on and now there are a few well executed drivers out there.

Feb 4, 2015 - 1 minute read

Saturday 30th January

Well lots for folk at the makerspace this morning including Mike H, Mike 2, Joe, Arthur and son, Richard, Kieran, Phyllis, Les, Nathan, Sharon and a couple of folk whose names escape me, oh and me Tony. I spent quite a bit of the morning progressing the rebuild of the 3D printer and by the end of the morning had got this far. As you can see quite some way to go before we will be printing our first object.

Jan 17, 2015 - 1 minute read

Work (re)starts on the 3D printer

Attending:- Mike, Joe, Tony, Les, Michael(2), Richard, Arthur, Elizabeth, Susan, Phyllis, Kieran We were donated a 3D printer in need of some TLC last year. Details of the printer here, :- http://blackpoollug.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/makerspacefy1-and-3d-printer.html Donald started the ball rolling in October by refitted the filament drive motor and also re-aligned the the other drive belt. Description of the work is here:- http://blackpoollug.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/makerspacefy1-robots-and-3d-printers.html Various other small adjustment have been made since, including relocating and aligning the two vertical drive motors.

Jan 10, 2015 - 1 minute read

2015 #1 - A Chromebook a smartwatch and a windows tablet

Attending This week: Mike, Jack, Chris, Joe, Les. Keiran, Ricky, Arthur, tony, Mark and Mike(2) A very windy day in Blackpool today. Elizabeth and Susan decided not to risk the journey in the little smartcar. Jack takes a break, Mike looks at the possibility of rewinding an electric motor for a very specific role. Multiple and diverse discussions around the table. There was a lot to talk about following the Christmas / New Year break.

Jan 4, 2015 - 2 minute read

Temperature monitoring display using old Android tablet

My home temperature monitoring project moved on another step with the addition of this old Android 2.3 tablet used to display the current temperatures around the house. Two downloads from the app store were needed, Stay awake , and Web reloader . One keeps the screen permanently on, and the other one is needed to refresh the page regularly to update the temperatures. I started this project several years ago, and this post shows the original stripboard arduino/shrimp and 433 tranceivers http://blackpoollug.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/burning-arduino-boot-loader.html Later, I switched to using separate transmitters and receiver like these:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10pcs-433Mhz-WL-RF-transmitter-and-receiver-kit-for-Arduino-ARM-MCU-Raspberry-u-/331301635482?pt=UK_BOI_Electrical_Components_Supplies_ET&hash=item4d231dc59a And these are the Dallas DS18B20 1-Wire Digital Thermometer temperature sensors:- http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/10-pcs-DS18B20-1-Wire-Digital-Thermometer-Dallas-/150595395176?pt=UK_BOI_Electrical_Components_Supplies_ET&hash=item23102f5e68 This is a later version of the temperature transmitter which is battery powered by 4 rechargeable AA batteries.