Easy IoT: An Internet of Things build status lamp

Easy IoT: An Internet of Things build status lamp

Contrary to popular belief, internet connected hardware doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. No exotic embedded WiFi boards needed here. You’ll just need a few standard bits from your spares box to amaze your friends with your own internet…

Tellyconverter photo effect generator

Tellyconverter photo effect generator

This is a project that makes your photos look like an old television, but by using a real old television rather than relying on digital filters. Once you upload your picture it’s displayed and photographed on an old television set…

Delayplayer - Radio 4 synced to your timezone

Delayplayer – Radio 4 synced to your timezone

Code now available on Github There are many things UK expats miss when abroad. But while Marmite and Tunnock’s Tea Cakes can now be found in most corners of the world, the comforting presence of Radio 4 cannot. At least…

Beer pedometer screenshot

Beer Pedometer

Seeing the Nike+iPod fitness tools collaboration reminded me of a project I made a few years ago, the Beer Pedometer. Whereas the Apple system motivates athletes by providing a fitness history and goals (as well as providing yet another platform…

Number Plate Recognition

Number Plate Recognition

This describes a simple program to isolate car number plates from fairly well controlled images for processing by an OCR package such as GOCR/JOCR. At present it’s tuned for UK plates, but should be easily adaptable for other countries that…

VCR Remote Control via SMS

VCR Remote Control via SMS

Imagine it, it’s 3:15 on a weekday afternoon and you’ve just realised you’ve forgotten to set the video to tape ‘Pet Rescue’. Usually you would be condemned to an afternoon of misery and disappointment, knowing you had no heartwarming cute…

Novelty Alarm Clock

Novelty Alarm Clock

It’s a cheap digital alarm clock, but with the alarm mechanism replaced with a digital playback system. This design uses a 512k EPROM to store eight 64k 8-bit samples. The playback rate is variable, so each sample can last up…