USB Meter Pro – The USB Multimeter and Charge Accelerator.

I have just recently launched my latest Kickstarter campaign which can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1897710270/usb-meter-pro-monitor-and-accelerate-your-usb-char?ref=category_location What Can The USB Meter Pro Do? The USB Meter Pro Can: Measure the charging speed of your mobile devices. Increase the charging speed of your mobile devices* (See below for full details). Check the ‘health’ of your USB ports…

Adding 3D Patterns to Diptrace

The great info on this page comes all thanks to bitfogav from the forum. Bitfogav took the time to do an excellent write up on how to add new 3D patterns into the Diptrace 3D model library. If you have never used Diptrace before, I highly recommend that you check it out here: http://diptrace.com/downloads/download-diptrace/ There…

MAGPI – The Micro Arduino Gaming Platform Interface

I stumbled upon another microcontroller based handheld video game device tonight while checking out the Arduino contest over at instructables.com The MAGPI was made by instructables user zippy314 and his son. It uses minimal hardware but the results are great, the first game in their youtube video reminds me of a lunar lander / asteroids…

How To Break Your Smartphone.

I have made a whole heap of electronics and programming tutorials over the years and I thought it was about time that I let you guys know of a sure fire way to smash your smartphone’s glass digitiser. It’s quite simple really, when you’re working with some wood, nails and a hammer – be sure…

Swordfish Basic Floating Point Math Problem.

I am working on another new project (surprise, surprise…) where I am measuring current of different devices and sending it to an LED matrix. I am using a PIC18F13K50 microcontroller for the job and coding in Swordfish Basic. I was in the initial stages of testing the led matrix display and I ran some simple…

Make your own Super Mario Bros Levels

My 5 and 4 year old boys very much enjoy playing games from my retro video game collection with Super Mario Bros being their favourite. So I did a little searching on the internet for a Super Mario Bros level editor and well, I found one. It is called Super Mario Bros. Game Builder and…

The DigiPixel

 Note: Downloads at the bottom of this page. What is the DigiPixel? The DigiPixel is an open source Arduino and Digispark compatible shield with a 64 pixel RGB LED display and six buttons. The DigiPixel comes with it’s own Arduino library, graphic converter and demo sketches (as seen in the video) to help you get…

A couple more RetroBalls…

I have been contacted by a couple of people who have made their own version of Retroball which is great to see! Firstly, cnribbens from the forum posted some details of his retroball build. It started out as a Super Pong Table (which was my original version of Retroball) this version required that you make…

My Latest Project – Twins!

I am proud to introduce my latest project – my twin boys! Joel Thomas Slattery and Isaac James Slattery. They are wonderful little boys and were born on Friday 25th October 2013 at 10:20am and then 10:21am. I have designed many electronic projects over the years which involve countless hours of circuit design, coding, testing…

Sin and Cos – The Programmers Friend!

I was doing a little bit of searching on the internet for how I might go about drawing a simple circle on an LED matrix. I then stumbled upon an excellent website which had some great information on using Sin and Cos to not only draw circles but also for making game mechanics work. For…

TAWS – Online Amiga WorkBench Simulator

I came across this really cool site that is an Amiga Workbench Simulator that runs right in your browser. I grew up with a commodore 64 and then later moved onto an Amiga 500 so I have very fond memories of Amiga Workbench. However, Amiga slowly died out with their last major system (I think)…

Lithium Battery Charger with Load Sharing

Thanks goes to ChuckT from the forum for this one. I have used microchips range of Lithium ion battery charger chips before (very low cost and a tiny form factor). They have proven to be a great way of charging 3.7V lithium batteries in my little LED game based devices. The problem though was that…

Arduino powered LED Matrix Coffee Table

I stumbled upon this coffee table while looking for a particular video on youtube. It is a 10×16 RGB LED matrix display made into a coffee table. It has a number of built in games but the reason I wanted to post it was because it comes complete with a game just like one that…

Structure Sensor – Capture the world in 3D

I was browsing kickstarter and came across this pretty nifty little gadget that (kinda) works like a kinect sensor but can plug into a whole heap of different devices (although it looks to be mainly designed for the iPad – it includes an SDK to be used with Xcode. One of the impressive feature for…