Oct 26

Halloween Project Pt. 3

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Well today’s project update Part 3 is going to be about the circuit and the building of it.  First we must start with all the parts that we bought and we will be placing them into the breadboard, pictures of everything will be below as always, this way we can make sure that the circuit does what we want before we wire up everything.

The top view of the Circuit

This is the view of the same Circuit from the top to show more of the layout and how it is connected.

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Oct 25

Halloween Project Pt. 2.1

Well this is not really part 3 of the halloween project I am working on but more of part 2.1 because after testing the circuit last night I found that the Capacitor was actually smaller than needed to get the desired effect.  I happened to have a 100μF Capacitor to use and that worked little bit better.  I still think tho that I will need to get a 50μF Capacitor to actually reach the intended look.  Below are the updated Circuits on the concept.

The Random Blink

This has more of a Random Blink to it due to the 555 Timer and the Capacitor size.

Version 3 this has C1 changed from a 1μF cap Or a 100μF cap to a 50μF cap.

The Less Random Blink

This one is yet to be tested as I just thought of it but I will be testing it tonight and will report tomorrow with Video on how all 3 of them work.

Oct 25

Halloween Project Pt. 2

Well yesterday I posted about the Halloween Project I am working on here is Part 2 the electrical circuit that I have created to be able to pulse the LED.  The Circuit is not the final design because I have not had time to test it and that is what tonight will be for the testing of the circuit when I go buy the parts from Radioshack.

The Creeper's Eyes

This is the Diagram of the Circuit that I have created to run the eyes of the Creeper. Might have to change the Resistors or capacitor tho.

More to come in Part 3 tomorrow! Stay tuned for more information and pictures.

Oct 24

Halloween Project Pt. 1

Well I have been asked by my loving wife to think of a halloween costume and as with every year I find it hard to think of something that I could be and not look like a dork.  So I find out that my Nephew is going to go as Steve from Minecraft.  He also has a small box that was turned into a Creeper.  And he has it as a small box thats is just a creeper head.  So I figured I can do something like this! And decided that I am going to be going as a giant Creeper from Minecraft!

But talking to his dad I said that I was willing to make his small box Creeper’s Eye’s glow for them and so I am going to make my giant Creeper Costume eye’s glow too but this will not just be Green but also red.  I have come up with the Schematic but still have some testing and to buy some parts for it.  So now I will need to go to my local Radio Shack this week and buy a few things to get the list is below.

  1. 555 Timer
  2. 1µF Electrolyte Capacitor 16V
  3. 2x Green LED
  4. 470k Ω Resistor ¼w
  5. 2x 1k Ω ¼w
  6. On/Off Switch
  7. 2n2222 Transistor (Maybe)
  8. PCB Board
  9. 20 Gage Wire
  10. 9V battery Connector Socket

So the Timer is going to be the main part of the application because it will be what will regulate the power over the whole design of the application.  This is a small chip that is setup to send pulses of electricity out some of the pins while lowering the voltage down.  The Resisters also help lower the voltage and the wattage down so one you do not burn out the LED’s you place.  The reason for the capacitor is so we can spike the LED’s and make it look like a slow glow that we are looking for.

The reason why we need the PCB Board because we need to use the traces that will wire up the whole Circuit.  The 20 Gage wire will be used to hook up the eyes from the board to each of the eye sockets of the box and then be able to hold the device in the box out of the way of my head.  Soon as I buy the parts I will submit part 2 of this project and build.

Sep 27

Office Move

Well over the past few months the company that I work for has been preparing to move from our old office in Downtown Oakland to our new office in Jack London Square.  Well this past weekend we finally moved and after four long days we have completed the move and are in the new office.  This is part of the reason why I have not posted anything about the table project or anything else.  I have been working on a few projects and below I am going to list them with some updates on them.

Destruct-Ore
This project is a complete content management system for a video game called Eve-Online.  Even though I was working many hours in Oakland I still had time to update a few bits of the system to get more security into it.  I have plans to release the code for use by others by the end of the year if everything goes well if not by Q1 2013.  This is been a long time in the works and is getting to the point it is ready to stand on its own.

Table Refurbishment
The table refurbishment project is progressing I am working on what colors I am going to use how I am going to stain it and if we will be selling it or not.  We will be selling it not sure the total cost but it will help cover the cost of the paint, labor to fix it up, and the cost of the table.  Pictures will be posted soon as it is done if you are interested feel free to click contact me and fill out the form.

Jobs
If you are looking for a website created or an application to be made but not sure how to go about doing it? Drop me a line and we can work something out to get your idea made real.  I will work hard to make what dream you have into a reality and can support from the creation to the hosting and management of what you need created.  Will work under NDA and other agreements if requested.

Aug 16

New site with a new look!

Well this is new for me I have finally had time to get this site up and running decent and working on getting everything completed and running.  The new format for the site is going to be more of a personal blog with updates from my life and what is going on with a goal to update with a post once a week with what has gone on and going on and different projects I have.

Till there later!