The volume knob in my wife’s Toyota Highlander behaved weirdly. As you turned it up or down, the volume setting would jump up or down, sometimes in the wrong direction and by an unpredictable amount. It didn’t give a linear output as you would expect. What to do? Why, take it apart of course!
(Copyright Vectorbelly Webcomics) While the rest of the world is preparing for super sportsing, I’m taking the opportunity to tinker. This post is a continuation of the GaSiProMo challenge I took part in a while ago. Today’s update brings in the next stage of that project with my OsRAM LED display: better packaging. The goal here is to […]
This post is part of the GaSiProMo challenge. You can read more about this here. I’ve got most of the bugs ironed out in my display interface, but not all have been squashed in the driver portion. In other words, the method in which I can input text into the OsRAM is working nicely […]
This post is part of the GaSiProMo challenge. You can read more about this here. So I have my display working sort of. It’s definitely showing good old ASCII characters. Here’s a quick video of it in action: You can see my code at GitHub. I’m quickly realizing that I will need a more […]
This post is part of the GaSiProMo challenge. You can read more about this here. Things are progressing nicely. I have the display fully wired now to the Mega. It’s a spaghetti mess, but it’ll work. I have the serial port on the Arduino working nicely for debug. I also did a fair amount […]
This post is part of the GaSiProMo challenge. You can read more about this here. I’ve had a bad experience with Arduino. But perhaps I was just cranky that night. I was also unlucky with a defective Uno. The good news is that for my new project (which has a deadline), my new Arduino […]
This is day 1 of the GaSiProMo challenge. You can read more about this here. I got the display mounted to a breadboard. How about that, it’s green! The display has a self test diagnostic mode built in, which is incredibly handy. Saw little cute LED bits flashing and twinkling. So the thing appears […]
I’m a notorious task-starter, and not a great task-finisher. My garage is littered with old projects that are collecting more dust than accolades. I can lean on the old, dependable excuses but really that’s lame. If every moment is the new normal, then there aren’t any excuses. Our hobbies define us, and I love my […]
I heard a really fascinating episode of one of my favorite podcasts recently (99% Invisible). It was about hacking IKEA furniture. They interviewed the curator of a website devoted to the niche art form.
Last time, I talked about two key aspects of technology that tend to make loyal customers: platform ecosystem and user experience. It was a natural transition from owning Macs for the better part of a decade to iPods and then finally iPhones. Apple has done well to keep the user experience very fairly consistent between […]