Category Archives: Digital

The Monkeybrain went micro

Shortly after finishing the first Monkeybrain prototype I was reminded that my piloting skills still aren’t up to par and I needed something smaller and easier to fix. So I shrunk the board as much as I could while still keeping to two copper layers and … Continue reading

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Meet the Monkeybrain Flight Controller!

Anybody who’s ever bought a flight controller before knows that there is quite a bit of choice overload. The prices range from ten to several hundred Euros, and what that gets you goes from an Arduino with an MPU6050 to … Continue reading

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TP-Link based DLNA Music Player

Everybody is building some kind of multimedia stuff with a Raspberry Pi these days. I’m no exception as I also have one connected to my (really shitty Philips) TV, running RaspBMC. But that’s not what this post is about, and … Continue reading

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Frankensockets

I hate tinkering with AC mains. But if you want to get “real” things done around the house there is no way around it. So before this goes any further, here is the disclaimer: AC mains power is dangerous. It … Continue reading

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RUWIDO Merlin IR-USB-HID Receiver

There are these very neat IR Keyboards for sale at a German surplus retailer. At only one Euro they are a steal, but the reason they are this cheap is that they come without a receiver. So to the average … Continue reading

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Debugging the garage door remote

A while ago I built a little remote to open my garage door (well, not actually my garage door but the one of the house I live in, but who cares). But the greedy kid I am, I wasn’t satisfied with … Continue reading

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Building Arduino Sketches without the IDE

I really love the Arduino, because after all it was what started all this. The one thing I don’t like is the IDE that comes with it. It’s not the IDE’s fault, It’s just that I’m a console guy and … Continue reading

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Smartmeter III – blinking LEDs

This is a short one. At least compared to the usual walls of text I post. Due to the nature of my water heater (a continuous-flow-type), it’s power consumption is highly dependent on the water pressure and flow-speed. The more … Continue reading

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Smartmeter revisited

Einstein once said that only two things were infinite: The universe and human stupidity. The former even he wasn’t sure about, and the latter I found out the hard way. But I’ll start from the top: I’ve had my smartmeter running … Continue reading

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My DIY Smartmeter

This one started with a power bill. One exceptionally high power bill, that is. I had been reading and thinking about smart metering and smart grids for some time already, and when the bill hit me I decided it was … Continue reading

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