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15
Jan

Drive My Internet-Controlled Car!

 

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Radio controlled toy cars don’t normally have a Raspberry Pi, 10 batteries and a stripboard loosely hanging off them, but this isn’t your standard RC car.

The primary goal of ICC was to enable a toy car (which has now become a robot, as seen in the image above) to be controlled in real-time over the internet. I did just that, and you can try it out right now!

Come and drive my Internet-Controlled Car: http://projects.bitnode.co.uk/ICC/

Read on for a technical write-up of how I completed the project.

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10
Feb

PiDoor – Security Door Lock v2

Some readers may recall my old security door lock, which I made about a year ago. It was controlled with just a single AVR, which proved very inflexible. Though in theory it was capable, it was very limited unless I spent a lot of time and effort interfacing with an internet connectivity module. While that may have been an interesting challenge, the inflexibility and impracticality of the old system was simply too much for me, and I didn’t have time to maintain it. It was generally too time consuming to dismantle the module and reprogram it as required, and so when it broke (the strings simply snapped!) I decided it wasn’t worth the hassle, and went back to a good old-fashioned regular lock.

But, where’s the fun in that? Fast-forward a year to 2014, and I finally convinced myself to buy a Raspberry Pi to mess around with. I already have quite a bit of experience with Linux, so I wasn’t planning to use it to learn Linux. In fact, I didn’t know what I’d use it for until the night before it arrived when it hit me: I could use it to make a much better door lock! And so when it arrived, along with a servo I happened to order with it, I got to work. Here’s the end result:

At the start of the video, you see the Raspberry Pi on the left, the servo/circuit housing in the middle, and the lock itself on the right. In the second half, you can see the keypad connected via a ribbon cable to the circuit housing.

Features:

  • Keypad code locking/unlocking
  • Web interface to control and view status from any internet connected device

  • Easy to update (thanks to the Raspberry Pi itself being a Linux device)
  • Mains powered with a single 5v power source
  • GPIO ribbon cable/socket for easy removal of the Raspberry Pi

Read on to find out how it works.

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7
Apr

Keypad Security Door Lock

I just finished my Keypad Security Lock project a week or so ago, which I’ve been working on and off with a break in the middle for the past few weeks now. Held together with sticky pads and hookup wire, I present my latest creation:

(excuse the shoddy camera angles, it’s tricky to hold the camera and type when the keypad is on the other side of the door!)

Components:
ATmega 328P
Strip board
ABS housing
Full rotation servo (why did I get a full rotation one…)
Reed switch and magnet pair (to accommodate for the decision above)
3×4 matrixed keypad
240v -> 0.7A 5v mains transformer
ribbon cable, hookup wire, resistors, etc.

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