FollowBot Starts Tracking

The “FollowBot” project comes to life with working left/right object recognition. A combination of Python & C++ running on a Raspberry Pi3 allows this robot to track an object and follow it around the room.

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Tearing down a starter motor.

Grant and Brandon literally getting their hands dirty tearing apart a starter motor . It's great to see boyhood dreams of building an electric go-cart come to life – and it's places like the Techspace that make it happen. Thanks Paul for teaching them all about diodes and types of motors. And to Jurgen for […]

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Getting started with the Aldi $500 3d printer.

Jarmon came in tonight with Aldi’s $500 3d printer. In less than an hour, he had set it up and was printing the default reboot model on the supplied SD card. The verdict in the space was that, for the money, we’re impressed. It’s a pretty solid, well built machine that was very easy to […]

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Rotary encoder

Playing with a rotary encoder. Detecting which way and how fast the knob is turning based on the waveforms. This rotary encoder has a push button so it could be used to scroll through a list of options on an LCD screen and then push to select.

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The ESPlant from Linux conf

We got our hands on an ESPlant. This was one of the projects at the recent Linux conference. This has: – Temperature sensor – Soil moisture sensor – Addressable RGB LEDs – ESP for wifi connection – UV sensor – Motion detector – Solar panel Quite cool

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Announcing the Smart Tech Discovery Education Program – January 2015

The Smart Tech Discovery Education Program launched! Gold Coast TechSpace is pleased to launch the “Smart Tech Discovery Education Program” today. This program is the result of our Smart Tech Discovery Education Project, whereby several TechSpace members, inspired by past successful past education sessions that a few members have run, have designed a set of education […]

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Fun and games with the STM8 on Linux

After my adventures with the STM32 I decided to give the STM8 a go. The STM8 microcontroller is the 8 bit version from the same manufacturer, similar performance to an Arduino but with much lower power and incredibly cheap. I purchased an STM8S Discovery board for about $10 from element14. It’s an interesting little board, […]

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