Category Archives: Projects

FireTV with Arcade Emulator and Qi Rechargeable Bluetooth SNES Controller

So a few weeks ago I saw a post on Hackaday of a project from Pat, who managed to stuff a bluetooth controller into an old SNES controller. He was using it to play games on his Amazon Fire stick. I had purchased a Firestick when they first came out for $19. I honestly didn’t use it much because I had a Roku already that I used heavily for streaming etc. But I love old school emulators so I wanted to do this project. Unfortunately Read More +

Halloween Project

Using all the variety of equipment @ NESIT (3D printer, laser cutter, woodshop, electronics) to make a quick little project for a friend for Halloween. Basically just snagged a pumpkin .stl from thingiverse.com and printed it on our Makerbot. Whipped up a quick vector drawing in coreldraw and cut it on our Epilog laser cutter. Cut out a block of scrap wood. Wiring up some flickering leds to a 5v wall wart. Hot glued it together and it was all finished. Took about 4hrs or Read More +

Katie Jackson Woodworks

One of the great features of NESIT’s new space is the 2000sq ft. workshop. I am in the process of writing a book for Timber Press on garden furniture that anyone can build. I am using the woodshop at the NESIT to take step-by-step photos of my building process. Ellen Rose Photography is styling and photographing the final project images. The book’s first section has woodworking instructions and tips for every step of a project: what tools you need to get started in woodworking (it’s Read More +

STN1110 for OBD2 Car Read-Out

At NESIT we’re currently up to all sorts of electronics shenanigans. A few days ago the subject of OBDII car interface readers came up and I recalled an alternative to the popular ELM327 (or clone) readers. It was suggested that if we purchased a few DIP28 (the big one, above) STN1110 chips (available from OBD Solutions) we could whip up a development breadboard with them. So what will they do? Provide read-outs from the OBD2 port on most modern automobiles! Over a variety of interfaces Read More +