Category Archives: Projects

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 +

F*#$ It, Print It!

I recently picked up an Ubertooth One, which is an open source 2.4 GHz wireless development platform typically used for Bluetooth experimentation – for more details.  I knew upon ordering an assembled version that they come as-is which means no case.  It is just an open circuit board with an antenna and USB plug. This eventually starts to irk me so I decided to hunt for something I could print at NESIT on our Makerbot.  So I scoured Thingiverse looking for various models I could Read More +

To Catch a Thief

Due to my car getting broken into 2 times in the past few weeks, I decided to use the opportunity to make a project out of it. One of our members had bought a Seeed Studio GPRS Arduino shield last year for a project but it was sitting around collecting dust so I asked him if i could borrow it. The device uses an unlocked SIM card to send out sms text messages. (Can also be used for voice and data too). I worked with Read More +