Category Archives: Projects

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 - http://ubertooth.sourceforge.net/ 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 +

Modding A Tower Pro Micro Servo To Rotate 360 Degrees

For one of my upcoming projects I need mod a micro servo to rotate continuously 360 degrees for a small robot tank, this hack will work with just about any servo. To do so you need to for open up the servo casing. Carefully remove the bottom portion first (where the wires are coming out of). You will need to cut the 3 wires going from the board to the potentiometer, you won’t be needing them anymore. once you cut them, remove the top cover Read More +

Fixing A Broken XBox360

One of our members, Cobey, had a XBox given to him that would boot up but wouldnt show any video. Most of the time you would the notorious red ring of death. This one didn’t have the ring though. He wanted to try to fix it anyhow. One of our other members Gary had brought in a hot air SMD chip remover, so after taking the systemboard out of the case, we injected some flux underneath the chip and slowly started heating up the GPU. Read More +