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 +

HP Design Jet 5000 Plotter with Windows 8 – Peace at last

Within the last couple of months, a local business donated a HP Design Jet 5000 Plotter. Colorful and large, the printer is the perfect item for creating workspace signs for the Electronics, Woodshop and Data Center. The only problem was printing from Windows 8. Luckily, after hours trying to figure out work-arounds, I found a solution that worked with my Windows 8 machine. Here’s the link: http://h20566.www2.hp.com/portal/site/hpsc/public/psi/swdHome/?sp4ts.oid=82223&ac.admitted=1390438182126.876444892.199480143 Although the driver says for HP Design Jet 5500, it works just fine with the HP Design Jet 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 +

Build Your Own PIC Programmer

When: Monday, January 6, 2014 Time: 7:00pm Cost: $25 Per Person (10 Seats Available) Description: Learn to build your own PIC programming kit. Price includes your own ready-to-build an open source Microchip PIC programmer for the USB port that you will put together and solder. This DIY PIC programmer is a continuation of our PIC programming basics tutorial. By building and using this USB PIC programmer, you can program microchip PIC series of 10F, 12F, 16F, 18F, 24F, 30F. This is also an EEPROM programmer Read More +