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76  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Ardwiino: bluetooth + accelerometer for 40 USD on: March 09, 2007, 12:38:02 pm
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The BT boards are in stock and they are being shipped allover the world.. (daniel got 35... and I'm getting 10 tomorrow...)

Wow, where do you guys get the funding for so many?!? I wish I could afford to have that many "projects", but money and time both keep me working on what's in front of me.

The wii mod is nice, but does require some assembly. It would be great to see the arduino bt come down in price. I'm sure by now the development costs have been made back (and then some); I could be wrong. I guess having them assembled costs a bit.
77  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Automation with Arduino on: February 19, 2007, 10:46:38 pm
I might as well. This is an ongoing project of mine. I made a video:

I have the arduino store 127 readuings x 2 sensors. The interval can be set. There is a bluetooth modem attached.

The arduino code provides basic services to the computer-side application. This includes:
- Read sensor from analog pin
- Select sensors to be recorded while PC is offline
- Read from multiple SHT11 humistors
- Read from multiple DS12x20 1-wire temp sensors
- Read log array and current pointer
- Write programming file
- Turn on/off outlets
- Turn on/off automatic control

I suppose that's enough details for now. It's a pretty big project, coming along slowly but surely. Future versions will be based on the arduino mini and cheaper 400MHz transcievers.
78  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Switchboard on: February 11, 2007, 04:02:26 pm
I'm not sure this can work for mousing but win XP has an accessibility feature which allows the use of a serial device as a keyboard.

It is possible for software to set the mouse position. Some programs do this (dragon naturally speaking comes to mind). Of course, as the arduino works serially, I suppose you could emulate a mouse' language to the PC.
79  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Re: Switchboard on: January 13, 2007, 05:48:14 pm
I used VB6 to interface. There is a command called "SendKeys". For example, sending a "paste" command is as simple as:

SendKeys "^v"

Where "^" means ctrl. Of course, this method doesn't work if a program is using non-standard methods of grabbing input. There are many ways to grab input from the keyboard. Video games, for example, probably use one of the API calls that allows the game to detect when a key is pressed or let go; holding a key will not cause it to repeat the character.

In this case, windows has an accessibility feature called "serialkeys". So, in quake2 for example, I have each of the four buttons assigned to a, s, d, and w. When the leftmost button is pressed, it is like pressing the "a" key and releasing it. When that same button is released, another "a" is sent. In-game:
alias a1 "+moveleft ; bind a a2"
alias a2 "-moveleft ; bind a a1"

So that, in effect, these buttons properly control said FPS externally.
80  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Exhibition / Switchboard on: January 13, 2007, 05:05:21 pm
I couldn't possibly be the first poster in this forum, could I? I guess this forum is new. Lets start with something simple:


The "switchboard" or "footboard" is explained on my website, but I'll sum it up here:

This board is intended for my feet. The Arduino tells my software when a button is pressed or released. The board (a three-ringed binder with switches) serves as a resting place for my feet, as well as a secondary input method into the computer. So far, my software has modes to allow these buttons to control winamp, perform clipboard operations (copy/paste), and serve as shortcuts for things I use often (such as a prefix for URLs of pictures on my site).


With software, any combination of functions can be made to do all sorts of things. For me, these added buttons allow me to do things faster than I can normally, or even allow me to do things I couldn't do before. Before, it was impossible for this amputee to effectively play FPS games. With this invention, I can use my feet to move around, leaving my only hand free to do the mouse thing.

I think this last part was worth mentioning, as in a way the Arduino is improving my quality of life. I'm sure the creators of the Arduino didn't imagine seeing it being used for the disabled. I'm very grateful that there is such a thing! Thanks to everyone who helped make Processing/Wiring/Arduino a reality smiley
81  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Frequently-Asked Questions / Mods? on: April 22, 2008, 10:16:55 am
Do you have enoughmoderators? It doesn't seem that way from my standpoint as some of your forums are filled with topic after topic of spam  smiley-sad

Sorry to see this. I took down my forums when the amount of spammers exceeded the number of people posting legitimate things. That doesn't sound like an option here, but I'm sure if you asked, some people would be willing to pop on for a few minutes a day to do some spamblasting  smiley-wink
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