Bluetooth Controlled RGB LED Matrix

Project Overview If you like colorful and flashing LED lights, you are going to love this project. I’ve been looking for a small, rechargeable and powerful RGB LED matrix for a while. The idea is to use it for regular product photography, as an on-camera flash and/or as a fill video light. There are some nice products on the market, but they fall short on some of the specs, didn’t fit all my needs or just were too expensive....

July 29, 2018 · 8 min · L.R-S

Touch Screen Thermal Camera with Adjustable Temperature Range

Project Overview This project was inspired by the Thermal Camera with Display project from Adafruit. Ever since they announced the AMG8833 IR Thermal Sensor, I wanted to use it to build a thermal camera for checking hot spots on electrical panels around the house and looking for rabbit nests in the backyard. Although the project is very similar to Adafruit’s on the hardware side, I modified the Arduino (C language) code extensively to adapt it to my needs....

April 29, 2018 · 4 min · L.R-S

Beyerdynamic DT770 Studio Review

Quarks rating explanation here. Hardware Design Rating: 8.5/10 The DT 770 Studio are aimed at audio professionals and, as their name implies, they definitely belong in a music studio: mate black all over, thick and long cables, 6.35 mm audio plug (which can be unscrewed to reveal a 3.5 mm plug), metal frame band and big rugged plastic ear cups. They are the perfect combination of industrial and functional design....

March 31, 2018 · 4 min · L.R-S

Smart Soldering Iron and Screwdriver - Favorite Maker Tools

Last year I dabbled in the Maker scene and worked on some hardware projects involving Adafruit products, MicroPython, Arduino and solar devices. Nowadays is so easy to get your project up and running, I’m already thinking on the next one before finishing the one I’m working on. Although I’ve done just a handful of these projects, I came across a couple of tools that really improved the whole building experience and allowed me to work faster and in a safer way....

March 1, 2018 · 5 min · L.R-S

Building a DSLR Camera Wireless Controller

I’ve been experimenting with time-lapse shots for a while now. Unfortunately, time-lapse shooting options on most DSLR and mirrorless cameras are somewhat limited. At the time of this writing, Sony doesn’t even include the feature on their high end cameras by default (you need to buy an “App” and download it to the camera). Some time ago, I posted the setup I had been using for shooting time-lapses using a Raspberry Pi, a portable battery and a USB cable....

February 10, 2018 · 7 min · L.R-S