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Control Webcams Over The Internet With Arduino


By using some Meccano, an Internet-connected Arduino board and a variety of electronics, you can create your own web-controlled webcam that can be rotated over the web, or also locally using a thumb joystick. The purpose for doing so is to allow the distant party on a Skype conversation to view around the local room whilst on the conversation.


It's simple to make and quite useful for regular webcam use.. To get started, visit the project page for notes and the code here. And for more news, updates and items of interest.please follow us on twitter, Facebook and Google+.

At Little Bird Electronics we have the thumb joysticks, matching breakout boards and a great Internet-enabled board - the Freetronics EtherTen. Apart from being fully Arduino Uno-compatible, it has onboard Ethernet, microSD socket and supports optional Power-over-Ethernet:

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The Tiny Pov Persistence Of Vision Project

For those looking for a simple and fun AVR-based project - the tinyPOV may be your solution. Based on the ATtiny2313 and after uploading the prorgram software, the tinyPOV allows you to enter the words or LED pattern to display using PC-based software, and then download it to the completed tinyPOV. Once this has occurred, you can wave your arm about displaying the effects in the air as such:

Furthermore as the tinyPOV uses the ATtiny2313, the pattern can be stored in the EEPROM - so you don't need to reprogram the whole thing every time you update the display. This then allows the use of a simple serial cable for updates and not an AVR programmer. So for more information, design details and software, visit the tinyPOV page here. And for more news, updates and items of interest.please follow us on twitter, Facebook and Google+.

To build your own tinyPOV we have the ATtiny2313, a range of LEDs and the other components required to reproduce it. So check out our catalogue for the wide range and fast delivery.

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Build Your Own Railroad Crossing Signal

This can only be described as either something any train enthusiast would love to have, or a great annoyance to those who don't understand the fascinating with wheels on steel. Either way, it's a load of fun and would make a great project for a group as well. Kevin Fodor rose to the challenge and built his own railroad crossing (level crossing) signal with great effect. Not only are their blinking lights, he has modified a bell to sounds as well. For example:

To build your own, apart from the design story you can download a package of files from Kevin's website here. And for more news, updates and items of interest.please follow us on twitter, Facebook and Google+.

When building your own prototypes or robotics projects, we have a wide range of hardware, electronics components and related items that we can deliver to you in some cases overnight. Or if electronics is new to you or a friend, consider the book "Make: Electronics" by Charles Platt - one of the best contemporary introductory electronics books on the market:


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