Mechatronics Projects

These are the projects that required both mechanics, electronics, and often alot of programming.

Laser Etcher

Jumbo Laser Etcher

Second Place Winner: This DIY Jump CNC Laser is easier to assemble than a Lego kit, but can handle 1/4" hardwood like its butter.

Backup Camera

Visual AI Backup Camera

Grand Prize Winner: We tricked out a backup cam with a servo and Visual AI brains to create a talking virtual backseat spotter to help you backup.

Tennis Machine

Tennis Ball Pitch Machine

We wanted to learn the physics behind pitch machines. So, we googled some patents and replicated the basic mechanics to get great results.

R2D2

R2D2 Controller

To help with the illusion of a fully autonomous R2D2, we built an incognito Controller. His dome was fully autonomous, but this little controller allowed us to safely control him with it being hidden in our pocket.

Marshmallow Rotisserie

Marshmallow Rotisserie

First Place Winner: In our quest for the perfectly roasted marshmallow, we got an idea on how to lock in some variables such as roast time and Rotisserie speed.

Marshmallow Rotisserie

Clock Crane

Featured on the Ben Heck Show: A clock that transforms into a crane! This was a "Design for a Cause" project to help those with accessibility challenges.

Ultimate Smart Trike

Ultimate Smart Trike

Featured on The Shed Magazine and Element14 Presents: We converted a trike to run off 36 Volts for up to 4 hours! It also has smart safety tech to keep the rider safe. This was another "Design for a Cause" project.

Spiderman Webslinger

Spiderman Webslinger

PCBWay Contest Winner: After daydreaming for years about being able to websling, we finally pulled it off. We also added Visual ai to detect humans behind us to enable spidey-sense!!

Dadbot

Dadbot: Dad of the Future

I was travelling a lot during a phase of my life. So, Connor and I found a way to keep our projects going even when I was out of town: Dadbot - a robot controlled from a hotel room!


Electronics

These are the projects that electronics and programming, but had limited moving parts.

Desk Ornament

Social Distancing IoT Desk Ornament

This little desk ornament gets the stock price for your company, shows core values, shows the joke of the day, gets the time from a time server, and much more. Too much to fit here - check out the blog!

Owl

Owl Security Alarm

Instructables Runner Up: We tricked out an owl with a car backup sensor to make a really cool camp site alarm.

Radio Remaster

WWII Era Radio Remaster

A friend asked if we could make what he called a Ghost Catching Geo box. It also made for a really cool remastering of a World War II remaster.

How to Upgrade a PC

How to Upgrade a PC

We take you through a ATX case rebuild. Although the tech will age, the ATX form factor never changes allowing this video to stay relevant for many years to come.

WiFi Shower Timer

WiFi Shower Timer

Element 14 First Place Winner: Have a teenager - or a parent - that takes too long in the shower? This little diddy will make sure they won't.

LED Strip Lights

Dimming LED Strip Lights

This quick video shows how you can dim strip lights with a potentiometer.

Modbus Data Logger

Modbus Data Logger

First Place Winner: After Walnut had been working in industry around the Modbus protocol for many, many years - we thought we'd do a deep dive to understand it.


Automotive Repair

Some of our car repair projects.

Manifold Gasket Replacement

Manifold Gasket Replacement

We had an emergency gasket repair to do on an Inline Six Cylinder of the '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

How to Change Oil

How to Change Oil

All the little secrets passed down through the generations in one video.

How to Change a Door Lock

How to Change a Car Door Electric Lock

If you hold on to a vehicle longer than most, you'll go through four or five of these over the years. The first time may be intimidating, but after that, you can knock it out in under 30 minutes.

How to Fix a Gear Shifter

How to Fix a Gear Shifter Backlight

The original glow panels of yester-years tech on gear shifters often died after about 15 years. This video shows an alternate cheap approach for the repair.


Programming

Some projects that had a lot of programming involved to pull off.

RA-Cam

The RA-Cam

We made a smart camera that uses OpenCV Visual AI to snap pictures and video. Makes for a great Home and Event Monitoring System. They auto organize on the network.

Beagleboard ASP.Net Core 5 Webserver

Beagleboard ASP.Net Core 5 Webserver

We heard that .Net 5 was pretty light weight, so we put it to the test and put it on a little single Beagleboard computer. It worked great - it even runs this web site!

4D Game Engine

4D Game Engine

Featured on Element14 Presents: We found a way to make a 3D Video game talk to an Arduino adding another cool dimension to gaming.

Coke Drum Strain

Coke Drum Strain

Grand Prize Winner: This was from a contest for the Microsoft Azure Sphere.

How to Make a Video Game

How to Make a Video Game

This was a video demoing our first Unit video game, Summilization.


Home DIY

Projects from around the house.

Toilets

More than You Wanted to Know About Toilets

Our basement was stubbed out for a bathroom - so we made use of it and learned a little while we were at it.

Christmas Lights

Christmas Light Timers

Not really a build video - more of an inform on the options for Christmas lights these days.

Nest

Nest Thermostat Install

The Nest Thermostat adds some smarts to yourc HVAC compared to an old mercury switches. Here we take you through the install.

PCB

How to Make a PCB

Making a true fabricated PCB should be on every Makers bucket list. We take you through it for our R2D2 here.

Wall Anchors

How to Install Wall Anchors

A very fundamental skill to keep a happy home - well installed wall anchors.

Network Cable

Install a Network Cable in a Wall

Our second how-to video ever made somehow got the most views. Here is Connor at a very early age.

Fix Anything Mechanical

How to Fix Anything Mechanical

Yep - that's right - fix anything mechanical after watching this - truly.


Life Lessons

Videos capturing early life lessons.

Steady Demeanor

Keeping a Steady Demeanor

We both learned the valuable lesson in life in this one - always keep a steady demeanor.

Slow Dancing

Surviving 6th Grade

Connor shot this after having a very interesting experience when learning to dance in 6th grade gym.

Marshmallow Rotisserie

What are Cypress Knees?

An adventure in South Carolina to find out what cypress knees are.

Do or Do Not

Do or Do Not: There is no try

The explanation as to what "Do or Do Not: There is No Try" actually meant.


Published Books and Magazine Articles

Connor had a few publications along the way.

Middle School Days

Middle School Days Book One

A full length novel based on a set of friends' Middle School Days.

Mo's Understanding

Mo's Understanding

A story where empathy prevails over everything else that's wrong in the world.

The Shed

The Shed Magazine Issue 85

Our first offshore publication - The Shed Magazine of New Zealand featuring our ultimate trike build.


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