Category Archive: Do It Yourself

Jul 19

Repairing a Behringer BCF2000

bcf2000

BCF2000 is a good, cheap MIDI controller manufactured by Behringer. It can be used (and in fact is widely used) in live music industry, either by light technicians, DJs or musicians. So one day I got a request to do lighting in a live show and needed my BCF2000 that was idle for a couple …

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Dec 28

New Project: RDPresent

Hey everyone… After so many time without giving news, I came back with a new project, called RDPresent. It consists of a system that lets you use your tablet as a presenter view and controller. I started this proof of concept a few days ago and now I believe that I have something that you …

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Sep 18

My latest repair – QUBE Q15

Q15OriginalBoardBot

I just wanted to share with you my latest repair work… I was given a burnt QUBE Q15 board. If you don’t know QUBE, it’s an audio company and Q15 is a speaker model. In the next pictures you can see the original board, with all components taken out. These are high quality products, but …

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Sep 16

Modifying servos for continuing rotation

rc_servo_block_diagram

If you ever thought of better ways to control your robot’s locomotion, you might have googled and found that more and more people are using servos. But why? Well, firstly servos are easy accessible and cheap (you can buy a standard hobby servomotor for under $13). In a very small package you get a DC motor, gearbox, and feedback control system. …

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Mar 17

SM130 RFID Reader and Arduino

Recently I’ve been working on a RFID identification solution for a new project at University of Aveiro. Our first approach will be through Arduino and the Son Micro SM130 RFID module. At first, the Arduino seemed quite simple and effective for the final goal, but soon the problems came up. We will have to communicate …

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