Minecraft, Programming and the Real World …

Minecraft, Programming and the Real World …

Posted by in Arduino, Family, Technology on 27. Nov, 2013 | 2 Comments

I have spent some time over the last couple of years trying to teach the kids programming … for the most part my attempts have been unsuccessful … I was simply not able to interest them.

Recently, my youngest daughter has been (very independently of me)  showing an interest in these kinds of things. … Read More →

First leg of the journey…

First leg of the journey…

Posted by in Arduino, Technology, WVO vehicle on 11. Jan, 2012 | 1 Comment

Since leaving Darfield on December 16th we have been SO busy!  It is now January 10th and we are in Orlando and I’m just finding time to think about posting.  Part of it was the novelty of being on a true “vacation” again and not wanting to do much else. Another part of our slowness … Read More →

Arduino WVO ECU on a Breadboard!

Arduino WVO ECU on a Breadboard!

Posted by in Arduino, Energy Solutions, Technology, WVO vehicle on 08. Dec, 2011 | 2 Comments

I understand that most people will not find this post too exciting … but I am excited!

I have been working on an ECU (electronic control unit or more simply computer) for the WVO system.  My current operating schematic (ECU_schem) is as shown in this post.

I finally got some of the parts laid out on a breadboard … Read More →

Delica WVO Liftoff!

Delica WVO Liftoff!

Posted by in Arduino, Energy Solutions, Technology, WVO vehicle on 29. Nov, 2011 | 0 Comments

After weeks of work it was pretty anticlimactic … no flames, no loud woosh, no G-force.

On the way into Kamloops this morning (after the engine had warmed up) I flipped the switch labelled WVO (waste vegetable oil) on the dashboard to ‘Oil’ and … nothing happened.  I kept driving down the highway but Sandra and … Read More →

My first project: talking to a Bluetooth Enabled Arduino Uno

My first project: talking to a Bluetooth Enabled Arduino Uno

Posted by in Arduino, Technology on 30. May, 2011 | 2 Comments

In my last post I described setting up a development environment for working with the Arduino Uno micro controller.

This post describes my first project; getting an Arduino connected to a bluetooth modem to talk to my Android based cell phone.  the parts I used for this project include:

1 x Arduino Uno,
1 x Sparkfun Electronics Bluetooth … Read More →

A Micro Controller Parts List and Development Environment

Posted by in Arduino, Technology on 30. May, 2011 | 0 Comments

In order to get started with my goal of experimenting with a controller I figured I needed a basic kit of parts.

I was hesitant to purchase an off-the-shelf beginner’s kit of parts as I am leery of the cost of these kits relative to what you actually get.  So, I did some research on the … Read More →


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