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Backed Projects in Kickstarter.com

Over the past few months I had become an addictive backer with Kickstarter projects and so far I have backed 7 projects. For now I am patiently waiting to receive the project items I have backed so far. Trust me if you keep following the cool project Kickstarters as they come up with you will go bonkers and start backing projects everyday. These are some of the projects which attracted me and I have backed so far

1) UDOO – UDOO is a mini PC that could run either Android or Linux, with an Arduino-compatible board embedded. It is a powerful prototyping board for software development and design, it’s easy to use and with a few steps you can start using it and creating your projects with minimum knowledge. It merges different computing worlds in one; each world has its strengths and weaknesses, and all of them are useful today in education as well as Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and rapid prototyping endeavours. It is an open hardware, low-cost computer equipped with an ARM i.MX6 Freescale processor for Android and Linux, alongside Arduino DUE’s ARM SAM3X, both CPU integrated on the same board!

The power of 4 Raspberry PI + Arduino DUE functionality = UDOO

2) NFC Ring – The NFC Ring can be used to unlock doors, mobile phones, transfer information and link people. Best of all the NFC Ring glides right onto your finger – no updates, no charging, and no fuss.

Single Ring Close up

3) Able-HD: The Portable DIY HD Monitor – Ever wish you had a second monitor for your laptop that is lightweight and can easily fit into your bag? This was my thought when inventing Able-HD. I often found that monitors are bulky, no matter how slim they claim to be. Today, most people choose to use a laptop, tablet or other gadgets. I currently use a laptop because it’s good with a mobile working environment, it’s portable and most importantly it fits in my bag. But how does it help with productivity? I usually have two or three monitors working in my office. It’s impossible for me to travel with my second or third monitor in my bag along with my laptop. Thus, the problem with a laptop is limited portable productivity. In this case, what if there was a monitor that weighed less than an iPad, with a 17″ inch screen and comes with HD 1080p resolution? A quality HD device can often times cost outrageous amounts of money, but Able-HD able to offer lower price!

The Able-HD is three times slimmer than any LED monitor in the market right now, but with the lowest price.

4) juiceBee – is the first portable charging and backup solution that combines a wall charger and a battery backup system – allowing them to dock and charge together or separately

THE UNIVERSAL 2-IN-1 USB WALL CHARGER+BATTERY BACKUP SOLUTION

5) SparqEE CELLv1.0: Cellular made easy (Arduino/Pi/+) – A tiny Cellular development board that gives you Wireless Worldwide. That means internet to anything anywhere!

Cellular made easy (Arduino/Pi/+)

6) Visionnaire – Fine Writing Instruments – This fountain pen was conceived for the writer, the designer, the entrepreneur, and the minimalist. It was designed for those who are passionate, creative, and aspiring. It is a fine writing instrument designed for the Visionnaire.

Chrome and Noir Visionnaire7) The Easy-Macro Smartphone Lens – It is the simplest, most convenient and easiest to use macro lens available for smartphones.  Its 4x magnification gives your phone’s camera close-up powers that you never thought possible and its unique, patented design means that it will fit on any smartphone available today (and tomorrow!) with or without a case.  It is also the only smartphone lens that stores in your wallet so you never leave it behind.  If you take photos with your phone, you need an Easy-Macro!

The First Easy-Macro Prototype

Plus I have a big wish list from Kickstarter. If any one interested in funding me to back the project I would love that 😉

Working with Raspberry Pi Camera Rev 1.3

Fastest online delivery I had ever experienced  was with Raspberry Pi Camera from RS Components. I received the package in 3days for a shipment fee of 8 USD.

The setup was very straight forward and simple, just follow the link. A sample shot taken using the camera, it has come out bad that is due to me not fixing the camera properly.

Raspberry-Pi-Camera-Shot

 

Going to attempt time lapse photography… will keep you posted 😉

Raspberry Pi with Redundant Power Supply

Everyday I get lot of ideas for Raspberry Pi. One such is to make it mobile like integrate it with my car. In that case I have to think of alternative power source if my car is not running. Lipo Rider Pro from SeeedStudio came to my rescue.LiPo Rider ProFeatures

  • Maximum 1A load output
  • Battery and Solar panel connector is JST 2.0
  • Stable 5V USB power supply regardless of source
  • Charge/Recharge algorithms built into chip
  • Charge Lithium Polymer Battery through solar power or USB
  • Stable supply voltage through either lithium battery or USB
  • 2 x USB ports let you program your kit while charging your Lithium battery
  • LED indications for battery full or charging states
  • 4 green LED instruct quantity of electricity of lithium battery

The above pictures shows that how I have implemented the Lipo Rider board for redundant power supply. I am not sure how efficient this will be on the move, so far I am happy that it is doing what it is supposed to do. Sometimes I get a feeling that the battery pack is always being used and it is not getting charged even if the USB power is connected. Have to debug this further 😉

Arduino with Bluetooth 4.0 Shield – iPhone Controlled Relay

After searching for a while I finally found an Arduino Bluetooth 4.0 shield from RedBear. My main aim was to able to control an Arduino from iPhone using Bluetooth 4.0.

Today I used SainSmart 8 Channel DC 5V Relay to play around. This relay is very easy to use with Arduino / Raspberry Pi.

To play around with the BLE shield I used the iPhone app and the Arduino code mentioned on their website. You should be able to follow the instruction and design your needed circuits to control. In my case the final setup looked something like this

Arduino with Bluetooth 4.0 Shield - iPhone Controlled Relay

Small video demo to see the above setup in action 😉

Stay tuned for more updates as soon as get time to work on these exciting projects 😉

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