Lloyd Summers

Lloyd Summers

My name is Lloyd Summers and I'm from Calgary Alberta, Canada. 

I'm a part-time developer in the evenings, and a full time IT Consultant in the daytime, specializing in Project Management and Solution Design.  I focus on all kinds of hardware, software and opensource development.


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Creating a Box to Read Your Tweets

After recently getting an Arduino Yun from Newark Canada, I decided to put together a fun build video for IoT fans out there!  This video will show you how to build your own Arduino Tweet Box using an Adruino Yun and an EMIC2.  For fun, I decided to add a 2 line LCD as well (for folks who don’t have an EMIC2 or found it to be too pricy).  In my next EMIC-2 article, I'll go one step farther, and show you how you can send text from your BlackBerry to your EMIC 2 and make it speak for you by leveraging its text-to-speech function (Exterrrrminate, Exterrrrrrminaaaaate!).

Build Video: Digital Oscilloscope DIY Kit

Why am I covering Arduino Here?

I have some exciting projects coming up that involve Arduino and BlackBerry and in order to make those happen, I need to help show you how Arduino works first!

About the Kit:

For those of you who know me, I recently ordered a large shipment of PCB boards from a company some of you may have heard called SparkFun. Besides getting a whole bunch of cool boards, I made one additional unnecessary purchase: A DIY Digital Oscilloscope Kit.

See the assembly video here.

My rating: Medium Difficulty - Not for Beginners, and 5/5 for Fun!

Building an Arduino Temperature Sensor with an LCD Display

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As part of my learning curve for open source hardware, and basic electronics.  This project wont take you very long, maybe an hour at most.

What this does is pretty straight forward, it shows the temperature in real time for both Celsius and Fahrenheit.  I’ve added some code to the Nokia, which uses the analogWrite trick (that is, use one of the digital outputs that has a tilde in front of it ( ~ ).  This will let you send a modulating frequency, which means you can make the LED (backlight in this case) brighter and dimmer.  The brightness of this display is controlled using the trimpot (potentiometer).

Meggy Jr RGB

Recently, a friend introduced me to Arduino.  Rather, he’s been trying to introduce me for a while and I’ve just been too darned busy to play with it. 

So, I took on some projects and spent some energy on it this last month.  As a result, I have a handful of posts coming up about open source hardware :)

First up, Meggy Jr from evil mad scientist.

Not really an arduino, it was a great way to warm back up to soldering and electronics.  The entire kit took about two hours to assemble, and requires some hand tools as outlined in the manual.  I went ahead and picked up a tool kit from SparkFun as my old soldering iron has seen better days – which is another interesting (albiet expensive) electronics company I have purchased from in the past.

At the same time, I also purchased an Arduino Esplora + TFT from CanadaRobotix – but more on that later.

LocalBar2 for BlackBerry 10

First, a special thank you to Yohanes who shared his code with me to allow the BB10 port to be built.

I am proud to present a BlackBerry 10 release for LocalBar2!

Features

  • Z10 release
  • 2 Q10 releases (one scaled, an one shrunk)
  • Notifies users on new version release
  • Resized graphics
  • Added full name fade view on press
  • 100 items (oh yes)
  • 6 classes
  • 60 quests *

* Note: This will make more sense later to some folks.

Known Bugs:

  • Closes when miminized
  • Slow launch
  • Not as aware of BAR success as predecessor

Enjoy!

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