Category Archives: Hardware

PiPurr – The Remote Cat Interaction Server

All the best hacks and open-source projects come about by scratching personal itches. In fact when asked by friends and acquaintances “How do I start with coding – what should I write?“, that is my usual answer – “Find something … Continue reading

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Introducing ‘The Sin': Edd’s YM2612 MIDI Instrument

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CantHack presents at Digibury.

Thanks to everybody who came to Digibury this week, we had a great time and we hope the people who came enjoyed the session. The slides are available below, as well as the light painting pictures you made! I am … Continue reading

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A brief history of my Zipit Z2

For a while now I have been playing with the idea of building my version of the perfect alarm clock. My original ideas involved the Arduino and the Arduino Ethernet Shield. This all changed when I was introduced to the … Continue reading

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A Temperature Sensor with Arduino

After getting the Arduino Uno for Christmas last year, I set about doing what every geek does after getting bored of the usual blinky blinky pin 13 stuff, and started thinking about what I could do with it that was … Continue reading

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Hexy: Binary to Hex Array Converter.

Just after the second hack night,  Tim was temporarily staying at my house for a while, and one evening just happened to be working on some embedded PIC stuff. He was writing a system to serve an image over a … Continue reading

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Getting Faster USB Charging from an In Car Charger

The other day I was driving to work with my brand new Google Nexus S Android phone on the dashboard, as usual. A new version of Google Maps had just come out, and coupled with the fact that I had just … Continue reading

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Interfacing an HD44780 LCD Screen – The Beginnings of the Car Audio System

Following my previous post Programming the Arduino in Pure C, I have had time over the Xmas holdiays to do some more experimentation. Setting the Scene First lets look at what I am aiming to do. I hate taking CDs … Continue reading

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Programming the Arduino in Pure C.

For hack #2, I started looking at how I could program an Arduino; an affordable hobby development board which uses an Atmega AVR microcontroller. More information here. We add a twist by not using the Arduino IDE and instead using … Continue reading

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LCD Now Playing Screen

For Hack Night #2, I wanted to create a “Now Playing” LCD display to integrate with the lpHack music server that we worked on at Hack Night #1. The resulting project is another real Can’t Hack team effort as it … Continue reading

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