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Exhibition / Re: Bedside table w/touch sensitive integrated light.
« on: November 13, 2011, 03:58:33 AM »
Heh - I do have a website but I need to sort it out so at the moment, no but when I get the urge to fix it then yes ;)

It's now happily using a board with a Wiring bootloader on after a few hours of trying to get WiringISP working yesterday then finding it was my Arduino board that has issues.
Exhibition / Bedside table w/touch sensitive integrated light.
« on: November 12, 2011, 09:41:22 AM »
I thought this board looked a bit empty so here's a project I kinda completed coming on 6 months ago.

It's a bedside table with an integrated light.
The table itself is hinged and hollow and currently houses a mess of electronics. Made from waxed birch veneered plywood.
The light was constructed from various layers of wood - veneers, 1mm ply, and flexi ply. These were laser cut and jigged while glueing to get the shape. The middle is hollow and houses:
2 ~500mW warm white LEDs and 2 ~300mW RGB LEDs at the top
2 Rogue Robotics rKey capacitive touch sensor modules (one on the top and one on the side)
1 LDR for adjusting brightness/turning on the light when it gets dark.
16 bi/tri colour (red/blue) LEDs down the back which shine through the veneer
4 74HC595 shift registers for controlling the LEDs, 5 resistor networks for the LEDs and lots of wires!


Lots of wires and shift registers - cut down legs dead bug style.

Showing the time (kinda :P )

As the LEDs are individually addressable, I can make them do anything - I've yet to try music visualisations (with the main RGB LEDs as well) but I bet that'll look awesome.

As for code, I'm working on changing it (partly to new Wiring code) so that might come later. I never really got it doing much but I've kinda been motivated recently to get it doing something and start using it for its main purpose as a bedside table.

Thanks to bhagman for help with the shift register code and his continued drive to improve Wiring.
General Discussion / Re: Let's get to know each other!
« on: July 16, 2011, 10:25:45 PM »
Update: I have a job... yey for me - boo for less time for electronics hackery
Website Questions / Re: Forum Problem, unable to login
« on: July 03, 2011, 04:19:38 PM »
Yeah, the forum was updated and due to the minimal user base it was decided that it was much easier to start afresh than to try and port users across (well that's how I see it anyway).

With the introduction of wiring 1.0 as well (currently in beta), many of the questions asked before and issues raised may not be relevant with the new IDE anyway so we're not losing much by losing the old posts.
Installation Questions / Re: Wiring 1.0 RC3 Installer
« on: June 25, 2011, 03:50:33 AM »
I think the link should be re-added to the page to make it obvious.

The standard zip is still available from the google code downloads page:

+1 for the new installer though - works nicely (especially adding in all the shortcuts and uninstaller etc)
General Discussion / Re: Let's get to know each other!
« on: June 24, 2011, 08:58:17 AM »
Heh - might as well.

I'm Rob Whitfield, actively a member of the Arduino Forums (under the same alias of Mowcius).
I'm also shifting my focus across to Wiring due to the infuriating faults with the Arduino project as a whole and the unwillingness of the team to accept help, which any of the higher-profile members on the Arduino forum will be able to tell you about.

I am not a member of the Wiring team but I like to annoy bhagman with extensive lists of comments/suggestions and I can look at the project and see a number of things which I feel I have had an effect on.

I'm not a brilliant programmer and have been at it for almost 2 years teaching myself on and off but I have an extensive background knowledge of electronic products, code examples etc. I'm in that respect more of a hardware guy.

I'm not currently in work but hopefully that will change in the next couple of weeks.

Looking forward to helping with the future of Wiring!
General Discussion / Re: Wiring Colours and fonts (IDE and Forum)
« on: June 22, 2011, 11:16:48 AM »
Hehe - that doesn't surprise me :D

It will get sorted out.  Hernando is a whiz at this stuff (do I need to say that?)
Nope :)
General Discussion / Re: Wiring Colours and fonts (IDE and Forum)
« on: June 22, 2011, 07:07:22 AM »
Ok I like the orange - it's just what it's with which is the problem :P
General Discussion / Wiring Colours and fonts (IDE and Forum)
« on: June 22, 2011, 06:57:33 AM »
As with the Wiring IDE, the colour matching for text, banners etc leaves a little to be desired on this forum :D

The main things I notice are the bold text at the top of this in the orange box - it's grey on orange and is pretty awful to try and read. The blue background around the post creation icons is also a little weird.

(Mowcius brings out web developer to have a play with colours).

Minor changes to the css which could make a big difference to the look of the forum.

Could we also get the compose text box font size a bit bigger (bhagman, I'm surprised of you to make it so small) and perhaps change the general forum font to something looking a little less dated :P

The way the subject and message icon boxes highlight and shift everything down a few pixels is also a little annoying.

Another negative sounding post but I think the comments are all justified and we might as well get it right :)
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