Giant RGB LED Display + ESP8266

I’ve been working on a giant RGB LED Display recently. The video above shows you some test animations running through the display. Currently the display is 25 x 17 in size and will be expanded to be 25 x 25 LEDs in total. The display is made up of WS2812 Neopixel strips powered by a…

Air Quality Monitoring Station

I’ve started a new project recently to build an air quality monitoring station. This really came about after me being curious as to how bad the air quality was during my daily commute into London. There are parts of that commute where I can literally taste the car fumes and so was curious exactly how…

Minecraft Ore Lamp

So we started a little fun project recently to make some RGB Mood Lamps. We chose a Minecraft Ore block as the basis for the lamp itself. I found the STL files to 3D Print the block on Thingiverse. A few were printed out using black filament and several were done in matt grey. The…

Last Sprint

So it is now just 6 days to go until the Sunday of Pi Wars. This is the last weekend to get things sorted before the big day. So we’ve been frantically 3D Printing and testing. For the Somewhere Over The Rainbow challenge we were concerned about the way the course was going to be…

Pi Wars Countdown – 10 Days To Go

With just 10 days to go till the Sunday that we are competing in Pi Wars, panic is now setting in. We have to admit we are not completely ready and really need another few weeks to get things right. However, we don’t have that luxury. There are 10 days to the competition and considering…

35 Days To Go

It is now only 35 days to go until the Sunday Pi Wars day and the pressure is mounting. The reality is, we need more time, another 3 months would be great. The reality also is, we don’t have that luxury. Pi Wars is in 35 days whether we are ready or not. We made…

Nerf Cannon V5

Over the last few weeks I’ve gone through several design iterations for the Nerf Cannon. This is mainly due to my insistence in trying to use a continuous rotation modded servo to move the darts into position. I have finally given in and used a stepper motor. This is something I should have done right…

Pi Wars is hard !!!

I was saying to Tom yesterday that it is no wonder so many teams drop out of Pi Wars in the first few months. Pi Wars is hard. There is no doubt about it, they are not called “Challenges” lightly. Over the last month or so I have been designing, redesigning, printing and reprinting parts…

Pi Wars Update

Crikey, has it really been that long since the last blog post about Pi Wars? So, what have we been up to since the last post? Well, lots of things, but slowly. Progress on the robot is slow. There are only two of us doing the core work on the robot with Mike doing the…