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Build A BassMaster Carnival Game

BassMaster 3000
The BassMaster 3000

The BassMaster 3000

Want to build your own carnival game? This is a great project to build for birthdays, work parties, or just for the fun of it!

The electronics really bring it to life.  An Arduino Yun was used to monitor the sensors, host a web slideshow with candid pictures of the winners (shown on nearby monitor), and trigger the lights and sound.  The video below shows how it works:

If you want to build your own, the full detail (including Arduino source code) can be found on Instructables here.

Shameless Plug For Votes!

I  entered this tutorial into three “Instructables” contests listed below (Sensors, Epilog Challenge, and Summer #mikehacks).  I would really appreciate it if you would take a minute and vote for my Instructable for each of these contests.  Note that voting does require an account on Sign-up only takes a minute and my experience has been that they are very good about not sending SPAM your way or selling your email address.

By winning or placing in these contests, I could potentially get some great tools and supplies to build bigger and better things!

To vote, simply visit each contest using the links provided below.  You should see my BassMaster entry listed on the page. Thanks in advance for helping me out!

Sensors Contest (Vote For Me HERE!) UPDATE – I’m a finalist in the Sensors Contest! Thanks for your votes!
Epilog Challenge VI (Vote For Me HERE!)
Summer #mikehacks (Vote for Me HERE!)

Happy Arduino Day!

Happy Birthday Arduino!

To celebrate Arduino Day, has several fantastic deals on Arduino boards valid one day only for “Arduino Day” which is today, March 29th.

I would recommend the $9 “RedBoard” for anyone just getting started. The $3 mini boards are great if you have a little experience and are looking for a low cost dedicated Arduino for your projects.

They are allowing back orders on these awesome prices.  Don’t miss out on these great deals.

Also note that today from 4 – 8pm is the “Launch Party” for Generator, a new VT Maker Space with lots of cool (expensive) gadgets for your building needs. They will have a cash bar from 6-8pm and Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup. What more could you want?

Have fun and let me know if you build something.


Get Over 1/2 Mile Range With Wireless Arduino Projects

Break Your Arduino Free From Wifi

A $20 wirelesss development board based on Arduino is about to enter the market.  Makers everywhere are excited about the possibilities this brings to their projects.

Flutter Wireless

 Our goal is to provide the community with access to inexpensive and reliable wireless technology. That’s why we built flutter. Based on Arduino, flutter is a wireless electronic development board with an ARM processor and integrated hardware encryption.

Flutter is a successfully funded Kickstarter Project that raised $149,906 of it’s original $80,000 goal.

Flutter offers the following features:

  • 1,000+ meter range
  • 1.2 Mbps max data rate
  • 915 MHz operating frequency
  • Atmel SAM3s ARM CPU at 64MHz
  • Cryptographic key storage
  • Mesh networking
  • 3.3v system voltage
  • 10-40mA current draw (normal use)

Unlike many wifi-based products, flutter boards talk directly to each other – no routers or servers required. All you need to make a flutter network is two flutter boards and power. Whether you’re preparing for Burning Man or just building a project for your next hiking trip, flutter has you covered.

Due to begin shipping in April, this product has serious potential for some amazing wireless projects.  I can’t wait to get my hands on a kit.

For more details visit the Flutter Press Page, Flutter Website, or the original Flutter Kickstarter Page

Arduino Classes in Essex, VT

Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It is intended for creating interactive objects or environments. The sky is the limit on the things you can create.

Interested in all the “Maker Craze” with Arduino? Not sure where to start?

Arduino Yún
Arduino Yún

John Mangan of will be presenting a series of classes on the Arduino microcontroller in two tracks. The beginners track is for people who have zero experience with Arduino.

A series of separate hands-on classes will follow with increasing levels of difficulty (and fun!). An optional Arduino starter kit will be available for purchase and use in the hands-on sessions.

The details of each class are still being planned. The introduction class will be a one-hour session. Hands-on workshops will be 2 hour sessions and will require students to bring their own PC or Mac to participate. Classes are planned to be offered in Essex, VT, but details on the venue are still being finalized.

Class sizes will be limited and pricing will be very reasonable. Interested? Sign up to my mailing list below to be notified when more details become available.

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