Mini Tank Robot

I’ve been talking to Jules about building a robot with him this year, and tonight I found this neat kit on Aliexpress: less than $100AUD, Arduino-based and with enough complexity for the two of us to have some fun building and programming it.

Bottlehead Crack Valve Amp

So around five years ago Dee bought me a birthday present that I was equal parts enamoured with and terrified of: a point-to-point wired valve amplifier kit from the Bottlehead company.

Agent Bingo Robot

A couple of years ago, Jules got given a cheap toy robot, and it wasn’t long before it broke. He wasn’t too fussed1 and eventually let me tear it to pieces.

Picobrewery

Oh man, this is cool: a benchtop brewery/brewing robot out of the US. Can I get one please? (Probably need to find our dream home first.)

Mechanical Keyboards

As the primary user interface for many generations of computer users, the humble keyboard surely deserves its place in the history books as one of the twentieth century’s greatest inventions. From the surface, at least, it appears to be largely unchanged since the electric typewriter of the ’30s, with the layout even older still — a lattice of switches which, when closed, send an appropriate electrical signal to the computing device — and as a frequent, heavy computer user, I should probably have paid more attention.

Clock Radio

Idea: Replace the guts of the (US-voltage) vintage clock radio I have with an Arduino (driving the display) and a radio circuit. Hacks/Ideas Self-dimming clock display e.g. get brighter gradually towards the alarm time Input: existing controls Gut a portable DAB radio (~$50, ebay) and integrate Add a smart bulb (lumen, phillips hue) to my bedside light and make an easy “dawn light” Voice activation/control(!