Eliminate shop dust automatically with Arduino

What’s the best way to dispose of the dust that is produced when cutting with power tools? YouTuber Bob Claggett’s answer is to automate the process entirely, using a series of PVC sewer pipes to transport air to a central vacuum system, along with an Arduino Uno for control.

Airflow is regulated via a blast gate for each power tool, which is opened and shut using a hobby-style servo and custom linkage system. The powerful dust collector is controlled with the help of a relay.

Cleverly, a voltage sensor is employed for each power tool needing dust collection, allowing the Arduino to turn on the system and decide which gate to open without any human interaction.

Want a similar system for your workshop? Be sure to check out Claggett’s entire build in his write-up here and in the video below!

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Intelli-Buoy gathers water data

Water is essential to life on earth, and making sure our rivers and lakes are free from pollution is therefore quite important. For environmental monitoring, students from Bergen County Academics Magnet High School have come up with the Intelli-Buoy system that can track water turbidity, pH, oxygen, and temperature levels for analysis. It can also keep tabs on wind speed and rain stats for possible correlation.

The floating device uses a pair of Arduino Unos with an SD card shield mounted on each in order to record these statistics over several days, and it’s designed with two external USB ports for easy access.

Be sure to check out this orange PVC sensor assembly the video seen here.

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Come and visit Arduino at Maker Faire Rome this weekend!

Starting tomorrow, Friday, December 1st, the Arduino team will be exhibiting at the 5th annual Maker Faire Rome – The European Edition. Those heading to Rome over the weekend (December 1st -3rd) are invited to swing by our booth at Pavilion 7 (Interaction) and join us for some inspiring talks. This year, Arduino will also be operating the official Maker Shop with plenty of products and ideas that can help you find original gifts for the holiday season.

The Booth

We’ve been preparing a series of demos for adults and kids at the booth to showcase the new Arduino Education products and programs, as well as the latest developments of the MKR family boards and IoT solutions. Moreover, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about the AUG (Arduino User Group) Program, meet the winner of the Arduino MKR FOX 1200 Contest, and play with an interactive installation by Supsi University!

The Store

At Pavillon 7 (close to the Arduino booth), there will be a Maker Shop by Arduino selling most of the Arduino products (including the recently announced Arduino MKR WAN 1300 (LoRa) and Arduino MKR GSM 1400). You’ll also find some other interesting kits and holiday gift ideas for kids, makers and developers, plus a selection of Arduino goodies.

Talks

Our team will even be a part of Maker Faire Rome’s program with several talks and presentations on Arduino innovations, new products, and partnership programs. The schedule is as follows: 

We look forward to seeing you all at Pavilion 7! (Check out the Maker Faire map here.)

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Create the smart home gadget of the future with Alexa and Arduino

We’re excited to announce a new challenge with Amazon Alexa and Hackster.io, which invites the Arduino community to design the smart home gadgets of the future.

Makers have already come up with exciting ways to integrate Alexa and Arduino into their projects, from talking teddy bears and singing animatronic fish, to voice-controlled blinds and holiday decorations, to robotic coffee machines and drink mixers. And now, we want to see what next-generation devices you can come up with. Personalized lighting? Room temperature automation? Security and doorbell systems? Pet toys and feeders?

Contest winners will be awarded with prizes that can help take their ideas from prototype to product through Dragon Innovation’s certification process, Kickstarter coaching sessions, cash, and more.

The Best Overall Alexa Smart Home Skill & Gadget winner will receive a prize package valued at $ 29,000:

  • $ 14,000 cash
  • Kickstarter Package: Promotional video and marketing fund
  • Dragon Innovation Certification
  • A 60-minute Kickstarter coaching session

Want to learn more about the Alexa and Arduino Smart Home Challenge? You can find a full list of prizes and rules here.

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Building an 8-step keyboard sequencer with Arduino

Sequencers, as YouTuber “LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER” explains, are musical devices that go through a sequence of tones one by one. While this can be done quite simply with a 4017 counter chip, if you instead substitute in an Arduino board for the counter, you can make your gadget behave normally, go backwards, or even act as a sort of keyboard using input buttons.

This particular project employs a Nano for control, giving it a conveniently small form factor to fit inside your equipment.

Since the start of building modular synths, ive always been looking for an arduino powered sequencer. but never really happy with the projects that were about. because it was still menu dives and button combinations. which is not what you wanna be messing about with! you may aswell use a computer and a mouse ha.

Be sure to check out LOOK MUM NO COMPUTER’s entire build process and a demo of the keyboard sequencer in the video below. You can also find circuit diagrams and Arduino code in the project’s write-up here.

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