10 Cool Arduino Projects That Require Hacking!
1. Tongueduino: Hackable, High-bandwidth Sensory Augmentation
In a bid to move beyond simple vision replacement toward greater sensory augmentation, MIT researcher Gershon Dublon has made use of the fact that electrotactile tongue displays can be used as vision prosthetics for the blind and built the Tongueduino. It sends information to a pad placed inside the user’s mouth. The pad can convert signals from an electronic sensor into small pulses of electric current . The tongue then reads the pulses as a pattern of tingles.
2. Dalek Robot
The Dalek Robot features an Arduino Uno that monitors two ultrasonic sensors and sends the signals over to a Raspberry Pi which then plays an MP3 clip. Meanwhile, another Arduino board provides sound to light functionality to drive the dome lights.
3. Quadcopter assembly
The Quadcopter assembly has been built by a team at the University of Victoria in British Columbia from scratch using parts drawn from a 3D printer. The device features a 9 Degrees of freedom sensor stick (9DOF) that contains three sensors: an accelerometer, a gyroscope, and a magnetometer. Each sensor can be communicated with using I2C from analog pins 4 and 5 on the Arduino Uno. The source code for the project is based on the AeroQuad (open source quadcopter).
Part of a Kickstarter-funded project that will launch Arduino-powered satellites into space and then backers can run their own experiments on them. “Once launched, the ArduSat (Arduino–satellite) will be the first open platform allowing the general public to design and run their own space-based applications, games, and experiments, and steer the onboard cameras to take pictures on-demand,” claim ArduSat’s creators.
5. Arduino-powered mosquito killer
An engineer (who goes by the username “jack1986”) wired up an Arduino and a few other devices to automatically turn a mosquito coil on at night and off in the morning, while also turning the coil off when the temperature is low.
Contents: A real-time clock (or RTC module) is used to report the time, a relay shield for controlling the on/off state of the mosquito coil, a $19 Crowduino Arduino board, a Screw Shield add-on board for connecting wires, and a waterproof temperature sensor.
6. Durex Fundawear
Fundawear is basically men’s and women’s underwear outfitted with little vibrators controlled by a smartphone. The garments are lined with actuators that vibrate on the command of a smartphone app. Early versions of the device connected to the underwear relied on an Arduino.
The kegerator uses an Arduino Duemilanove with an RFID reader for access control, a solenoid for controlling the tap and a flow meter for recording how much beer was dispensed. It’s equipped with an RFID reader for verifying drinkers’ identities from a keyfob.
8. Toa Mata Band
Italian music producer Giuseppe Acito unveiled the Toa Mata Band, that essentially is a group of LEGO Bionicles who play the drums with the help of an Arduino.
9. Arduino Powered Tree-Climbing Robot
“The robot was to consist of two segments, joined by a spine which could be extended or retracted. Each segment would have four legs with very sharp points as feet. To climb, the legs on the top segment would pinch together and the sharp feet would dig into the bark, securing the robot. Then the spine would be retracted, pulling up the bottom segment. The legs on the bottom segment would then grip the tree, and the top segment would release. Finally, the spine would extend, pushing the top segment upwards, and the process would repeat. The climbing sequence is somewhat similar to the way an inchworm climbs.” says the creater.
Joe Fernandez, an engineer on Google’s Android team hooked an Arduino up to his sprinkler system and wrote an Android application to control the whole thing remotely. He can now turn his sprinklers on and off from anywhere.