Monday, June 25, 2012

Etch-a-Sketch hack of the day, using an Etch-a-Sketch as a temperature log display.

Hack A Day - Logging temperatures with an Etch-a-Sketch

What do you do if you’re given a gigantic ancient printer? If you’re [IronJungle], you throw that printer on your workbench and salvage all the parts you can. After coming across a few stepper motors in an old Oki printer, [IronJungle] decided to automate an Etch-a-Sketch with the help of a PIC microcontroller and H-bridge chip to log the ambient temperature on an Etch-a-Sketch display.

After [IronJungle] was finished figuring out his stepper motor circuit, the only thing left to do was to add a thermometer. For this task, he chose a very cool one-wire digital thermometer that carries power and data over the same wire.




That's just kind of cool. I was about to suggest that this would be a great seismometer too, but then I thought about it for a second... um... never mind... LOL

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