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Sticks
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Hello all. My name is Craig (AKA Sticks) and I live in sunny Queensland, Australia. I found the Dronebot Workshop forum through the YouTube channel... which is one of my absolute favourite channels to watch and has become an invaluable reference for me as I fumble my way though my home projects. 

I am a jack of all trades, master of none. I love fixing things myself at home and dreaming up ways to give old household items a new lease of life... through rejuvenating repair and enhancement or tearing it down to recycle the parts in other repairs.


   
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robotBuilder
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@sticks

Welcome. As your bio says you are a B Double driver along the Eastern seaboard I think one useful project would be a camera that monitors your state of awareness?

 


   
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That is a great idea @robotBuilder. As with most great ideas... someone else had it first.

My employer puts Guardian Cameras in all his trucks. If my eyes close for more than 1.5 seconds, the driver seat vibrates along with an audible alarm. It also beeps at me if I spend too long not looking straight ahead.

Sometimes the system can be annoying with false alerts... but all in all the safety benefits outweigh the occasional inconvenience. 

My immediate work project is rebuilding my 12v kettle for my 2am cup of tea. I have a basic DC kettle that was designed without a thermostat. I enhanced it by adding a digital thermostat, a 10a DC circuit breaker and replacing the fixed power cable with a removable one for easier storage. I did the same with my 12v DC oven so that I can use the same power cord on both.

My problem is that the digital thermostat is not dealing with the heat at all. I've purchased some MH Live ATTiny88 boards with the view to using a relay and thermistor to build my own tiny thermostat... if I can reduce the footprint I can put it in the handle to reduce the overheating. 

Total overkill I know... but fun nevertheless. 


   
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ron bentley
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@sticks

Welcome to the forum.

Your approach and interests strike a chord! Looking forward to reading about your kettle project.

Cheers

Ron B

(Stafford UK)

 

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