Arduino is an open-source physical computing platform based on a simple i/o board, and a development environment for writing Arduino software.
Arduino can be used to develop interactive objects, taking inputs from a variety of switches or sensors, and controlling a variety of lights, motors, and other outputs. Arduino projects can be stand-alone, or they can be communicate with software running on your computer (e.g. Flash, Processing, MaxMSP.)
For more information, visit Arduino.cc
I found this parking meter at Princess Auto yesterday. Made by POM Inc., this meter is called the PPM.
I got it to work by adding a rubber band with just enough tension to depress the turn-detect lever when the lever is turned. The meter has knobs where a tensioned spring was attached. I'll have to find a decent spring somewhere.
Woo! I got my contest kit for the Microchip 16-bit Embedded Design Contest.
PIC Projects, electronics projects, and photos from Stevehttp://www.semifluid.com/
I bought the CodeAlarm CA-145 off eBay for a reasonable price, but since I just installed a better, more expensive alarm system, and since the CA-145 is an "expansion pack", not a system by itself, I figured I could hack around with it a bit :)