Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Hi guys, I've kindly been sent a new gadget to have a look at by a company called 1byone in the form of a LED bluetooth controller bulb that also has a bluetooth speaker built in.  I plan to integrate this with the blinkybox toy i made for my kids so that they shall be able to control the room lighting as well as the colour of the box itself.

You can get the product here Link and I've put up a short video of it in action link.  I'm going to do a full review of it soon as well as a video when it's integrated with blinky box :-)
I did have to purchase an adapter separately for it to work in a standard baynet B22 socket (UK style) but it was only 72p link

They also have a promotion on a couple of other items which would be great for a party, a smoke machine Link as well as a sound activated stage light which again would be excellent for a kids Halloween party Link.  Lastly they have a deal on iphone 6 cases link

Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Been doing some more electronics tinkering and put up an instructable of a self watering plant pot using a small 6v motor and an arduino to control it via a relay. I've put together a short YouTube video with it as well, i really need to work on my camera skills, more specifically the lighting as i think that's really affecting it. The instructable is here Let me know what you think and any suggestions would be really appreciated even if it's criticism.


Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Blinkybox

Been bitten by the electronics bug lately and built a small lightup toy for my little ones which i've documented at Instructables for those who fancy having a go at it themselves.  I've been amassing components so plan many more builds.


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Building your own Steam Box

Never thought i'd see the day but i have actually gotten to the point where i prefer to use a controller than the keyboard and mouse, i can only say that i must be getting old!

I've went with a Dell Optiplex 790 paired up with a KFA2 GeForce GTX 750Ti OC "Low Profile" which i have to say I've been mightily impressed with, as it didn't come with a low profile bracket i had to purchase one.  I threw in a SSD which i had lying about and it's been fantastic, it was only 128GB so I've just purchased a 512GB SSD but i'm mightily impressed with it.

I use a cheap xbox 360 wireless adaptor which i purchased from Amazon Link that works great, it's a pain to find the 64 bit drivers but once that is sorted it's just a case of firing up steam in big picture mode and your all sorted.