Serv O’Beer has found some interest online through being covered at Instructables, Engadget, Gizmodo, Make, and others. Of particular interest is its inclusion in the How 2.0 section of Popular Science April 2009 edition, and PopSci Online. Yeah, the 100,000 YouTube views are eyebrow-raising as well. We really appreciate all of the comments and suggestions, and those who laughed along with us at the “usefulness” of a machine that can pour us a REAL beer using an iPhone.
You can see that the v 2.0 Serv O’Beer has been plated for ridigity, and some additional braces added to provide for a more smooth pour. Also a high torque servo has been added to allow it to serve as a brake, rather than just a pushing arm, and then a brake (hence the high volume of head in the beer).
Again, thanks to everyone who has laughed, sat confused, rolled your eyes, or said “Dude, that is sweet. You need a better outlet for your spare time”. Mostly, the latter. Just a closing note: The servo and the ioBridge do the work, I just get to use my Construx for something again, and drink 3-4 beers trying to calibrate this sucker. Sounds like a win-win to me.
Check out the article in the April Issue of Popular Science.
Thanks again, everyone. I’ll pour one for you!
Indoor Airsoft Shooting Range
A friend of mine who is something of an avid shooter had mentioned the lack of affordable “action” type targets. After some discussion, we determined it would be fun to build such a contraption for some indoor airsoft practice. The Arduino Diecimilia was a great choice for the “programming side” of things (I have 2 of them, he has one as well).
As a shooter, you would want to be up-range from the targets, so having something portable with a web interface was a great solution so nobody would have to be “in the line of fire”. The iPod Touch and the ioBridge module I used in another recent project. Of course, why build a custom target enclosure when I could snap one together with my Construx.
I used 3 of my hobby servos to turn the target faces. I am tightening the Construx frame to the hobby servo mount.
- Pin 13 – Debug LED
- Pin 12- Ready for Command
- Pin 11 – PWM for Servo 1
- Pin 10 – PWM for Servo 2
- Pin 9- PWM for Servo 3
- Pin 8- Incoming Command Pin (PWM from IOBridge)
- Pin 7- Command Waiting from IOBridge
- Pin 2- Peizo Speaker Control
Not to mention the ioBridge wiring, and the Servo wiring. Yeah I have a diagram or I would STILL be working on it.
It looks a monstrosity, but once the target face is on it, I cut up some cloth as the Airsoft BB trap, it will look just fine.
System debugged, targets turning! Now I can call out the programs remotely using the web browser in the iTouch and let the IOBrige tell the Arduino to do my bidding.
How the Airsoft Target Range Was Built
Arduino Source Code: Arduino-ioBridge-Airsoft-Source-Code.txt
I would say this was a fun, interesting, and rewarding project. I have also made it future-proof enough to scale up the number of targets for even more options. For those of you airsofters who don’t want your skills to dull over the winter, turn your basement into a range!
Now, should I put hay-bales on a servo platform for an indoor archery range?
Full Video Version (Combined Demo + Instructions)
With New Years fast approaching, I wanted to make a project that allows for the perfect pour and take out all of that physical work. Using Construx as the mechanical platform, a servo driving the action, and ioBridge controlling the system, I was to achieve “the perfect pour” controlled with the turning of my iPhone (using the accelerometer feedback determing the screen orientation). We’ve all seen the iBeer application on the iPhone, and now I can actually enjoy the IPA rather than just virtually pouring!
The information about this project can be found at Instructables.com including steps to make it. Also, you will see the project was picked up at Gizmodo, Engadget, ioBridge Projects, and the fine folks over at MAKE.