I posted over at Instructables a project that uses the Parallax PIR Motion Sensor (yes, it IS that same I used in the Halloween Hack, ye of the clan Observant) to encourage me to be working out. If I am, then I am rewarded with some tunes to keep moving along. However, if I am lazy and take a breather…well….. “No Snoop For You!”
The Parts List:
Key objectives here:
If you want more details, head over to the Instructables post.
Here is the project enclosure. Admit it, you love you some Maker’s Notebook, too, don’t you? The MP3 Trigger sits snug as a bug in a rug with the machine screws and nuts anchoring it in place. 2 additional ones hold the PIR Motion Sensor to the front of the tin. Getting the larger hole in the front and back was tricky because I did not have a great pair of snips around. I’ll know for next time! I did manage to wear through several Dremmel bit tips in my stubbornness of using the wrong tool for the job.
Here she be all wired up. Note, she AIN’T wired to the LAN, so this is using the “Onboard Rules” feature. If I did want to datalog the session, I would have to plug in to my router (which in this case really is not more than 10 feet away).
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!