A completed Yagi antenna.
Every once in a while, we happen to lose something around the Rusty Nail Workshop. In most cases, if we wait a while, it will simply turn up again without us having to look very hard. Unfortunately, that isn’t always […]
A sign using a Cholesteric LCD
After using the Arduino microprocessor board for the past year or so, there are often projects that pop into my head unexpectedly that would be perfect for the Arduino. One such project was a desire to display the number of […]
The functional display.
While working on a project where I needed to display some data, I came across a cholesteric liquid crystal display (ChLCD) from Kent Displays, sold by SparkFun Electronics (LCD-09560, 240 x 160). The unique aspect about this display is that […]
The sun is shining.
Question: Is it possible to power a cell phone (specifically, my iPhone 3G) with just solar power without the need for huge, permanent solar panels?   Background Research: In order to determine if this was possible, I needed to do some research.  […]
Temperature Image
Unless you have been living under a rock, you can’t help but notice that lately everyone seems to be eager to conserve or reduce their energy consumption and increase the efficiency of the items they purchase.  Not only is it […]
Night Eyes
For Halloween this year, my boys decided they wanted to be a Jawa from Star Wars.  One of the requirements was that they have glowing eyes.  Not just any glowing eyes, but orange glowing eyes.  This is how I created […]
Pins in the ceiling
When I was younger, I would lay in bed and imagine I could see the stars through my ceiling.  My dream became a reality when I turned 14 years old.  Well, almost a reality.  While shopping at a local craft […]
First Project
About six months ago, I was looking for a good EDC (Every Day Carry) pocket knife.  Every gentleman should have a pocket knife for those random times when something suddenly needs to be cut.  For example, a thread from a […]
Comet
Over the past weekend, we picked up a 1963 Mercury Comet.  Not just any Mercury Comet, but a custom convertible with a 170 engine.  The car is mostly original, with only about 76,000 miles on the odometer.  This will make […]
Helmet Camera
With the miniaturization of camera components, including the increasing size of flash storage space in such small packages, the shrinking of cameras was inevitable.  With the decrease in size, the ability to record just about every aspect of one’s life […]