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mario_car

Bluetooth LED Pinewood Derby Car

My son is in the Cub Scouts and wanted to build a “Star Power Mario Car” for the pinewood derby. There are a lot awards other than fastest that you can pickup so I decided to go for style points. I used a Tinket, Bluefuirt and Neopixel strips from Adafruit and basically combined this and this tutorial.

It worked great for the judge but during the actual race the neopixels weren’t working. I think didn’t have enough power going to them.

Here’s a video demoing what we built:

temp_e_cig

First ever tweeting cigarette

After getting into a conversation with a coworker about the e-cigarette  we decided to take it upon ourselves to create the first ever connected e-cigarette.  We hooked up an Arduino to the e-cig and created a companion iPhone application that showed the user how much money he was saving and how many minutes he added to his life.  We also had it tweet out every time he went through a theoretical pack of cigarettes. We had a event at the local bar where he used the device all night and now we can say that we created the first connected e-cigarette (as far as Google is concerned).   It even got picked up my some news sites.