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Arduino Controlled RC Boat [30Mar19]

Project ROWAN

Project ROWAN is the Remotely Operated Waterborne Arduino Navigator, & will be the craft from which I pilot the drone down then back up the Missouri river. This post will be consistently updated as my progress advances by updating the title with the date as seen above.

The entire system will be controlled by the arduino microcontroller which is in charge of processing all sensory data & interfacing the controls given through the Internet &/or RF (radio frequency) to the drone using the HC12 & ESP8266. I’ve already tested the range to half a kilometer as seen in this video. The first test will be short range to keep ROWAN in my sights in case something went wrong & make secondary adjustments as necessary. Once I’m certain of the code’s execution I’ll extend it to long range control, meaning its farther away but still retrievable & finally remote control where a system failure likely means the end of ROWAN .

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Arduino Automated Compost (Documentation)

Project Black Gold:

(Manual Version)

Objectives:

  1. Construct an indoor compost able to maintain itself all year.

  2. Maintain compost heat to promote bacterial growth & breakdown of buried food items.

  3. Monitor soil moisture & hydrate it accordingly via RF signaling to water reservoir or alert user to dryness.

  4. Set automated timer that alert user to verify & replace soil moisture sensors as needed if corroded.

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Arduino Home Security System (Initial)

Project Castle Guardian

Objectives:

  1. Detect, alert, & actively monitor household when user is away via Amazon cloud camera & Arduino automation.

  2. Have system wirelessly activate & deactivate by user input to stop monitoring when at home.

  3. Develop camera manager unit that wirelessly manipulates all camera units via IR remote sensor.

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Automated Compost 2.0 (Initial Phase)

In a past YouTube video I discussed having an automated compost heap complete with heating, watering, and moisture detection. After a bit of research and trial and error, I’ve found a much better way to build the automated compost so that its better looking and more practical for an automated system.

The Soil

The soil will be low quality store bought soil of the lowest grade and quality. The point is to demonstrate that poor soil can be enriched as you decompose food items into it, aerate it, and water the soil when its dry. After a period of about two months the originally bad soil will be transformed into better soil, after five months of treatment I expect the soil to be ready for planting as the proper amount of nutrients have been added.

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