Category: Electronics Projects

Whoa! I won a Prusa i3 MK2 3D Printer!?

In Janurary, I wrote up an Instructables article for my Thwomp Gaming Console build.  There are several motivations behind writing Instructables for my projects.  First off, it is a great way to get more eyes on your work and traffic to your YouTube channel/ other social media platforms. Secondly, I use the images and bits of text for Reddit posts of my respective projects.  Another great motivator are their contests!  They are a fantastic way for me to work towards a deadline to enter and get an idea from the sketchbook to reality. Instructables constantly has contests going on of various themes and origins to encourage people to participate on their website.  For every Instructable you write, you can submit it for up to three active contests.  The prizes can range from a Instructables prize pack (usually an Instructables stickers, patches, and a shirt) to some pretty awesome items like power tools.

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Cement Thwomp Game System

I recently finished my late “entry” for the USB Hub Challenge in support and solidarity of Giaco Whatever’s Concrete USB Hub video which somehow attracted trolls like chum for a shark.

While this project was definitely a handful, it came out pretty well in the end.  Checkout the video below for more!

I am doing a short run of painted and unpainted cement Thwomps that are for sale in the store.  These do not have the electronics in them. Just for display.

Including the emulation hardware is definitely experimental and I would not feel right selling that to someone if it shorts out/breaks 2 weeks later.

If you would like to build your own, checkout the Project Materials list below.  These links are Amazon Affiliate links.  If you want to help out Geeksmithing and keep the lights on, using those links to purchase your materials helps me out a great deal.

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Raspberry Pi Powered Tweetcam

CFD0N9tUkAEt2L-Earlier this spring, my wife and I bought some nice hanging flower planters to spruce up our front porch.  It turns out that we weren’t the only ones that liked it.  A pair of house fenches found it perfect to setup a nest and some eggs!  Coincidentally, I had recently purchased a Raspberry Pi 2 and was brainstorming some ideas for potential projects.  The covered location of our porch, availability of power, and adequate wifi range all but screamed potential!  Setting up a webcam peering into the nest to observe them hatch was the obvious direction to go in.  I considered various streaming and web accessible options before coming up with the idea of making it social media powered thru Twitter.

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