Spotting at Cannes #2

I’m starting to really like my new camera and understand how to use it properly. Here are some shots that I took at Cannes with it during last 3 months.

Most of the pictures were taken using the 55-250 mm STM, except this one :

Thunderstorm at Cannes

La pointe de l’aiguille under lightning

It was at night during a great thunderstorm in the sea that caused a lot of troubles in the air traffic from Nice to Toulon.

Cannes is also a place where there are a lot of interesting machines like this old Fouga (former plane used in the Patrouille de France before they switched to the Alpha Jet).

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There are also a lot helicopters (it represents almost half of the traffic during summer period with a top of 45% during august).

 

The biggest one is the first H175 used for VIP purposes as you can see on this article. The yellow and red EC145 is called Dragon as it is a rescue helicopter based in Cannes.

Video – tips with WS2818b

Hello everyone,

as promised here is the video explaining how I soldered my LED’s to create the display in my worldmap clock project.

As stated in the video, the module used is Ws2818B which are individual RGB leds individually controllable .

I bought them by 100 on Banggood for about 15€

http://www.banggood.com/100Pcs-DC-5V-3MM-x-10MM-WS2812B-SMD-LED-Board-Built-in-IC-WS2812-p-979463.html?p=W016111637439201505V

I found a lot of useful tips on how to power it and use it properly on Adafruit’s website (which also the provider of the library to control it) Adafruit Uberguide for Neopixel

 

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Wordmap clock

Inspired by some wordmaps made with nails found online, I decided to build my own with a little modification : it’s also a clock and of course a connected clock … I know what you are about to say, yet another connected clock ! And well … it’s true (first project, second project). But this one will be pretty !

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The “background” was made using painted 8mm thick MDF and the frame was made using fir wood.

LEDs are WS2818 which can be individually addressed in order to have results like this ! In this project there are 82 leds that needed to soldered (6 points per LED). It’s a lot of word, I’ll soon post a video explaining how I did it.

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I will add more behind the “background” to light the wall on which it will be hanging. And I still have to work on the Wifi connection using ESP8266 module and Arduino.

 

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Steering wheel commands on my carputer

After a lot of work on my homemade carputer, I finally found out how to get the steering wheel commands on my carputer.
I made a video to explain how it works and how I did it :

I used and arduino with a Can Module to read the messages. In the video I explain how the Can Network is organised and how to get the message to know what is happening on the steering wheel commands.

Enjoy 🙂

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First experience with wood

I received a jigsaw for my birthday, so I used it to enhance the cage of my two guineas pigs.

 

The cost is very small as most of it was done using scrap wood. This small project was interesting because I could test 3 different type of cuts using the jigsaw :

  •  Straight cut on the stairs and for the hut
  •  Cut following a curve for the upper stage
  •  Circular cut for the “window” (yes it was supposed to be a window but they decided to use it as a door, well it’s your cage …)

They adopted it the day I set it in the cage. To help them discover the upper part I baited them with some fruits and it worked pretty well.

As said with the title, this was my first experience with wood and I really liked it. Maybe one day there will be an other project with wood …