The Action Packed Adventure

While this post is not about any electronic project that I have made, it is nonetheless interesting (well, I think so anyway). The background story is that we are selling our house to move into a different house which needs some renovations done to it before we move in. We are trying to do all the renovations…

Brads Electronics Shop

I decided to open up my own little online electronics hobby store – Brads Electronics Shop (can you see how I came up with that name?) At the moment it is intended for those in Australia It’s now open to all those worldwide! to get all sorts of electronics components, tools, modules, wires etc… At a low price….

Another RetroBall!

I made a previous post of how some people have made their own RetroBall unit: https://www.bradsprojects.com/a-couple-more-retroballs/ Well it’s great to see that people are still making their own version and the latest addition has been made by forum user Ulf Maier. He has kindly provided some photo’s of his build which happens to be a super…

PCB Christmas Trees!

Forum user bitfogav has made a well themed project in the form of circuit board Christmas trees. Each tree contains 16 LED’s, driven by a couple of 74595 (serial in – parallel out) shift registers. An Arduino or practically any microcontroller can then be used to send in a bunch of 1’s and 0’s to…

Oak – The WIFI enabled microcontroller DEV board.

Erik Kettenburg from over at digistump.com has come up with his fourth Kickstarter campaign named ‘Oak’. Oak is a tiny Arduino Compatible development board with built-in Wi-Fi and a secure cloud-powered platformcalled RootCloud (online IDE, REST API, and Dashboard) which makes it easy to create cloud-connected electronic devices, projects, and products. Oak is fully Arduino…

StickyBUG – Make Your Own Arduino Shield

David John Barker (The guy behind my favourite programming IDE Swordfish Basic) has started up a Kickstarter campaign today where you can pledge for some StickyBUG’s! But what are StickyBUGs? Good question, but first some background information. Arduino is a great versatile electronics / programming platform that allows you to plug in various shields for…

Super Pixel Bros on the Intellivision

I am a big fan of the old Nintendo Entertainment System video game console. And perhaps one of my favourite games on that system is Super Mario Bros. (image reference: http://images.eurogamer.net/2013/usgamer/NGL1—Super-Mario-Bros.png) So a few years ago I decided to make my own version of this Nintendo classic but restrict it to just 64 pixels on an…

Tiny Screen: A color display the size of your thumb!

Tiny Screen is a small OLED display with a resolution of 96 x 64 pixels and a colour depth of 16bits which gives you 65,536 different colours. The display measures just 0.96″ diagonally which I guess makes sense as to why they call it tiny! The tiny screen is made by the same people that…

MAGPI – The Micro Arduino Gaming Platform Interface

I stumbled upon another microcontroller based handheld video game device tonight while checking out the Arduino contest over at instructables.com The MAGPI was made by instructables user zippy314 and his son. It uses minimal hardware but the results are great, the first game in their youtube video reminds me of a lunar lander / asteroids…

How To Break Your Smartphone.

I have made a whole heap of electronics and programming tutorials over the years and I thought it was about time that I let you guys know of a sure fire way to smash your smartphone’s glass digitiser. It’s quite simple really, when you’re working with some wood, nails and a hammer – be sure…

Swordfish Basic Floating Point Math Problem.

I am working on another new project (surprise, surprise…) where I am measuring current of different devices and sending it to an LED matrix. I am using a PIC18F13K50 microcontroller for the job and coding in Swordfish Basic. I was in the initial stages of testing the led matrix display and I ran some simple…

Make your own Super Mario Bros Levels

My 5 and 4 year old boys very much enjoy playing games from my retro video game collection with Super Mario Bros being their favourite. So I did a little searching on the internet for a Super Mario Bros level editor and well, I found one. It is called Super Mario Bros. Game Builder and…

A couple more RetroBalls…

I have been contacted by a couple of people who have made their own version of Retroball which is great to see! Firstly, cnribbens from the forum posted some details of his retroball build. It started out as a Super Pong Table (which was my original version of Retroball) this version required that you make…

My Latest Project – Twins!

I am proud to introduce my latest project – my twin boys! Joel Thomas Slattery and Isaac James Slattery. They are wonderful little boys and were born on Friday 25th October 2013 at 10:20am and then 10:21am. I have designed many electronic projects over the years which involve countless hours of circuit design, coding, testing…

Sin and Cos – The Programmers Friend!

I was doing a little bit of searching on the internet for how I might go about drawing a simple circle on an LED matrix. I then stumbled upon an excellent website which had some great information on using Sin and Cos to not only draw circles but also for making game mechanics work. For…

TAWS – Online Amiga WorkBench Simulator

I came across this really cool site that is an Amiga Workbench Simulator that runs right in your browser. I grew up with a commodore 64 and then later moved onto an Amiga 500 so I have very fond memories of Amiga Workbench. However, Amiga slowly died out with their last major system (I think)…

Lithium Battery Charger with Load Sharing

Thanks goes to ChuckT from the forum for this one. I have used microchips range of Lithium ion battery charger chips before (very low cost and a tiny form factor). They have proven to be a great way of charging 3.7V lithium batteries in my little LED game based devices. The problem though was that…

Arduino powered LED Matrix Coffee Table

I stumbled upon this coffee table while looking for a particular video on youtube. It is a 10×16 RGB LED matrix display made into a coffee table. It has a number of built in games but the reason I wanted to post it was because it comes complete with a game just like one that…

Structure Sensor – Capture the world in 3D

I was browsing kickstarter and came across this pretty nifty little gadget that (kinda) works like a kinect sensor but can plug into a whole heap of different devices (although it looks to be mainly designed for the iPad – it includes an SDK to be used with Xcode. One of the impressive feature for…

Space Invaders on a 32×16 RG LED Matrix (YAIGC)

Back in 2008 I made a very simple Space Invaders type game on an 8×8 RG LED matrix display. Everything was represented by a single pixel (I.E. the player, the bad guys, the UFO up the top and even the barriers). It was still a playable game but I have found a better LED version!…

The Game of Light

The Game of Light is a great Arduino project that has a 64 pixel X 64 pixel RG LED matrix. This is a project that I especially like because it plays retro games! The graphics are quite a bit better than any LED game that I have made (infact, it’s much higher resolution than anything…

Gameboy Cartridge Reader via Arduino

GBCartRead is an arduino based original Gameboy cartridge reader made by Alex at inside gadgets. I am a huge fan of retro video games and have quite a collection of gameboy consoles and cartridges myself. I have wanted to make a cart reader / writer for a while now but have just not had the…

Bitfogav’s Firewing Matrix Shield

Bitfogav (a resident forum member) has come up with a great shield for the new Firewing platform. I especially like this shield because it’s just the sort of thing that I would make! Click HERE to check it out.

The $9 Arduino Compatible Starter Kit

An indiegogo project that aims to put the power and ease of arduino into your hands for as little as $9. This project is compatible with the Arduino Leonardo board. (Source – bitfogav from the forums) Click HERE to check it out.

Red Pitiya

A Kickstarter project that combines a dual signal oscilloscope, dual signal spectrum analyser, function generator and more into one device. You can access the Red Pitiya via any web browser on practically any web enabled device. (Source – Kickstarter) Click HERE to check it out.

RetroGaming Times Monthly

[bbp-forum-index] I stumbled across this great site when looking at how visitors came to my site.   It’s a monthly online magazine dedicated to retro video games – and it’s fantastic! The site has been running since 1997 and is still going strong. One of my hobbies is also collecting retro video games (that’s why…