Below is an overview of what keeps me busy. For now I have already included some links to YouTube videos.
An experiment with an alternative transmitter (and receiver) for the Joystick Shield and the Buggy from a previous tinkering. In various webshops I came across a very cheap set of prints for 315 or 433 MHz for this. So cheap that it made me curious.
The overall quality was indeed not very good. There even seemed to be parts missing and I figured they wouldn't work. So no high expectations. But when I experimented with it, it turned out not to be a bad buy and I even made a funny discovery!
Recently I picked up a 'Funduino Joystick Shield V1.A' for a few bucks. This is an Arduino Uno compatible shield that allows you to create a game console or robotic controller. This nifty little shield features an 2-axis analogue joystick with switch, four large and two additional small switches (buttons) on the pcb.
Add an Arduino and some means of (wireless) communication to get a fully functional remote control unit and add game control or manual robot control type functionality to a project.
A video about my experiments with a cheap wireless PS2 controller for controlling various functions of a self-built model car equipped with an Arduino.
This article about the PS2 controller was also published (in German language) in issue 4 of 2020 of the ft:pedia; a very interesting online magazine about technology in combination with the construction material fischertechnik.
In this video I'll show you my experiments with controlling the pneumatics of a mini pinball machine constructed with fischertechnik.
Experiments with the TSOP4838 infrared receiver for controlling fischertechnik-built vehicles.
Many different motors can be used with the fischertechnik construction material. In addition to the classic mini, XS, S, M and XM motor, encoder and stepper motors are also available.
But additional motors are of course also easily and cheaply available nowadays. With a little effort and a special 3D-printed holder, they turn out to be excellent to use alongside fischertechnik's 'own' motors.
In this video my experiments to make a music playing phone from an old PTT T65 dial phone.
Video about my attempts to control a Nefit room thermostat with an Arduino.