I'm J. from Townsville NQ. Budding DIY enthusiast, and passionate techhead. Build drag/race cars for a crust, but my real passion is for anything techy.
Strange as it sounds. My new found love for all things Arduino all began when I decided to rid myself of MS windows.
Windows (Windows 8 in particular) had been the bane of my existence for several months. My Uncle (A Computer Scientist) told me to man up and install Linux. So I installed Ubuntu (Yes, cheating I know lol). First on my desktop, then my laptop, then the missus laptop, much to her initial horror (though now she loves it) and its the best thing I ever did.
I find windows 7/8/10 abhorrent! My hatred for them burns with the heat of a thousand suns!! In Linux I found not only an amazing, free and open alternative to microcud's plagueware, but also a window into the exciting world of coding. This in turn led me to Arduino/Rasberry Pi, and finally the 'Maker' community.
Current projects include.
Lego scale replica of a Cat D11T Dozer. A joint project with my 3yr old son, who found an old box of my Technic Lego, and now spend every waking hr making little creations. Currently prototyping a Tamiya dual motor gearbox with a Pololu Motor Controller and Arduino Uno, with a basic tracked Lego base. Final model will have a custom build Arduino clone, embedded in the dozer. And another Arduino embedded in the Control Panel (also build from Lego).
A more practical ongoing project, is customised Dash/Instrument Clusters for some of our (well my Bosses really) customers race/road cars. Many times, switching a modern vehicle over to a stand alone EMS (engine management system) leaves many of the factory dash/climate control functions inoperable. I am currently prototyping solutions to resolve these incomparability issues. The biggest hurdle at this stage is the getting my head around the CAN BUS communications used my most modern vehicles. Early days yet. Still heaps to learn.
Big thumb up for all the great posts, and its awesome to see so many interesting and creative people out there.
Kudos to you all.