I have two designs for midi controllers that I’m working on, a trigger pad, and something top-secret for a friend of mine. Both are using Atmegas and some SIPO shift registers.
Right now they are sitting in acrylic, but I’m looking at various options for cases, aluminium.
I thought the red boxes around the faces was a little boring.
Some of my favorites.
Check it out live at EasyMustache.com
So I got one of these Cheap Chinese HID RGB LEDs the other day. The include software only interfaced with Outlook, sigh. Oh well, lets start poking around.
I found that the drive is for an HID (Human Interface Device) device so I opened python and grabbed pywinusb, which includes a HID helper class.
So again looking at the driver, I found that the vendor-id was 0x1294. This number 4278190081 for the report… I don’t remember how I found it…
But after finding out those two values I started throwing bits at it. I sent 0x0001 and to my surprise, the envlope started glowing green. There are 8 settings, and the mapping is as follows:
Bam… Disco Party In My Room
import time,random import pywinusb.hid as hid def get_device(): all_devices = hid.HidDeviceFilter(vendor_id = 0x1294).get_devices() if len(all_devices)==0: print "Can't find target device" else: return all_devices return null def set_color(device,color): for report in device.find_output_reports(): if 4278190081 in report: report = [color,0,0,0,0] report.send() if __name__ == '__main__': try: d = get_device() d.open() set_color(d,0) color = 0 while True: nucolor = color # windows has a bad random, while color is nucolor: # i saw a ten streak of 6's nucolor = random.randint(1, 7) # so this forces it to change color = nucolor print color set_color(d,color) time.sleep(1) finally: d.close() exit()
Ok, Lets now grab my Reddit Inbox.
I quickly found the reddit_api python module, now called PRAW (Python Reddit API Wrapper), but it didn’t quite do what I wanted. [*Disclaimer: This might not be true with newer versions of PRAW]
So I forked it.
My changes include a direct way to access reddits unread message end-point.
With that in hand, we can build a script to check our unread messages.
#configure your details here user = "" #reddit username password = "" #reddit password delay = 60*5 #delay in seconds between checking mail #dont you dare look down past here!!! import time import pywinusb.hid as hid import reddit def get_device(): all_devices = hid.HidDeviceFilter(vendor_id = 0x1294).get_devices() if len(all_devices)==0: print "Can't find target device" else: return all_devices return null def set_color(device,color): for report in device.find_output_reports(): if 4278190081 in report: report = [color,0,0,0,0] report.send() if __name__ == '__main__': try: d = get_device() d.open() set_color(d,0) r = reddit.Reddit(user_agent="redmail") r.login(user=user,password=password) inbox = r.get_inbox() while True: new = inbox.get_new_messages(force=True) if len(new) > 0: set_color(d,2) else: set_color(d,0) time.sleep(delay) finally: d.close() exit()
And done, Reddit orangered’s on my desk.
The Github project: https://github.com/willwharton/redmail
Balls & Walls
*I also made a version of faces.html with a unicode smiley “☻” to test performance against the smiley.png but atlas the major hog is CSS rotation. In the plain balls-and-walls.html demo we only move the element around the screen, and can completely ignore rotation due to the solid colors of the balls.
Playing a lot of sports growing up I took a lot of hits. Thinking about it last year playing rugby, I wish I had something that could measure the force of hits, and a few other body vitals (temp, sweat, etc..).
Having just receive an arduino I started hooking up sensors and leds. I deiced to mount them in a hockey helmet.
This early prototype measured force with FSR’s inside the helmet, an accelerometer on the top, and temperature sensor.
This was a quick hack of a live wallpaper. My Droid 2 doesn’t have a Gyro so it makes it’s calculations based off the accelerometer. If i get the time I will look at supporting the gyro.
This is also my first app (slash) software to be pirated. I guess that’s cool.
Check out a demo.
William please add info on Watson Live Wallpaper.
Redwall before it had a name, it started as a project with some pretty strange requirements. I wanted to build something on android with social-esque features, but I didn’t want to pay for lots of servers to handle massive amounts traffic. In fact, I didn’t want to spend any money or time after I built it. I wanted it to just work.
There are a few options for handling accounts. You could go with Facebook, Twitter, GitHub even. But one other website really got me thinking, Reddit. Reddit has a json (and xml) api that’s fairly straight forward and easy to use. Reddis api provides a mechanism for submitting, rating, and moderating content.
I came up with the idea of using Reddit and imgur.com to build a social wallpaper app. Complete with Archives, Rating, Comments, and Moderation. There are a lot of features missing, but for this project/experiment it didn’t really matter. I was satisfied with what I could achieve with Reddit’s free api.
All of the social features come from the reddit api. All the content in the app is feed via r/redwall. In more detail, it only lists imgur.com links from r/redwall.
There is no registration required to browse the wallpaper selection from the app (or even r/redwall for that matter,) which allows new users, the kind that just want to consume from the community a direct pass to the wallpapers. On the other hand, users must have a reddit account to submit to the gallery. And you can only submit from the Reddit, not from the app. But I don’t care. It works pretty well (their are definitely spots of code I need to update. Downloading in background, size filters, etc…). The source code is available on Github if you are interested in helping.
Best of all is I don’t pay a dime for the features that Reddit provides.
Redwall on Github: https://github.com/willwharton/redwallandroid
Redwall on Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kudzu.android.redwall
Redwall Pro on Play: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kudzu.android.redwall.pro
William please add info on A SkiFree Clone.