Our customers often share the results of the projects they've completed using Phidgets.
For more project ideas, check out our Application Notes.
If you'd like to share your project here, contact us.
Antique Weather Clock
An antique clock is re-purposed to display the local weather using a servo motor.
Boiler Monitoring and Control
Mark Stayton shares his custom thermostat system which he has used to reduce home energy consumption by as much as 15%!
The Busk-o-matic 3000
John sends us his interesting device for gauging audience reception of singers during a performance all while raising money for charity! Take a look at his interesting and creative use of our products.
DIY Automated Hydroponics and Irrigation Control Systems
Peter Phrastus sends us a couple of DIY Hydroponics and Irrigation control projects using Phidgets. Describes in details how to develop a hands-free system for handling your gardening needs.
Grouplab, University of Calgary Phidgets Video Gallery
Dozens of videos of quite different class and research projects done over the years using Phidgets.
Halloween Blood-Squirting Skull
"I wanted to build a small device that would terrify small children as they approached my door for Halloween. I suppose this makes me a bad person, but it's still a lot of fun. The concept here is pretty simple. We will be using motion detection from a web cam or network-enabled/IP camera to trigger a small fountain pump fitted into a bucket of water to spray anyone that approaches your front door. And, to make it a bit more creepy, we will fit the spray mechanism into a plastic skull."
Hobby Built Robot
Andrew Kirillov submits his robot car hobby project using Phidgets sensors with a Qwerk Board.
A sure sign of a 1970s childhood is a fond memory of doodling with the Kenner Spirograph toy...
Mechanical Dry Erase Board
Rob Douglas from Vanderbilt University gives us a step by step walkthrough of his mechanical dry-erase whiteboard project, much akin to a larger scale, computer driven, Etch-a-Sketch. The site contains the step-by-step process of construction, a list of all components used as well as suggestions for improvements, and the source code (written in C#). Check out his project for a good usage example for the Phidget High Current Motor Controller, InterfaceKit and Analog Joystick sensor, and Servo Controller.
monoBOTICS Framework Project
Mauricio Henriquez submits the monoBOTICS project. From their site: "The monoBOTICS project aims to become to an OpenSource Framework, to facilitate the tasks of design, simulation and implementation of solutions for areas of Robotics and Automation, both for people with basic knowledge of programming, as for more advanced developers."
Pan-tilt module for Stereo Vision Applications
Andrew Kirillov sends us an interesting article describing how to build a pan-tilt module intended for some hobby stereo vision applications.
simplugins.com submits their Phidgets plugins project. These plugins are for the X-Plane flight simulator, of great interest to cockpit builders.
Thomas, Michael, and Barbara Tasior introduce us to Project "Elwood". Elwood is a small vehicle powered by two low voltage DC Motors controlled from a 1060 - PhidgetMotorControl LV and an Atom 330 Mainboard. The Software is programmed in Java. Future plans include integrating an onboard lipo battery to become wireless as well as a wide range of sensors and vision control.
The Robobuam team present to us their latest project named "RoboDrohne". RoboDrohne is a quadrocopter using brushless motors along with a solid compliment of Phidget sensors and controller boards, all programmed in Java. This is a very exciting project, so please check them out!
This looks like a great use of PhidgetRFID. "With RFID Pass you can use your RFID Tag to save and recall encrypted passwords for websites or any other windows application. It also features a Screen Lock which prevents unauthorised use of your computer while you are away from your desk and is deactivated simply by swiping your tag over the RFID reader when you get back."
Software-steered RC Car with AI
This page describes an undergraduate student project. The aim of the project was to write some image-processing software to steer a radio-controlled car towards a goal. The software sees the car through an image captured from a webcam, and drives it via a PhidgetInterfaceKit 8/8/8 attached to the RC controller that came with the car.
Tetris Weightlifting is a prototype entertainment fitness system that allows players to lift weights as the means of control for a modified version of Tetris. User testing with the device suggests great potential for combining casual games with exercise activity.
Using Phidgets in Squeak
The PhidgetLab at Hasso Plattner Institut submit a project enabling the use of Phidgets with Squeak and Etoys Squeakland. Easy to grasp and learn environment for simplifying the idea of software space -> reality space interaction.
One way to deter neighbourhood pests (eg. rabbits, squirrels, children) using Phidgets. Infrared camera, motion detection software, sprinkler solenoid and a PhidgetServo controller.