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Our customers often share the results of the projects they've completed using Phidgets.
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A wide variety of projects can be completed with Phidgets. This list shows the breadth of applications, from drones to monitoring and control systems. We've only selected some of the most popular projects, but for a complete look and an up-to-date list of where Phidgets have been used, check out the '''[http://www.pinterest.com/phidgets/phidgets/ Phidgets Pinterest Board]'''.
  
 
For more project ideas, check out our [[:Category:Application Guides|Application Notes]].
 
For more project ideas, check out our [[:Category:Application Guides|Application Notes]].
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If you'd like to share your project here, [[Contact_Us|contact us]].
 
If you'd like to share your project here, [[Contact_Us|contact us]].
  
You can also view all the Phidget's Contest entries [http://www.phidgets.com/phorum/viewforum.php?f=54 here], just select the year you want to view.
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==Antique Weather Clock==
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* [http://www.phidgets.com/phorum/viewforum.php?f=55 2013 Phidgets Contest Entries].
  
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==RoboDose==
  
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From their website: "he RoboDose uses an industry standard controller to automate the process of an everyday problem. We took the provided Phoenix Contact Nanoline PLC starter kit and their Nano-Navigator software and produced what we believe could be the answer to an everyday issue. Our team worked through numerous design sessions in order to arrive at this year’s solution. Our team of two boys and three girls made the decision to solve the problem of the elderly forgetting to take, remembering when to take, and trying to recall how many of each medication to take. Our device was designed to eliminate the need of weekly/daily pill organizers and caregivers having to individually dispense and monitor prescriptions we created a product that could safely and securely dispense the proper dosages, multiple times a day. The machine was designed to notify caregivers or family members if proper dosages were not taken in a timely manner."
  
An antique clock is re-purposed to display the local weather using a servo motor.
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[http://www.chrisandjimcim.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=334:nanoline-2014-robodose&catid=76:simulation-projects&Itemid=281 Website]
 
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[http://www.thisispete.com/weatherclock/ Website]
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==Boiler Monitoring and Control==
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==Converse Canvas Experiment==
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Mark Stayton shares his custom thermostat system which he has used to reduce home energy consumption by as much as 15%!
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[[File:Converse.jpg|100px|left]]
  
[http://steamheat.thestaytons.net/ Website]
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Perfect Fools made a screen of converse shoes that rotate to show red, white or blue. Images are fed from a computer and the shows turn to create the 12' tall display.
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==The Busk-o-matic 3000==
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[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fkIFbOJG_aM Website]
 
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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.
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[http://www.mechtopia.org.uk/blog/mechtopia/entry/the_busk_o_matic_3000 Website]
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==DIY Automated Hydroponics and Irrigation Control Systems==
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==Mapbot==
  
[[File:hydro.jpg|link=|100px|left]]
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[[File:mapbot.jpg|left]]
  
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Using Phidget servo motors, a ship is steered around a map, showing the trade routes that the Portuguese took in the 1500s.
  
 
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[http://staceyrdevlin.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/my-adventures-with-the-mapbot-come-to-an-end-or-do-they/ Website]
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.
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[http://peterphrastus.com/drupal/ Website]
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==Grouplab, University of Calgary Phidgets Video Gallery==
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==Falcon Robotics AUVSI==
  
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The team from Carl Hayden High School developed several underwater vehicles that have won several prizes.
  
 
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[https://sites.google.com/site/falconroboticsfrcteam842/ Website]
Dozens of videos of quite different class and research projects done over the years using Phidgets.
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[http://grouplab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca/Videos/Phidgets Website]
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==Halloween Blood-Squirting Skull==
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"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."
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[http://channel9.msdn.com/coding4fun/articles/Motion-Detecting-Blood-Squirting-Halloween-Skull Website]
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==Hobby Built Robot==
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Andrew Kirillov submits his robot car hobby project using Phidgets sensors with a Qwerk Board.
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[http://www.aforgenet.com/articles/qwerk_robot_car/ Website]
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==Laser Spirograph==
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A sure sign of a 1970s childhood is a fond memory of doodling with the Kenner Spirograph toy...
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[http://digitalhistoryhacks.blogspot.ca/2007/11/history-appliances-laser-spirograph.html Website]
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==Mechanical Dry Erase Board==
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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.
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[http://www.instructables.com/id/Mechanical-Dry-Erase-Board/ Website]
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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."
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[http://www.monobotics.ic.uach.cl/ Website]
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Andrew Kirillov sends us an interesting article describing how to build a pan-tilt module intended for some hobby stereo vision applications.
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[http://www.aforgenet.com/articles/step_to_stereo_vision/ Website]
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simplugins.com submits their Phidgets plugins project. These plugins are for the X-Plane flight simulator, of great interest to cockpit builders.
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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.
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[http://www.robobuam.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=3&Itemid=2 Website (German)]
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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!
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[http://www.robobuam.de/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=13 Website (German)]
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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."
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==Software-steered RC Car with AI==
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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.
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==Tetris Weightlifting==
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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.
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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.
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One way to deter neighbourhood pests (eg. rabbits, squirrels, children) using Phidgets. Infrared camera, motion detection software, sprinkler solenoid and a PhidgetServo controller.
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The Planet Tree installation by Wit Pimkanchanapong uses 300 Phidgets servo motors to create the effect of leaves turning in the wind.
  
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Latest revision as of 17:14, 10 April 2014

A wide variety of projects can be completed with Phidgets. This list shows the breadth of applications, from drones to monitoring and control systems. We've only selected some of the most popular projects, but for a complete look and an up-to-date list of where Phidgets have been used, check out the Phidgets Pinterest Board.

For more project ideas, check out our Application Notes.

If you'd like to share your project here, contact us.


Phidgets Contests

RoboDose

Robodose.jpg

From their website: "he RoboDose uses an industry standard controller to automate the process of an everyday problem. We took the provided Phoenix Contact Nanoline PLC starter kit and their Nano-Navigator software and produced what we believe could be the answer to an everyday issue. Our team worked through numerous design sessions in order to arrive at this year’s solution. Our team of two boys and three girls made the decision to solve the problem of the elderly forgetting to take, remembering when to take, and trying to recall how many of each medication to take. Our device was designed to eliminate the need of weekly/daily pill organizers and caregivers having to individually dispense and monitor prescriptions we created a product that could safely and securely dispense the proper dosages, multiple times a day. The machine was designed to notify caregivers or family members if proper dosages were not taken in a timely manner."

Website


Converse Canvas Experiment

Converse.jpg

Perfect Fools made a screen of converse shoes that rotate to show red, white or blue. Images are fed from a computer and the shows turn to create the 12' tall display.

Website


Mapbot

Mapbot.jpg

Using Phidget servo motors, a ship is steered around a map, showing the trade routes that the Portuguese took in the 1500s.

Website


Falcon Robotics AUVSI

Falconrobotics.JPG

The team from Carl Hayden High School developed several underwater vehicles that have won several prizes.

Website


Planet Tree

Planet tree.jpg

The Planet Tree installation by Wit Pimkanchanapong uses 300 Phidgets servo motors to create the effect of leaves turning in the wind.

Website