Jan 292018

Andy Pinkard (Berkshire Remap) writes:

I have a project that involves vibration (or haptic) feedback to a young autistic girl. While it is early days, and the requirements aren’t yet fully understood, it is likely that the system will have to accept a number of binary inputs associated with her position, output a variety of vibration profiles to one or more vibration motors. It may also be required to process an audio feed from iPad applications to determine whether certain goals have been achieved. The iPad apps already exist and cannot be altered to provide any custom signaling.

My chosen route is Arduino (actual the Atmel AVR series) using a variety of existing Arduino peripherals, primarily because I have an existing development environment and reasonable experience.


I wondered whether there is sufficient interest amongst panel members to establish a community interested in Arduino (or other embedded platform)  based projects.  While they are few and far between currently, I feel that they are likely to become more prevalent, especially as we look to integrate a variety of other sensors (inc voice), and controls.


I can be reached at berks.publicity@remapgroups.org.uk



  6 Responses to “Arduino based projects community?”

  1. Keen to join any Arduino group. I’m reviving some long-forgotten software skills. Use a local Hackspace or Makerspace for people to guide you. I have a (feeble) £30 ebay robot arm doing the “making tea” thing in a few hours. All the routines you’re likely to need for driving motors, making noises, driving counters or displays, reading pots and on and on + bluetooth and wifi etc,, have already been done so they’re either “included” or nearly so. That’s the easy bit.
    Getting your hardware tough enough to withstand the rigours of real life, is harder. I’m retired but teach electronics in schools so am keen to get some demonstrable stuff going. Ring of leds round your hat which shines brightest at the nearest object, is easy and fascinates kids, and if it has haptic feedback could be handy for someone partially sighted..
    LRAs are hard to source, let me know if you see any. ERMs are easier to get.

    Contact ChrisRstemamb@gmail.com SW London

  2. I am interested in applications of arduino and other embedded technologies… Have played around with them but not yet tried to build anything useful for a remap client… Would be good to take a look at what’s already been done for remap or similar projects – sounds like the have been successful applications already… So happy to sign up…

  3. I should like to join an Arduino community. My first Arduino/Remap project was a lip operated Scalextric controller which allowed a young man to compete with his brother again & have also made a drinking tube robot controlled by an infrared signal from a Possum.

  4. I’ll join the band of having an application need but, as yet, no experience of either Arduino or Raspberry.
    Basically I’d like to develop an X-Y servo driven device to fit over a wheelchair joystick such that the servo unit would drive the joystick lever via voice commands. The client is tetraplegic so has no limb mobility.

  5. I agree with Ashley. I have no Arduino experience, I have one lying around somewhere but have not so far managed to find the time to play with it and doubt if I would want to attempt a client solution with it if there was going to be any prospect of it being timely. I did see this fascinating device this morning, by coincidence – http://www.instructables.com/id/Control-PC-Wirelessly-With-Eye-Blinking-/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email We had an enquiry not long ago that might have benefitted from an eye-tracking device but commercial systems are priced at many thousands of pounds and were not a realistic option.

  6. Whilst I have no expertise with Arduino I did have two projects that would have been a lot easier if I could have found a volunteer with the correct Arduino experience so if there was a group within Remap it would have been very useful. My projects were quite simple requiring a stepper motor control and a pressure sensor so it was not very challenging.

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