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4:45pm 01-01-2012
Excellent...I have seen the videos about the HD fans and I think its a great idea. Very cleaver indeed. I would love to know everything about electronics but I think there's too much to learn and I don't have a so good memory. Hats for all those people who have creativity and knowledge to reach their goals and build all kinds of things / gadgets. Rick
Replied on: 9:14pm 02-04-2012

Hi Rick,

Just start small and learn from there.

8:55am 12-21-2011
Great site, especially for a novice like me. I have worked with accerometers and high speed data acquisition systems in the field of vibration test and analysis, however the world of micro controllers is a new one for me and I find it fascinating.
I would like to get a copy of the program code for the "3-5v LED CHASER" project. This is the best chaser project I have found, and I've looked around a lot. Also I have plenty of the PIC16f628 chips and other components. I wanted to build the project to entertain the grandchildren. Thanks for your site, I will return often. Bill
Replied on: 9:16pm 02-04-2012

Hi Bill,

Sounds like this project was one featured on Hacked Gadgets, there should be a link in the article with more info.

5:09pm 10-10-2011
Hi my name is Hristo im currently attempting to build your plasma speaker deseighn posted on i can see how it works but i realy need a better explantion on what the transformer you used is it says 6-8turns on a ferrite core but at what voltage could you please send me the specs of that transformer
Replied on: 9:15pm 02-04-2012

Hi Hristo,

That was actually just featured on Hacked Gadgets, there should be a link in the article with additional information.

1:00am 10-02-2011
Hi Alan
What is the difference between your Stair light V1.0 and V1.3

Thanks & Regards
Replied on: 12:26am 10-10-2011

Hi Saga,

The current versions is V1.3 and V1.4. When purchasing the controller select the operating style at the bottom of the page.

1:05pm 09-30-2011
Gerri Acorn
Hi Alan, it was terrific seeing the article in the Free Press last weekend. Could you contact me at the email address above when you have a sec?


Replied on: 12:29am 10-10-2011

Good to hear from you Gerri.

7:22am 09-27-2011
Johann Uys
Hi Alan

Well done this encoder works like a charm and has a 1000 uses.

Simpler you cannot get.
Replied on: 12:28am 10-10-2011

Thanks for the feedback Johann!

7:21am 09-21-2011
i wanted to build an automated device for my project using the parts of a cd drive. can i use the same circuit to program the automation? wat i mean is can i change the program of the cd drive? im a mechanical engineer and i dont know much about programming. please help.
Replied on: 12:28am 10-10-2011

No you would not be able to change the CD-ROM firmware, you will need to add a custom microcontroller to add the functionality you need.

4:15pm 09-09-2011
Thank you
Replied on: 12:28am 09-16-2011

No problem.

5:29pm 08-27-2011
Hi Alan
I would like to buy your staircase light project kit. However, i can mount IR on one side of the not on the other. Instead of breaking the beam, Is it possible to use the PIR motion sensor with some modifications.

Replied on: 12:34am 09-16-2011

Hi Saga,

Yes, the stair lighting kit can work with dry contact devices such as motion sensors and under carpet pressure sensors. Please see page 35 of the manual for details.

You will need two additional resistors which can be found here

The beam needs to be mounted on opposite sides of the stairwell to work properly.

If you are looking for a system with more features please have a look at the Reactive Lighting system.

4:06am 08-12-2011
Replied on: 10:35am 08-19-2011

The IR Jammer is a device that overwhelms an IR detector so that normal commands can not be received.

12:44pm 08-06-2011
hi alan....
thats gr8
7:16am 07-28-2011
Ernest Cordeiro
Hi Alan - I purchased the stair light system a few months back while completing my basement. I have finished it and installed the lights and they are fabulous. People love the system and many have inquired about it. My friends on FB are impressed and I have pointed them in your direction - please expect a few hits and some orders of the same.
Replied on: 10:34am 08-19-2011

Glad you liked it! Thanks for the promotion to your friends.

9:25pm 07-17-2011
Hi Alan,
I was looking to see how did you make that hard drive motorcycle. I thought it was so cool and I would like to make one for my uncle.
Replied on: 12:35am 09-16-2011

Yes it looked great. It was just featured on Hacked Gadgets though and was not made by me.

11:31am 07-15-2011
Hi Alan,
I could help and recommend a PIC Programmer, to record the (stair_ver1_0.exe) in the pic16f628
Replied on: 12:07pm 07-15-2011

Hi Kurt,

I would recommend a PICKit 2 or 3.

7:52pm 07-13-2011
Hi Alan, I'm from mexico and new in the electronics, I have problem to mount the LEDs on the plates R1, R2 Stair Lights will be possible to put a picture in the manual did suchas IR Transmitter Assembly, I am very clear about the configuration through I hope you can help me and my email is
Replied on: 6:20am 07-14-2011

Hi Flor,

You can see on this page how the PCB connections are made.

This project shows you the step by step process of using one to power an LED.

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