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Make: Lego and Arduino Projects

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  2. A Note Regarding Supplemental Files
  3. Foreword
  4. Preface
    1. Assumptions This Book Makes
    2. Contents of This Book
    3. Conventions Used in This Book
      1. Lego CAD Conventions
    4. Using Code Examples
    5. Safari® Books Online
    6. How to Contact Us
    7. Acknowledgments for John
    8. Acknowledgments for Matthew
    9. Acknowledgments for Adam
  5. 1. Project: Drawbot
    1. Parts List
      1. Tools & Electronics
      2. Lego Elements
    2. Assembly Instructions
      1. Build the Lego Model
      2. Attach the Arduino and Bricktronics Shield
      3. Attach the Pen
    3. Program the Robot
      1. Processing and Arduino
      2. Setting Up the Programming Environment
      3. Don’t Forget Your Libraries!
      4. The Arduino Sketch
    4. The Next Chapter
  6. 2. Anatomy of Lego Robotics
    1. Mindstorms
      1. The NXT Brick
      2. Sensors
      3. Motors
      4. Wires
      5. Technic Beams, Mechanics & Connectors
    2. Expanding on the Mindstorms Set
      1. Buying More
      2. Add-On Electronics
      3. Third-Party Bricks
      4. Non-Mindstorms Lego Bricks
      5. Power Functions
    3. Programming Your Brick
    4. The Next Chapter
  7. 3. Arduino Interlude
    1. History of the Arduino Project
    2. What Is OSHW?
    3. Anatomy of the Uno
    4. The Arduino Ecosystem
      1. Uno Alternatives
      2. Older Models
      3. Shields
    5. Arduino Resources
      1. Books
      2. Websites
      3. Code
    6. The Next Chapter
  8. 4. Project: Clock
    1. Parts List
      1. Tools & Electronics
      2. Lego Elements
    2. Assembly Instructions
      1. Prepare the Gear
      2. Build the Lego Model
      3. Install the Arduino
    3. Program the Robot
    4. Setting the Clock
    5. The Next Chapter
  9. 5. Project: Chocolate Milk Maker
    1. Parts List
      1. Tools & Electronics
      2. Beverage Handling
      3. Food
      4. Lego Elements
    2. Assembly Instructions
      1. Build the Pump Assembly
      2. Build the Lego Model
      3. Attach the Syrup Bottle
      4. Build the Mixing Attachment
      5. Wire up and Install the Electronics
    3. Program the Robot
    4. The Next Chapter
  10. 6. Basic Electronic Theory
    1. Basic Concepts in Electricity
      1. Voltage, Current & Resistance
      2. Ohm’s Law
      3. Other Concepts
    2. Know Your Electronic Components
      1. Resistors
      2. Capacitors
      3. Diodes and LEDs
      4. Inductors
      5. Transistors
      6. Integrated Circuits
    3. Sensors 101
      1. Digital Sensors
      2. Analog Sensors
    4. Further Study
  11. 7. Gripperbot
    1. Parts List
      1. Electronics Parts
      2. Lego Elements
    2. Building Instructions
      1. Bracers
      2. Gripperbot
    3. Assembling the Gripperbot’s Electronics
    4. Programming the Gripperbot
    5. The Next Chapter
  12. 8. Project: Keytar
    1. Parts List
      1. Tools & Electronics
      2. Lego Elements
    2. Assembly Instructions
      1. Build the Lego Model
      2. Install the Electronics
    3. Program the Keytar
    4. Play Some Music!
    5. The Next Chapter
  13. 9. Project: Lamp
    1. Parts List
      1. Tools & Electronics
      2. Lego Elements
    2. Assembly Instructions
      1. Build the Lego Model
      2. Install the Electronics
      3. Download and Install the App
    3. Program the Lamp
    4. The Next Chapter
  14. 10. Advanced Techniques
    1. Wiring Up Bricktronics Equivalents
    2. Mounting PCBs to Legos
    3. Adding Molex Connectors to Lego Wires
    4. All About Motors
      1. DC Brushed Motors
      2. Stepper Motors
      3. Hobby Servo Motors
    5. Powering Your Robot
      1. DC Power Jack
      2. USB Connector
      3. Batteries
      4. Battery Dos and Don’ts
    6. NXT to Arduino Communication
    7. XBee Wireless Modules
    8. Epilogue
  15. Index
  16. About the Authors
  17. Colophon
  18. Special Upgrade Offer
  19. Copyright
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Chapter 9. Project: Lamp

IN THIS CHAPTER

Parts List

Assembly Instructions

Program the Lamp

The Next Chapter

The Lamp project creates a Lego light that can be controlled via smartphone
Figure 9-1. The Lamp project creates a Lego light that can be controlled via smartphone

For our final project we’re going to create a lamp out of Legos that uses translucent bricks as the shade. We chose a classic kid’s night light for the bulb, in part because it’s very compact—all the better to fit in the modest confines of the Lamp project’s interior—as well as because of its low heat output.

You might express alarm at the prospect of triggering wall current with your Arduino. Is it safe? As long as you’re careful! We use a hobbyist power cord (see the sidebar, POWERSWITCH TAILS) that connects the night light to AC current in a way that’s as safe and effective as flicking a light switch. It’s a great tool that will encourage you to do more high voltage projects without your Arduino without getting fried.

For fun, we’ll add a Bluetooth Shield, so we can control the lamp remotely. We’ve written an Android app that works with most Android phones and tablets. It’s available on the Google Play store, as well as on the Bricktronics website. There have been some reports that the Bluetooth Shield we use in this project doesn’t work with a few Android phones—check the Bricktronics page for compatibility information. Once you have it installed, turn Bluetooth on in your Android device’s settings, ...

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