RFID Door Lock

I’ve been a college student for a few years now and one of the first things that I hacked together while staying in a dorm room was an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) lock. I was always in a rush to get in and out of my room and having a wireless key made it that much easier. The challenging bit was that I needed to be able to attach it to my door without modifying any of the hardware and I also wanted it to be hidden from the outside. My first prototype was pretty rough, but over the past year I’ve refined my design and finished a minimalistic circuit board.


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The Tech Junkies Episode #8 – RFID Lock & Spoofing

In this episode of TTJ we show you how to build your very own RFID door lock using our open source plans. We also take it to the next step and show you how RFID tags can be read and duplicated.

Make sure to get all the details and source code in the episode writeups:

RFID Door Lock
RFID Tag Cloning

The Tech Junkies Episode #7.5 – Maker Faire Detroit 2011

In this shorter half-episode, we recap some of the cool things featured at Maker Faire Detroit 2011 and a bit more video of the Mantis robot driving around.

Drive for Innovation talks with us at Maker Faire

Just wanted to give a shout out to the guys over at Drive for Innovation, as I really enjoyed speaking with them. We were at Maker Faire Detroit a few weeks ago to show off a few of our latest projects and received a lot of interest in what we’re developing. Here’s a short video of me speaking with Brian Fuller of Drive for Innovation:

Drive for Innovation – All hail Mantis, the open-source robot

We’ve got more videos/projects on the way, so stay tuned!

Open Source Robot Controls

I’ve been playing around with some ideas for an Arduino/Netduino robot control system the past few months. I knew that I wanted to be able to control my robots from an Android phone, PC, or any other WiFi enabled device. I also knew that I wanted the system to be small and simplistic, but also powerful and extensible. The reason I went with an Arduino (Ethernet Pro) or a Netduino Plus for the controller was the low cost, ease of programming, and the embedded ethernet port. I coupled the onboard ethernet with a wireless router so that I could connect and transmit data to the robot wirelessly. Here are the results of our first robot build with this system. The robot was affectionately named Mantis.

Mantis Robot









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The Tech Junkies Episode #7 – Open Source Robots

In this episode we show how to build your own open source robot control system using IPGamepad and other open source software we’ve written. Make sure to visit the project page at ipgamepad.googlecode.com. We also show off our latest robot called Mantis. By building the controls around a Netduino, the robot is extremely extensible and can receive commands from any WiFi enabled device.

A project write-up is on the way and should be hitting the site in the next few days. Until then, check out the Google Code page for all the details of the control system.

Robot Project (Mantis) Teaser Video

Here it is, folks. Just finished our latest and greatest robot project. We edited together a quick teaser video to show off a bit of what the robot (affectionately named “Mantis”) can do.

You should see a full blown episode in the next day or two of exactly how the control system works and how you can build your own! If you’ll be around the Detroit area at the end of the month, we will be showing off Mantis and a few other robots at Maker Faire Detroit! We will be located in the i3 Detroit hackerspace booth. Hope to see you all there!