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Compass Guided Kayak Auto Pilot

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Published on Nov 3, 2014

Using an Ardunio to steer my Kayak. This is not a well documented build process, and is largely the result of trial and error, and iterative / imaginative engineering. It's a great example of how to throw modular components together, and build a simple device that serves a purpose, despite it's appearance. No fancy board spins, or laser cut / 3d printed parts. My main tools were a hacksaw, a drill, and a soldering iron. Macguyver would be proud.

I am by no means a professional with experience in electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or software development. However, this project was straightforward enough that I was able to actually take an idea and turn into something real.

Case in point, I burned out a few of my Ardunio's input lines trying to build this the first time with external pullup resistors tied to each button/switch. Using the Ardunio's internal pullups saved this build from total disaster. Also, seriously, look at that cordless drill. That is the work of a man who won't let a missing battery pack keep him from his build.

Things that went into this project:

Spark Inventors Kit: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11576
Motor Driver Shield: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9815
Proto Shield Kit: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/9900
Compass: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/10888
Geared Motor: http://www.sciplus.com/p/MOTOR-WPULLE...

Switches:
http://www.sciplus.com/p/RED-PUSHBUTT...
http://www.sciplus.com/p/DEFOND-3A6A-...
http://www.sciplus.com/p/DPST-TOGGLE-...

Kayak: http://www.hobiefishing.com/mirage/mi...

I scrounged up the rest from scrap materials in my house. Individual dwelling contents may vary.

Attempt at your own risk! I will not be held responsible if you are lost at sea! Bring a paddle!

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    • Theme from Jaws
  • Artist

    • E.A. Smith
  • Album

    • Halloween Party for Kids
  • Writers

    • John Williams
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    • The Orchard Music (on behalf of Columbia River Entertainment); UMPG Publishing, and 2 Music Rights Societies

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