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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.