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Making a tachometer for a grinding / polishing machine for telescope mirrors

When making a telescope mirror on the machine, two parameters are important: the rotation speed of the mirror, and the rotation speed of the overarm eccentric. Other environmental parameters also matter: temperature and humidity are foremost here. To more easily monitor and display these variables, I've built an electronic device that collects this data and shows it on the control panel. This is how to build the device.

How to make Halloween creepy blinking eyes with an ATmel AVR microcontroller

An ATtiny2313 chip, some C code, a bunch of LEDs and other components - that's your DIY Halloween decoration this year. I'll show you how to do it, and there's a video at the end of this page showing the digital creepiness in action.

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