Arduino NFC Validator

A developer friend at work who knew that I worked on Arduinos was asked me if I wanted to build a part for a factory process they were trying to improve.

A friend of his had an Injection Molding company that makes rollers for a Chinese kiosk photo printing machine.  The printing machine has to verify that the printer paper is “official” using an NFC chip in the roller.  His company makes the injection molded rollers and has to insert the stamped NFC chip. Shown below.

NFC chip that gets inserted

plastic roller containing NFC chip on my home testing rig







He needed a device that can run on the conveyor process that verifies that the NFC chip was installed without being damaged (i.e it still functions as an NFC chip).  My first run worked but had a few false negatives (didn’t recognize fast enough for the speed).  After a few design reworks, and rethinking the polling, I found a design that worked as an excellent QA device for their process.

the final boards without the 3D printed case

boards in 3D printed case

early prototype

The part is assembled, and an NFC chip is inserted, then it goes on the conveyor. If it passes inspection, the gate is moved by the arduino, it gets counted and placed in a box.  If no NFC chip is detected the gate does not move and the part gets forced into the bin with the 3D printed gate. It gets counted as a “reject” by an IR sensor as it drops in the bin and reran later.

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Voice Controlled Ambient Lighting with Amazon Alexa

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Run your AWS Empire using $9 CHIP computer and AWS Shell

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Sparkcore SmartGarage with OLED and 3D printed case controlled by Pebble Smartwatch

Published a new complete breakdown of using the SparkCore as a “Smart Garage” device. It uses the RESTful interface of the Sparkcore to make AJAX requests on the button press events on a custom Pebble.js application running on my Pebble Steel

SparkCore SmartGarage

SparkCore SmartGarage with 3D pinted case with OLED

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ESP8266 with the Arduino Micro

I decided to do a writeup on what I have learned so far on making an IOT device using the ESP8266 and the Arduino Micro. The full blog post with pictures, video and the code on Github is here:

Carrier board for the Arduino and the ESP8266

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Raspberry Pi High Definition Photobooth

Wrote as descriptive post on creating the Raspberry Pi Photobooth project featured on the Adafruit Show & Tell. I also submitted the project to the Make Magazine: Make the Shot Camera Challenge (make sure you vote for me next week)

RPi Photobooth

You can see me on the Adafruit Show & Tell here:

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The SparkCore is Awesome


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Google Profile URL

Just got my Google Profile URL:

Pretty cool.

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Headtracking Update with high powered IR LED’s

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Added new Photo Booth page showing current prototype

Added new Photo Booth page showing current prototype

Photo-Booth for the wedding, pics and explanation video of hardware used

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