Monday, December 15, 2014

Free energy projects (scams) on Kickstarter (II)

   Hello guys and girls. After writing about "free energy scams on Kickstarter" on my last post I went even deeper on Kickstarter projects, searching for the tags: "free", "motor" and "energy"; surprisingly I found a handful of those  scams!.
   Now I am sure that the Kickstarter staff doesn't even bother chasing and cancelling (closing) those projects: all of them were kept open until their own end date; but of course NONE of them were successfully funded, due to the bullshit they represent. 
   See below a couple of those scams, most of them in form of "miraculous" motors. Also, I want to hear from you guys: feel free to comment your opinion and thoughts on this blog post and also on my twitter: @embedded_clovis .

1- Magnetically Driven Generator Motor: they state "Hire the engineers needed to refine the design and build a small scale prototype of a free energy motor". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

2- Test rig for Edwin Gray free energy inverter: they state "The goal of this project is to build and test some Edwin Gray components in the light of new theoretical approach to Free Energy". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

3- fuel - free engine: they state "Fuel-free engine for power generation with capacity up to 10 kW/h". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

4- FREE ENERGY: they state "THERE WILL BE FREE ENERGY! THE OVER-UNITY CONTINUOUS MOTION ELECTRIC GENERATOR IS REAL!". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

5- Free Electricity Device R&D: they state "Crystal Power Cell research and development. Possible infinitely charged electricity source, aka Free Energy!". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

6- Dynevo Drive: they state "A self rotating motor to replace current electrical production methods". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

7- POWER GENERATION THROUGH INNOVATION: they state "Support innovation and change the world in support of freeing all from rising fuel cost. Free and clean energy is in demand". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Free energy projects (scams) on Kickstarter

   I love technology; I also love Kickstarter and its huge collection of useful/inventive/creative projects. I myself have backed half a dozen projects in there (including OUYA). The problem is that due to its popularity, Kickstarter faces a bunch of confidence tricks' attacks (also called SCAMS). As a technology guy, I have listed below a bunch of projects (some of them cancelled, all of them unfunded) promising free energy.
   Notice that I will not fully explain exactly why every project is a SCAM, but you can guess that yourself, base on a bit of physics. Of course you know that there is no way to break physics laws (so far), so none of these projects will see daylight anytime soon. have fun!.

1- Powerful Box: they state "We aim to bring you free electricity after the upfront cost and produce no co2". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

2- Magnetic Siphon Electric Generator: they state "My invention uses a series of magnets to lift and/or attract Ferrofluids and converts potential kinetic energy into electricity!". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

3- HISCORE Engine Project*: they state "Environment protection technology.Help us build our new green engine prototype to reverse CO2 vehicle emissions pollution on our planet". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter: *this one was suspended by Kickstarter

4- iPOWER by design: they state "A remarkable new way to produce energy. By backing this campaign you will part of a Globe change that our World desperately needs". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter:

And the Bonus one: 

5- Time Machine*: they state "Help me make a time machine, so that we can make this world a better place. If you could go back, would you save her? Humble words". Here is the link to the actual project on Kickstarter: . *No comments on this one!.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Open source - explained in LEGO!

   Browsing the internet (as I do every single day of my life) sometimes exposes me to some very interesting stuff; as for example this video (below), explaining with LEGO (in stop motion) how does the Open source movement works. That's some worth-watching-content, for sure!.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A substitute for the DELAY function - Arduino

Hello guys, how are you doing today? 

   Ever since I came across the Arduino platform, I felt really pissed off with (the existence) of the delay() function, because it was created with the (evil) solo purpose of wasting time between executions of the loop() function. 
   I have rapidly created a counter to substitute this function in every sketch of my own, with the downside of having to adjust the counted number for every single program (because different program sizes take different times to be executed). This scenario have just changed, because I am presenting you my very own professional way to not waste precious time of your Arduino. It is a sketch that allows you to run a piece of code every 'x' microseconds while leaving the rest of the time free for execution of more code!. 
   The code takes advantage of the micros() function, present in the stock Arduino language and IDE, which returns the time (in microseconds) that Arduino has been running since the last reset. Essentially what I do is to execute my main function (which I can freely choose) only every given time; this "given" time can be adjusted by updating its value (in microseconds) in an IF loop.

   The sketch is available on my GitHub and doesn't require any special library or installation, only the stock micros() function. Essentially your custom code, such as blinking leds, goes in between the quotes I have wrote (as seen below): 

   The main advantage in this code is that you can execute a code every 'x' microseconds (utilizing the sketch exactly as it is) or multiple codes every 'y' microseconds (by adding new IF conditions based on the same couter). You can not forget to fill your setup() function as needed; your timing will always be respected, since you don't write a code big enough (that takes more time than your delay) to be executed. 
   I would greatly appreciate to hear from you guys, any suggestion, criticism, upsides, downsizes, anything that can make the code work better. You can reach me on twitter @embedded_clovis or email: clovisf AT gmail DOT com .  

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Those are my thoughts about solar roads

So I am bringing something different for you guys today! It is a video that really reflects my thoughts on the recently-IndieGoGo-funded Solar roadways:

And they have raised over $2M dollars :) . 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Beta-testing Arduino-ZERO

Hi guys, this is just an update post to tell you two things: 

1- I will be back to this blog once I go forward on my "chip tag for running clubs" project and once the things stabilize in the college (beginning of a new term is always crazy!).

2- I was selected as one of the Arduino-ZERO (link here) beta-testers! It has been so nice and so crazy test everything on that board, you have no idea. I have signed a waiver saying that I cannot share any information related to the platform, so I will only be telling you things related to this project when the beta-testing is over (and the product releases).

Stay tuned for news, and happy coding and hacking!! :-)

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

RFID tag reader with ARM microcontroller

   Good afternoon makers, and welcome back to Embedded-Clovis blog. Today I will show you one of the first steps in the make of my Chip Tag for every running club (click here) project: the RFID tag reader. It is a part of a Hackaday prize project I am in, so I think it is important to share it with you.
   RFID stands for Radio-Frequency identification and is a technology that reads/writes tag's (cards, keychains, tokens) contactless (by air); it may or may not feature a power supply in the target device, and when it doesn't have a power supply the energy for the target comes from the air as well (from the host device).
   I bought the module RFID-RC522 breakout board from a random seller on eBay, that features a MFRC522 RFID chip from NXP working on 13.56MHz; I also bought some programmable RFID cards/keychains for testing: the MIFARE 1K . I haven't tested recording data on it but this is surely the next step in my journey (since I will need that on my "Chip tag for runner's" project. 
   The schematic of my project can be seen below, featuring a Freescale FRDM-K64F development board, a RFID-RC522 module and an USB cable connected to my PC. Every time a card is ready (in a 2-3 centimeters range) its data is sent to a serial console on PC: I am using the Arduino IDE console on this project. 

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The wiring is done as follow: 

MFRC522 SPI_MOSI => PTD2 port of my board
MFRC522 SPI_MISO => PTD3 port of my board
MFRC522 SPI_SCK => PTD1 port of my board
MFRC522 SPI_CS => PTE25 port of my board
MFRC522 MF_RESET => PTD0 port of my board
MFRC522 3.3V => 3.3V of my board
MFRC522 GND => GND of my board

   There is a test code on GitHub here,  for reading tags and sending its information to the serial console of a PC. It is important to mention here that most of the code was taken from libraries and examples created by other users on the mBed platform (please refer to the GitHub link above for credit information).
   This was only the first step on the development of my summer project (Chip tag for running clubs), but I am sure it will help people get started with RFID technology. Having any question or concern, please contact me via Twitter: @ClovisDuino  or e-mail: clovisduino AT gmail .com . See you guys next time; have fun hacking and making!.