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  • Colvins.ca | A Collection of DIY Projects
    Editor 5 Comments Posted in Featured Projects DIY Music Synchronized Traffic Light The purpose of this project was to create a unique decoration for my room Instead of just making a traffic light that is on all of the time I decided to add my own twist For quite a while I have been experimenting with LEDs and syncing them to music I started last Halloween when 13 July Posted by Editor 6 Comments Posted in Featured Projects DIY Cable Cam One of my latest projects has been a Cable Cam A Cable Cam as the name suggests is a camera that runs down a zip line Here is mine 11 May Posted by Editor 1 Comment Posted in Featured Projects DIY Camera Crane Update I have recently made some changes to my DIY Camera Crane I got sick of the position of the monitor so I fabricated a bracket to hold it on the pivot point I also painted the whole thing with flat black spray paint to make it look more professional I chose flat black to minimize 11 March Posted by Editor 42 Comments Posted in Projects DIY Camera Crane Over the past week I have been building a camera crane or jib For those of you who do not know what a camera crane is it is a device that allows you to take video from really high in the air to really low in the air The one I built costs about 25 00 1 July Posted by Editor 40 Comments Posted in Projects Easy To Build Stepper Controller from Recycled Materials I take no responsibility for any injuries fried computers or anything of that manner Follow these instructions at your own risk I am 13 I have always wanted to build a cnc machine

    Original URL path: http://colvins.ca/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Web Design | Colvins.ca
    doing web design Here are some links to some of my work Unitips ca Ruserious biz If you are interested in my services please contact me using the following form Name required Email required Website Message Categories Featured Projects Uncategorized

    Original URL path: http://colvins.ca/web-design/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Links | Colvins.ca
    projects Instructables This a very neat site that has thousands of how to s about all things from building a cnc machine to build a garden Make Magazine This site is a popular blog about all thing DIY CNC Zone This forum is an invaluable resource for anyone thinking about or wanting to build a cnc machine Hack a Day Similar to makezine except only electronics Hacked Gadgets Alot like

    Original URL path: http://colvins.ca/search-results/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Editor | Colvins.ca
    setup 28 December Posted by Editor 5 Comments Posted in Featured Projects DIY Music Synchronized Traffic Light The purpose of this project was to create a unique decoration for my room Instead of just making a traffic light that is on all of the time I decided to add my own twist For quite a while I have been experimenting with LEDs and syncing them to music I started last Halloween when 13 July Posted by Editor 6 Comments Posted in Featured Projects DIY Cable Cam One of my latest projects has been a Cable Cam A Cable Cam as the name suggests is a camera that runs down a zip line Here is mine 11 May Posted by Editor 1 Comment Posted in Featured Projects DIY Camera Crane Update I have recently made some changes to my DIY Camera Crane I got sick of the position of the monitor so I fabricated a bracket to hold it on the pivot point I also painted the whole thing with flat black spray paint to make it look more professional I chose flat black to minimize 11 March Posted by Editor 42 Comments Posted in Projects DIY Camera Crane Over the past week I have been building a camera crane or jib For those of you who do not know what a camera crane is it is a device that allows you to take video from really high in the air to really low in the air The one I built costs about 25 00 1 July Posted by Editor 40 Comments Posted in Projects Easy To Build Stepper Controller from Recycled Materials I take no responsibility for any injuries fried computers or anything of that manner Follow these instructions at your own risk I am 13 I have always wanted

    Original URL path: http://colvins.ca/author/andrew/ (2014-10-09)
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  • DIY Ping Pong Ball Launcher | Colvins.ca
    built Here is a video of how to make it Here is a video of it in action This entry was posted in Uncategorized Bookmark the permalink Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published Required fields are marked Name Email Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes a href title abbr title acronym title b blockquote cite cite code del datetime em

    Original URL path: http://colvins.ca/diy-ping-pong-ball-launcher/ (2014-10-09)
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  • Movie Night at the Cottage | Colvins.ca
    These allow the screen fabric to be held on using binder clips It is important that you carefully measure the width and height of your screen This will prevent you from having black bars on your screen To calculate your width and height you must first decide on an aspect ratio Common aspect ratios are 4 3 16 9 and 2 35 1 Your movie should say the aspect ratio on the back of the case Now you need to figure out what you want the width of your screen to be I chose to go with 14ft Now divide this by the larger number in the aspect ratio for example 14ft 2 35 5 95ft This will be your height The finished frame A rope is run through the top extrusion This is rope is tied between two trees and tightened with a ratchet strap This holds the screen upright and prevents the wind from blowing it over The ratchet strap Now that the frame is up it is time to attach the screen fabric This is really easy because the aluminum extrusions allow you to hold it on with binder clips which are available from any office supply store If you are unable to get aluminum extrusions they can easily be substituted with a piece of steel angle for example a drywall corner For our screen fabric we use two white bedsheets that are sewn together We have tried other screen surfaces such as tarps but the bedsheet has been the best so far You might notice that one half of our screen is slightly darker that the other This is not noticeable during the movie The Sound At our cottage we do not have electricity This makes it difficult to get good sound We use a cheap

    Original URL path: http://colvins.ca/p240/ (2014-10-09)
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  • DIY Music Synchronized Traffic Light | Colvins.ca
    This worked great and was what I used in the final light I fabricated the light using sheet metal in the auto body shop in my school I started by downloading a 3d model of a traffic light and scaling it to about 1 2 using the popular Google Sketchup I traced the measurements onto a Bristol board template Unfortunately I no longer have these templates and files as I did this sometime last year I traced the Bristol board template onto sheets of steel I bent the pieces using a brake and spot welded them together Next I spot welded each of the three lights together and MIG welded some caps onto the openings that I did not want to be seen I primed it in the school s spray booth then waited 15 minutes while the spray booth baked the primer at 150 degrees Fahrenheit Once the primer was dry I gave it about 3 coats of yellow Tremclad paint This gave it a great finish I left it to dry overnight and was then ready to install the electronics Once my paint had dried I needed to figure out a way to make the lights have color when they were off but light up from the LEDs I had originally thought about using theatrical lighting gels but they were too dark and ate up too much of my light So I decided to have a light pattern printed in red green and yellow at Staples on overhead transparencies It looked great and only cost 6 Next I had to mount the LEDs inside the light To do this I attached them to a long skinny piece of wood and hung it from the removable top The wood is attached to the top using a screw and some glue I made a wooden bracket to hold the electronics inside the light and cut holes for the ports in the top With all of the electronics assembled all that was left to do was to put it all together and test it When I tested it for the first time I found that the green light leaked into all of the other colors which reduced the effect This was easily fixed by making a cardboard divider In the end it all worked fine I am very impressed at how well it turned out Here is a video of it in action httpv www youtube com watch v jtpZ0L81oBo This entry was posted in Featured Projects Bookmark the permalink 5 thoughts on DIY Music Synchronized Traffic Light Kemal says December 31 2010 at 4 12 pm Good job But the music should ve been Rick Astley or too 2008 Reply adam says January 7 2011 at 2 24 am hey love the idea I have an actual stop light and I was looking for something cool to do with it Anyway you could make a tutorial or something on how to do this I would just need to info for

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  • DIY Cable Cam | Colvins.ca
    the other rope will control the movement of the camera along the support rope using gravity to move it out and tension on the rope to pull it back Or use a closed loop to move it back and forth if that makes more sense I would also suggest using servos on the camera mount connected to an Arduino or other micro controller to control the pan and tilt and maybe the zoom For the zoom there s multiple ways to do this if the lens has to be manually turned connect a servo or stepper motor to an elastic band wrapped around the lens barrel to turn it If it s already motorized you could crack the camera open and either wire in a relay control for the T W buttons or even control the motor directly from the Arduino Or even just have solenoids that push the T W buttons without modifying the camera itself This whole system could be done using JeeNodes Arduino clones with a built in RF serial link This way you could have one to control winches for the two ropes and another mounted on the camera carriage to control pan tilt zoom a solenoid to press the record button and maybe even LED lighting and or external microphone direction With this system you could have the whole rig controlled by a computer say you re making a movie and you think you re going to want to do the same shot multiple times or for multiple takes you could program the rig to take the shot you like save the programming and run the same shot as many times as you want If you like the way the shot came out but would like to modify it just slightly just change one or

    Original URL path: http://colvins.ca/diy-cable-cam/ (2014-10-09)
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