ASMD Shock Rifle


First off thanks to DFRobot for the parts for this project!

I love Unreal Tournament (UT) and I definitely love the ASMD Shock Rifle in the games weapon roster – so I thought why not make one?

Also because the new UT is now no longer in development (EPIC, please please please resume this), I needed something to sate my need for UT.

From the above link – it’s basically a plasma rifle that fires purple beams, with a secondary fire of a purple orb that can also be shot with a beam to make a tertiary attack.

After some experience with SimplePlastics in my Arduino Lightsaber project I was sold on the idea of them – although I realised that instead of a tube I should have used a solid rod for the project in order to propagate the light more – I realised this plastic would also be perfect for creating a real life Shock Rifle!

So I pitched the idea to DFRobot and they agreed and then I ordered the plastics from SimplyPlastics and got to work.

Key Goals:

  1. Make a real life ASMD Shock Rifle.
  2. Make sure it lights up and makes noise from the game (both firing modes) as well as a screen telling the user what mode is currently on.

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Terminator Glasses

Tech Noir.

I’ve been thinking of making a pair of Terminator Glasses for a while now; basically I was thinking of having the red eye behind the glasses that would move around as the wearer looks about.

I was looking around for a good LED platform to use when I came across Pimoroni’s very handy looking 5×5 RGB LED matrix, so I got it purchased and got to work.

Key goals:

  1. Have a pair of glasses with the iconic terminator red eye.
  2. Have the eye move when the glasses are moved in a direction.

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Tinned Heisenberg Principle | Arduino


So it turns out I may have been wrong about much of the below (as I thought) The user ‘eivind’ on Hackster left me a comment pointing me to This video which probably explains things better than I did.

I’m still trying to get my head around it all.


This is a bit of a weird one and I’m almost definitely going to get some concepts wrong here so bear with me.

I was reading up about Quantum Physics the other day, trying to make any sense of it at all and I got to The Uncertainty principle – which is essentially (from my limited understanding) where any quantum particle (wave?) measured is affected by the equipment used to measure it.

I think.

So basically whatever you try and measure you affect and so cannot get an accurate measurement of.

I don’t understand it fully, so what better time to try and make a project about it, right?

You can also catch this on my Hackster.

Key Goals:

  1. Make an device that when closed has a certain output that can’t be seen, based on a value from an environmental sensor
  2. Ensure that when opened and attempted to be measured the sensor input is changed and thus the output is changed

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Nerf Scope Module | Arduino Project

The Scope

So first off thanks to DFRobot for the parts in this project! They have been great to work with over the past year.

For a while now I’ve been eying up the Nerf Raptorstrike but there was one issue – no scope or top rails for attaching a scope – only an underside rail. Which made me think – can I just make my own movable and attachable scope with an Arduino and a servo or two?

Lets find out.

You can also catch this project on my Hackster.

Main goals for this are:

  • Make a movable scope
  • Make it attachable to underside Nerf rails

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The Scorpion ~ Star Trek Inspired Robotics


First off thanks to Elegoo for sending me the robot car that I’ve used for this project!

When Elegoo first contacted me I said it would be cool to add some extra stuff to their already cool Robot Car V3.0 – they agreed and I got thinking about what could be done.

So I was watching the Star Trek TNG episode ‘The Quality of Life’ and thought it would be cool to add on a Raspberry Pi to the bot and see if I can make something similar.

As an overview; in the episode the Exocomps are designed to be used for doing work in dangerous/unreachable areas, until a character suspects that they may have sentience and questions how they should be treated.

I thought this would be a good opportunity to start using Tensorflow to get the bot to take pictures and analyse them, sending the results to the user.

You can also catch this on my Hackster profile.

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Arduino Fortnite Boogie Device

Dance dance.

Thanks to DFRobot for providing the parts for this!

There was a point earlier this year where pretty much every YouTube advert for me was a trailer for Fortnite, the one with the Boogie Bomb in it.

This bad boy:


Which essentially you throw into a group of enemies and it blasts out light and music and they all dance, at which point you comedically take them all out while they are entranced.

So I thought, well, I can probably make something that looks and works a bit like that and the awesome people at DFRobot agreed!

You can also catch this project on my Hackster page.

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Franken PC

I never saw a more interesting creature.

Thanks to Banggood for this project! They contacted me a while back about doing another project after the Holo Cube, so I had a look through their site and found this Mini PCI-E to PCI-E adaptor and thought about combining it with one of my old laptops I have laying around to put a newer graphics card in it and see if it can, what else; run Crysis.

You can also catch this project on my Hackster.

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Pocket Pi



I’ve seen some really good Portable-Pi builds such as Ben Heck’s Portable Pi and stuff like this and thought I’d try one out myself using parts I have laying about as a quick mid-week project to take my mind off the nasty cold I currently have.

The main part I had laying around was an ESD box I got from somewhere. Not sure where and I can’t find it anywhere else online so I have linked below to the closest I could find online.

Lets take a look how it went!

You can also check this out on my Hackster.

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Original Xbox RGB Ring Mod | Arduino


The other day my original Xbox i originally got in 2003 started turning itself on again – which means it’s due for an open up and some maintenance as this is usually caused by some degradation of traces on the board.

I thought well this is a perfect time to mod it a bit more and use some of my recently acquired Arduino skills to turn the front LED ring into an RGB light show!

You can also catch this at my Hackster.

Key Goals.

  1. Upgrade my original Xbox with an RGB LED ring.
  2. Use an Arduino for the job.

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