HoloDuino, the next phase

The work is going slowly but it’s moving.


The basic display code is written, IO expansion has been added and I’ll be integrating both an XBee module as well as replacing the current RBBB to the Arduino Mega. It’s got more memory and IO ports and will allow me to add a keyboard interface and motor control. Yeah open-source hardware!

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Holocontroller II

The next iteration of the HoloController is just about ready for use.

The on-board software is finally (no, really) ready to be wired up in the lab and I expect to do that tomorrow sometime.

The prototype controller is shown below with LEDs in place of connections to the relay board. I’ll likely leave those in as I’m wiring the two together so that I can clearly see that both ends are working. The lit LED below is a temporary status light that shows me the software on the Arduino is running.


The resistors are all 10K pull down resistors for input from the several switches that I’ve got on my workbench for turning laser and shutter power on/off. The 10K pot serves as a stand-in for the light sensor that sits above the table and is used to verify that the shutter opened as expected. Two voltage regulators provide 9v and 5v for various applications. I’ll be expanding their circuits soon to add diode protection and capacitor smoothing. An external board has TIP20’s for controlling the 1W LED status lights out in the hallway. At the moment they just blink or are steady-on but with the Arduino I can make them fade and add sound back back to the experience with an external piezo speaker. I miss having an R2D2 in the hallway like I did with the Lego RCX controller I started out with.

I’ve got one digital and one analog pin open so sometime soon I expect I’ll be expanding the system with more monitoring and someday with a touch screen or something similar.

The Arduino software is capable of driving the lab all by itself but since it doesn’t have a UI, I still need to use the PC to provide an easy to use input interface.

I’ve updated the HoloController software with an Arduino driver that simply sends port commands like the K8000 driver did and otherwise still controls the lab and exposures. Soon I’ll modify the PC software so the Arduino handles all the work which means the interface will move to an all-serial command set that can be more easily ported to other languages. The protocols are all written and tested now.

Woot! for Arduino!

A view of the table is available over here.

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Laser pointers now classed as weapons in AU

Way to go, people.

NSW Premier Morris Iemma said today the Government would ban the
most powerful laser pointers and make it a summary offence to carry
any laser pointer without a lawful reason.

Sydney Morning Herald


I won first!

Hologram entry

Well, here it is. Will it win?

Gettin’ ready for the feis

The Bluebonnet Feis that is.

What am I doing? Not dancing this time.

I’m entering this…

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Table testing Hades

For what seems like forever now, I’ve been working on developing a DCG process for myself that I could use when making white-light copies of my silver masters.

After some inconsistent results I stripped the table top of all components and set up an interferometer to see how stable the table was.


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Holograms under a microscope

While giving a talk about holography to a school group recently I mentioned that one could look at a hologram through a microscope and see what you’d see with the original subject.

Since I’ve got an Intel QX3 microscope I decided to capture a few images.

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Green living

I’ve been working on a couple of holograms recently and while I don’t have a lot of time for blogging at the moment, here are a few pictures.

Irish Dance shoes

The dancing shoes turned out really nice both in master and copy.

The next one was a quickie for Wifey and her mother.

It’s a commemorative pitcher from Union Station in Ft. Worth.

VRP-M is working out pretty well so far, even the old film from Oct 2005 is coming out ok.

Using OneNote to make holograms

OneNote has been written about ad-infinitum as a tool for note taking in meetings and classes, as a general information repository and as a collaboration tool but I’d like to introduce you to another use that I’m putting OneNote to.

Making holograms.

Or more specifically, documenting both the process I go through when creating a hologram and the results from that process in the form of notes and pictures.

As most of you will probably know, OneNote is a great repository for all sorts of information. It has allowed me to combine a number of sources into one place so that when needed, I can easily refer back to previous results when I’m making a new hologram.

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