Friday, November 15, 2013

Web controlled robot

We developed a web controlled robot. Using pusher, developed a desktop client that tells the robot to move forward, backward, turn left and right. We used Cherokey 4WD kit to build the robot. An Arduino Uno (thanks to the Make Robot Hacks Session), a Wifi/Wifly shield were connected to the kit that receives the control signals from the web. Based on the control signals, the motor controller is instructed to move. Here is a video.

Web Controlled Robot from Nahid Alam on Vimeo.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Internet-of-Things with Intel Galileo

I created a demo showcasing Internet-of-Things with Intel Galileo board. The board is connected to a LED and a Force Sensitive Resistor (FSR). The LED and FSR can talk to an Android app through a cloud service.

IoT on Galileo from Nahid Alam on Vimeo.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Intel Galileo Board

I proposed and co-led Intel's technology strategy for Maker Movement. And now the 1st Arduino compatible Intel Galileo board is here! Just received a free one!

Sunday, October 6, 2013

The Perfect Pour

This weekend, I joined Silicon Chef Hardware Hackathon. Our team (Veronica, Stephanie, Judith, Yan & Me) created a smart beer cozy! An Arduino based project that can detect how well you are pouring and prevents you from spilling the beer. We used a 3-axis Accelerometer to detect the tilt angel. Messages are displayed in the LCD screen to signal you whether you are pouring too fast or too slow. And guess what? We won an Arduino project book as the prize! The code is in github.

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Bay Area Modular Electronics Meetup

I started organizing Bay Area Modular Electronics Meetup! The group is for hackers exploring the modular design techniques of hardware design, hacking and all things electronics.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

Ford OpenXC Workshop

This weekend, I was in Techshop San Jose attending Ford OpenXC workshop. Learned how to use OpenXC to read from CAN bus. Did surface mount soldering for the 1st time. It was CRAZY!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

MSP430 based Heart Rate Monitoring

I was working with Alanson on a heart-rate monitoring project to explore energy harvesting technology. We primarily explored TI MSP430 based systems to come up with the lowest possible power consuming HRM system. Unfortunately, the project died prematurely as I left Portland. Below sample EKG schematic.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Maker Faire Bay Area 2013

Had great fun this week at Make Hardware Innovation Workshop 2013 at the College of San Mateo. An amazing group of energetic people working on different aspects of hardware innovation. Agenda with video link here.

I got to try a Pebble watch!

Later that weekend was Maker Faire Bay Area. A few snap from the greatest show and tell of earth!

Saturday, April 27, 2013

TEDxPortland 2013

I attended TEDxPortland 2013 at Portland Art Museum. Kate Bingaman-Burt and Dr. Lauri Marker are AWESOME!

Courtesy: Branden Harvey Photography 

Sunday, March 17, 2013


Developed an Arduino-based tracking system. Used  MPU-6050 (3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyro, temperature), connected it to the I2C bus of the Arduino to read the raw sensor data. The sensor captures the hand motion. These raw data are then processed through DSP filtering algorithm and  graphically drawn in the monitor using Processing APIs. Code is here

Tracking from Nahid Alam on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Robot car

I was mentoring high school girls on ChickTech High School STEM workshop this weekend. As a mentor, me and 2 others developed a simple Arduino based robot car. Check out the code and video below!

Robot from Nahid Alam on Vimeo.