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Copper Mountain Grooming Display

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Copper Mountain Grooming Display

Created by Dwight Eppinger

Dwight helps manage the Copper Mountain Ski Resort and he wanted to build a better and easier way of keeping the ski-run signs up to date. He came up with the idea to use Arduino Mega boards along with the Xbee wireless shield. With this combination of hardware, Dwight was able to add an LED matrix display and create a system that he could update wirelessly from a single location. Now, whenever a run is groomed, opened, or closed; the sign is automatically updated when the ski patrol makes any changes to their central snow-reporting database. It is also used to update the resort's Facebook page, Website, and mobile site. It is a pretty respectable feat considering he's driving quite a few LED displays from a single Arduino board, and even more respectable that it is coming along so cleanly. You can check out the entire system on his blog.

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    Anonymous , February 9, 2010 2:41 PM
    Picture 18 bad link.
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    megamanx00 , February 9, 2010 3:23 PM
    The Best one has to be the Rail Gun, and then he's making an upgraded one at that. OMFG! Looking at the power it requires one wonders if a laser would be better, but I think there is just something about projectile weapons we seem to really like.
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    atomrend , February 9, 2010 3:25 PM
    The link for the Faceman(#19) internet remote has a typo in it. I would like something like that to control electrical use in my place. Use the web to turn the water heater on or off. I do think something like this would be best using the electrical wiring throughout the home as the network. For something like this, it does not have to be very fast.
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    Anonymous , February 9, 2010 3:39 PM
    Picture 8 of 33 has a space at the end of the link.
    http://roteno.com/?q=node/78%20
    Link should read:
    http://roteno.com/?q=node/78
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    Tomsguiderachel , February 9, 2010 5:28 PM
    Thanks for all the comments notifying us of the bad links. We experienced a strange bug on our URLs today but it should all be fixed now.
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    quantumrand , February 11, 2010 1:29 AM
    My favorites are AeroQuad and Puzzlemation.

    I'm tempted to try my hand at the whole Maker scene by making an AeroQuad-like system. I might start off with a cheap 3-axis accelerometer stabilization and remote flight. Then later I'll see about adding additional axis and GPS for flight automation, maybe solar cells for prolonged flights.

    It would be pretty awesome to make it capable of navigating from one coast to the other, with a cellular GSM module for communication for status updates and recieving weather information.
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    elel , February 15, 2010 10:19 PM
    If you like the rail gun, you should look at powerlabs.org!!!
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    anamaniac , February 16, 2010 10:45 AM
    elelIf you like the rail gun, you should look at powerlabs.org!!!

    If you like the railgun, you should see what the American military are doing. =)

    Physics is awesome. Lets go blow stuff up (in the name of science, of course).
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    bogcotton , February 16, 2010 2:50 PM
    Number 16 is just asking to be modified by drug smugglers.
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    JohnnyLucky , February 17, 2010 5:22 AM
    PHOOEY! I wanted the Sparkfun Electronics movie poster. I went to the Sparkfun web site and discovered it is a one of a kind poster made in house as a Christmas gift to the boss! :( 
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