There oughta be…

…a blog with awesome projects. A collection of overcomplicated devices nobody needs. A sanctum for all the things that did not get living room clearance, but oughta be seen by fellow nerds.

There oughta be a macro keyboard.

17 February 2021

I built a dynamically assignable macro keyboard with an e-ink screen. What does that mean? Well, it is a device that pretends to be a regular keyboard, but the meaning of each button changes depending on which application you currently try to control. Let me show you in a video:

Thumbnail of a youtube video about the macro keyboard, showing the device with rainbow LEDs and images on the e-ink screen.
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So, you now have an idea what I am talking about? Then let me explain the details in this article.

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There oughta be a way to use a Sony Alpha as a webcam.

17 December 2020

Hacking a Sony Alpha for clean HDMI out: On my journey to find the perfect image for video conferences and lectures with a spare DSLM camera I found several solutions to use a Sony Alpha as a webcam - with varying results and obstacles.

Thumbnail of a youtube video about using a Sony Alpha camera as a webcam, showing four simultaneous perspectives from four Sony Alpha cameras.
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The video should give a good overview and examples of what to expect. This articles describes how to do it…

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There oughta be a smart garage door.

03 December 2020

Probably one of my less impressive projects. Controlling my old garage door opener via MQTT. If you cannot imagine what a garage door looks like when it opens, here is a three minute video of the setup:

Thumbnail of a youtube video about the smart garage door opener, light shining through the opening door.
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Self-deprecating commentary aside, I simply trigger the input of the garage door opener with a relay and determine the garage door position with a Zigbee orientation sensor. Two components that just happened to be available as spares from other projects, but it might help you if you want to do something similar.

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There oughta be an LED cube.

28 September 2020

Inspired by many LED cube projects before me, I decided to build my own version, which eventually turned into a CPU status indicator on my desk. Is there a more over the top way to monitor your CPU temperature and usage than 12,288 individually addressable RGB LEDs arranged as a cube?

Thumbnail of a youtube video about my LED cube, showing three images of the cube with dominantly blue, then green and finally red color.
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In this case, I strongly suggest to check out the video first as it conveys the looks of the cube much better than static images. Of course, the blog article will provide all the technical details.

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There oughta be a way to use a Sony Alpha in Octolapse.

22 September 2020

In principle, this should be a simple one. I have an older Sony Alpha NEX-5T, which I wanted to use to create timelapses of my 3d prints. Spoiler alert: I found a way and you can find some examples in the Youtube video:

Thumbnail of a youtube video about 3d print timelapses.
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Read on, if you want to use your Sony Alpha like this, too.

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