Starting with an accelerometer: MPU-6050 / GY-521

For the bag movement alarm project, I got myself a cheap postage sized accelerometer.  The breakout board I purchased online is labeled GY-521, which I found out afterwards is just one of the many boards for the MPU-6050 chip.  The MPU-6050 is actually both an accelerometer as well as a gyro.  Pretty cool for such…

Quadcopter fail

The Quadcopter didn’t fail, I did. After a successful first trials, I took the Quadcopter out for a second spin, hoping to get some good footage.  I had lots of space to play with, but when it is up high and far away, you lose some of the spatial awareness. So I got it stuck…

Quadcopter first trials!

There really is something cool about flying. My batteries arrived for my recently acquired quadcopter, and today was a beautiful sunny day….  so perfect time to test out the quadcopter and do some first trials.  I met up with my friends Hussein and Julia before heading to DC’s Meridian Hill park, to put it through…

Quadcopter arrival!

There is something cool about flying. A short while ago I decided to order an extremely entry level quadcopter so that I could learn a bit about how to fly one.  Not that I really have a purpose – although I anticipate that being able to take video with it will be quite fun –…

An Arduino weekend!

If they had this when I was studying electrical engineering, I never would have switched to civil. Because making something blink has never been so exciting.  This weekend, I decided to finally pull out my Arduino board and see what I can do with it…. and it turned out to be quite a bit of…