These are the ideas I'll be working on over the next few months. If they work out ok then I'll be fully open source licensing them; if they don't I might keep quiet about them (but more probably not – one learns a lot from failures).
First up are two projects is to increase my ability to 'make stuff'. One is some sort of 'pick, place, fix' system for SMT, the second a CNC platform for milling, drilling, and fab'ing. This second one is looking like being a two-axis 'bed' with an interchangeable one-axis head for the 'business' bit, using a Nanode as the controller.
In the fab department, I've recently purchased some Nanode bits and will use them (either directly, or as a programming base for some other PICs) for (a) a traffic/noise monitor, and (b) an in-room oxygen partial pressure monitor.
The first of these will be wireless as the monitor end will be planted in an earth bank about 100m away from my lab, so will need IP66 rating or better and be pretty robust. The second is because I worry that many modern homes are almost hermetically sealed, and with gas central heating and no open windows to create the – legally required – air exchanges, I'm concerned that, like aircraft in flight, there is too little oxygen reaching the occupants. This project is to get some data on the issue.
An additional 'bubbling under' idea is reviewing the options for small-scale plastic injection moulding. Specifically the reuse of bottles into cases for small boards.
I will be blogging the updates on these here, and whatever comes of it which may be of use to others will make its way to OPENhax too.