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The Ben Heck Show: Android remote pot-stirring device

Thu, 05/24/2012 - 9:13am

Remember that old saying, 'A watched pot never boils'? Well, this week's episode of element14's  "The Ben Heck Show" is boiling hot as Ben utilizes an Android app to build a remote pot-stirring device enabling users to heat meals to the perfect temperature in a pot from any location in the house.

Inspired by countless burnt lunches, Ben embeds the Android app into a Bluetooth-enabled tablet to control an automatic stirring device remotely. Ben then constructs the stirring tool using an actuator arm, chip clip and a trapezoid timing belt. Implementing a Google ADK and an embedded Arduino Uno for the control mechanism between the stirrer and tablet, Ben rigs the project to automatically stir a pot on the stove.

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