[dorkbotpdx-blabber] Help getting started on a project. Ideas at the meeting?

Jayson Falkner jfalkner at gmail.com
Mon Nov 24 15:37:11 EST 2008

Thanks for the link Don. I'll be flying back from Thanksgiving in
Michigan (wife's family) on the 30th. Otherwise, I'd be at the

It seems like my best bet is to try out the dorkboard and benito kits
on my own. I did EEN in undergrad, and I'm reasonably confident that I
won't completely mess things up. However, I'd be amazed to see my
first project easily succeed without some help from the experts.


On Mon, Nov 24, 2008 at 12:01 PM, Donald Delmar Davis
<ddelmardavis at gmail.com> wrote:
> Jason,
> Welcome. You might think about the workshop this weekend. We will be going
> over a midi interface which will fit well in this project.
> http://www.dorkbotpdx.org/blog/feurig/focused_workshop_30nov08_making_noise_with_the_arduino
> Hopefully someone can step up to plate on the rest of this. This is a great
> group.
> Unfortunately the next induction where we cover the basics is in january.
> Don aka feurig.
> On Nov 24, 2008, at 11:55 AM, Jayson Falkner wrote:
> Hi everyone,
> I'm in need of some help to kick of my first project. Hopefully
> someone in the group will be interested. I'd like to mod a guitar hero
> guitar to put an arduino between the normal 5 button input and the
> wiimote. It'd have two modes: normal play (the chip just passes
> through input) and recorded play (the chip plays for you).
> For phase II of the project. I'd like to figure out how I can hook up
> 5 3-prong outlets to the guitar. Each would go on and off with the
> pressing of the buttons. The idea is to hook up the Christmas lights
> at my family's house (or other random stuff) and have it flicker on
> and off in sync with the axe.
> What I need help with:
> - How to get the right kits, cords, and software to program the
> arduino from my Ubuntu-running laptop.
> - The basics on how to code for arduino. I'm a good coder. I just need
> a logistical walkthrough.
> - Ideas for how to hook up the outlets to the guitar.
> I'll record and blog about the project. Also, beer for whoever helps.
> Any takers?
> Thanks,
> Dr. J
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