Connecting Your SmartWatch with Your Mountain Bike

July 27, 2017 0 comments

Sometime around 2014 I purchased (2) products.  A new Trek Mountain Bike and a Pebble Smartwatch.   At the time Pebble was the first Smartwatch of its kind.  When I purchased my mountain bike being able to switch songs, see who’s calling, reading a text message was almost impossible with either looking at my wrist or taking my phone out of my pocket.  Also another key feature of the smartwatch was I could track speed, miles and time while riding.

I first tried to just attach the watch to the handle bars which failed, then I tried to prop something so it would hold the watch in place.  I went on Amazon and figured someone had to have already created this product and sure enough there was a bunch.  I ordered several different brands.  The best one and cheapest solutions was the Suunto Bike Mount.

Suunto Bike Mount

Click here to purchase the Suunto Bike Mount.

Everything worked perfect it sat on the handle bars nicely.  It was easy to remove and attach the Smartwatch.  Around 2014 I think the Pebble was the first Smartwatch, it’s now 2017 and there are a ton of great options available for smart watches with even more features.  Hopefully this post helps you with what I wanted to achieve in 2014.

Below are some other Smartwatches that you can purchase today.

Building RetroPie PiGrrl Zero Plus with Sound

May 16, 2017 0 comments

Here is my entire build out of the RetroPie PiGrrl Zero Plus (WITH Sound) Retro Handled Gaming System.  What an awesome and a fun project to build; since my time is limited this took about 3-4 days to fully complete.  I did mess up in the beginning when I went to remove the the GPIO pins that come preinstalled.  I actually removed 2 pad’s from the board and I had to retrace the entire pad’s back to the build (this costed me a day in build time).

The device itself is pretty nice the battery time lasts about 1-3 hours depending on usage the buttons are clicky I actually went and installed soft buttons of A,B,X,Y buttons and kept the clicky buttons on the DPAD.  If you notice once I screwed down the screen the screws provided with the 3D printed build I over turned them causing the screws to come out of the plastic which pissed me off a lot.  I was able to sand the plastic down which made it less noticeable.
This can play almost anything from Arcade, Atari, Super Nintendo, Nintendo. Almost everything up til N64 (I tested playing Nintendo 64 ROMs it loaded them just could not handle them on the Pi Zero).

Here are the following guides I followed:
Main PiGrrl Build from Adafruit:
https://learn.adafruit.com/pigrrl-zer…

PiGRRL Zero Plus Build by Jpete (Jpete 3d prints most of the cases and hardware I used for this build he also helped me out a lot during this build).
http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:1769656

Some of the products I used:
Adafruit PiTFT 2.2″ – http://amzn.to/2qmOtML
Raspberry Pi Zero – http://amzn.to/2oFaEBi
PowerBoost 1000C – http://amzn.to/2qeVIHs
Battery Packs Lithium Ion Battery 3.7v 2000mAh – http://amzn.to/2pcdRa8
10x 6mm Tactile Buttons – https://www.adafruit.com/products/367
1x Slide Switch – https://www.adafruit.com/products/805
USB Mini Wifi Adapter – http://amzn.to/2ptDMLn
Tiny OTG Adapter – USB Micro to USB – http://amzn.to/2pcbowH
2×20-pin Strip Dual Male Header – http://amzn.to/2oQgaMK
Uxcell a13070200ux0794 SPST Momentary Push Button SMD Tactile Tact Switch, 6 mm x 3.5 mm x 4.3 mm – http://amzn.to/2oF8OAF

Products for the Audio
Mini Metal Speaker w/ Wires – 8 ohm 0.5W http://amzn.to/2oPXSvm
5Pcs 16mmx2mm 10K ohm Stereo Volume Control Wheel Potentiometer B103 http://amzn.to/2oTez9H
Adafruit Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Wire – 2m 30AWG White
http://amzn.to/2qfdhY3
Adafruit Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Wire – 2m 30AWG Yellow – http://amzn.to/2pGogN6
Adafruit Silicone Cover Stranded-Core Wire – 2m 26AWG Yellow – http://amzn.to/2pccqZr
Hakko CHP CSP-30-1 Wire Stripper, 30-20 Gauge Maximum Cutting Capacity – http://amzn.to/2ptt4US

These helping hands helped me out so much in this build
QuadHands™ Flex – Helping Hands Soldering Tool Add On – Add Four Flexible Metal Arms to Your Favorite PanaVise – http://amzn.to/2oT6nXg

PiGRRL Zero Plus Case https://www.etsy.com/listing/46545611…

PiGRRL Buttons https://www.etsy.com/listing/45984778…

PiGRRL PCB Gamepads https://www.etsy.com/listing/48642710…

PiGRRL Screw Kit https://www.etsy.com/listing/28069127…

Windows Batch File to Remove Sample files

May 12, 2017 0 comments

Another Windows batch file I wrote up that will delete all folders and files with (SAMPLE) in the file or folder name.

Please note you can download the full .bat file below.

'On Error Resume Next
 

Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
 
 

ShowSubFolders objFSO.GetFolder("E:")
 
 

Sub ShowSubFolders(Folder)

    

    For Each file In Folder.Files

        Set objCurFile = objFSO.GetFile(file)

        If Instr(ucase(objCurFile.Name), UCase("sample")) Then objCurFile.Delete
        On Error Resume Next



    

    For Each Subfolder in Folder.SubFolders

        ShowSubFolders Subfolder

    Next

End Sub

Remove Samples Batch Files (179 downloads)