Sensei Scruffy's Sensorbox Mark I

This is Eclectriq’s Sensor box mark 1.

It is an Arduino and raspberry Pie based project that includes a variety of sensors and can be expanded with many more. The main purpose of the project is to explore ways of interfacing the Arduino and the Raspberry Pie. It is a lot cheaper to buy a pre-made weather station but this is way more fun and educationaal.

Shown here is the basic schematics. The component list can be found in the description.
Yes, I know what you are thinking. These schematics are the best ever.

The software consists of: noobs for raspberry pi, Node-Red for the web inter-face and Arduino code.

I will not show you how to install noobs or Node-red.

It differs depending on which distribution you use and will cause you much suffering as it did me. There is plenty of documentation and instruction video’s online.

The Arduino must have an output that node-red can interpret and here is the code that I used.
It is a hodge potch of code I found online and smacked together. If you are familiar with coding, now is the time to cringe. A link to the Arduino code can be found in the description.

We will walk through the Node-Red setup and I will play you some relaxing music that I made.
I did not click on every node at the end because I just wanted to give you an idea of how to do it.You can find links to the code used in the description. We stand united in our laziness.

Now I will show you what this glorious project looks like in the browser.
You can see by the red meter that it is actually working. The meter is spiking because Mike, my cat, just tried to gas me. Good on you, Mike.

You are probably wondering what my actual physical setup looks like and I will no longer keep you in waiting. I made an incredible box in Blender, free 3D software and printed it with my Rostock Max V3. There is the base structure to which I have attached the sensors. On top sits the dome to for aesthetic purposes. It is marvelously useless since the fans I use only keep everything cool without the dome.

I hope that this video will save you time on setting up your own sensorbox.

It took me a great deal of research before I was able to make this project successful.

Thank you for watching


Here is where i sourced the components:
Here is the code used: Node-Red:
Arduino: ___________________________________________

STL files

The Doorman

Scare your visitors!

The Doorman is a project I've been working on since early october.
I had to learn a lot of new stuff and had to fail numerous times before my efforts came to fruition.

The original plans for the mask and the eyes weren't my own but I tweaked both and brought them together in this project.

The 3D files and detailed instructions on how to build one are published here on Thingiverse.

I hope to make a Mark II one day that also has a build in camera, microphone and speaker.
Should be jolly good fun.


3D Printed Steampunk Goggles

There's this guy on Thingiverse named LoboCNC ( ) and he made these awesome goggles. The main parts are printed in one piece! I think this is an amazing design and I could not resist trying it for myself. After a few tries, adding some tweaks to the slicer's settings, I finally managed to get a working pair. The twisting Iris has a very strange mesmerizing effect. I could fiddle with these things for hours.

This is also my first time airbrushing. It's not an easy thing to do but it's so much fun. I didn't go through the trouble of sanding or adding an acetone vapour finish ( I admit to having never even tried it )  but the goggles still look quite lovely from a small distance!




The Unfolding Ball Box (very long post)

The Unfolding Ball Box (very long post)

A few years ago I decided to try and create a box that opens using some kind of spring mechanism. The design needed to be able to store something small so the remaining space could be used to house the mechanism.  I always wanted to learn how to use 3D modeling software and this project seemed like a perfect opportunity to get started.