Adding backlight control to a 5″ HDMI screen (and Kodi)

So the screen from here is working in Kodi now (LCD datasheet / pinout), but it draws a lot of power when the backlight is on (~200mA extra). We want to turn at least the backlight off, leaving the touchscreen active so we can interact and wake it up again. Buuut the LCD has noContinue reading “Adding backlight control to a 5″ HDMI screen (and Kodi)”

Building a mobile magnet lamp / flashlight from repurposed parts

I needed a mobile “flashlight” in my car you could simple attach somewhere to the chassis where you’d need it. The are plenty of offers on the interwebs, so could have simply bought one, but I (as usual) had some parts lying around…I had: A spare 12Wh Li-Ion battery left over from my Kodi carContinue reading “Building a mobile magnet lamp / flashlight from repurposed parts”

Building a Kodi in-car entertainment system using a Motorola Atrix Lapdock and an Odroid C0

Watching movies in the car is great fun. It is even better when you have a camper and lie in your comfy sleeping bag – I needed an in-car entertainment system.I have a stereo in the car already that can even play videos, but the screen is small, codec support is limited and it isContinue reading “Building a Kodi in-car entertainment system using a Motorola Atrix Lapdock and an Odroid C0”

Using the Easybox 803A (Arcadyan ARV752DPW22) with OpenWRT 14.07 / 15.05

The Vodafone Easybox 803A has nice router hardware. I found one on the trash recently and decided to put OpenWRT on it. Here’s how. This is based on the instructions found in the OpenWRT wiki, the OpenWRT forum and random bits on the net. UPDATE 2: I have updated the post to make it clearerContinue reading “Using the Easybox 803A (Arcadyan ARV752DPW22) with OpenWRT 14.07 / 15.05”

Arduino Leonardo as a MAME interface

UPDATE: I made the thing a project on GitHub. You can find information and can download the source code for the Arduino and PC programs from the project page. Ok. So I found this old arcade cabinet for 1,50€ 😀 on Ebay and managed to carry it up the stairs. Looks dandy and even hasContinue reading “Arduino Leonardo as a MAME interface”

Adding a “proper” keyboard backlight to an Acer Aspire 3820TG notebook

This thing started long ago when I got the laptop. I love it, but it really lacks a backlit keyboard. There was one excellent thread with people presenting solutions (add tiny switches, soldering to the bluetooth connector, to the USB breakout board etc.), but I found none of them really satisfying. I decided to voidContinue reading “Adding a “proper” keyboard backlight to an Acer Aspire 3820TG notebook”

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