Gadgetab - The Gadgeteer Tablet

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Project by ianlee74 posted 08-15-2012 03:29 AM 3080 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I’m not woodworking, I’m tinkering with electronics. Whenever possible, I like to combine the two for double the pleasure. My favorite prototyping platform at this time is the Gadgeteer platform. It’s a system that consists of a mainboard that has many different sockets and there are dozens of different modules (sensors, motors, LED displays, etc.) that you can plug into these modules and rapidly develop a highly capable prototype of one-off production ready device. The Gadgetab was built as a nice way for me to house some of these goodies to take on the road and help evangelize the Gadgeteer’s capabilities. It will also be used as a universal remote and control system for many of my other projects (quadcopter, robots, etc.)

The box is made of walnut with hickory double dovetail sliders. It was finished in two coats of Watco Danish Oil then four coats of satin polyurethane (sanded with 400 grit sandpaper between coats). Finally, the sheen was knocked down with some 0000 steel wool and buffed with paste wax.

Full build instructions and a video demoing some of it’s capabilities are located on my “Software & Sawdust” blog at:

Thanks for viewing.

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#1 posted 08-15-2012 03:41 AM


So is this a tablet/ remote? I was looking at your blog and saw that you hat the quad rotor copters as another project :). Neat stuff! <3 pac-man!

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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#2 posted 08-15-2012 03:52 AM

@Paul – yes & yes :) What it “is” varies from day to day. By changing the configuration of what modules are attached to the mainboard and what software I write & upload to the device can make it do very different things. I can play Pacman one minute or attach motors to it and make it a robot the next. Tonight, I’m attaching it to a clip-on heart monitor and writing the software to make it a hospital grade device :)

Check out some of the many modules that are available. Any of these could be attached to this “tablet”. I can also attach electronic components for which there is not yet a “module” fairly easily. The possibilities are endless!

-- Ian, Tennessee

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#3 posted 08-15-2012 09:17 AM

This is a great project and looks like alot of fun. Great post, Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 10:24 AM

Really nice build on the box. I especially like the bowtie keys that secure the lid. Very good detail work, looks like all parts fit tight. Great work, and the electronics are nice too.
Thanks for showing

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 12:06 PM

Very nice! I’m in the same boat. I’ve been entertaining the thought of combining electronics and woodworking on a project also.. Just haven’t decided what I wanted to do yet. Thanks for sharing!

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker.

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#6 posted 08-16-2012 03:19 AM

Too cool man!

-- - Paul, Flower Mound,TX

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