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Welcome to Learn to build it!

Welcome to my site. My Name is Steve Kerscher. My hobby is playing around with electronics and other items. I have had to search for alot of things and had trouble finding information on doing what I wanted to build. I decided I would start recording what I build. I may not always do things the best way but in the end will make it happen.
The starting plan is to start with just sensors, screens and other items like that. Then I want to move on to more combinations of things. Larger amounts of code and fun. You can always leave a comment if you have something you are trying to build and I will see if I can build it also.
I will be doing projects with Arduino, Raspberry PI, Irobot create, and IOT with Azure

Smart RV Plus Entertainment Part 3 (Control Panel)
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 25 June 2017 | Updated: 25 June 2017
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I this video I show you my control panel. I am using a Raspberry PI running apache server. The reason I chose this route is I can access the local webserver from my network wth any device. I can have as many devices hooked to it. I am not worried about someone else messing wiht me because they will have to be on my network.

I am not happy with Chromium browser because I want to run it in KIosk mode and I want to be able to kill the power on the fly with out closing the browser. As you will ...

Smart RV Plus Entertainment Part 4 (Control Panel other devices)
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 25 June 2017 | Updated: 25 June 2017
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This is a short update just showing why I chose to use a webserver and how easy it is to use from any device. I am still making changes to the control panel code and will start an area to give the code away. Right now it is all on one page and I would like to make it so you can add a button easier.

I have tested this from an Ipad, Iphone, MAC and PC. The issues currently are mostly on the phone when you rotate the screen the icons change to off and you have to wait for a recheck to see them ...

Smart RV Plus Entertainment Part 2 (Movies)
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 21 June 2017 | Updated: 25 June 2017
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This video and section is about the movie part of my project. The reason I chose the Insignia was for the Roku software is built in the TV. The reason I selected the Netgear EX6200 was to be able to use the media server with a USB hard drive. DLNA I have some issues using DLNA on other devices, but so far the Roku smart TV works great. I will be adding a projector to this at some point and hope to use the same DLNA server with that.

UC Experiment YunShan relay
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 21 June 2017 | Updated: 21 June 2017
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This is the first thing I found to help me witht the YunShan relay. I was able to make sure the relay worked out of the package and then able to get it working.
RV GPS Overdryve 7 BOX Opening
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 20 June 2017 | Updated: 21 June 2017
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It has been a while since I made some videos and blogs. I purchased an RV and decided to start back up again. This post really is not much to do with building stuff, but I am going to try and make some other apps run on it considering it is running Android. I really had a hard time deciding on a GPS. Randy McNally has an RV version but it was not instock and it did not have live weather. My first RV trip I got stuck in a snow storm and could have either waited the storm out or found another ...
Smart RV Plus Entertainment Part 1
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 20 June 2017 | Updated: 21 June 2017
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Here is the start of my Smart RV and Entertainment Project. You will see in this video how I plan to replace the tube TV with a new flat screen and use a Netgear WIFI range extender

Netgear WIFI range extender

I selected this router because I can use this as a DLNA server and have a full ...
Raspberry PI Volcano
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 27 May 2016 | Updated: 27 May 2016
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My daughter came home and told me that she needed to build a volcano for school. She said it did not even have to do anyhting, but she wanted to do something different. So began the Raspberry PI volcano. She said it was suppose to be on a 1ft x 1ft board. Her volcano is not the typical cone shape. It was flat so that made it different, but in the end I think it turned out nice.The teacher was impressed. My daughter learned some fun things and we had the coolest ...
Arduino with a servo and two buttons
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 8 April 2016 | Updated: 7 April 2016
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I had a request to take a servo and attach it to the Arduino. Watch the video, I know the text is hard to read in the video. Please see full code below. I added some extra things to make sure the servo can't be pushed to go beyond the limit because the servo I am using can only go 180. Some servos can go 360 degrees. I also added some code check if someone is pushing both buttons at once.
Amazon Echo or Alexa box opening
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 7 April 2016 | Updated: 7 April 2016
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I am really excited I got my Amazon Echoor as I refer to it Alexa. I am very happy with it right out of the box. I could not believe how well it recognized all the family voices with out any training. My oldest daughter stole it after the video and she put it in her room. She even later called a friend on facetime. Her friend was even telling Alexa to do commands over the facetime and it was working. I can not wait to dig into the skills kit.

Arduino joystick connection
By: Steve Kerscher | Added: 5 April 2016 | Updated: 5 April 2016
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In this session I take a basic joystick and hook it to my arduino. This is simple but fun and I feel I could come up with some neat projects as I go along.
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