Saturday, December 17, 2011

Tide Clock for Android Version 1.2.0

Tide Clock is for boaters, fisherman, sailors, surfers, sun bathers, swimmers, kayakers, water skiers, paddle boarders, wind surfers, sheller's, and generally any non-landlubber or beach goers’. Tide Clock is just that - a clock that keeps track of the tides. The latest version is now super easy to set. 

"Do you know what tide it is?"

Version 1.2.0 – Now Easy to set with your finger

With version 1.2.0 you can now set the tide with a touch of your finger. Just enable Easy Tide Setting Mode in Settings, and with your finger move the tide hand to the location of the tide.

There are other minor fixes and enhancements as well as some enhancements for tablets.

Please remember, your Android Tide Clock is a clock. If the tides are consistent in your location you can go months or even years without needing to adjust it. At many locations, like the east coast of the United States, tide clocks can run accurately for years. Your location may be different. If you not sure, check with your local marina or boating supply store. They often sell desk and wall style tide clocks. 

Tide Clock is not for navigation purposes, but can be used to keep track of the tide for water and beach related activities. It is your responsibility to set and check your tide setting.

Tide Clock includes setting options, color themes, and a place for the name of your boat and your location. It does not use excessive battery, and does not require GPS or data downloads. It has been tested to work on tablets and phones alike.

Tide Clock is only $.99 US in Android Market.
From Coded by Elves

Available in Android Market

If you would like a branded version of Tide Clock for your company, boat or crew - with theme or logo, please feel free to email me.

See the new themes below... 

Now, setting the Android Tide Clock is super easy. Simply observe the tide and adjust the clock with a swipe of your finger.

You can also use the time of the next high tide and adjust the clock using the Next High value.


1) Press your Settings button and then press Tide Clock Settings.

2) Select the EASY TIDE SETTING MODE checkbox as shown below and then hit return.   
3) With your finger, drag the clock hand to the location that matches your observed tide or use the Next high tide window.
4) Press Set when you are done.  
Depending the consistency of the tides at your location, occasionally adjust this setting to keep your tide clock accurate. TideClock is easiest to set when high tide is only a few hours away.

The numbers on the right side of the clock are hours until low tide. The numbers on the left are hours until high tide.


Themes: Skinny Dipper | Map Blue | White Caps | Knock Knock


Themes: Sea Cucumber | Jellyfish | Red Nun | Ship Wreck

The Android Tide Clock site is also at:

We use: The Gimp Eclipse Inkscape

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


"This Sumo Bot is a Scream”

Sumo Bot Entry for 8th Grade NYS 2010-11 Science Olympiad by Justin Fisher

Screaming Locust is a dual-motor remote-controlled tank-style sumo bot featuring an Arduino microcontroller controlling two high-torque motors with orbital transmissions. Built for low speed pushing its custom motor shield uses a combination of 3-volt relays and fast switching transistors to provide variable speed adjustment and low heat characteristics while battling opponents. It is powered with eight nickel-metal hydride cells, and remotely controlled with dual Wii Nunchuck remotes for simultaneous pilot and co-pilot operation.

In keeping with tradition, the Screaming Locust’s extruded aluminium front bumper and aluminium chassis provide low-weight and high-strength and act as the bot’s main heat sink. The narrow chassis and oversized 3.5 diameter soft rubber tires allow this bot to run inverted.

 At 3.66 lbs the Screaming Locust is a formidable opponent.

Screaming Locust top side view with major features

Taking almost 12 months to make, the Screaming Locust is built to push.

  • 2 high torque symmetrically balanced motors with locked stopped position and orbital gear transmissions
  • Welded and threaded aluminium axils with direct driveshafts
  • Nickel-metal hydride rechargeable cells
  • On-board ATMEL ATmega328 microprocessor in Arduino Duemilanove configuration
  • 2.4 Gigahertz wireless communications with 433MHz sideband
  • Two sided operation
  • Rugged hand crafted aluminium chassis
  • Custom power switch cover imported from china
  • On-board radio for tunes
  • Relays and fast switching transistors with electrically isolated left and right channels
  • Remote control operation with Wii nunchuck
  • Dual 100+ decibel sirens
  • Practice golf ball for single third wheel.

Special thanks to
  • Arduino -
  • Adafruit - for their parts and tutorials
  • Tod Kurt - for his instruction and inspiration
  • Gold Coast Hobby for motivation
  • Dr. Wolf, Mr. Lee and Mr. Maier - for their sponsorship
  • Paul Kurtlando - for his battery advice
  • Jose B. - for his expert TIG welding

Parts, software and help from Arduino, Mouser, Black & Decker, ThingM, Adafruit, Digi, ATMEL, TI Sparkfun, Fun Gizmos, Radio Shack, Duracell, ST, Seeed Studio and others.