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Maker Movement

Maker Movement #Ottawa


FireFly is a socially aware pendant. It lights your way through the night and through a unique social experience.


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Learn Arduino

Arduino User Group #Ottawa

Walkalong Glider Kits

Is it fun or is it education?

Sparrow Model Airplane

Sparrow Model Airplane available in Ottawa!

Dinky Motor

Kids make a motor from a kit and experience the marvels of electricity and magnetism. A great memory jog for adults too!

Forget kites! Check out Squirrel Rubber Band Plane!

Make this plane from a kit, wind up the rubber band propeller and put on your running shoes. It’s popular across the world but it’s the only rubber band plane from Ottawa!

Dayton Model Plane

A brandable model plane. Get yours printed today!

19th Aug 2014

X-Acto Guillotine

This is a simple tool but I wanted to share it since it has become so dear to me. It has performed so well over many years (for the intended...

19th Aug 2014
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Marauder CNC

The world needs more portable CNC stuff. Makers can visit venues with cutters (and people have their own cutters) but I think it’s time for “pop-up cnc” that can appear in...

15th Aug 2014

Ottawa Mini Makerfaire!

Ottawa Mini Makerfaire 2014 was a great success thanks to organizers, partners, makers and of course the general public! 170 Registered makers + 6000 people = party. My booth was Zen...

11th Aug 2014
Masks from Celeste and Jacob from La Petite Masquerade.

Masquerade Mask

I was challenged to make a masquerade mask. Or masks. Here are some things I’m interested in. LEDs Heartbeat sensor IR control (remote control) Acrylic light diffusion and piping Fabrications methods...

10th Aug 2014
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Bed From Pallets

A friend of mine told me she is making a bed frame out of pallets! Wohoo, I can complicate her project! Actually, I figure it’s faster to test assemble different...

07th Aug 2014

Mail Order Worms for Vermicomposting

As part of my fitness program I want to eat better. I started growing basil and chili-peppers and that’s been great. So I need to learn to feed plants now. I managed...

05th Aug 2014

CNC Laser Overhaul

I’ve had a CNC laser cutter  for a while now. I can’t tell you how much help these machines are. It’s  has worked great since installing it. Well up until recently when some...

04th Aug 2014

DIY Shoe Sole Protector

I figured out how to repair my own shoes. I even got to use a CNC machine to make a sole clamp. Of course you can do this by hand or use...

31st Jul 2014

Hack Challenge

July’s mystery component for the virtual contest was a pair of photocells! Next month is Let’s Make a Clock! Last month was Arduino Challenge. The cool thing about this contest is it’s...

30th Jul 2014

Glider Business Card

Business card in progress! This flyer can be flown by pushing air with your hands! There is an opportunity for printing on both the airplane and the card holder. Proof...

25th Jul 2014

Paper Planes!

I go to places like the Aviation and Space Museum and Science and Technolgy Museum to do gliders and paper planes. What fun! Here are a couple of paper planes I’ve...

24th Jul 2014


Oculus Thrift is all the rage these days. It’s an elegant way to use your phone to emulate Oculus Rift using a bit of cardboard, lenses and magnets. Friends and...

10th Jul 2014

Arduino Challenge!

The Ottawa Arduino Challenge is a fun and friendly challenge organized by the Ottawa Arduino User Group. The contest is online so anyone can enter and vote but the support meetups are local to...

07th Jul 2014

Continuous Rotation Servo Hack

I needed motors for a small robot and I wanted to keep it simple and inexpensive. Ordinarily you need a DC motor with gearbox and an h-bridge or motor drivers. Lots...

07th Jul 2014

Swirly Draw V2

Swirly Draw V2 is like the original Swirly-Draw except it has magnetic paper holder (like Art-O-Matic and Isocel-Ease). The idea of Swirly Draw was to be small and simple  but I...

28th Jun 2014

Single LED Color Clock

I’ve been thinking about making a single LED clock that uses color to display time for a little while now.  If it’s just one LED and it communicates in color,...

27th Jun 2014
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I was cruising the Arduino forum and came across someone looking for an eye blink sensor. They need to detect blinking in order for a paralyzed person to communicate. I...

25th Jun 2014

In Love With Foam

For me the One-Nite DIY Foam Cutter was just the right machine to fall in love with foam. It was perfect for prototyping and experiment. It was multi-purpose with shaping and slicing capability. It was light,...

17th Jun 2014

Zen Glider

Walkalong gliders are super cool but I wanted a more accessible and convenient version of it. The main issue is transport since they get squashed. The other is you need...

17th Jun 2014

Coin Sorter

When I was a kid I occasionally wondered how vending machines differentiate coins. The thought comes up once in a while but I’ve not looked at it. Recently Dave brought...

16th Jun 2014

I Used to Hate Graffiti

My blood used to boil at the sight of graffiti. It has dawned on me that property damage is negligible compared to the delight of some of this work. Besides, who’s...

12th Jun 2014

Rolly Robot

All my friends have been making robots that run around the floor and I felt left out so this is my installment. What I Liked Their robots use an elegant solution of varying...

10th Jun 2014

Microscope Stand

I just got this microscope in yesterday. It’s for general purpose but especially looking at circuits and electronic components. Yay I can finally read those little numbers on components! It...

08th Jun 2014
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Sudoku Board

I’m making a Sudoku game for my friend Adrian‘s dad who is a stroke victim. So the game needs to be intellectual and physical. Also robust. I think I’ll make one...