Maker Movement Ottawa Makerspaces! Arduino FireFly Snowflake Learn Arduino Walkalong Glider Kits Sparrow Model Airplane Dinky Motor Forget kites! Check out Squirrel Rubber Band Plane!

Maker Movement

Maker Movement #Ottawa

Ottawa Makerspaces!

Come to Ottawa’s Makerspaces!


Learn Arduino! Meet people who love Arduino!


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


Arduino powered snowflakes!

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!

16th Sep 2014
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Gear Toy

I making a gift for Baby Angelo (3 years old). I want to make him a gear toy. It will be peg-board and bolts that thread in from the bottom. Gears will...

06th Sep 2014

Timeless Rooster

This year’s rooster is Timeless Rooster. He will appear at Atomic on the 17th, vernissage is Tuesday, September 23rd. If he sells before then I will then submit Chess Rooster to the show. Timeless Rooster is made from...

04th Sep 2014
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Paper Plane Folder and Launcher

There are a lot of challenges with this problem and I’ve been working on this for a while without much progress.. I may have enough ideas on how to solve the...

02nd Sep 2014

Blink Detection for ALS

I was cruising the Arduino forum and came across a situation where someone with ALS could not communicate with his friends due to complete paralysis. They were looking for a blink detector so he...

02nd Sep 2014

Photonic Levitation

At Makerfaire I got a few suggestions for the wakalong glider project but this one really stands out. Doug was noticing the gliders flying around but he often couldn’t see the gliders...

01st Sep 2014

3D Scanning

With 3D Printing and other CNC fabrication being all the rage, scanning is an area of interest. The local library has acquired some equipment for scanning. I’m sure it works...

30th Aug 2014

3D Printing

I installed my 3D printers after some reorganization to make space. These machines are a handy but to be frank I’ve had better payback from CNC Laser and CNC rotary cutting....

30th Aug 2014
Work Environment

Got Dust? CNC Dust Control

I love my CNC machine but it generates loads of dust and swarf. So much vacuuming. Even if I changed the vacuum bag often it was still overloaded and spewing dust out the...

19th Aug 2014
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Marauder CNC

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

18th 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...

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

Masquerade Mask

I was challenged to make a masquerade mask. Or masks. Here are some things I’m interested in that could come forward for this or a future version of this project. LEDs...

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! Making things from pallets is such a great idea. I think the next time I...

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 made a single LED color clock as part of a rooster project. I’ve been thinking about making a single LED clock that uses color to display time for a...