21st May 2014

Hey Kids! Squiggly Draw!

I just made this Spirograph-like toy! I can’t seem to put it down. It’s for a 5y old birthday gift. Her’s is acrylic but I made another from hardboard for me...

10th May 2014

Isoscel-Ease the Drawing Robot

I learned a bit from making the Art-O-Matic swirling-drawing robot. The new Isoscel-Ease drawing robot uses triangular geometry rather than scissor geometry (other drawing robots). The two arms holding the pen are the...

10th May 2014

Processing, Arduino and Web

I saw this interesting problem a school teacher was having in the Arduino forum. Hello! I am middle school teacher fumbling my way through learning how to use Arduino in...

15th Apr 2014

Art-O-Matic

I’ve not done any drawing robots in a while and I got the bug again. I drew Art-O-Matic up in Sketchup (and gear generator) then made the parts from hardboard using a CNC cutter. Added...

23rd Mar 2014

FireFly: Wearable Social Pendant

Firefly is a social pendant that reacts to social situations and human contact (Firefly development timeline). It creates visualizations of human group-social dynamic in real time using color. Both for...

25th Feb 2014

Renoir and Social Networks

Renoir is known for intimate and candid subjects but I want to point out attention networks in his paintings. In the luncheon above you can see “directed” ties in the...

06th Feb 2014

Dream Walk

  An interactive snowflake installation responds to movement and gesture with color and light. These suspended snowflakes use sensors and a microcontroller to analyse your motion in real time to...

23rd Jan 2014

Pencil-Bot

I’ve been working on my Painting Robot project which is a bit complex. I decided to break it down and do some similar projects that are simpler. I’ll learn more...

16th Dec 2013

Parol Gallery 2013

Here’s the Parol gallery! Order Parol Kits! If you made a Parol this Christmas please send pictures of you and your Parol! Even if you didn’t make it from these...

30th Sep 2013

Moving Canvas

Kinetic work such as Big Oil Rooster have been really popular but have high complexity since an energy source must be incorporated. It’s not just making it work it’s making it run reliably....

25th Sep 2013

30×30″ Painting Robot

I am back onto my painting robot project! The brush will be dipped much like a human would do it. I will add more brushes eventually though. Perhaps three or four....

22nd Sep 2013

Nuit Blanche and Firefly Success

The Nuit Blanche 2013 festival was a great success (see Peter Simpson‘s video further down). What a diverse and inspiring experience. I made new friends, had fun and learned a lot. Firefly lit...

21st Sep 2013

Firefly Jacket for Rain #NBFirefly

Firefly will be at Nuit Blanche tonight! There may be sparse showers so Firefly comes with a rain jacket. Here are a couple of shots from testing. . Mark suggested...

15th Sep 2013

Firefly is Here! Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzt!

The following is a quick status report for Firefly (previous reports). We are very excited to be delivering a swarm of our Firefly creations to the Nuit Blanch Base Camp Party!...

07th Sep 2013

Big Oil Rooster

My 2013 rooster project is Big Oil Rooster. Its at Atomic Rooster for a month ending on October 13 (vernissage September 17th). Big Oil Rooster drives a thermoelectric powered car powered by tea-lights. I...

30th Aug 2013

FireFly Makes Make

Make Magazine promoted the Ottawa Mini MakerFaire in their Blog yesterday highlighting 3 of the 50 presenters. We were lucky enough to have the FireFly project receive a mention! FireFly...