04th Apr 2013

TV-B-Gone!

Mark, Michael, Doug and I worked on our wearable electronics project (for Nuit Blanche and other events). It will have RGB LEDs, a microcontroller, sensors and infrared communications. Possibilities are...

31st Mar 2013

Social Badge

Mark, Michael and I are working on some badges for Nuit Blanche and possibly other events. Michael designed a cool Arduino prototyping shield that has a collection of sensors, LEDs...

23rd Mar 2013

Martin Creed

I went to see Martin Creed’s Work No. 202 “Half the air in a given space” (01 Feb 2013 – 01 Apr 2013 at the National Art Gallery). I was...

22nd Feb 2013

Perception

Voice of Fire I visit this painting often at the Canadian National Gallery. I enjoy this painting and I know a lot of people make remarks like “My kid could do...

22nd Feb 2013

Servos and Rainbow Cable

Everything I need has arrived for the billboard slat system. I got the 60 servos I ordered (plus the 20+ I already had on hand). Also some really cool rainbow...

13th Feb 2013

Solar Phone Report

The Good: Seems one of the solar phone adopters is interested in going further than his phone. Sanjay is ready to take his cell phone, laptop and some of his...

13th Feb 2013

Hello Kitty, Lynne Bruning

Check out this wonderful eTextile Hello Kitty! It was made by Lynne Bruning. She is into wearable and adaptive technologies. You can follow Lynne’s Twitter. See’s even made an Instructable....

08th Feb 2013

Wheel Chair Ramp Challenge

I met a new friend at the lab open house last Wednesday. Chris was talking up an idea and was introduced to me as someone to discuss the challenge. Chris...

08th Feb 2013

Solar Cell Phone

Today I worked on my solar cell phone project. The idea is to try and run my cell phone off the grid. Panel: 10W (34x20cm, 18V, .6A) Charge Control: 120W...

08th Feb 2013

Sparrow Catapult Plane

Here are a few pictures of the Sparrow catapult plane designed by my friend Lloyd Shales. I really love this model. It’s a great kit that’s very easy to assemble....

29th Jan 2013

LED Backlighting

My friend Anne-Marie makes stained glass and she made a nice piece for a recent show entitled Cave Gallus which is “Beware of the Rooster” in Latin. She had some back...

05th Jan 2013

Billboard Project

The Arduino Mega micro-controller arrived last week so I started to work on the slat controller for the billboard project. I wired up three servos and cooked up few lines...

25th Dec 2012

LED Cube

I’ve been looking at making a large LED cube. That’s LEDs wired up into a three dimensional display. Here’s an example: It’s pretty clear it would take a lot of...

25th Dec 2012

Spirograph Business Cards

I wanted to make my own version of Lady Ada’s Spirograph business card so I picked up this ~2mm material is from Wallacks. I’ve made a few and they have been really fun. One...

23rd Dec 2012

Lava Light

I have this cool lava light designed by Michael. I’ve interested in exploring light so today I decided to assemble it. Wow! Instant Christmas. I didn’t really expect that but...

21st Dec 2012

Billboard Thoughts

I’m collaborating with my friend Raven. We’re still at the drawing board but we’ve talked about those billboards that change images using rotating triangles. It’s a cool way to incorporate...