12th Jun 2013

Bark-B-Gone

Does your puppy bark excessively? This American Eskimo puppy sure likes barking. But don’t panic, there’s a solution! Bark-B-Gone! Actually the yogurt container isn’t actually stuck on his nose. It...

12th Jun 2013

DIY Two Pole DC Motor

I worked on the Easy Motor kit for kids project today. I am hoping I can get something very simple that kids can snap or glue together to learn about...

04th Jun 2013

DIY Electric Motor for Kids

My friend Bill Kuhl has been making electric motors from kits (among other things of interest to science teachers). The photo with the red wire is one of the kits...

05th May 2013

Foam Planes

I made up this batch of Foam Squirrels for a group of kids in Montreal. I don’t sell these yet but I must say they are great flyers.  

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...