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....

08th Feb 2013

Lab Busy

Many Wednesdays are set aside for an open house at the Lab. It’s a lot of fun. Last Wednesday Michael and I also went to Foxy’s. All this is part...

03rd Feb 2013

Make Your Own Valentines Cards

Stacey, Cindy and I cut up some paper on the laser to make some Valentines Cards. Was a blast. We made extra parts for a card making party on the...

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...

28th Jan 2013

Printrbot 3D Printer

I got a Printrbot PLUS today. I think this will help with my 3D printing project to make plastic parts for my model airplane project (among other things). It’s also smaller...

19th Jan 2013

Charger Nightmare

My cameras and cell phone use those silly wall-wart chargers. They’re a huge pain in the ass to carry and to make it more annoying they don’t stack or plug...

10th Jan 2013

Space

I’ve been asked for my opinion about communal work-space. Here are some thoughts on starting a hackspace and what a space needs. Infrastructure vs. People and Projects I think like any...

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...

04th Jan 2013

First Solar Charge

The other day was nice and sunny so I put my cell phone on one of the solar chargers. The battery was so low the phone would not start up....

28th Dec 2012

Crank Charger for Cell Phone

Before I made my good DIY solar charger, I just had this simple charger. So I made this crank backup to survive times when there wasn’t enough sun for the...

28th Dec 2012

Solar Cell Charging

I received some new stuff today. One item was A 5W panel which is charging my phone as I write this. My phone was at about 50% battery so it...

28th Dec 2012

Four Cell Phones Going Solar

So far we have four cell phones (including mine) that we are taking off the power grid to run on solar power. Here’s a shot from last night. I installed...

27th Dec 2012

Dog-O-Mation: Automate Your Dog

Here’s a picture of my brother Brett, Charlie and myself. Charlie was an extreme dog. Humans cannot keep up with the pace of a dog like this. There are reasons...

27th Dec 2012

Solar Cell Phone

The other day I ordered some stuff for getting some cell phones off the electric grid as an experiment. In the mean time I managed to find enough stuff in...

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...