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...

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...

20th Dec 2012

Sandpaper Business Cards

My Spirograph business cards were a huge hit but I still have some things to work out with them (how to keep them together before and after deployment). Michael and...

20th Dec 2012

Make Your Own Christmas Cards

I needed to write a thank you note so I decided to make a card rather than buy one. I cut a snow flake onto some nice paper and then added...

08th Dec 2012

Feel the Power

The average person doesn’t understand the scope of human energy use.  I decided to make installations to demonstrate energy by letting people peddle or crank a generator to power common...

01st Dec 2012

Another Type of Carving

This is a picture of my friend Maitre from Cuba. Wohoo Salsa! Here’s a cool method of transferring a photo to a piece of wood. I’m using a piece of...

28th Nov 2012

Exploring Toolchains

The painting robot project is an interesting software challenge. I’ve been looking at prior art and related projects and I believe I will benefit from studying toolchains further. Particularly those...