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Brush bots are the simplest of the small bot projects and are suitable for kids ages 6 and up. They are a little bugs with big appeal. The materials needed are simple, a tooth brush, a vibrating cell-phone motor, a coin battery holder, and a battery. I started noticing that... Continue reading
Posted Jun 24, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
A couple of months ago my neighbor Tracy recruited me as a judge for RoboExpo 2013. Tracy is a public school teacher and has been developing the robotics curriculum for the New York City School system, is a part of the Mokindo Maker Space, and happens to be my next-door... Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
I got a little ahead of myself installing components on the new coiled light bracer. Rather tha test each component as I went, I installed a bunch of stuff at once, and then turned it on (circuit-wise it was a repeat so I felt a little too confident). It didn't... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
With the paint dry it was time to fit the components. This was the first powered run. Continue reading
Posted Apr 17, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
When I was working on the first light bracer I kept having the thought, "looks cool, but I wish you could see the light show from more angles than dead-on." The coiled light bracer is the response. In this "movement study" you can begin to see why the x,y,z accelerometer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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Silicon caulked and auto primed. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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Went into China town this morning and got the last globe I needed to complete the EL panel sign. All globes frosted (read: lightly sanded on the inside) installed, and ready to be caulked in place before priming. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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An octopus grabbing a ride. Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
Detail about the "second generation" light bracer I started working on yesterday. Disclaimer: those are lather dye stains on my hand. . Continue reading
Posted Apr 15, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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First fitting of copper coil for a new steampunk bracer. Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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To integrate Instagram and Typepad. My name is Toby, I am dyslexic. It's better with typos than nothing at all. Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
Kip, Tracy, and I started to make these robot bugs a couple of Saturdays ago. This is as far as we got. Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
Here's a run-through of the parts I'm using to make the animated EL panel sign Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
Several months ago I started this blog with the high hopes of writing 365 posts in one year. But before reaching even fifty entries, I was done. Unlike most abandoned blogs that die a slow death due to lack of content, I conciously walked away from this one. Let's call... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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An architectural detail of our house is a board walk (think dock) that runs trhroughout the first floor.. It runs from the front door to the back while circling around the bathroom, through the kitchen and under the stairs as it meets back up on itself in the dining room.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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In my last intro to metal shop class at 3rd Ward I was introduced to the plasma cutter. In the metal shop I knew as a kid there were two ways to cut steel. A ginormous cast iron power hacksaw, or an oxygen/acetylene torch. That was it. The plasma cutter... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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Since just after the holidays our friend Emily was visiting from Ottawa, and on the twelfth day of Christmas she returned to the frozen tundra. She was a big collaborator on Burning Man with us last year, and is looking to play a big role again this year. One of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 7, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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Wednesday night was the last of the welding classes I had been taking at 3rd Ward. In the intro class they had us work on a student-y like object. It was either to be an end table or a stool. Two 45 mitered one inch square tube dquares, with whatever... Continue reading
Posted Jan 4, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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Every day I get one step closer to the flocking led light effect I want for a roomed sized installation. Granted it started with step 1, learn to solder competently, so there’s been a lot of steps in this process. Over the weekend I assembled this rgb led 4x4x4 cube... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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Just before the holiday I had my last TIG welding class at 3rd Ward. It was a three week (three hours per week) advanced course. Each week we were taught to weld different types of metal. The first week it was steel, then stainless, finally aluminum. The first week was... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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As a kid I had a fascination with fire. Participating in Burning Man the past few years was all I needed to push me toward fire play. On the last night of the Burn there is a LOT of fire play. Hoops, whips, staffs, balls, you name it, if it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2013 at I.Maker.365.
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I've been away for a few days visiting friends and family for the holidays. I got to say hello to some babies for the first time, and sadly said good by to others for the last. The holidays bring out emotions for every family. Birth and death are the things... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2012 at I.Maker.365.
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One of the skills I'm working on in December is soldering. After a failed attempt at making a Minty boost, I opted for the far more beginner style project in the Times Square watch. The watch come as a kit from Adafruit. The kit includes: TIMESQUARE PCB - half thickness... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2012 at I.Maker.365.
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On Sunday I attended a three hour seminar on making solar engines. I was doing it to take as full advantage of my month of 3rd Ward pro membership, and to learn a little bit more about basic electronics. I have been coming at the circuit end of this from... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2012 at I.Maker.365.