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The Making of the Dreadmill

Remember the Dreadmill from last week?

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First order of business - in case you didn't catch it on our post last week, we are moving product posts to Friday. It really wasn't just part of the whole April Fool's Day shenanigans - and, yeah, I think shenanigans sums it up nicely. Who wears short shorts? Apparently, Dave does. Yikes - my eyes! The goggles do nothing!

Anyway, in our video last week we showed a little thing we built called the Dreadmill. This a treadmill that has a microphone hooked up to our Spectrum Shield which makes the Dreadmill slow down when things get loud and speed up when you're quiet. It makes for some good video.

So there you have it - the behind-the-scenes look at the making of the Dreadmill. We'll be back tomorrow with a new product post. Happy Thursday everyone!

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  • I want my Thursday New Product Posts back! I already have too much fun on Fridays.

    • Blacklab1 / about 12 years ago / 2

      I have to agree with you. All I want to do on Friday is get off work, get home, and relax and unwind. My mind is too overloaded to watch New Products on Friday and good luck on me wanting to buy anything on the week end. My mind was still functioning on Thursday for New Products.

      • heathkid / about 12 years ago / 2

        I agree. Actually, I'd rather see "NEW" products on Monday so I can order them and receive them before the weekend (the only time I have to work on "projects"). Friday is like... "okay, here's something new but you can't play with it for a week!". ;)

      • Thankfully we keep them up for Saturday and Sunday too.

        • SomeGuy123 / about 12 years ago * / 1

          Why don't you just post everything on Thursday, but hide the new product post until Friday?

          • scharkalvin / about 12 years ago / 1

            I think they do that right now. Why else would the stuff in the new products blog already sold out?

            • SomeGuy123 / about 12 years ago * / 1

              I've never seen the new products before the posts.

  • HP / about 12 years ago / 1

    What happened to the digital potentiometers?? nice project anyway - watching people going full tilt on a treadmill is always funny :D

    • We didn't have any yet. It would have been a lot easier with a digital potentiometer, but we worked with what we had.

  • Gman-Puf-o-smoke / about 12 years ago / 1

    Could you explain the product post a little, like do you get the product in all week and than do the post or wait till the folloing week?

    • I wish it was that simple! We get products in all the time. Sometimes products from China or elsewhere take months to get, so they just show up when they show up, sometimes unexpected. Once everything is inspected to make sure it's what we ordered, it gets packaged for inventory. At this time we take photos, finish up the description, work on any demos that might be helpful, and just generally make sure it's good to sell. Products are posted constantly throughout the week and the new product posts simply talk about all the new products we've gotten since the last post. And that's it!

  • t_furf / about 12 years ago / 1

    servo attached to a potentiometer = awesome

  • Danny. / about 12 years ago / 1

    Is that the cute face? @ 2:30

  • Mr Electrical / about 12 years ago / 1

    I would like to request more short shorts in future videos ;)

  • Blueblast88 / about 12 years ago / 1

    i want to do that penguin dive

  • Young Maker / about 12 years ago / 1

    Robert-- How do you keep a straight face during the products part of this product post? i'd be laughing my ass off!

  • TeslaFan / about 12 years ago / 1

    Heh. That punching bag looks like it's really scared of dave. New project. Impact sensor on your punching bag that plays pre-recorded samples like "Is that all you got?" and have it laugh at you when you hurt your hand hitting it.

    • Improvised Dynamics / about 12 years ago / 1

      ...in the voice of R. Lee Ermey

    • Heffo / about 12 years ago / 1

      That would be awesome. You could have it also report back to a webpage statistics like hardest hit, fastest combo speed, etc

  • Great post, great project, and "The goggles do nothing!" is one of the most frequently uttered phrases in my shop! Thanks!

  • scharkalvin / about 12 years ago / 1

    Seems that control box was UL approved (er that's Undertakers Laboratories) with 120AC exposed. Anyway that's one strange looking Gym you have there with plywood walls covered with rock climbing grabs (but you can't climb too high without going through the ceiling panels).

    • SomeGuy123 / about 12 years ago / 1

      Its a bouldering wall.

    • Blacklab1 / about 12 years ago / 1

      That's what happens when OSHA get's involved. You have to have a spotter for anything over 4 feet and you have to be wearing a harness too. Safety first. Just hide that UL and OSHA approve red box.

  • DMKitsch / about 12 years ago / 1

    wow one of the best projects seen. Were there any injuries?

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