Steve N

Member Since: January 4, 2011

Country: United States

  • That enclosure looks useful for, um, more legitimate endeavors, too. Is that something you're going to be carrying?

  • The NYU computer store has become a useful place for me for last-minute component needs, specifically sensors, servos, XBees, and arduinos. I'd love to see some of these retail kits in university bookstores. Perhaps there's an option to connect with the folks at the Interactive Technologies Program at NYU (and similar programs at other universities) and develop some retail kits that fit with their curriculum needs. I think more customers than just the students of those programs could benefit from purchasing kits that have been designed for teaching/learning.

  • While reviewing the new hire workflow for increasing lolcat diversity, Tim suddenly realizes that he'll never get anywhere reporting to that cow. His office-mates will miss his wacky foam board projects, but damn it, it's time for him to strike out on his own.

  • Just wanted to chime in with a comment on a durability of these buttons.

    I just finished tearing down a project that ran in a high-traffic area in the middle of the Mall of America for a month. We had kids smacking the bejeesus out of this button (and on more than several occasions kicking it).

    I bought 4 just to make sure that we'd have replacements for when they broke. I'm shocked to say that after over 5,000 violent activations of this thing, we only had to replace a burned out bulb once, but never had to swap out the button or microswitch. Far more durable than what I was expecting. Plus they just look cool.

    Use a separate ~$2 12V power supply to run the light, and a transistor of some sort (I used an optoisolator because I'm paranoid that way) to switch the 12V on and off from your microcontroller.

    The microswitch can be wired to your uC like any other switch; the 12V light and switch circuitry are completely separate.