June 9, 2012
News - Soft Fabrication for the …
about 3 months ago
I would think you can find them anywhere there is a decent Amish community. A couplease years ago I was in western central Wisconsin and saw several for sale at an Amish general store. I’ve always thought about going back to buy one.
Ixnay the cheap Brother machines. I’ve used several and feel like I spent more time troubleshooting bobbin jams than making anything. It wasn’t until I got a mid-range Janome that I felt like I was actually learning anything other than how to untangle knots. But I agree on looking through goodwill and other places. I’m still kicking myself because I donated a very nice machine my mother gave to us when we were in college and my soon-to-be wire thought she would take up sewing (didn’t happen).
Haha, I had a very similar experience, only it was when I was trying to find a needle to handle the knit fabric I was using. The worker asked me what my wife was making and I very pointedly said “I’M making a Halloween costume.”
News - Enginursday: Solving Real…
about 4 months ago
Can you elaborate a little on how you created the charts for your Wordpress site? I’ve followed all your posts on your aquaponics projects. I’m working on similar projects for my daughter and my brother. I was planning to write something in python that would work on a local server but the Wordpress/Google Charts solution seems like it would be WAY simpler.
News - Your November Caption Con…
about 4 months ago
Karl went with his son to the party dressed only in his wife’s best night gown under the false impression that everything is better with sriracha.
News - LilyPad MP3 Giveaway!
about 7 months ago
The first is to develop a low cost device to be inserted into a jacket or vest that parents with autistic children can assemble themselves that helps prevent the child from wandering away. A first pass at the idea is that it would use the lilypad mp3 player, flexible speakers, and some type of GPS to geofence locations. If the child wanders away, lights blinks and horns honk.
The second one is much more selfish. I’m already working on an R2D2 costume that (in the planning stage) will use a lilypad. The problem has been getting the sounds to work. The little beeps a standard one makes doesn’t sound quite right. The ability to use mp3s would improve the concept greatly.
I would design the first one after Halloween so that I can finish the second one - recycling!
News - Hacker-in-Residence: Expe…
about 9 months ago
I’ve had an idea in my head for some NeoPixels that uses a dimmer-type input to change the RGB value: one nob for each value. This way I can change the color rather simply without having to directly interact with the controller driving the lights. Probably already exists somewhere…. Unfortuantely an aquaponics project and a halloween costume are in line ahead of this project. :(
about a year ago
Jazz Myn? Is that seriously your daughters name? If so, I think it’s a stroke of genius. I love it!!
My two daughters are just starting to show an interest in building and hacking stuff. Of course, my 7-year-old’s idea for a first project is to build a Theremin. We’ll see how that goes. We’re working with an arduino and an OpenTheremin.The 9-year-old is working on her Halloween costume and will be integrating a LilyPad and LEDs.
I’m going to point them both to Jazz’s YouTube page. Tell her to keep up the good work!
News - Enginursday: Monitor Twit…
about a year ago
Like I said, it’s just spitting out the temperature every hour right now. I just ordered the pH sensor from you guys today, so I hope to have it hooked up next week or the week after. I’ll probably shut it down in January to solder everything together and then we will get it installed onsite.
I’m in the middle of a similar project using a Pi to remotely monitor an aquaponics system. I’m using a waterproof DS18B20 and an AtlasScientific pH sensor to collect the data. I then tweet the data every hour so it can be checked any time, any place with a smartphone.
I’m still prototyping, so it’s just tweeting the temperature of my basement right now. In the spring it will get hooked up to the system. By that time I hope to also have it logging data to a database and capable of displaying basic graphs on the local netwrok. We will also probably include some additional components like water flow and soil moisture sensors, and maybe some solenoid valves. It’s an evolving idea.
No public wish lists :(
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