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October 21, 2015
News - Digital Handpan V2: The T…
Cool project and nice implementation! I like the creative use of the lettuce container as enclosure; it seems to really lend itself well to this application. An inspiration to us all to look around and think creatively for unique and inexpensive project enclosures. There instrument itself seems really versatile and sounds great!
News - March is National Craft M…
This is a super great tip! The apps for the major chains are great too, and often have electronic coupons. During the holiday season last year, I scored a pair of Gingher fabric scissors for 60% off. Saved me a pretty penny! Also, for anyone in the market for new scissors, they're definitely worth even the regular retail price. Using them is a joy, and so much easier on my hands!
News - Shades of Gray in the 3D …
I'm a big fan of giving credit where credit is due, so yes, I think if someone is making money off of someone else's design, they should absolutely link back to the original product. That said, do I think that everyone selling a 3D printed design is going to do that? Probably not. Probably not even most of the people. Much like Colecago, I would be annoyed if someone started selling a design I made without attribution.
As far as the relative value of a good goes, that varies substantially from person to person! For you, Feldi, or Pete, who both have access to and the technical knowledge to use a 3D printer, it may seem like a complete rip-off to pay $30 for a relatively simple 3D printed part. For me, on the other hand, who doesn't have a 3D printer, doesn't know anyone who has one, and is at least an hour's drive from a makerspace, $30 doesn't seem so bad from my point of view. Sure, you would probably make a bit of money selling these at $10 a pop, but is that really that reasonable a price? Would you send me one tomorrow if I sent you $10? How about making a living selling them? To me, paying good money for someone else to 3D print something for me is like paying a plumber or a stonemason. Sure, I could do it myself, but I (sometimes) pay an expert to do it better and faster than I could. In that transaction, I'm paying for their time, materials, thousands of dollars in tooling, and above all, their expertise in a field I may know very little about.
Thanks for bringing us awesome content every week and keep up the great work!
Edit: That moon would be really rad if you could partition off the inside and use addressable LEDs to highlight some of the larger features individually. It would make a good educational tool. Tiny LEDs could even be used as pinpoints to locate the various places humans have landed!
Another cool thing would be to use it as a display to mirror the current phase of the real moon, maybe with 2 black plastic hemispheres inside that could be driven by motors to open and close like an aperture.
News - According to Pete: Headph…
about a year ago
I completely understand the sentiment regarding your playing. I feel that way about a lot of things that I do. As long as it brings you enjoyment, then keep on rocking out with your bad self! Love the vids, keep 'em coming!
Great video! I like when project videos include all the mistakes and rough edges. Too many times I see tutorial videos that are all polished and just show how to build the final design without showing the iterative design process. This can be frustrating for new people when their project doesn't work right on the first try and they think "I'll never be able to magic circuits into existence like Pete does".
The only disappointment I had was at the end when you had your guitar and I thought "Sweet! We're going to get to see Pete play a little guitar!" And then the video ended.
Overall great video! I always get excited when I see a new According to Pete.
News - Sound Reactive Sports Jer…
about a year ago
There seem to be a bunch of different services which offer an API for sports scores, but it would probably be hard to find one that's 1.) free and 2.) has a high enough rate limit that you could poll it quickly enough to be somewhat responsive. A different approach might be to use tasker on a mobile device to parse a Twitter notification directly. This would rely on your sports team having a Twitter feed that updates 1.) quickly and 2.) in the same way every time.
Perhaps my idea is unworkable with current services. 🤷🤷¯_(ツ)_/¯
Regardless of feasibility, it was fun to think about. Thanks for taking the time to reply and for bringing us great projects!
A neat extension of this project would be to use ESP8266 and maybe IFTTT to parse your favorite team's twitter feed and light up when they score, for times when you're not at games.
News - Hardware Hump Day: The Gr…
about 2 years ago
I love it. I can't wait for the next post. 3D printing in novel materials is exciting! Thanks for sharing your challenges as well as your successes. All too often the only thing that gets published is the polished end product, neglecting the rocky road to get there. There's learning for all of us in the journey.
News - Adventures in Science: Ar…
about 2 years ago
Something to consider for future educational content is how to write an Arduino library for a new part from start to finish. I don't know enough about the topic to know if that's perhaps too broad a subject, but I'd certainly like to understand more about the inner workings of what makes a library tick.
I think a playlist with a companion set of 'homework' problems would be nice. It's always easier for me to learn by doing. Perhaps a basic set of problems and one 'extra credit' challenge per video would work. You could discuss the solutions on the next video in the series.
A small critique on the video: prior to discussing the operators, there were a few seconds of blank screen, and I had to check to make sure my video was still playing. Perhaps a background image could be used instead of a blank, black screen.
Overall I think the videos are worth continuing. Good job!
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