I just got some Sugru and it’s been great for fixing and hacking a few things up. For those not familiar with it, Sugru comes in little packets and starts out the consistency of silly putty and sets into something like silicone rubber with the additional advantage of adhering strongly to any surface it’s put on.
I have had an NFC capable phone for a year now and just decided to start playing with the technology. My first simple hack is NFC tagging my notebook.
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It started as a conversation over beer and garlic fries at the end of July and almost before I knew what was happening, I was co-founding a new and unique hackerspace here in Livermore with some other awesome makers I am privileged to have met. Robot Garden has been coming together almost too quickly and it is very exciting. I didn’t set out to found a hackerspace or an educational institution — which will be a big part of Robot Garden’s role — but I did want access to one myself and a community that supports all kinds of creativity for my children to be part of and the Tri-Valley is desperately underserved. Luckily a lot of other people also think so and we’ve gotten a lot of support from Sandia, i-GATE, Lawrence Livermore National Lab and a great group of individuals. The future looks bright so keep a watch at RobotGarden.org for updates.
My ebike computer project was selected as a presentation for the “DIY Geek” series of lightning talks at the ARM Tech Conference this year. They were looking for people who had gotten their hands dirty using ARM Microcontrollers to give walk throughs on approaches and with a cortex M3 mbed at its heart and 2+ ARM processors on the android phone side, this project fit the bill. You can download a PDF of my presentation.
Halloween was my favorite holiday as a child, not because of the candy but because I loved making costumes, from articulated lizard masks to three headed monster costumes where the other two heads tracked my own. I usually started in July. Reality has interfered since college though so I haven’t done nearly as much as I wished. This year, however, my wonderful wife managed to whip up some awesome Alice in Wonderland costumes for the whole family.
I finally got around to setting up the plumbing to save all the motion activated snapshots from my security camera to my server and once a day encode the individual JPGs in to a Theora video.
Everyone has known that Rodney Brooks new company, Rethink Robotics was going to come out with something big and they have not disappointed. Baxter is a compliant two armed robot that runs ROS, comes with an application stack that allows a non-programmer teach it to perform repetitive tasks and somehow only costs $22k! Recently I’ve been working with some amazing makers on creating a new, robotics focused, hackerspace. The more I look at Baxter, the more I think it’s perfect for a robotics hackerspace. Continue reading Rethink Robotics Baxter