Rant: Some of us are in this “together” more than others

As the crisis continues, we received more and more email notices from suppliers & vendors offering us “assistance” in this “time of need”. From Ernie Johannson, Group head of North American Personal & Business Banking, BMO Financial Group (AKA: Bank … Read more…

FUSES! We’ve got FUSES!

So why do we suddenly have over 100 kinds of fuse for the website? It’s one of the easier products for us to bring across from our Active Tech Calgary store location into our website. Start with the easy stuff, … Read more…

Solarbotics’ Grove Academic Education Bundles

Last summer during a Solarbotics Robotics for Educators session, one of the teachers noted something about many of the mainstream robotics and electronics learning platforms commonly used in classrooms. He said that those platforms suffered from the Black Box Effect. … Read more…

Technology Grad Dresses

Grad Night - on display

I have a daughter. A daughter who likes pretty things, and like most daughters, likes to stand out once in a while. As the President of a local technology-hacking company, and having been involved with more than a handful of technology dresses & costumes in the Calgary area, she thought it would be a good idea if we worked together building a High-School graduation dress, with some techno-bling.

This isn’t the first time we’ve worked on something together like this. It’s our 3rd time around, learning more each time. In short, the dresses have been:

 1) Dress 1 – Purple Prototype

This project is a Salvation-Army purple rescue dress for a MakeFashion mixer event, where we sewed in a prewired LED string with battery pack to the dress lining. Simple, quick, and effective.

Materials used:

Closed for Thanksgiving (Monday October 13th, 2014)

Being in Canada, October is practically the doorstep of winter. Some places get a full three months of autumn, but for us it’s one big multicolored blur before everything gets covered in white. Sure, that means that winter takes up … Read more…