Just a quick note to say that we have survived MakeFashion, with (hopefully) positive outcomes, and if you haven’t attended, the highlights of the show are available on our Flickr photostream.
Other than the new goodies, we have one more thing to announce: Solarbotics, as an official MakeFashion partner, has been supporting local and international designers by consulting, providing materials, tech support and snacks. One of the projects we have been working at is Pumping Fashion Lit (by Dee Fontans and Eric Willis). It is featured in the Avenue Magazine preview of the upcoming show. So tomorrow, March 1 we are going to be at MakeFashion Gala to reap the fruits of our labour and hopefully see some neat wearable stuff.
|10-pin Shield Stacking Header
Want to stack more than one shield at a time? Use these instead of standard 10-pin headers to add extra functionality to your shield!
|Crazyflie Nano Quadcopter – Spare battery (BC-BL-01-A)
Small robots need small power sources, and this little 3.7V, 170mAh LiPoly unit from Seeed Studio is one of the smallest batteries we carry.
|Makey Makey – Standard Kit
You may be the greatest living banana-pianist, but how will you ever know if you don’t make yourself a banana piano? Good news, that project and countless others are easier than you think they are with MaKey MaKey.
Today we let our staff robo-weasels pick the links. They really wanted to participate and said they will behave and promised not to drink all the antifreeze liquid from the cars again. So we let them, and here’s the result.
|TV Screen Flag
TV screen warps and waves like a flag when blown on with a fan – how does one get ideas like that? Somehow [Gijs] did, see the result here (translated). (Via Hackaday)
|Fishing Line Muscle
This is an interesting hack on some common materials. Using monofilament fishing line to build muscle wire! (Via Popular Mechanics)
|Photovoltaic Panel Makes Bioelectricity
Voronoi tessellations not only make pretty lamps, but also can be used for an enclosure for electricity-producing bacteria. (Via Designboom)
|Laser Engraved Cutting Boards
Geeks everywhere – including the kitchen! (Elysium Woodworks via Laughing Squid)
|Kerf Measuring Tool
Interesting idea, have yet to try that.. (Via Ponoko blog)
Robo-weasels also drew me a picture of themselves to go with this blog post, but I lost it. Now they drank all the cleaning solution and hid in the bathroom with the photo equipment. Never again…
Solarbotics is helping out local fashion designers prepare their e-wearables for the Calgary MakeFashion. This time, Tony Grimes dropped in to experiment with his fiber-optic cloth from SensingTex as an illuminating surface, but the included 5mm LED was not dazzling enough. Time to hack in our 3W RGB Star Controller! The plan was to shift the colors to change the overall color of the fabric, but is serendipitously didn’t work. Shifting the optical pickup across the lens of the LED split the light from the individual red, green, and blue elements to to different strands of the fiber optic cloth, making for a wicked speckled rainbow effect.
Aaaand we have a few new things to show off before we wrap up this week.
|35STH36 NEMA-14 Bipolar 40mm Stepper
This motor is about half as small as our NEMA-17 Stepper and as a result only needs about half the power. Compared to the other NEMA-14 stepper we carry, it’s a little longer but has the option to mount an encoder to the rear shaft!
|Adafruit Monochrome 128×32 I2C OLED graphic display
These are tiny, sharp, and most impressive OLED monochrome displays! Just about 1″ diagonal, made of 128×32 individual white OLED pixels, each one is turned on or off by the controller chip.
Now, one things got my attention in today’s links: aerojelly. Wouldn’t you like to have a pet aerojelly? It flaps, it flies, it comes with a leash, which is a power cord at the same time. The rest of links is accessories that include music for aerojelly, wireless LEDs for aerojelly, and a pack of termite swarm robot friends for aerojelly.
|The “Face” Part of the Interface
Talk about wearable – electronics getting small enough to act as facial decoration and react to facial expressions (Kinisi by Katia Vega, via Arduino blog).
|Tiny Robot Flies Like a Jellyfish
Only 8 cm in length, extremely lightweight and ingeniously simple build, the robot is keeping stable in the air without tipping over (by Leif Ristroph, via Livescience)
|Movable Wireless LED technology
Who doesn’t like blinky light? We do. Simple but effective (and well-documented) (By cohda, via Designboom)
|Under Water Record Player
Would be awesome to know how the waterproofing was done on this curious device… (by Evan Holm, via Hackaday)
|TERMES Robots Project
Robots behaviour algorithm was based on termites to autonomously and collectively produce desired structures (via IEEE Spectrum).
Not sure how the LED makeup fits into the picture though…
Masking tape and storytelling! Calcium pills and Scandinavian gods! Stop signs and distant relatives. None of the above mentioned things are going to be featured in this post, although they are extremely noteworthy. But all the things in the universe are interconnected, so there’s still a chance that this stuff will make sense for someone. So – radioactive weasels!
|Robot Long Exposure Light Painting
We have tons of LED strings, gotta train Roomba (or office dogs) to do just that! (Via IEEE Spectrum)
…can also launch toothpicks “to skewer innocent fruits”. And don’t get any other ideas! (By [King of Random], via Hackaday)
|3D Printed Sugar
Sure it looks lovely, but the only question remains – is it borderline edible or fully edible after it goes through the 3D printer? And can you 3D print some artificial teeth after all this sugar is consumed? (By The Sugar Lab, Via Ignant)
|MIT Academics Design Book That Lets Readers Feel the Protagonist’s Pain
I can see the potential, but please don’t make me read horror stories! (Via Designboom)
|Cuboino by FELIX HEIBECK
While we’ve seen quite a few marble track systems, this one allows you by far more control than others. And it is well-designed and laser-cut. (Maker’s website)
Now if universe would be so kind in all of it entropic interconnected goodness and bring me some hot chocolate, I will be very happy.
Today I wanted to share a how-to of one of my projects with you. So once I had some cats. And an extra apple tree. And I wanted to be noticed in the dark. So I made some fruit batteries out of apples and attached them to the running jacket. This way I could burn more calories with the added weight while I run, and have a snack on the go (don’t eat the copper or crack a tooth on the nail if you decide to repeat my project).
In line with all the wearable technology craze, this Pulse Jacket by Miria Grunick is a great application. It reacts to heart rate while you run and makes you visible to all the nighttime traffic. (Via Hackaday)
|Long Exposures and Fruit Batteries
There’s something cool (or poetic) about illuminating long exposure photographs of fruit with the light that they generate. By Caleb Charland, via Colossal.
|Soil Moisture Sensor
Monitor the soil moisture using only nails and little bit of electronic ingenuity, by Manoel Ramon, via Arduino blog.
|Light Transformed into Sound
Wassiliscope, a device called after Wassily Kandinsky, turns light into sound in real time. Can see all the practical applications for it. By Christopher Yamane, via Designboom.
Now this is the cutest robotic application so far, introducing Shrewbot the whiskerbearer, and the second generation – e-whiskers. (via IEEE Spectrum)
And what about cats, you would ask. In this case cats don’t have any practical application, they are there for attention grabbing purposes only.
Technology empowering cats! Cats should have the right to tweet! Or at least have a live video stream dedicated to their cat-like doings and goings. All with the help of Arduino Yun.This is just one of the many things (five is considered many, right?) that we have for you today:
|Wooden Table Carved with Marble Tracks
We don’t just love techy crafts. Marbelous by Ontwerpduo is a wonderful piece of craftsmanship. (Via Colossal)
|Arduino Yún Powered Cat Camera
While “solar-powered data logging cat collar” in our header is merely a joke, an Arduino Yún powered cat camera has indeed been built by Hotte. (via Arduino Blog)
|Spherical Glass Solar Device Charger
A solar charger with dual axis tracking system by André Broessel of Rawlemon. Looks good, charges stuff and works as a nightlight. What else could you want? (via Designboom)
|A Quick and Simple Filament Joiner for Multi-Color Prints
3D printing is fun and here’s an easy way to join multicolored filaments to make it even brighter. (via Hackaday)
|Fibre Optics Used in the Wings of the Olympic Doves
This isn’t something new, but we said “cool” links, not “new” links. And these definitely look really cool.
I think there should be more cat-targeted technology in the world. There’s already cat-entertaining marble-embedded tables, lit up doves, and multicoloured filament 3d printed cat toys, but we need cat-charging solar stations as well. I consider this a cat-rights-lobbying Parliament-worthy speech. Yes.
As a worthy conclusion for the last workweek on Friday night we attended TechBurlesque show, which was a fundraiser for the upcoming 2014 Make Fashion Gala & Fashion Show. It was hosted by Endeavor Arts Gallery located in the downtown Calgary. In preparation to the show we have donated a bunch of electronics and glowy bits, and that night we got to see them applied to various body, er… costume parts in various ways. The show itself was interspersed with the previews of the artists’ projects for MakeFashion 2014, and we are really looking forward to seeing the finished pieces at the Gala on March 1. Wearable technology has been around for a while, and it is great to see an awesome community forming around the enthusiast artists and geeks alike. Well, multidisciplinary approach works for everything else, why not cross technology, wearables and fashion? So here’s a few snapshots from the show on our Flickr stream.
Amongst all the mingling conducted we got to catch up with Angela Dale, the maker of Chameleon Cocktail Dress that received so much attention at the MakerFaire Bay Area last year, and looks like it got even more international press coverage after it went to International CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas. It was featured in LA Times, NYDailyNews, Online Focus, Westfälische Nachrichten, Südwest Presse (pics 4 and 5). Makes us kinda proud to have applied our knowledge in electronics (and the technique of high heels walking) to this outstanding piece of blinky technology)))
Wednesday links are back, with more wednesdayness and linkness. Or linkedness. In any case, after the holidays we got better. More rested, more well-fed, more exercised, more healthy, more balanced, more busy, more relaxed, more organized, more happy… Er, I think these were New Year resolutions… All I mean is that we are finally back with all kinds of interesting stuff harvested from different parts of the internet. Reading it benefits eye-to-mouse coordination and general well-being.
This particular make by Playmodes emulates the 19 century Phenakistoscope (an animation device creating illusion of motion) using an Arduino, an LED strip and a recycled stepper motor from the printer. Playmodes via Arduino blog
|Daniel Widrig 3D prints chair using weird materials
These chairs’ material seems to be more suitable for consumption by some inorganic creature, than being put in a 3D printer (read more at Designboom) Artist’s website here.
|504 Segment Clock by Bertho
Battling with unwieldy clocks of strange construction is something we know first hand. This is yet another version of what a clock can be, loaded with various features. Full article on Hackaday; project page here.
|3D Paper Books by Yusuke Oono
Intricate cut paper? And a lot of it? It has to be lasercut! Lasercut goodness by Yusuke Oono, graphic designer and architect via Colossal.
Interactive photobooth where the shutter is triggered by skin contact. Prints awesome thermopaper photos. A collaboration of Talia Radford and media artist Jonas Bohatsch. (Via Designboom)