I occupy a studio space in a building that is a former movie shooting facility turned into an artist hovel. The building itself is wonderfully old but the hallways are also full of ancient audio and video equipment from the movie days. One of the things that got the attention of our RnD and tech … Continue reading Vintage AMPEX VR1200B 2″ Quadruplex VTR Unearthed
In compliance with the upcoming holidays we decided to contribute to the obligatory dose of Christmas ornamentation in the shape of the well-known coniferous tree. A tabletop freestanding tree with LED strings and a flashing star on top seemed like an easy enough thing to do. We also wanted to add a tech twist to … Continue reading Motion Activated Tree Lights
Cosplay at Solarbotics We have a bit of a rule here. If there’s a project we want to do, somebody has to have the passion for it. The drive, the dedication, the “kick-the-right-people-in-the-butt-to-get-it-done” drive. In this case, the project is a Rainbow Brite Dress, as spear-headed by our warehouse chief-elf Lyn Janelle (costume concept, design … Continue reading Rainbow Brite Dress Project
We needed all our superpowers for the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo this past weekend, so we decided to create our version of Arc Reactor for the team to wear at the show in order to augment the intelligence and add superhuman-level multitasking and learning capabilities (imagination is key at the Comic Expo).
Initially inspired by the Moravian Star on Instructables and the fact that we now carry all kinds of 3D printing filament, we decided to make one of our own glowy holiday star. We have used this thing as source files to create a similar treetop decoration of our own. After some trial and error (due … Continue reading 3D Printed Treetop Star
Inspired by the Ice Bulb published on Instructables, we decided to create our own version. Ice bulb suggests that we use a balloon to shape the ice and before it freezes, add an LED so that it can glow. Since we decided to use a whole bunch of LEDs (on a string), we opted to … Continue reading Project (the day other than) Monday: Ice Star LED String
So what happens when Solarbotics meets up with a local fashion duo just 4 weeks before a techno fashion show? Some insanity. Some long hours. Lots of fun. Solarbotics helped several designers prepare for the MakeFashion Gala 2014, but there were a few we really worked closely on for the event. Pumping Fashion Lit by … Continue reading MakeFashion 2014: Inputs and Outcomes
I’m Dilan, a relatively new hire here at Solarbotics, and I am in charge of product development and R&D support. I’ve got tons of experience with many things, and have seen Arduino as a staple in many projects here at Solarbotics. With its ease of use, powerful programming language, and vast online community, it has … Continue reading Project Monday: Laser Monitoring with Synapse
Yours truly is about to teach a mixed media class and wanted to try making some stamps to enhance my (and my students’) collaging experience. Stamps are used to create background patterns and give interest to surface design in 2d mixed media techniques. There is a variety of stamps available both online and in craft … Continue reading Monday Projects: Lasercut Stamps – Research on Materials
This is a very nice little demo package from Protel of a PCB layout program. It’s an older package (they don’t even have this on their website anymore), but works on any windows platform, unlike their current demo versions.