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.
This circuit is used to create a simple “edgebot” sumo robot. Being an edgebot refers that it will repeat the same backup/turn/go forward action when it’s single edge sensor detects the edge of the ring. This version of the circuit is quite simple, and always turns the same way.
You want a simple Photovore? This very tidy design by Solarbotics’ own Grant McKee is based on a technique developed by Mark Tilden – Shok architecture.
This is a neat little one-chip circuit we originally tuned for use with our “SM1” Stepper motors. We’ve presently sold out of the motor, but this circuit has proved to be a good unidirectional (1-way) driver for small stepper motors.
Some of you may have found the LightStorm Pummers that Mark Tilden has made using some neat looking plastics. We’ve built our own variation of the circuit, which is a dark-activated, quad-bicore pseudo-random chaos generated, dual pummer circuit.
Although not a true BEAM robot, this simple schematic by Randy Sargent is small, simple, slick, and effective. My own version uses a pair of pager motors and three cells from a 9V rechargeable battery. Hard to get any simpler than this device!