Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 20:05GitHub Education
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 19:58A movement in the making by Deloitte University Press #makerbusiness
“Making”—the next generation of inventing and do-it-yourself—is creeping into everyday discourse, with the emerging maker movement referenced in connection with topics ranging from the rebirth of manufacturing to job skills development to reconnecting with our roots. As maker communities spring up around the globe, a plethora of physical and virtual platforms to serve them have emerged—from platforms that inspire and teach, to those that provide access to tools and mentorship, to those that connect individuals with financing and customers. At the same time, access to lower-cost, small-run manufacturing, particularly in hotspots such as Shenzhen, China, has increased, making small production more economical and viable.1 Both the supply and demand curves are being affected—the long tail of supply can now meet the long tail of demand, and the long tail of demand itself is changing as individuals change their own consumption.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 19:47Model from 1981 Lego Ad: Then and Now
In January, a 1981 Lego ad made the rounds on Reddit and social media. For some, the ad illustrated how ads back then adhered less stringently to gender roles.
The story behind the ad is even more compelling. It’s not only the brainchild of a female creative director, but the model herself is also a living embodiment of female empowerment. That little girl grew up to be Rachel Giordano, a now-37-year-old naturopathic (i.e., alternate medicine) doctor in Seattle.
As recounted in the Women You Should Know blog, Lori Day, an educational psychologist, consultant and parenting coach, tracked down Giordano through the magic of Facebook. A friend of a friend knew Giordano, and Day asked Giordano to pose for the picture (below) with Lego’s Heartlake City TV news van.
Giordano, a child model, was involved in many shoots, but remembered this one vividly. A member of the Ford Agency, the 3- or 4-year-old Giordano was given a pile of Legos and made her own creation. The clothes are also her own. As Giordano explained:
In 1981 Legos were ‘Universal Building Sets’ and that’s exactly what they were…for boys and girls. Toys are supposed to foster creativity. But nowadays, it seems that a lot more toys already have messages built into them before a child even opens the pink or blue package. In 1981, Legos were simple and gender-neutral, and the creativity of the child produced the message. In 2014, it’s the reverse: the toy delivers a message to the child, and this message is weirdly about gender.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 19:01Retrotechtacular: Where the Linux/UNIX TTY Came From
From time to time we realize that sayings which make sense to us probably will have no meaning for future generations. Two of the examples that spring to mind are “hang up the phone” or in a vehicle you might “roll down the window”. And so is the case for today’s Retrotechtacular. Linux users surely know about TTY, but if you look up the term you actually get references to “Teletypewriter”. What’s that all about?
[Linus Akesson] wrote a fantastic essay on the subject called The TTY Demystified. We often feature old video as the subject of this column, but we think you’ll agree that [Linus'] article is worth its weight in film (if that can be possible). The TTY system in Linux is a throwback to when computers first because interactive in real-time. They were connected to the typewriter-mutant of the day known as a teletype machine and basically shot off your keystrokes over a wire to the computer the terminal was controlling.
This copper pipeline to the processor is still basically how the terminal emulators function today. They just don’t require any more hardware than a monitor and keyboard. We consider ourselves fairly advanced Linux users, but the noob and expert alike will find nuggets and tidbits which are sure to switch on the lightbulb in your mind.
Retrotechtacular is a weekly column featuring hacks, technology, and kitsch from ages of yore. Help keep it fresh by sending in your ideas for future installments.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 18:30Daily Overview – Photos from Above
The Daily Overview posts one stunning birds-eye-view photo, taken from all over the planet, each day. Their Mission Statement:
Many people have asked us what is the purpose of Daily Overview. Here’s our answer:
Unless you spend most of your time in an airplane, your everyday perspective is limited to the surface of the earth, and specifically to your line of sight. From down here it’s impossible to fully appreciate the beauty and intricacy of the things we’ve constructed, the sheer complexity of the systems we’ve developed, or the devastating impact that we’ve had on our planet. We’ve made a decision that the majority of the images we capture will focus on this unnatural world, shining a light on the areas where our human activity – for better or worse – has shaped the landscape.
Unbelievably advanced technology has given us the newfound ability to look down at the place where we live. We think there is bountiful beauty and opportunity in the images shot from the Overview vantage point. And ultimately, we feel that this project can inspire fresh perspective about our planet and the way that we treat it. We hope you do as well.
We will continue to publish one Overview each day. Look down with us by…
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 17:25February Caption Contest
It’s time again for your monthly caption contest! The rules are simple:
- Leave your funniest clean caption in the comments section below. We reserve the right to delete captions that we deem inappropriate. We’re not too stingy, but try to keep it moderately PG-13.
- Captions submitted any other way besides in the comment section will not be accepted. That means do not use the feedback form!
- Captions will be accepted from the moment this post goes live until Friday, February 14th at 10 a.m. Mountain Time.
- Please only one caption per person. Please!
- A crack team of humor experts will pick the winner and we will announce it next week.
Here is today’s photo:
I feel the need to give a little background - this is Bob, SparkFun Pick and Place Operations Manager, entertaining himself during a lull in inventory day. Yes - Bob is weird, but we love him anyway.
This time around, the prize is a cool $100 in SparkFun credit to buy whatever your heart desires! So leave your best caption below and may the best person win!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 17:23Volume 3 of “Little Video Game Books” by Joebot
Check out these prints from the third installment of the “Little Video Game Books” – a tribute to Nintendo, from Joebot.
In honor of Nintendo, I created three new prints in my ongoing “Little Video Game Books” series. See Vol. 1 HERE and Vol. 2 HERE. Let’s hope Zelda and Metroid get their turn on the Wii U before the sun sets on the embattled little console.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 16:38Internet of Things kit for hackdays/spaces
Internet of Things kit for hackdays/spaces. Mark writes -
Roughly every quarter my employer, Red Gate, has a ‘Down Tools Week’ which is a week long opportunity to hack on ideas that never get space in a normal work day. This cycle our theme is the Internet of Things, so I’m pulling together kits to get people up and running.
Great list, lots of Adafruit stuff!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 16:01From vacuum cleaner hacking to weather station reverse engineering
[Spock] wanted to do a little reverse engineering of his Miele brand remote control vacuum cleaner, so he broke out his DVB-T SDR dongle to use as a spectrum analyser. Sure enough, he found a 433.83Mhz signal that his vacuum cleaner remote control was using, but to his surprise, he found a stray
QAM256signal when he expected an ASKonly one.
After a little detective work, [Spock] eventually tracked it down to a cheap weather station he had forgotten about. The protocol for the weather station was too compelling for him to go back to his vacuum cleaner, though. After
downloading an rc-switch Arduino library andmaking a quick stop at his local radio shack to get a 433.92 radio receiver to decode the signal, he reverse engineered the weather station so he could digitally record the temperature output. The Arduino rc-switch library proved unable to decode the signal, but some Python work helped him get to the bottom of it.
With software defined radio becoming more accessible and common place, hacks like these are a nice reminder just how wired our houses are becoming.
Filed under: radio hacks
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 15:40LEGO Indiana Jones Costume Is Ready For Adventure
Just because a costume looks simple at first glance doesn’t mean it actually is. LEGO Indiana Jones may appear to be a cardboard construction, but the costume is actually made from insulation board and foam and required more than a few skills to make. Instructables user niboras designed the right size minifig head in Photoshop and had to cut EPS insulation board into circles to match the plan; he hollowed out the inside with an X-acto knife and sand everything. It’s quite a process. He’s how he built the blocky archaelogist’s head:
Using the PDF I went to the shop and started cutting. EPS insulation board is pretty easy to work with, it is lightweight, and pretty cheap. Based on my plan I knew I would need 6 x 11″ circles and one 6″ circle from the EPS. I would also need one 8″ circle of 2″ foam. For the body I just used a tape measure to get dimensions of my son’s shoulders and torso and sorta winged it no real plan on that one. The body was made from 1″ EPS, the head from 1.5″ EPS
In order to get consistent circles and speed up the process I made a simple jig out of 1/2″ mdf and a finishing nail. With the jig in place it was easy to set the distance from the blade and drop squares of EPS onto the nail and spin perfect circles. For the top and bottom caps I also ran the discs through again at a 45 degree to remove as much material before I had to start sanding. I’m sure you could also cut the circles using one of the many ‘ibles on hotwires as well, but I had a bandsaw so that seemed easiest.
Read more at Instructables.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 15:34Time to “Hack the Arduino Robot” – second phase
RobotChallenge staff updated us with some numbers regarding the “Hack the Arduino Robot” competition launched at the end of January and sponsored by RS Components. They received 58 submissions from 20 different countries of the world! 10 projects were then selected by an international Jury composed by David Cuartielles (Arduino), David Tarrant (RS Components, Design Spark), Karim Jafarmadar (INNOC) and Pavel Petrovic (Robotika.sk).
Now it’s time for the second phase. They are going to receive an Arduino Robot each, implement the project they submitted and publish the results (including a short video) by the 23rd of February.
The 10 projects selected are the following:
- OFF RObot / John Rees
“I plan to design and 3D-print different legs for the robot, so that it can be placed in a dock and the rotation of the wheels can enable it to ‘walk’. The primary goal would be to design and print a spider-legs (octopod) or beetle-legs (hexapod) attachment, enabling the robot able to travel on uneven surfaces such as grass. After this has been tested and is functional I would like to add sensors to the legs to enable me to design optimal walking attachments with maximal efficiency, as well as explore the use sensors on the feet to measure things such as such as moisture/temperature/rigidity of the surface and potentially adjust the walk cycle to suit the conditions.”
- An under floor doctor / Naoki Fujihara
“My proposal is using an Arduino robot as an extermination of harmful insects machine for house. In Japan, there are white ants or rats under floor of houses . These under floor sometimes unsanitary but workers have to into there and exterminate them. I want to solve this real life problem. My idea is mounting on some items on an Arduino robot as follows: a camera for catching situation in real-time and a function to put pest poison or traps on a appropriate place. And some sensors that can measure humidity whether the under floor condition is a room for improvement. With an Arduino robot’s smallness and mobility, this idea can be a good solution.”
- EnergyBot / Alex Shaw
“The Energy saver robot will travel round its location detecting the number of lights that are on and windows that are open and rooms that are unused, temperature, drafts, cold spots, carbon monoxide, co2 or other hazardous substances. Energybot will tweets/message to the owner to remind them to be more energy efficient and of any impending dangers. It also records data to allow the user to find out how efficient and safe each area is over time. Energybot helps to keep running costs low and automates the experience of chasing my family to shut the window!. Energybot keeps an eye on heating efficiency, average temperature, energy consumption by room and helps me to maximise the usage of my energy.”
- RoboPet / Roberto Riggio
“Pets often feel alone at home when their guardians are out for work. RoboPet is a robot companion for pets. It is able to play sounds either pre-recorder or directly streamed from the guardian smartphone. The guardian can control the robot remotely using a simple web browser or a smartphone. RoboPet is also equipped with a camera and a laser pointer to interact with the pet.”
- AWBB – ArduWellBeingBot / Florent Brodziak
“This small autonomous robot, free to move itself in a place is able to measure surrounding environment quality. It can track humidity, temperature, ambient noise and light, Air quality in the way to map and classify this place as a pleasant or nasty for humans. All the data can be consulted via internet on a map indicating the place location and a note. This robot could be used for example in public places (Mall, Railway Station , Airport, Park…) where people needs or want to stay for a moment. It will allow people to find the best place for them, for their health and it will imply more place’s responsible to improve the environment quality.”
- Eyeduino / Eduard Petrenko
“Let your Arduino robot see the world! An idea is to capture low-resolution image (estimation is 32×32 black&white) from analog camera using some kind of video sync separator like Texas Instruments LM1881 and some comparator schema. We plan to use prototype regions on the robot’s control plate to mount the schema. Modern technical vision approach requires more powerful CPU and much more memory for image processing, but for some tasks low resolution seems to be enough. We plan to demonstrate this by exercises like dotted line following and “cockroach hunting” – following some little movement changing target. We expect this approach to be an effective introduction step into technical vision in robotics.”
- Nemo / Rajan Ayyappan
“I would build a Hide and Seek Robot: We create a set of hiding places, draw lines and feed the location data into the robot. At the start of the game, you close your eyes and count up to 20. The robot will go and hide somewhere. You will start a timer on the robot as you finish 20. You have to find the robot and stop the timer within a certain period to win that round. The game makes robots look more human. It will be a teaching aid and we could add sensory experience to influence the robot in selection of hiding place. This data could be analyzed for insight into decision making process.”
- PendelBot / Dieter Schön
“The PendelBot has oversized wheels (diameter ~30-40cm), so that the Robot in between them acts as a pendulum. A battery pack underneath the motor board ensures that the center of weight is extentric. When the motors accelerate the wheels, the torque turns the chassis in the opposite direction. An acceleration sensor will limit the angle of the chassis to 90°. The robot can be remotely controlled via bluetooth by an app on an android device. This app uses yaw and pitch angles of the device to control the robots speed and direction. This setup can work as pendulum or inverted pendulum (thus posing as a mini segway(c)).”
- Battery robot / Sebastian Groza
“Arduino robot will be used as a core for a used battery collector system (robot). Robot can be mount on top of a usual battery collector container and will have a receptacle for used batteries. Arduino robot is used to sort the batteries by size, AA, AAA and others. AA and AAA batteries will be harvested for remaining power with a step-up converter. Recovered energy is used for charging a backup accumulator, power a LED banner or even charging the robot. After complete depletion, batteries are dumped in collector container along with other battery types.”
- Garment Transporter / Jacob Glueck
“A couple of years ago, I built an Arduino-powered shirt-folding machine which folds clothes. Using the Arduino robot from the RobotChallenge, I will build a device to remove folded clothes from the machine and to stack them. My idea is special because it will involve two Arduinos (the Arduino Uno in the shirt folder, and the Arduino robot) which will have to communicate, and because it will be very useful. The robot will solve the real life problem of laundry folding by making the task easier and faster and by doing so nicely; the robot will use a custom-designed gripper to transport garments while keeping them perfectly folded.”
Two projects will receive an award donated by RS Components:
- Best project & documentation Award
- Community Award.
Check this PDF to discover the details and the cool prizes are visible in the pic below!
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 15:00Johnson Tsang’s Tearpot
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 14:00Michal Kohút’s 0,1: Light Control With Each Blink
Mark Wilson writes via fastcodesign.com:
“0, 1” is an installation by Michal Kohút (with help from Michal Matouš and Jakub Hybler) that makes one person’s blinks into a shared experience. Put on a pair of glasses, and the lights turn off in tandem with every blink you make.
The lights in the gallery are temporarily turned off whenever the person wearing the glasses blinks. It all happens so fast that the person wearing the glasses does not even notice the change.
See more at michalkohut.com
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 13:55REMINDER – HARDWARE HANGOUT with James “Laen” Neal from OSH Park! Tuesday 7pm ET @laen @oshpark #makerbusiness
Come meet and ask questions with James “Laen” Neal from OSH Park! OSH Park is a community printed circuit board (PCB) service. OSH park take designs from lots of people, put them all together on a panel and then order the panel from a fab.
Since they’re all splitting the panel setup cost, this lets them make circuit boards inexpensively. You’ve seen these purple boards everywhere This service grew out of the DorkbotPDX PCB Order run by @laen. Their boards are lead free, made in the USA, and amazing quality.
Click here for the Google+ Hangout page (you can start asking your questions now too).
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 13:01Super Mario Lamp Encourages Physical Activity
What better way to encourage jumping around in the house than by adding your own Super Mario style question block lamps?
It’s a fun and easy project to do because it makes use of an IKEA Sangen lamp — it just needs some slight modifications and a bit of art work to turn it into this iconic question block. You will be working with mains voltage though, so please be careful!
The lamp itself is made out of fabric which means it can be taken apart easily, and then dyed that classic orange hue. Using a stencil you can spray paint on the question mark and then it’s just a matter of adding a springy-latching-pressure-switch (that’s the technical term for them right?) in line with the light bulb. Results may vary, but [Anred] has a great guide on how to make it to get you started.
Now all that’s missing is a sound effect to go with the switch!
Or if you want to really over do it — check out this Super Mario coin block hack, which actually spits out coins at you!
Filed under: home hacks
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 13:00Droneposal: The World’s First Marriage Proposal by Drone?
When dreaming of ideas for the perfect marriage proposal for his girlfriend, San Francisco's Jason Muscat wanted something unforgettable. What about having the ring fly in from the sky and land at her feet? Yes. And the vehicle to do it? A hexacopter.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 13:00Fabrice Le Nezet’s Fashion for Concrete
London based visual artist/designer Fabrice Le Nezet “explores the intersection between Architecture, Fashion and Toys Design through the use of raw material such as concrete and metal.” Fashion for Concrete furthers the clean aesthetic and playfulness of his work:
Research around the idea of cloth applied to a monolith of concrete. Fabrice Le Nezet worked at transposing concepts and patterns on those abstract figures led by a sculpture approach. The result is this collection of very fashionable totems half way between sculpture and fashion design.
See more at fabricelenezet.com
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 12:00Trombe from Patrick Saint-Denis
Patrick Saint-Denis’ Trombe via triangulationblog.com
A work that evolves around a relationship between an object from the real world and a solo instrument, using live audiovisual processing and simple robotics. The interactions between the object and the instrument is oriented in order to have the multiple significations of the object “transfer” themselves on the music.
In this work, a special attention is given to the spatial qualities of the video projection by integrating the performer inside of it. Finally, a “trombe” in French is a very active storm carrying large amount of water.
See more at patricksaintdenis.com
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:00Chapuisat Brothers’ Métamorphose d’impact #2
Chapuisat Brothers’ Métamorphose d’impact #2 for Le LIFE at Le Grand Café Saint-Nazaire. France:
In LiFE, installation Metamorphosis impact # 2 turns slowly, lurking in the semi-darkness, dizzying. Strange transplant suspended loving object and stimulates analogies concretion pixelated, vessel weightless iceberg embedded, lost meteorite, volcano spilled … Cryptic, this body sculpture – a skull?
Invites the public to explore her intimacy when trying experience, the visitor discovers a golden crater, a sealed cell with a diffuse-bass throb. As if the Brothers had Chapuisat captured in this tiny space telluric energy treasure, and all the original light, timeless. – Eva Prouteau (translated from original)
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 11:00Hong Kong’s Colossal Skyscrapers, Photographed
Michael Wolf’s Architecture of Density, in which he examines the size and patterns of Hong Kong’s massive skyscrapers, is on view at Flowers Gallery in London through February 22, from we heart.co.uk.
Land is a finite resource, and there are few places where the pressure is on so acutely than in Hong Kong. Restricted by its island geography, the city’s solution to a rising population has been to build upwards, and Hong Kong now has more skyscrapers over 150m tall than any other city in the world. Michael Wolf has lived there since 1994, and has seen the rapid growth in people and buildings first hand.
Architecture of Density is the photographer’s examination of the city and its buildings, one in which the context is largely removed and the scale is only understandable when viewed in relation to itself. Repeating patterns in the architecture overwhelm, while in others we see evidence of human interaction with their megalithic homes – clothes draped over balconies for example, as ingenuity maximises the potential of every surface. Flowers Gallery on Cork Street, London, is hosting the exhibition until 22 February, and there is a monograph being launched in conjunction with the show, called Hong Kong Trilogy, published by Peperoni Books.