Tag Archives: arduino
So it’s nothing new when I interrupt one project for another, but this time was a bit different. My friend Brooks over at Sunshine Labs asked me to make her a sign for her new business. She didn’t give me specifications or her ideas, just make me a sign. I couldn’t just do an ordinary sign, not for Brooks who had not one but two dresses with NeoPixels. So I took a look at her logo, and thought… it needs to stand out more and have lights (but not NeoPixels, […]
Team with FamiLAB connections wins NASA Space Apps Challenge NYC
FamiLAB member Brooks Zurn traveled to New York City to participate in the NASA SpaceApps Challenge on April 12-13, 2014. She was a member of team “Senti8”, which addressed the challenge “Space Wearable: Fashion Designer to Astronauts”. Astronaut Doug Wheelock told Senti8 team members that the smell of the earth – trees, grass, dirt, were what he missed most during his tenure on the International Space Station. Team Senti8 decided to try to bring the smells of Earth to space and beyond by developing a wearable technology bracelet that could […]
Raspberry Pi Exhibit at MINECON 2013
This year in the Makers Village at Minecon 2013, FamiLAB members spent a busy 2 days showing people of all ages how to use the Application Programming Interface (API) for Minecraft Pi Edition. Three Raspberry Pi stations were set up to demonstrate software and hardware hacks. Raspberry Pi Station 1: We used station 1 to show attendees how to set up Minecraft Pi Edition on the Raspberry Pi and to run various python scripts from the global Raspberry Pi community. A very special thanks goes out to MCPIPY […]
Sieve of Eratosthenes
Up until now I’ve done a lot of software-only projects on my own (clearly, given that I write software for a living) and electronics projects in groups, but I hadn’t yet done an entire arduino-based electronics project on my own from start to finish. My little sister is finishing up her graduate degree in mathematics education this year, aiming to teach high school maths, and I wanted to give her something besides just a grocery store gift card for her birthday. So I decided to make an arduino-based demonstration […]
FamiLAB teaches Arduino and Animatronic Puppets at Orlando Science Center’s Maker Saturday.
Every month leading up to the 2013 Orlando Mini Maker Faire on October 5th, OSC hosts a Maker Saturday. This month the theme was ‘Robots’ and the FamiLAB crew taught Intro to Arduino ‘Blinky’, and was topped off with each student making and controlling their own animatronic puppet. It was huge fun. Dave and the smartest and cutest kid in the world. Mac, Thanks for the awesome pictures.
Nixie Tubes Class
Nixie Tube Class Yes — I sat in on a Nixie Tube Class. Mike Lensman presented. This class was for members only, I had heard that it was a beta and that Mike was getting the kinks out of it. I thought the class was top notch and full of information. Let me recount some of the things I learned. This is Mike — He looks excited about the subject matter, that made me want to pay attention. High Voltage Mike took high voltage seriously. Even though the students wanted […]
FamiLAB POV (Persistence of Vision) Kit
For some time, we’ve wanted to make a FamiLAB kit that could be used for soldering classes, and then extended by the students as they moved into learning microcontrollers or other topics. As with most things in life – it took someone with some passion and drive to make it finally happen – kudos to Mike Bakula for prototyping a kit, getting input from the community, and then producing our first kit! This kit uses an ATTINY to light up the LEDs on the end, and when waved back […]
FamiLAB Workshops at Otronicon
We’ve taken our regular workshops on the road to Otronicon, a video game inspired conference that showcases the best in tech that Orlando has to offer. Come learn to solder, program in Scratch, see the Raspberry Pi in action or learn more about the Arduino platform! The workshops are free, except for Learn to Solder which has a materials cost. More info is available on the Otronicon website.
SNES (Super Nintendo Emulated System)
Going back to the days of ITX computer case mods, I’ve had the desire to place a computer inside of a stock Super Nintendo case. Instead of the project being a simple case mod, I’ve wanted to configure the computer in such a way as to maintain a console playing experience, with the additional benefit of having a full-fledged computer under the hood. I’ve done my research here and there, and everywhere I possibly could, to see how this combination could work. With the Raspberry Pi, I finally found a […]
Dimmable AC Light Box
This blog post is about a box that could dynamically dim AC bulbs via computer control. The main purpose being to react to music. I will be providing code, and some schematics, and I hope other hobbyists will find this post useful. (If you’d like to go straight to the technical stuff, simply start at page two) First, a brief history. My desire to make lighting that would react to music largely began in late 2003. A Perfect Circle released their album, Thirteenth Step. Upon first listen of the […]