A while ago some friends asked if I could help make a photobooth for their wedding. I build a giant remote camera trigger, and it’s been a hit at three weddings and counting.
I spent a summer interning at a bike-accessory startup called Sparse. The first product to hit the shelves was a theft-resistant bike light. I prototyped most of the electronics, built some samples at Techshop, and played around with crazy blue-sky ideas too beautiful for reality. And after a successful Kickstarter campaign, some very happy people are riding around with their shiny new lights.
I’ve heard that the best reason to make things is to give them away as gifts, and I completely agree.
I doodled a little robot one day and thought it looked pretty cool. I built this little robot pendant in SolidWorks, developed it as I went along, and printed it in steel through Shapeways.
Sometimes the quick projects are the most rewarding.
Here’s a shot for a sense of scale:
I’ve managed to be in a lot of Make how-to videos. Each one was pretty fun to do, in it’s own way. Here are my top favorites:
First up: Data Dial Dashboard. This was the last project of the season, so I got a little carried away with the narration. The director decided to run with it.
Second, the Smart Remote Control. This was the craziest one we’d done, and therefore a blast to do. It took a lot of work to make it look so bad.
Finally, the Vampire Flashlight. We were up until about 11:00 filming this, which is pretty unusual for me. The makeup was wonderful, and added that right atmosphere to get everyone on board. I spent a solid 15 minutes trying out different screams on Wynter to get him to laugh. Too bad I don’t have any of those outtakes around.
I’d like to wrap it up at 3 to keep it short. It isn’t easy to do, and it would be even harder if I hadn’t already posted the Raspberry Pirate Radio video. But since it’s my blog and I’m in charge, I’ll leave you with a couple more. If you like what you’ve seen, then check out the Hitchhiker’s Guide-reference-filled Universal Translator, and the very weird Crypto Currency Tracker.
Here’s another fun thing that happened at Make:
We had an excellent noisemaker project. It’s not very often you run across a compelling analog noise making circuit, but this one made all kinds of cool sound effects from 70’s sci-fi shows. The noises were fantastic, but sound didn’t exactly read well in print. So I designed a case for it. I prototyped it in the Lab, and we had the final parts produced through a local laser shop. It looks pretty cool, and it’s even available in the Shed.
At Make, we helped develop an easy way for people to build a mighty radio transmitter out of a Raspberry Pi (with many thanks to Oliver Mattos and Oskar Weigl).
For those who doubt me, here is some proof:
That’s me, teaching kids how to build a pirate radio station and leading a bike parade.
Check out my write up at the page I spoke of.