DIY Drones interview
January 18, 2010
I had a great time as the featured guest on the DIY Drones podcast recently (10 January), talking about future opportunities and applications for civilian use of UAVs, as well as NASA’s involvement. The community of enthusiasts at DIY Drones amazes me with the sophistication and eagerness they are bringing to the world of small UAVs – they truly represent the future.
January 6, 2010
I just ran across Kickstarter, and it’s brilliant. Go look. Now.
They also have a blog.
Basic idea: provide a “funding platform for artists, designers, filmmakers, musicians, journalists, inventors, exploreres…” that lets said creative folks offer up a concept, solicit contributions, and if a threshold amount is achieved, launch the project. There are some great (and some greatly kooky) projects at Kickstarter!
January 4, 2010
I made a little project for some friends and relatives this Christmas… using an Arduino microcontroller board, an Altoids tin, and some assorted bits, I built a simple interface to a virtual Etch-a-Sketch (written in Processing). Two knobs control the up-down and left-right drawing of a line on the computer screen; a pushbutton changes the color of the line being drawn; a toggle switch changes between keeping the line continuously on the screen, and fading out the tail as the head of the line is being drawn. Just like a real Etch-a-Sketch, shaking the box erases the screen (using a tilt-switch inside the tin.)
December 3, 2009
I saw this guy at Washington Dulles airport, and felt compelled to make a sketch…
Google imitates life
November 17, 2009
It’s interesting to note what Google’s AdWords serves up on Joe Papp’s blog post about what doping (or more precisely, getting caught) did to his cycling career and life: