Rubik’s Cube Solving Robot

June 26th, 2006 No Comments »

University of Michigan students Doug Li, Jeff Loevell, and Mike Zajac created a fascinating “Rubik’s Cube Solver” robot for their final project.
Check out the video

LEDs as input devices. Very cool.

May 22nd, 2006 No Comments »

As soon as I can get someone to email me the schematics for this project I’ll be putting it to use. Check out the source site and download the video.
led touch

Current project…

May 21st, 2006 No Comments »

Beating the U.S. In the race to bring iTunes synchronization to the RAZR line of slim phones, mobile network operator O2 in the UK has now begun carrying the RAZR V3im. A software-upgraded version of the V3i, which itself was originally slated to debut with iTunes compatibility, the V3im now offers functionality previously available only through the bulky-by-comparison ROKR E1, however retains the 100-song limit as imposed by Apple despite being bundled with a 512 MB microSD memory card. The V3im also offers 3G connectivity and a 1.3 Megapixel camera which together enable video calls, as well as Bluetooth connectivity.

I’m currently working on converting my V3c (verizon) into a V3im via software/firmware updates. I’ll keep you all posted.


February 9th, 2006 5 Comments »

I will not rest until I have this!

The folks over at Multi-Touch Interaction Research have made a “Bi-manual, multi-point, and multi-user interactions on a graphical interaction surface.” It is a must see, so I’m mirroring the video here.

(edit: Sorry, I was so excited I forgot to place a link back to the orig post here.)

Mouse Bot

January 29th, 2006 No Comments »

This is a great starter Robot.

“Mousebot is a simple bot that uses two “eyes” to sense light and then turns towards the light. A single large “whisker” is mounted on the front of the mouse to detect collisions. A collision with a wall will cause the mouse to reverse and turn then take off in another direction. This project is pretty cheap, if you have a mouse to use the other parts can be obtained for less than ten dollars.”

Check it out.

B.A.T.S Welcomes Patrick Julian back to the W.W.W.

December 29th, 2005 No Comments »

Using his Sprint Sanyo 4900 and a USB data cable, Pat can access the internet any where he has sprint service. Good going Dad!

If you’d like to do the same this is what you’ll need.

Phone: sanyo 4900 or any other sanyo

Cable: I’d check eBay for one that charges while your connected.

Drivers direct from Sanyo

Once you have your cable and you’ve downloaded the drivers just connect the phone, windows will prompt you for the drivers.
Direct the windows prompt to the correct drivers for your phone. Then you should see a “usb modem” installed.
Next go to your network connections and “add a network connection”. The number to dial is #777 (this connects you to your vision plan which is a data service, so no analog conversion needed). Your user name is your sprint pcs e-mail e.g. Your password is usually the last four of you social or a password you set up for you vision plan.
Once you’ve created the new connection just connect you phone and double click the connection. You should see you phone dial the #777 then switch to a RX/TX screen. Rx= receive Tx= Transmit. That’s it you’re on the net (or at least you should be). Go have fun, do a few speed tests and enjoy the fact that you didn’t have to buy a $299 pcmcia card to accomplish the same task.

Build your own Night vision camera

December 29th, 2005 No Comments »

Bad Ace Tech Show presents ” How to make a 12 dollar night vision camera from an old web cam and some film negatives.
night vision
Here you have your basic web cam (we found ours on the internet for about $11 US). With a screw driver and a little help from my gerber knife, we got it open.

Get out some old photos, or just get a roll exposed at you local 1 hour photo place.

Buy the cheapest film you can($1 US for 12exp), roll it out; let it get some sun then roll it back up and turn it in. (you now have like 6 feet of IR filters to share with your friends)

Note: The 1 hour place I went to doesn’t charge for film that’s totally exposed. (FREE)

Take a piece of the film that has been totally exposed (black) and use a gerber to cut out a “filter sized” piece
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PSP plus iTrip

December 29th, 2005 8 Comments »

This is what happens when an iTrip (fm
transmitter for iPod) and a PSP get together.

psp itrip

I got this idea when I was driving around with my wife. She owns an iPod mini with an iTrip.

I was jealous that she could listen to her music via the car stereo and change frequencies on the fly.

She also had the entire FM band at her disposal. That’s 87.9Mhz to 107.9Mhz – over 100 frequencies to choose from.

Now, sure, I could go and get an FM transmitter to jack-in to my headphone jack, but then I’ve got this cumbersome thing hanging from my sexy PSP.

One idea was to gut a generic FM transmitter.

Most of those have switches to change the freqs, and I’d have to make a place for those switches on the exterior of the PSP.

That would take away from the clean look of the PSP

The plan is to marry the two so that the PSP still looks like a PSP, plus maintain the ability to change freqs on-the-go.

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