Since the Eye Ball project, I’ve reviewed the Pine64 and Artik single board computers. We’ve also covered my friend Rob C’s. CNC manufacturing operation in New Orleans. I’ve also been experimenting with the CHIP computer and a few more ESP8266 projects. Most recently I’m writing a little series on digital sensors.
The Steampunk Eye Ball is up and running.
It features a copper lightning rod ball, pan and tilt servos, a decorative brass frame and base, along with a Pixy image processing camera inside. You simply sit it on a table, plug in a cell phone power pack and the device will track you as you walk around…if you are wearing a blue shirt. You can train it to recognize other colors using the PixyMon application on a Linux notebook. Be sure to check out the entire build series, “Off-The-Shelf Hacker Steampunk Eye Ball (parts 1 through 5) over at thenewstack.io.
Here’s the link to my “Steampunk Presentation Manipulation Apparatus” session, yesterday at FETC.
The response has been amazing for the Generation 4.0 Steampunk Conference Badge. People stopped me and asked what it was and if I made it. I told them how it worked and showed them the connected Raspberry Pi. There were a few selfies, which was kind of new to me. Nevertheless, everybody enjoyed it and seem inspired.
Found a few challenges. I’ll likely mod the alligator clip attachment system. The clips bend and are hard to get lined up correctly. The thumb screws loosened over time, as well, so those will have to be changed a bit.
Check out my slides: presentation-apparatus-talk
I’ll post something later about my “Building A Conference Presentation And Manipulation Apparatus” talk, this afternoon.
Looking forward to demonstrating the “Steampunk Conference Presentation and Manipulation Apparatus” at FETC in January. It sports a Raspberry Pi 2, hacked Web cam for showing small parts and a Steampunk-inspired theme. Slides will be handled with LibreOffice Impress and parts viewing will be via guvcview.
I recently started a brand new column on TheNewStack.io about hardware hacking. The series walks through tips, techniques and projects for the physical computing hardware hacker.
The first edition, “Off-The-Shelf-Hacker: The Physical Computing Stack”, introduced the reader to the exciting new world of off-the-shelf microcontrollers, sensors, actuators, Linux/Free software, NanoLinux systems and companion topics like the Arduino, Raspberry Pi, ESP8266, and other tools and designs of the DIY (do-it-yourself) and Maker movement.
Future stories will take readers through hands-on fabrication tutorials, using various programming tools/frameworks and discussions on using sensors, micro-controllers, nano-Linux systems and interfacing to various electronic/mechanical devices.
The articles will appear weekly, typically over the weekend.
If you want to get into hacking hardware and building physical computing projects, be sure to check it out.
Rand Fishkin has a great piece on little known presentation tips. It’s a long-form story and filled with solid suggestions on getting and holding an audience. From creating tension, to having strong opinions, to including exclusive actionable advice, it’s practical and straightforward common sense.
It would have been a hit at Maker Faire San Francisco.