Steampunk Badge Is A Hit 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.


Steampunk Name Badge – Version 1.0

After a lot of work, version 1.0 of my Steampunk Name Badge was unveiled at the recent Orlando Robotics and Maker Club meeting. It features a 1.8″ color TFT LCD screen, an Arduino Pro Mini microcontroller and a Dallas DS18B20 digital temperature sensor. It has an integrated micro-SD card and can display bitmaps at 160×128 resolution. The badge cycles through a “Dr Torq” bitmap and a text readout of the ambient temperature. It’s all wrapped up in a brass Steampunk-themed frame with several interesting aesthetic features.