This is a cross post from my blog at makeawesomesh.it. It is a little late but I hope it is still useful. All of the code used can be pulled from this github repo.
This project came out of the Hackathon LVL1 had in June 2012. The rules were minimal but had a big impact on the end product. The competition ran from noon Saturday till noon Sunday, so 24 hours. We had access to all of the tools at LVL1 plus we could bring our own tools, but we could not have any of the tools integrated as part of the final project. Each team was given an Arduino and a bread board. All other material has to come out of the LVL1 boneyard (this is the collection of stuff that has been donated for the purpose of hacking in any way we wish.) The goal was to make anything you want.
We had the weeks leading up to the event to look around the boneyard and think about what we thought we could make. We started with a list of things we wanted to make then limited that down to things we thought we had the parts to make. We tentatively settled on a 3D scanner. We knew we had all of the parts to make it but there was no guarantee that they would still be there the day of the hackathon as the boneyard was still being used normally by the hackerspace. ...continue reading "24 hour junk 3d scanner"
After the popularity of Butterscotch I seem to have got a reputation for adding fire to things (even though it was FireTim that did the pyro half of Butterscotch). So when the Mythbusters posted a link to a fire breathing pumpkin I was bombarded with questions about when I would be building one. Not being the type to do what others expect me to do I rejected the idea of doing a pyro pumpkin outright.
Though I was set on not building a fire breathing pumpkin it did make me think about building other things inside of a pumpkin. Then it hit me just two days before Halloween. I needed to build a pumpkin that would forcefully deliver candy to Trick-or-Treaters much in the same way they would deliver eggs to my house if I did not provide candy to them. From that point on I had a mission. Throwing sleep and other responsibilities to the wind I went to the bowels of the LVL1 bone yard to hack together a candy launching pumpkin.
After design concessions due to time and help from fellow LVL1ers (thanks FireTim and Jon the Kilted) I was able to defend my house this year. Although I never saw the pumpkin Mythbusters link and I am sure it is cool I considered this a spite project similar to JAC 101 Micro-Laser Cutter. I just hope everyone enjoys it as much as I enjoyed making it.
I have posted an instructable for this project to help others defend themselves next All Hallows' Eve… but really, why wait. Go to that instructable and start defending yourself for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, or Christmas. There is nothing like a fruitcake chucking Santa to keep those damn carolers at bay.
With it so cold out side it is time to make it hot and spicy inside. LVL1 will be throwing a hot a spicy party this Saturday the 21st. You can think of it as a pot luck for the masochistic. Whip up (or pick up) your favorite spicy dish and come join fellow capsaicin lovers at this B.Y.O.B. event.
5/21/2011 @ 7pm
814 East Broadway
If you are coming, and plan to bring a dish: Google doc
With winter showing signs of weakness it is time to look forward to spring. There are a lot of people in the LVL1 community that have interest in urban agriculture and we plan to offer a few talks and events based around this through out the year. This season will start out with a talk on keeping chickens in an urban environment. This talk is meant to give anyone with an interest in keeping chickens a better understanding of what it will take along with the pros and the cons. This is a free event that is open to the public so come out and meet with interesting people and chickens alike.