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This past weekend was the New York Comic Con 2014. For people who don't know, Comic Con is a fan convention for things like Anime, Toys, Video Games and the like. One thing people do when going to Comic Con is dress up in costume or Cosplay as a favorite character from anything from a TV show to Comic. For this years Comic Con (also being our first), my brother wanted something interesting to wear, with the theme of Steampunk. He came across an Adafruit tutorial for Kaleidoscope Eyes project. Read more [...]
Mario Day! It's a holiday that is celebrated each year on the 10th day of March. This is a holiday to celebrate all the Mario's in the world (and not my birthday like many who I tell about this day think). Lets get some background on what makes this day Mario Day. It's really simple, if you take the abbreviation for March, which is Mar. and then join it with 10, you get Mar10 or Mario. This is a self-made holiday, meaning that, this holiday is a product of how the calendar works, rather Read more [...]
While browsing one of my favorite online electronic stores, adafruit.com, I came across something cool. This something was a Wii Nunchuck controller, and upon seeing it I was hit with a flash of inspiration. I didn't just see a Wiichuck, I saw the makings of a cool computer mouse project! What I wanted to do, was to make an adapter, which would turn the Wii controller into a mouse, and I wanted to do this in a small form factor. That is why I turned to the Trinket. I have already used the Trinket Read more [...]
While working on one of my projects, which used a Trinket, I managed do damage the bootloader. In fact I did this to two of my three 5V Trinkets. Luckily for me, Adafruit has a great writeup on repairing the bootloader using an Arduino Uno, all you need to do is upload the program to the board and connect a few wires. The only problem is I don't have an Uno, I have Mega. Its is even written on the Adafruit learning system that, "This loader isn't tested to work with any other kind of Arduino." Still Read more [...]
Snake, a fun and addictive game that has been around since the late 70's. Its a game with few and simple rules and I think its the perfect thing to play on a NeoPixel Display. Background: I was asked to speak at my old grammar school by my science teacher. He asked if I could come and talk to his classes about all the things I have made in hopes to inspire them to get creative and to inspire them to want to know how things work. I was also asked if I could bring some different projects to show Read more [...]
I am currently working on a project, in which, I need to be able to set different configurations from a computer and have them sent to an Arduino. I would also like the program on the computer, to be able to find the Arduino automatically without any input from the user. Both these requests seem very reasonable and I know I have seen other projects with such features in the past. With this in mind I went to Google to see if I could find how I would be able to accomplish this task myself. One of Read more [...]
If you were to travel all the way to the south end of Staten Island, you would end up at the southern most point of New York. Also, at this point called the Conference House, an historic house named to honor and commemoration of the famous peace conference of 1776. Both places are right in my backyard and are very beautiful. When you see it for your self, you forget that your still in the city. As you can see below, Staten Island Has a lot to offer. Read more [...]
First I want to start by saying this. The harder the challenge, the greater the reward. I also want to take this time to apologize to Ladyada, the staff at Adafruit and the creators of the PS/2 Arduino library. I thoroughly hacked away at your code and made one hell of a mess of it. Thank you for your hard work. Intro: Now that, that's over, I want to reflect on my first statement which I said, "The harder the challenge, the greater the reward." What I'm referring to is the small memory size Read more [...]
Back at Maker Faire, I picked up a few cool things to play with. One of these things was a Adafruit NeoPixel Shield for the Arduino. For those who don't know, the NeoPixel is an addressable LED that Adafruit Industries sells. The shield (that I got) is a board with 40 of these LED's on it. The thing that makes this device (and LED's for that matter) so wonderful, is that it only requires a three wire connection, those being positive (+), negative (-) and data. This means that you can use as many Read more [...]
The title says it all! Today was the first day of World Maker Faire and what a day it was! The day started out a bit on the rainy side, but the rain was short lived and at about 10:30 the skies cleared up and Maker Faire was in full swing. I started to day off by loading up on some cool stuff from Maker Shed, so expect to see some projects with some of that stuff to come soon. Aside from hardware I also picked up a few books for the liberty as you can never have too many books. After my Read more [...]