Output devices

December 10th, 2008

I connected a button to a linear actuator, powered by 9v batteries.

Network Devices

December 7th, 2008

This week I built two hello radio boards which can talk to each other. They use the IA4421 radio chip, and to fab them I used the laser cutter, the modela AND the vinyl cutter.

Molding and casting

December 2nd, 2008

Something BIG

November 17th, 2008

I decided to try to build a small rowboat with the shopbot and half inch plywood. Designing a boat proved to be pretty time consuming though, and although this week was about making something really big, I mostly learned more about designing really big things.

Input devices

November 9th, 2008

Eighth week: play with input devices.

I built the boards for 5 of the input devices and played with the data they gave. I modified Neil’s microphone visualization to count the number of times you scream at the device.

3D printing and scanning

October 27th, 2008

Seventh week: 3d scan an object and 3d print it.

I decided to scan a Dorrance hook, which is a very simple hand prosthesis.

PCB Design and Fabrication

October 20th, 2008

Sixth week: Design a PCB and fab it


I designed a breakout board for the Telit GE-863.

Programming Microcontrollers

October 6th, 2008


PCB fabrication and board stuffing

September 29th, 2008


This is a circuit of flexible copper traces cut on the sign cutting machine. It is stuck to a heat-enduring sticker, which I can put anywhere! Including my fridge.

Press-fit Geodesic Dome

September 16th, 2008