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Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Elsewhere Online: Tiny video $99 camera mounts to R/C planes, skateboards, etc.

Things get smaller and smaller and we just HAVE to create new uses for them. At $99 bucks I wouldn't be too worried strapping this to my bicycle helmet or putting it out by the bird feeder for a while. Can't wait to see what neat videos people might turn out with this.

Tiny video $99 camera mounts to R/C planes, skateboards, etc.

This 1 oz. video camera, meant for R/C planes, could be used for a number of fun projects.

3" x 1-1/2" x 1/2" (camera only), 1 oz. V.2 changes include: larger resolution, LCD display, rotating lens, longer battery life, and a thermal activated motion detector. Video camera includes audio, still photos, a voice recorder, USB drive, and a Webcam. Unit is small enough to mount on just about any model FlyCamOne2 micro video cameraairplane, small parkflyers, RC cars, trains, skate boards, or even a kite. Can be remotely activated using an additional servo. Videos are recorded with a resolution of 640x480 for clear playback, complete with sound, and 1280x1024 pixels for still photos. Camera lens rotates 90 degrees so you can take photos or video from multiple angles. Built-in rechargeable 200 mAh Li-Ion battery that charges via the USB port on your computer in about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

(Via Boing Boing.)

Friday, May 23, 2008

Maker Faire - Bicycle POV

Persistence of Vision devices made out of LEDs mounted to bicycle wheels. Imagine cruising the town with this bling on your bike.

More information on Maker Faire.

iPod Ready Video

Audio: LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar - May 22, 2008

Listen to the most recent LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar, recorded May 22, 2008.

Listen: LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar - May 22, 2008

Join us on Thursday, June 12, 2008 @ 630pm for our next seminar.

Visit Upcoming.org to RSVP

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Video: LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar - May 22, 2008

Join us at the Sherman Oaks Branch of the LA Public Library (14245 Moorpark Street, Sherman Oaks, CA 91423 - (818) 205-9716) or join us here via uStream.tv

For some reason, uStream broke the recording of this seminar into several sections. To continue viewing the class, use these links to the next segment.

Part 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Links mentioned in this video:

Ad-Aware Free 2008
Windows Defender
Phun - Physics Program
Dipity.com - Interactive timelines

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Elsewhere Online: Phun Teaches Physics Lessons the Best Way Possible [Games]

My 10-year-old son and I are having a great time with this free piece of software. There is a bit of a learning curve, but he has discovered how to do almost everything he wants.

This would be a great program for a classroom that had a SmartBoard, too

Phun Teaches Physics Lessons the Best Way Possible [Games]

Windows/Mac/Linux (All platforms): Phun, a free open-source, cross-platform 2D physics simulator, makes you want to pick up blocks, or maybe crayons, and learn more about the way things fall and move under pressure. Written by a Swedish graduate student, the program teaches concepts of restitution and friction, so it's great to load up with the kids, but you'll probably find yourself sneaking a few turns by yourself at creating, and knocking over, shapes and lines. Phun is a free download for Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux systems; hit the link for instructions on using and having, well, fun in Phun.

(Via LifeHacker.)

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Video: Maker Faire - The Crucible

From the Maker Faire (http://makerfaire.com) program...

The Crucible (http://thecrucible.org) is the Bay Area's only nonprofit sculpture studio, educational foundry and metal fabrication shop offering classes in fine and industrial arts. The Crucible is fast becoming the best-equipped public industry and arts education facility on the West Coast.

iPod Ready Video

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Video: Maker Faire - Swarm

About the Maker(s): Marnia Johnston
(from Maker Faire Program)

SWARM is built to explore the aesthetic possibilities in the emergent behavior of artificial systems. As a first step, Orbs are remote-controlled by human operators, but each Orb's sounds and color illumination is algorithmically generated in response to location and motion. Each Orb has sophisticated navigational sensors including GPS, accelerometers, and rate gyros. We are progressing towards sophisticated navigational algorithms, much like those used in spacecraft, that allow each orb to determine its location with high accuracy. From this, we can explore emergent and cooperative behavior like flocking as well as new possibilities in machine choreography. SWARM is not a simulation. SWARM is a platform for art of the 21st century.

iPod Ready Video

Monday, May 12, 2008

Fontstruct - Build and share fonts online

I found this in my Twitter stream today and it looks really cool. If you have any desire to play around with creating new fonts, this is the place for you.

travishines FontStruct is an awesome typography app - http://fontstruct.fontshop.com/ - really cool.

(Via Twitter)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Video: Maker Faire - Sand Painting

Computer control, sand and a large ball bearing turn simple movement into art at Maker Faire 2008

iPod Ready Video

Friday, May 09, 2008

Audio: LIVE from the Library - May 8, 2008

Listen to the audio from my most recent LIVE from the Library Internet Seminar.

Listen: LIVE from the Library - May 8, 2008

Thursday, May 08, 2008

LIVE from the Library - May 8, 2008

My twice-monthly Internet Seminar from the Sherman Oaks Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

Event: small is beautiful: an approach to design and business @ Machine Project

small is beautiful: an approach to design and business
8pm, Thursday May 8th

monome is brian crabtree and kelli cain, a small company creating adaptable, open-source hardware interfaces used by musicians, artists, and tinkerers world-wide. they will discuss their progression from art practice to sustainable business, emphasizing minimalist design, transparency, and local, responsible production methods. their philosophy on sharing information has both fostered an enthusiastic user community and inspired similar endeavors by like-minded designers.

Machine Project
1200 D North Alvarado
Los Angeles, CA, 90026


Monday, May 05, 2008

Fire Fighting Robot Demo from Maker Faire 2008

Another in my series of video from Maker Faire 2008 in San Mateo, California.

From the Maker Faire Program Guide...

Tony Pratkanis is a proud five year member of the world famous Homebrew Robotics Club of San Jose, CA. His interests include robots, computer programming, and social insects—especially ants.

Web Site: http://www.formicite.com/bots/

iPod Ready Video

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Maker Faire Photos

Originally uploaded by dewelch
I took much more video than photos at Maker Faire this weekend, but here is a selection that I did manage to shoot.

Video will be coming out about 1 every day or so, depending on my schedule.

Click for more photos!

Fossil Fool at Maker Faire

iPod Ready Video

From the Makers Faire Program Guide....

About the Maker(s)

Paul Freedman [paul@fossilfool.com]

Fossil Fool / Rock the Bike!

Paul is a bicycle designer and inventor who has worked for 6 years in the Bay Area bicycle community. He invented the Down Low Glow, neon lights for bikes, and has sold nearly 2000 sets to bikers around the world. He also led the nonprofit Worldbike.org to a successful distribution project in Kenya and an appearance in the Smithsoniana.