I went to the RobotFest / Mid-Atlantic Mini Maker Faire yesterday. I saw this awesome project and thought you might like to put it on the blog. Basically it’s an ant farm with optointerrupts. When the ants walk through the lightpath, they modify the audio output. The maker’s name is Adam Franchino, and he was there with some of his classmates from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) His website is adamfranchino.net.
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The CEB automation for the Liberator Beta 2.0 open source CEB press builds on other open source projects. We are using: (1), power drivers from the RepRap project for driving the solenoid valves; (2), Arduino as the controller-brain for the brick-pressing logic; and (3), a Ubuntu 8.04 Linux laptop for programming the logic. The advantage of this approach is that utilizing existing modules builds on mountains of prior work and documentation. In the limit of an open source economy – one would in principle be able to take well-documented and available parts, components, and modules to become a Maker of all the surrounding world. This is a deep part of autonomy and of evolution to freedom.
If you happen to visit “Open Source Ecolog, Building tools for replicable, open source, post-scarcity resilient communities” you may jump it this interesting ongoing project on an opens source earth-compressing machine.
There is a two part series in the making of a DIY Geiger Counter Project which is built with an Arduino Microcontroller.
I put it all into an old laptop power supply case – not my best work, but as we said in Arkansas, “it ain’t no piano”. It does have a nice sturdy feel though.
I’ve always been fascinated with measurement tools, so building a Geiger counter seemed like a logical thing to do. I will describe the build process here – even though the Arduino only plays small part, and that only a truly sick person (which I guess I am) would consider a Geiger counter as part of a Home Automation project.
Closer to Sci-fi…
Working in conjunction with Microsoft, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute has developing an innovative new interface that turns users bodies into a control surface. Called “Skinput”, the system consists of an armband-mounted video projector and a series of bio-acoustic sensors. Due to variations in skin, muscle and bone density, the sounds captured by these sensors can be used to determine where on the users arm a given tap was made.
VBB now has support for the Standard Arduino board and supports Arduino code development within VBB itself so you can instantly run your code on Virtual Hardware without programming which saves time – especially if you dont have the real hardware yet.
Naturally there are a few limitations which I will follow up on in a later post/s and not all the libraries are supported but I am hoping the Arduino community takes an interest in VBB and encourages them to be added.
VBB is FREE but it does only run on windows so it might not be for everyone .
There is alot more to be said but for now please feel free to download and have a play with the built in Arduino examples for starters.
A lot of Forum users asked whether the Linux/Mac port is going to be early in the year
As a .net application the roadmap for porting to linux is the Mono platform.
Having said that there a big pieces needed for VBB that Mono is missing which require refactoring/re-implementation or (more pragmatically) just waiting until the Mono team fill in those blanks.
read this other forum thread which has some additional notes for installation and using VBB.
via [Arduino Forum]
This Saturday, Alicia Gibb is presenting “Art, Design, and the Arduino: a lineage” at NYC Resistor. Works include a lineage of variations, modifications and relations to the Arduino microcontroller by Hc Gilje, Aaron Koblin, Laura Greig, Hernando Barragán, Edith Kollath, Jan Borchers & René Bohne, Becky Stern, Oscar G. Torres &, Jackoon, Raphael Abrams, Joe Saavedra and others.
March 27th, 2010 8-12pm
87 3rd Avenue, 4th floor