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Carto Re: Long Beach, CA

My friends at aphidoidea were contracted to build an interactive art installation for Long Beach City and designed an amazing store front sculpture. They asked if I could add some interaction and lighting effects to the 9 towers and after some brainstorming we came up with a simple solution that could easily scale. As you can see from the video above, I think it came out really well!

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Posted on Sep 19, 2011

The Most Useless Machine

I always wanted to build my own useless machine after seeing the original posted on instructables and I admit I really really wanted to buy the kit from Solarbotics at Maker Faire this year. As always, I had to give it my own spin. I used the classic red safety switch in an earlier project, and I remember receiving a lot of requests for a box with just a light up version. I guess the idea of having a final countdown switch on your desk is a universal dream for some of us.

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Posted on Aug 21, 2011

RoboTouch iPad Controller

Using an Arduino, I hacked my old NES controller to control micro servos with custom conductive arms that simulate touches to the screen of my iPad. The servos are attached to the screen with mini suction cups on a custom aluminum bracket and can be easily positioned for any game.

I basically wanted to play my favorite iPad game (Reckless Racing) with my NES controller and didn’t want to hack a solution via dock port.

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Posted on Jun 21, 2011

WiiChuck Nerf Sentry

I’ve been wanting to repurpose the guts from my RoboDomo project (basically a servo pan and tilt kit) and I came across some amazing Nerf gun mods while surfing one night. Naturally I had the amazing idea of mounting a nerf gun to the servos to create a… robotic Nerf sentry gun!

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Posted on Oct 9, 2009

Retro GamerDrive

When cleaning out the garage a few weeks ago, I found my original Nintendo Entertainment System. Rather than sell it on ebay, I decided to do a few projects using this iconic video game system.

At first, I simply wanted to turn the controller into a flash drive and be one of the thousands of videos and blogs of people turning everyday objects into external memory, but ever since I got my first arduino working, I’ve been itching to do something different. I thought, wouldn’t it be cool to add a security feature that required someone to enter the classic contra “30 lives” code before they could access the data?

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Posted on Sep 9, 2009

SparkStorm

In my passion for innovation, I’ve found myself in the position of leading product brainstorms both at work and here at ProtoDojo. During my research for brainstorm facilitation tools, I came across a simple concept called random stimulus. It is straight forward and simple to use during any creative thought process. When confronted with a mental block, simply pull up a random word or image and begin by thinking of how this stimulus relates to your core idea. What happens is in the process of discussing the relationship between the original idea and the stimulus, you will often find yourself exploring new avenues or new aspects of your original problem. It’s extremely powerful and fun during the various phases of product ideation.

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Posted on Mar 9, 2009

Multi-Touch Display (LLP Method)

For several months I have been closely following development of diy multi-touch displays on the internet. A few weeks ago I decided not to spend the $15,000 for the Microsoft Surface and build my own. From months of lurking on the Natural User Interface Forums, I decided to use the Laser Light Pane method of illumination with infrared lasers aimed just above acrylic surface. As you can see from the video on the right, the results were fantastic. Here are some build notes (see photo captions for more info):

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Posted on Feb 24, 2009

Personal K-Cup Stand

If you haven’t already, check out Keurig’s line of single cup brewing systems. They’re amazingly convenient and produce a pretty decent cup of coffee, tea, or hot cocoa in a matter of seconds. The brewing systems are based on their own easy substrate containers called K-Cups. As an owner of a brewer myself, I wanted a personal and stylish stand to hold a few of the K-Cups on my desk.

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Posted on Jan 31, 2009

DIY Popup Flash Diffuser

I’m not a professional photographer, but I do notice that when shooting with the popup flash on my Canon EOS XTi, the light can be a little harsh. Most photographers would be quick to recommend buying an external flash, but given my budget I decided to try and find a way to soften the light. After some research, I found one commercial solution by Gary Fong. Even though it’s only $20, many reviews complain about the build quality. Additionally, there are many tutorials on instructables, but here at protodojo, I decided to make my own.

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Posted on Jan 24, 2009

Mini Camera Stabilizer (Flip Float)

My goal was to create a mini version of the Steadicam Merlin for my flip video camera. Four prototypes and much frustration later, I finally had success. With the handle based on the flashlight handle design from user s.haldane, I was able to create a working solution. The two biggest observations that I made were:

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Posted on Jan 12, 2009

BIGMac (Better Integrated Ghetto Mac Mini)

I couldn’t afford an Apple iMac, but I still wanted the benefits of an integrated computer solution on my small desk. After spending some time with “the google”, I found a bracket that mounts a mac mini to the standard lcd vesa monitor holes (see link below). Priced at $50, I sought out to create my own with some spare aluminum in my garage.

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