The folks at the hackerspace FamiLAB
in Central Florida just wrote about how they used our
Tennis for Two
article to make a working demo for the Retro Arcade
event on Saturday in conjunction with the Games People Play:
The Evolution of Video Games
exhibit at the Orange County Regional History Center.
Tennis for Two was one of the earliest electronic games, dating back to 1958, so it’s a perfect fit for the exhibit. If you’re in the area, go try it out!
Update: HeatSync Labs
in Arizona is having a retro gaming night on Thursday, July 21, and will also
have a Tennis for Two available for play!
After an initial round of judging 129 entries (Whew!), The effort to establish a logo for open source hardware has moved onto the next stage. We’ve narrowed the field down to ten finalists. And, voting has been opened to the public, so go vote!
We’re putting our own vote in for “#95,” the geared logo by Fred PRATE, shown above with variations. It’s one of the few that suggests both mechanics and electronics, and it will look darn good milled into a hunk of metal or silkscreened onto a circuit board.
Hey internet: You’ve got some good artists out there, and we could use a little help, right now!
Today is the last day to submit entries for the new Open Source Hardware logo
— There are over 100 entries so far, and you can enter your own sketch by posting it there in the forum.
The official requirements are that it is (1) easy to print/see on a circuit board or schematic document and (2) that it signify “open-ness.” To part (1), I’d add, it should be easy to carve/see milled into a block of aluminum– open hardware isn’t just about electronics! –and to part (2), I’d add that locks and keys aren’t always the best way to indicate that something is “open.” (Locks are often shut. There are plenty of things that never are– Klein bottles come to mind.)
So, now is the “last minute” — and time to send in your own entry. We’ve got a whole lot of entries that won’t
look good on a circuit board (or milled into aluminum), and a whole lot of entries with locks and keyholes that don’t necessarily send the right message. Care to lend a hand?
You can’t just leave these things lying around everywhere, you know.
johngineer posted this Cylon Snow Plow video and writes:
“Took the EMSL Larson Scanner I got at the Open Hardware Summit, and stuck it on my dad’s snowplow-equipped John Deere. It fits perfectly! Good times. I need to get a few more of these kits for the snowblower and the Kubota — they are incredibly well made.
Get the Larson Scanner kit at evilmadscience.com/tinykitlist/152-scanner
Sorry for the shaky video — I shot it with my phone, and I was shivering.”
If you happen to be into TV and/or Eggbot
, you might want to tune into the Martha Stewart Show
on Wednesday, Oct. 20. Our collaborator, Bruce Shapiro
, inventor of the Eggbot, will be on as a part of a special episode
about Maker Faire
which will show off some of the cool things that Martha and her colleagues discovered at Maker Faire New York. After the show is broadcast, you should be able to find photos and video from the episode here
Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid under cc-by-nc-nd license.
“Church and 30th St. San Francisco MUNI Construction from Ken Murphy on Vimeo.”
Our friend Ken Murphy
of Blinky Bug
and History of the Sky
fame just posted this incredible time lapse movie, watching as construction workers replaced San Francisco metro train tracks outside of his apartment. The work was done from October 8-12, and the movie spans 12 minutes. It’s amazing how much goes into something that looks so simple.
Our good friend Ken Murphy
recently published his wonderful Blinky Bugs
as a book and kit
and was awesome enough to send us a copy. Blinky Bugs are easy to make LED critters with antennae as blinker switches that activate in response to vibration or air movement.
Chronicle did a very nice job with it–the book itself comes out of the nifty sleeve that holds the kit and book together. The cartoon illustrations by Alexander Tarrant are very clear and there’s a nice assortment of accessories to go with the core hardware.
The bug circuit went together very easily. These little guys are super compact and self contained, which means they’re adaptable to all kinds of uses. And while putting them on pipe cleaner legs is seasonally appropriate, they’re a perfect fit for a mini-pumpkin. The first thing to do after gutting the gourd is to mark and cut the holes for the LED eyes. A 3/16″ bit turned by hand makes a hole that is just snug enough to hold a 5 mm LED firmly in place.
A couple of slits let the LED leads stick up through the body of the pumpkin where the antenna wires will be able to reach them.
Finally, the pumpkin lid is trimmed to allow the antenna wires to move freely.
Justin over at WyoInnovations writes:
“My 14 year old daughter put together the Larson Scanner Kit offered by the Evil Mad Science Laboratories (EMSL). We have put together quite a few soldering kits around here and this one is, simply put, the best “learn-to-solder” kit I’ve ever come across.”
Kits are in stock over at the Evil Mad Science store, just in time for Halloween!
wrote in to tell us about his “Bottles of Hope” chandelier that he has entered into a design contest
at Apartment Therapy.
Evocative of the famous Droog Milk Bottle Lamp
, Peter’s design features an array of 108 chemotherapy bottles, individually lit by LEDs. (Chemo bottles have been decorated and repurposed since 1999 by the Bottles of Hope project
, hence the name.)
We’ve embedded Peter’s slideshow video above. If you can’t see it here, you can click here
to view it at Vimeo.
And, if you look closely, you might spot the Peggy 2LE
that he used to drive his LEDs.
Voting for the contest is this week, and I’m sure that Peter would appreciate your vote