- Voice recognition + Smith-Corona typewriter + servo motors: A retro-futuristic dictation machine.
- Spinning clay, from the perspective of the pottery wheel
- The fastest manmade object (ignoring our fastest space probes)? Possibly a nuclear-powered manhole cover. (And, quite possibly not.)
- Bunnie Huang is crowdfunding A sourcing guide to electronics in Shenzhen
- Teletubbies in Black and White, Set to Joy Division
- Experimental Dadaist Music
- DIY Automated Optical Inspection for circuit boards
- Web Equation: Sketch an equation, get LaTeX output.
- Visions of the Future, a set of space travel posters from JPL
- John Calhoun has released the source code for his classic Mac games Glider 4/Pro, Pararena II, and Glypha III.
Today we are releasing our newest set of “Download and Print” cards for Valentine’s day. This is our fourth year, and fourth set of cards: The 2013 set had six equation-heavy cards, the 2014 set was a set of six symbol-heavy cards, and the 2015 set included love, hearts, and arrows.
This year’s set of six new cards features a note about warming Pluto’s cold heart, at least one embarrassingly bad pun, and the perfect card for your robotic expression of love.
“I was supposed to solve for x. So glad I found u instead.”
And, from the distant reaches of our solar system:
“Just knowing you’re out there warms my heart.”
“ROSES ARE RED
VIOLETS ARE BLUE
THIS VALENTINE AUTOMATICALLY
GENERATED FOR YOU”
You can download the full set here, which includes all 24 designs from all four years (a 1 MB PDF document).
As usual, print them out on (or otherwise affix to) card stock, personalize, and [some steps omitted] enjoy the resulting lifelong romance.
We recently found out about the 2016 International RobotArt Competition for students to create art with paintbrush wielding robots and win prizes of up to $30,000 for their school.
For 2016, we focus on the technical side of creating art – the physical transition from raw color to applied color on a canvas. We challenge the participants to create artwork to showcase their robot’s abilities.
The team registration deadline is March 1st, and the competition is open to high school and college student teams. Artwork must be uploaded by April 15. (This sounds like a perfect challenge for schools that have a WaterColorBot.)
Public participation in the first round of judging is encouraged, and then the works will be judged by professional art critics on originality, aesthetics, painting capability, and technical contribution (e.g. sharing source code.)
We love art robots, so we’ll look forward to seeing the results of this competition.
- Is there anything that can set sand on fire? Yes.
- Raccoon vs Cotton Candy (via BoingBoing)
- That’s not a PCB (Designs that try to look like printed circuit boards, yet fail)
- Export 3D object faces from Sketchup to 2D SVG data for laser cutting
- The DIY Scientist, the Olympian, and the Mutated Gene
- A Neptune-sized planet beyond Pluto? (And, why you should be skeptical.)
- A notable post-mortem of the Zano Kickstarter campaign
- SVG Nest: Open source SVG shape nesting
- Inside joke brought brilliantly to a comedy stage (Act 2: starts at 42:25)
- What makes a safe hoverboard?
— New Sarepta Library (@NSPublicLibrary) January 16, 2016
The New Sarepta Library in Alberta, Canada posted this video on twitter saying:
Our new EggBot is up and running! Come check it out!
We’re super happy to see libraries including our tools in their makerspaces.
Jessica K. wrote in:
A few years ago I used your bristlebot design for one of my kid’s classes as a project and it was such a success I’ve done it for each kid (I have 4).
We also made made “pontoon” versions of your bristlebots with 2 toothbrush ends underneath a cardboard oval so it looked like a beetle and gave the kids more decorating space.
Well, now I needed a new project and I came up with the easiest, cheapest Scribblebot I’ve come across, using mostly your bristlebot construction.
The big discovery is that a Dixie cup plus mini markers keeps the whole thing so lightweight. Then put your foam taped pager motor and battery combo on top. It was also way cuter with some antennae and googley eyes. Thank you again for your great bristlebot – it’s made me the most popular mom in each of my kids’ classes.
The bots shown were made by her daughter Kate who also demonstrates them in the video clips. Thank you Kate & Jessica!
Warren wrote in on Facebook:
I just received your Larson scanner for my Foam Cylon helmet today … I have since this video diffused the light inside the clear conduit pipe the LEDS are held inside of to make the LED effect a bit more smoother.
He has been posting updates of the costume on facebook.
- 3D printed bronze sculpture of cell division (above)
- Green onions exhibiting phototropism as they grow (facebook video)
- The Gorgeous Sea Urchin Skeleton: An SEM Odyssey
- Visual references in the films of Quentin Tarantino
- Twinkie vs Cat, from the vs webcomic
- Coconut Octopus: More than meets the eye
- Help restore a classic Planetarium projector
- Refurbishing a 42 year old VFD calculator
A Utah Teapot is an ideal design for a geeky ornament. For this one, I generated a vector stipple drawing from a photograph of the source object for this digital design icon. There are certainly many other ways to create a Utah Teapot ornament, including, of course, 3D printing.
I removed any background stipples and plotted it on an ornament. The ornament is 2.6 inches in diameter and I used a 0.2 tip Copic Multiliner SP. I have posted the design on thingiverse.