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Kinetic Sculpture Blends Bizarre Mix of House Beats and Lego Bricks | MAKE
Alex Allmont's "Play House" is brilliant. I'd seen his Clunky Drummer, but this is lovely - really like the emphasis on analogue, from contact mics onwards, and on making it as legible as possible. Also, his work-in-progress videos are lovely.
lego  modularsynthesis  electronics  house  music  alexallmont  kinetic  sculpture 
april 2014 by infovore
Our Comrade The Electron - Webstock Conference Talk
"Today I want to talk about these moments when the future falls in our laps, with no warning or consideration about whether we're ready to confront it." This is a great, great talk from Maciej, on the histories of technology, and how culture interferes with work, and how 20th century history complicated most things it touched. Also: the rant in the middle is good. I think this might be my favourite Maciej talk I've read or seen.
maciej  talks  technology  communism  electronics  surveillance  coldwar 
february 2014 by infovore
JHaskell's Blog: Serial Comm Fundamentals on Arduino
Nice straightforward guide to buliding simple Serial protocols for the Arduino. Jolly good.
arduino  serial  electronics  microcontroller 
february 2014 by infovore
Tangent Tutorials
Nice list of tutorials, particularly focusing on EAGLE.
eagle  cad  pcb  electronics  tutorials 
january 2014 by infovore
Looking back at 2013 | Mutable Instruments
Lovely yearnotes from Olivier at Mutable Instruments, especially if you're interested in what it's like running a modern, small boutique hardware companies. Really excited to see what's next from them - must get around to finally building some music around the Shruthi.
music  electronics  mutableinstruments  yearnotes 
january 2014 by infovore
Nicolas Collins: Handmade Electronic Music
"My class handouts grew into a crude PDF textbook, which somehow escaped the walls of the school. Emails began to arrive asking me to conduct workshops. An editor at Routledge, invited me to elevate my drawings and prose to a publishable state, and the result was Handmade Electronic Music -- The Art of Hardware Hacking" Might have to get this.
audio  electronics  music  engineering  making 
october 2013 by infovore
Natalie Silvanovich « KwartzLab Makerspace
Natalie Silvanovich is reverse-engineering modern Tamagotchi - Tama-Gos - and discovering how their tiny 6502-based hearts beat, and what makes them grow up to be who they are. (Mainly the distance of time between button presses, you'll discover). Super-fun.
artificiallife  tamagotchi  hardware  electronics  toys  reverseengineering 
september 2013 by infovore
x-OSC | x-io Technologies
"x-OSC is a wireless I/O board that provides just about any software with access to 32 high-performance analogue/digital channels via OSC messages over WiFi. There is no user programmable firmware and no software or drivers to install making x-OSC immediately compatible with any WiFi-enabled platform. All internal settings can be adjusted using any web browser." Small, simple, wireless OSC-transmitting board; really nice idea, simply implemented, and noted down as a way of simplifying certain kinds of projects in future...
osc  hardware  electronics  prototyping 
july 2013 by infovore
Cheap USB MIDI cable: some self assembly may be required | arvydas.co.uk
I might need to open up my one of these and check it's been finished.
midi  electronics  fixingthings 
july 2013 by infovore
CP's Projects: Small Build, Big Execuition
"A rats nest of wires on a breadboard is not a finished project, it is an easily damaged mess." So true. Some good examples about designing your hobby projects for maintenance and simplicity.
electronics  making  process  practice  tidyness 
july 2013 by infovore
The development of Launchpad S | Focusrite Development
Really excellent technical article on the development of Novation's Launchpad S. It's not that remarkable a product in many ways, but this is a super-detailed post about some of the thought and improvements that have gone into what looks, on the surface, like a most incremental upgrade - but is in fact surprisingly comprehensive and affects many things at low levels. Really clear, well explained - as is the rest of Focusrite's engineering blog.
novation  engineering  midicontrollers  launchpad  electronics  hardware  products  making 
april 2013 by infovore
UMC32+M | Hale Microsystems llc
"The UMC32+M is an OEM/DIY product that allows Electronic Musicians, Multimedia Artists and Experimenters the ability to create custom user interfaces to control any software application that supports the MIDI protocol." Cheaper than a Livid Brain, as well.
midi  electronics  controllers  microprocessors 
april 2013 by infovore
A note about Anushri's unavailability | Mutable instruments
"A day of support at Mutable Instruments’ is more commonly populated with “If you see a 100kHz square wave at this node, it means the integrator charges itself very fast, probably through the op-amp compensation cap only, not the external cap – check for a bad solder joint on C9” rather than “Have you checked that the power cord is plugged?” (though it happens). Furthermore, once kits get built, ideas of mods and firmware hacks crop up – all requiring expert guidance. All in all, the “support” role at Mutable Instruments is more like “product engineering – the lost levels” – and that’s why, following the introduction of a product – support can be done by no other than the designer of the instruments themselves…" Still, MI's products are getting increasingly lovely. I've always been tempted by a Shruthi, and the Anushri looks lovely.
mutableinstruments  electronics  diy  support  synthesizers 
november 2012 by infovore
Farewell to the Wii, A Great Gaming System After All
"Perhaps the best Wii idea of all, and one too little copied in other consumer electronics, was that the device itself lit up when something important had happened to it. If a friend sent you a message or if a game needed an update, the system would start emitting a blue glow from its disc drive. You didn't have to turn the Wii on to know something was ready for your attention; the device's light pattern showed it. Most inert consumer electronics do nothing like this, which is a pity. What a disappointing failure that we don't have more electronics that make themselves useful even while they are more or less turned off." Steven Totilo's farewell to the Wii is full of some lovely thought and analysis - as well as great game write-ups - but this in particular bears repeating. (It drove me mad, but, still).
wii  design  electronics  consoles  games  nintendo  steventotilo 
september 2012 by infovore
The Dam Drum | Stones Throw Records
"Dam-Drum is a handheld drum machine and sequencer with four unique sounds selected by Dam-Funk. This is a collaboration with Dam and Bleep Labs, who designed and built the drum in Austin, Texas." And that right there is your future of music merch: support your favourite artist by purchasing custom hardware with their sounds in. They only made 100, because exclusivity (or is it because longer runs would be painful to make), but it's got lovely packaging, and is surprisingly functional.
electronics  hardware  damfunk  stonesthrow  marketing  merchandise  merch  alwaysbemerching 
august 2012 by infovore
Ken Shirriff's blog: Apple didn't revolutionize power supplies; new transistors did
"The history of switching power supplies turns out to be pretty interesting." It really does: long, fascinating post about a history of AC-DC conversion and how new technologies affected it.
power  electronics  transistors 
april 2012 by infovore
Shruthi-1, 4-Pole Mission edition | Mutable instruments
Oooh, the Shruthi got an upgrade: not just white PCBs, but an interesting new filter board. Seriously tempted by one of these.
opensource  synthesizer  electronics  shruthi1 
april 2012 by infovore
MeeBlip
"The hackable, digital synth": cheap, build-your-own virtual analogue. Interesting.
synths  diy  electronics  synthesizers  music. 
march 2012 by infovore
Up, not North - Portal turret plushie
"
hen I finally got around to playing Portal, I was a bit surprised at how much the Internet loved the companion cube. Sure, the cube is pretty great, but in my mind it pales in comparison to the turrets, the real scene-stealers of the game. In fact, they inspired a Veruca Salt-esque covetousness in me. I wanted one. Badly. And, of course, it just wouldn’t be the same if it didn’t talk…" I had forgotten how much I loved the turret dialogue. You monster.
games  portal  making  electronics 
april 2011 by infovore
russell davies: homesense bikemap
"It's very simple. If there are more than five bikes at one of these bike stations the relevant LED comes on. It's a glanceable guide to which way to walk when we head out. It's going on the wall by the door. No need to reach for a device, launch an app and navigate to our favourites." Situated hardware. Very good.
bikerental  situatedhardware  electronics  making 
april 2011 by infovore
Hardware Hacks: Using a quadrature encoder (rotary switch) with Arduino
This is, in fact, the most successful rotary encoder code I've found to date.
arduino  hardware  electronics  rotaryencoder 
february 2011 by infovore
YouTube - Lego Hello World
Microcontrolled Lego printer, running off some kind of postscript driver, I guess. Properly awesome - and, of course, the most important thing is all the little chaps that keep it working.
printer  lego  hardware  electronics 
june 2010 by infovore
Yoshi AKAI - Lego Step Sequencer
"The Lego Step-sequencer is 3 channels 8 steps sequencer. The different coloured Lego pieces each have their own sound. Connecting the Lego three-dimensional makes complex sound. This is building sound more than playing sound."
music  lego  stepsequencer  hardware  electronics 
march 2010 by infovore
What makes Blip tick? - Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories
EMSL dissect a classic Tomy wind-up semi-electronic game - in this case, a version of Pong. Amazing what you could do with mechanics (even if that included "making the singleplayer game entirely unfair").
tomy  toys  games  electronics 
february 2010 by infovore
STM8S-Discovery: Microcontrollers reach a new low - Hack a Day
"The ST-LINK USB programmer/debugger comes attached, but it’s easy to crack one off and use this for future STMicro-compatible projects; clearly a plan of giving away the razor and selling the blades." $7 for a microcontroller which also has the usb connector/debugger attached; snap it off when you're done.
microcontroller  programming  electronics  hardware 
november 2009 by infovore
Arduino Tower Bridge on Vimeo
"Designed by Oliver Rokison a teacher at St Paul's School. This project connects to the Tower Bridge twitter account and mimics the movements of the real tower bridge." Fun.
towerbridge  arduino  hardware  electronics  internet 
september 2009 by infovore
Arduino Squid on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
"LEDs pulse back and forth in the mantle to indicate roughly how many friends are on Xbox Live. It goes into red alert if anyone's playing Left 4 Dead." Nicely done; might poke something similar into life for myself, just for kicks.
arduino  xboxlive  games  friends  play  social  electronics 
june 2009 by infovore
ThinkGeek :: Pocket Retro Game Emulator
It looks like a GBA Micro; in fact, it's a portable multi-platform emulator, it's $100, and there's almost nothing you can do on it that isn't highly illegal. But if the hardware's manufactured well, it's a lot less faff than modding a PSP these days...
games  emulator  hardware  electronics  gadgets  dodgy  curious 
june 2009 by infovore
strobist-project-opensource-trigger - Google Code
It's an open-source radio-trigger for small flashes. Really! The hardware, the software - the whole lot - is open source. The Strobist community never ceases to impress with its ingenuity.
flash  offcamera  photography  lighting  strobe  strobist  electronics  hardware  opensource 
april 2009 by infovore
Teaching Kids Programming - O'Reilly Radar
"I think there's a lesson here: doing something in hardware isn't automatically cool, particularly for kids. It's harder to make things happen, so we veteran geeks get a thrill from it. We think that because it's physical, real, and a Robot, kids will automatically be excited. But for kids who are learning, and who don't appreciate the significance of the challenge, it's just hard and unrewarding."
programming  computing  education  teaching  children  physicalcomputing  hardware  electronics 
march 2009 by infovore
Box of Clouds on the Behance Network
"For use on days with uninteresting skies." I should like one of those very much.
design  art  electronics  product  clouds  skies 
march 2009 by infovore
Meggy Roguelike - a set on Flickr
It's a Roguelike, running on a Meggy Jr - the microcontroller-powered console with an 8x8 LED display. Looking good so far!
games  video  electronics  roguelike  meggyjr 
february 2009 by infovore
Tinkerkit: a physical computing toolkit for designers: Main/Home Page
"TinkerKit is an Arduino-compatible physical computing prototyping toolkit aimed at design professionals. The interest in physical computing as an area in development within the creative industries has been increasing rapidly. In response to this Tinker.it! is developing the TinkerKit to introduce fast iterative physical computing methodologies to newcomers, and particularly design professionals." Standardised modules, standardised connectors, Arduino-compatible. I remember Massimo showing me his keyboard-emulating board ages ago. Nice to see Tinker productising the platform, too.
design  prototyping  hardware  electronics  arduino  tinkerit  tinkerkit 
february 2009 by infovore
Roo Reynolds - Microprinter
Roo writes up his first experiments with his microprinter. The barcode stuff is particularly interesting.
hardware  electronics  arduino  printing  microprinter  barcodes 
february 2009 by infovore
microprinter / FrontPage
"Hackers across the country are buying up old old receipt printers and imaginatively repurposing them into something new. We call them microprinters." pbwiki site for gathering resources around microprinters. Nice! Still waiting on mine (from the same load as Roo's) to arrive, though...
hardware  electronics  arduino  paper  printing  wiki  microprinter 
february 2009 by infovore
Near Future Laboratory » Blog Archive » Autonomous Game Controllers
"in the meantime, I decided to do an absolutely crucial bit of game science. Something that I am entirely sure is mulled over constantly, but never properly investigated. The question is but stated thusly: how long would it take the Little Prince to roll up an entire room based on a random path algorithm?" Julian is having fun.
games  hardware  play  video  electronics  katamari  autonomy 
january 2009 by infovore
Arduino Ethernet and Pachube: remote sensors & web-control | pachube.community
"These sketches should make Arduino-based web-controlled home automation, and remote-responsive spaces a lot easier. The advantage of working with an ethernet shield is that you no longer need to tether the Arduino to a computer in order to access Pachube and other network services!" Some useful examples, to be returned to.
programming  development  electronics  arduino  pachube 
january 2009 by infovore
ThinkGeek :: Tuttuki Bako Virtual Finger Game
"Simply stick your finger in the hole and a virtual representation appears on the screen. Then you can use your virtual finger to play all kinds of cool mini games... from swinging a panda to having a karate fight with a tiny little man." Um, wow. Although I'm always afraid of putting appendages in boxes I can't see inside, though.
toys  games  electronics  physical  finger 
december 2008 by infovore
xiao(シャオ)|タカラトミー
Click "CM Gallery". Watch. In order to illustrate the xiao's ability to not only take but also print photographs, Takara Tomy really pushed their anthropomorphic metaphor to the limits.
camera  print  electronics  technology  japan  anthropomorphic  maximumstrain 
december 2008 by infovore
Fuzebox - Open Source Game Console
"The Fuzebox is a fully open-source, DIY 8-bit game console. It is designed specifically for people who know a little bit of programming to expand into designing and creating their own video games and demos. A full-featured core runs in the background and does all the video and audio processing so that your code stays clean and easy to understand." Ooh, that could be interesting.
games  hardware  hacking  electronics  programming  development  opensource 
november 2008 by infovore
Monkeys & Robots » Blog Archive » Code to scape CNN.com election results
"My election party tomorrow will feature DMX controlled RGB LED lighting. The color of the house should reflect the electoral balance. The color will start purple, and drift toward either red or blue, depending on who’s winning." Awesome.
hacking  making  scraping  electronics  hardware  politics  election 
november 2008 by infovore
ds brut
"DS brut is an open source hardware prototyping platform for the Nintendo DS, developed by and for electronics enthusiasts, artists and game developers. By connecting the Nintendo DS to the outer world, the game console can be easily hooked up to a variety of sensors (e.g. GPS receivers) and can itself control all different kinds of actuators, servo motors and others."
programming  hacking  hardware  electronics  connectivity  nintendods  ds 
october 2008 by infovore
Bleep Labs » Thing-a-ma-kits!
"Now noisy makers can assemble and modify their own light controlled analog noise friend!" I want an analog noise friend.
toys  synthesizer  music  project  hardware  electronics  sound  noise 
september 2008 by infovore
Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories - Resurrecting Tennis for Two, a video game from 1958
Building your own version of Higinbotham's oscilloscope tennis game, to work on a real oscilloscope.
games  play  oscilloscope  tennis  electronics  hardware  history  archive 
july 2008 by infovore
Craft
"Having successfully built a soundchip out of a microcontroller together with my friends in kryo, I wanted to tackle the greater challenge of generating a realtime video signal along with the sound." Wow. An ATMega88 turned into a demo platform.
development  microcontroller  electronics  hardware  demo  hacking  blimey 
july 2008 by infovore
Takara Tomy's RPG Piggy Bank: level up by saving up - Engadget
You save money; you level up in the electronic game that's attached to the piggybank...
electronics  consumer  games  play  levelling  experience  saving 
june 2008 by infovore
EnerJar | The do-it-yourself power meter
"The EnerJar is an easy-to-build device that accurately measures the power draw of electrical appliances" Delightful - lovely form-factor (in itself, an act of recycling), simple to build, genuine usefulness. More like this, please.
enerjar  powerconsumption  energy  environment  electronics  hacking  diy 
february 2008 by infovore
http://www.radiopopper.com/blog/
Radiopopper: a prototype, low-budget rf flash trigger. The target market: better than the Chinese Gadget Infinity, not in the same league as Pocket Wizard. Interesting to see hardware emerging to fill a niche - namely, Strobist readers.
strobist  flash  photography  electronics  product  hardware 
january 2008 by infovore
Thoughts: 1992: Nokia's first GSM handset
"Fifteen years ago, Nokia launched its first GSM handset, the Nokia 1011, the model number coming from the launch date: 10 November 1992."
phone  mobile  mobilephone  cellphone  gsm  nokia  hardware  electronics  history 
november 2007 by infovore
Essential Electronics for Software Folk
"From basic electronics to advanced computer hardware, you'll learn the magic behind the gear that makes it all run." PDF only, due for publication this month (August 2007). Could be interesting.
electronics  programming  hardware  hacking  making 
august 2007 by infovore
oscilloscope clock
A kit to output a digital clock face to any two-axis oscilloscope.
electronics  oscilloscope  clock  project 
april 2007 by infovore
tinker.it » Blog Archive » The Arduino Bluetooth board
Ooh - nearly here - program via bluetooth, access as bluetooth device. Nifty.
arduino  bluetooth  hardware  programming  embedded  prototyping  design  electronics 
january 2007 by infovore
todbot blog » Blog Archive » Arduino breadboard shield: $10 & 10 mins
Lovely. I am totally pumped about buying an Arduino very, very soon. This'll make some more compact hacking relatively easy.
arduino  hardware  electronics  development  programming  prototyping 
january 2007 by infovore
x0xb0x: Transistorize the World
Wow: $300 perfect usb/midi clone of a 303. DIY; want.
tb303  analog  synth  diy  electronics 
march 2005 by infovore

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