Step One

From now on, this is step one: There were tens of steps before that step in the actual Shark hand-vac fix-it effort, but it really should have been step one. For this post, let’s call it step n. This was step n+1, which led to me assigning ‘whip out the multimeter’ as the new step… Continue reading Step One

Wheelin’

…been doing some wheelin’ …wheelin’ around my assistant… …wheelin’ some junk to the junk store…

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Gaming

Been doing a little gaming…

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Custom Copper End Table 2

I had a 10′ stick of 3/4″ copper pipe in the swan tron global HQ, so decided to make another end table. Same amount of torch… This time with more symmetry… My wasn’t available for a stress test photo op, but it would withstand the weight and destructive damage of scores of toddlers. Probably.

Rooting Stuff

Devices everywhere. With root. Over the past month, I’ve tackled two root projects…Emma’s Kindle Fire HD, and my Asus Transformer. My motivation was pretty straight forward for each. The Kindle worked perfectly fine but with an awful UI. The main use case is YouTube for a 2 y/o, and the stock launcher doesn’t do that… Continue reading Rooting Stuff

Robotic Arm Assembly

The small lab assistant and I tackled the robot arm project last weekend. Fifty percent of team swan tron embarked upon the assembly phase wearing bunny slippers… We did this in two big chunks, due to attention span limitations and nap purposes. Testing Phase 1) Testing Phase 2) Emma figured out the remote pretty quickly,… Continue reading Robotic Arm Assembly

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Custom LED Matrix Project

I stumbled across something potentially amazing…cheap Chinese LED modules: For $35USD, I now have everything I need to assemble a 64×64 LED matrix, provided I stay off the coffee long enough to knock out a billion solder joints. This should be fun, and potentially challenging. I’m guessing these were initially spec-ed out for a consumer… Continue reading Custom LED Matrix Project

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Lab Weather

My small lab assistant and I have our anti-cabin fever project figured out… Phase 1) Assemble as is Phase 2) Go nuts for a while Phase 3) Sever wires / attach to breadboard Phase 4) Automate with Arduino I forgot Phase 0, which is a refresher course on ‘soldering irons being very hot: “ouch”‘ As… Continue reading Lab Weather

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