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Drawdio = drawing + audio !

I have gained much useful knowledge from watching YouTube videos. Most of the time it’s from people just trying to help other people out like the guy that showed me (and a few thousand others) how to fix the broken latch on my refrigerator. Sometimes it’s from people who make their living from YouTube, much […]

Sometimes you get more than you deserve

tool chest to robot station – nerd cave upgrade […]

Printer Time

The good news is . . . I am getting a 3D printer. The bad news, well, I guess we will have to wait to find out but there is a distinct possibility that there isn’t any bad new. I can tell that some of you are incredulous but for 2 different reasons;

#1 – […]

The Joy of Tinkering

Without trying to sound too dramatic, I think this sort of experience can be life changing especially if it happens at an early age. The joy of discovery, the satisfaction of figuring things out and creating a “formula” for yourself to learn something new can be pretty powerful. […]

Alexa, Make Me a Samich

Sitting on the counter in the kitchen where the radio used to sit is our personal cloud servant in a can.  Her name is Alexa and she comes from Amazon and is otherwise known as Amazon Echo.  If you are not familiar with the product, it’s sort of like Siri in a stand alone bluetooth […]

Cool Babys

You know those people who get their haver on while staggering out of the convenience store parking lot?  Cylindrical paper bag in hand.  Yes we have all sat in judgment.  What if we just want to have a little public adult beverage consumption without all the added judgment?  At last there is Cool Baby.  It’s […]

Cheese and Knives–Sharper is Better

I usually stay away from product endorsements. But I have been so impressed with one of my Christmas presents I wanted to share it with my friends. It’s a sharpener it’s called the Work Sharp WSKTS Knife and Tool Sharpener. It will sharpen knives, scissors and some tools. If you use a tool with […]

A Third Hand

When working with small electronics like Arduino, Raspberry Pi, sensors and robots there are usually more things to hold onto and manipulate than you have hands especially if you are trying to solder something.  There are a set of products generically called “Third Hands”.  They hold one or more parts so you can wrangle others.  […]

My BristleBot is dead

He’s NOT dead Jim

Long live BristleBot!

During our next meeting I vowed to breath life into all those “broken” bots. In the mean time, Those with working bots would compete int he BristleBot Olympics racing through a cardboard maze, bouncing off plastic pylons, spinning across the finish line.

Back at the 4077, dead […]

They call her BristleBot

3 parts and some tape

Our first Robotics Club meeting was just to get organized, talk about what we would be doing and to see what the kids already new about robots. They were shy for about 12 seconds then the damn broke and we were off an running. They were extremely interested and […]