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Tech teen: maker in the house

This is Calder White. My son. Grade 9 at SJAM in Waterloo. He loves to write code. Started with Scratch, then moved on to Javascript, Python and now into Android-based Java. Nowhere in the parenting manual do they tell you … Continue reading

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Hack The North 2015–in brief… sort of

I was jammed with Maker Expo organization this year so I wasn’t available to cover Hack The North in depth. Still I was happy to hear Kartik confirm that I was on the guest list. It’s a pretty damned cool … Continue reading

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Coming Saturday: SoOnCon & Night\Shift! Get there!

Two great events you *definitely* need to know about and coming up real quick on Saturday: 1. Night\Shift – Saturday, Nov 2, 2013 – 9pm to 3am (yes, 3am) – a nuit blanche-style stay-up-late festival of art, culture, and other interesting … Continue reading

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Hack: wireless live-view for polecam v2–$50

Photo – A&C Back in July, I posted about my new Looking Down series of photos.  What I didn’t show are the tools I built to do this series.  This is the polecam: a camera mounted on the end of … Continue reading

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Solar BlackBerry Charger

[Imagine a giant disclaimer here that says I speak for RIM about BlackBerry officially only on matters of product security. Everything else, like this post, is just me as an independent maker, messing around on my own time, in absolutely … Continue reading

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Arduino 101 meetup prep – day 9 – motor driving part 2

22May2009 – old stuff that may still be useful Tonight’s fun centred on building the motor driver shield that Limor from Adafruit Industries kindly donated to support my Arduino 201 – Get Motorin’ meetup this Saturday.

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Arduino 101 meetup prep – day 8 – motor driving part 1

21May2009 – old stuff that may still be useful Motor drivers have arrived from Solarbotics and Adafruit Industries.  Rejoice!  Just in time for some midnight soldering (had an “oh-yeah…” moment when I remembered these are kits of the all-assembly-required type) … Continue reading

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Arduino 101 meetup prep – day 7 – VU meter needle gauge

11May2009 – old stuff that may still be useful Another bit of scavenged gear to serve as an Arduino output device.  Somebody please chime in here to tell me the official name for these type of gauges.  This could be … Continue reading

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Arduino 101 meetup prep – day 6 – hacking toys

12May2009 – old stuff that may still be useful Aaahhh, toys.  Few things are sweeter to hack.  I started at age 4 by smashing all my squirt guns open to get the pumps and hoses inside.  Toys are great hacking … Continue reading

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Arduino 101 meetup prep – day 5 – optical limit switches

15May2009 – old stuff that may still be useful Somebody was asking about limit switches today.  We were talking about driving motors and my upcoming Arduino 201 – Get Motorin’ (May 23) meetup and he mentioned one of his applications … Continue reading

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