Saturday, February 28, 2009

Dorkbot SoCal 34

Next Dorkbot SoCal meeting...

Sunday, March 8, 2009
1:00pm [warning: first day daylight savings time!]
Machine Project
1200 D North Alvarado Street
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Presenters will include:

Dan Goods

Dan is the "Visual Strategist" for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory at CalTech where he develops creative ways of communicating science. He recently has done artwork with aerogel and on a team to develop a 108-foot long data driven sculpture at the San Jose airport.

Eric Gradman and Brent Bushnell

Mindshare LA Labs' Eric and Brent will present ArtFall: a dynamic physical simulation by drawing on a whiteboard.

Brian O'Connor

Arduino + Chumby = Fun!: The Chumby is an open-source, ambient Internet device running Linux while the Arduino is an open-source prototyping platform. Brian will show how to connect an Arduino to the Chumby and develop a simple application that monitors the environment. Link

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Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Cheap Absolute Optical Encoder

If you need a cheap absolute optical encoder, check out the Bourns EAW which is ~$15 from Mouser.

I'm again considering my spinning head driven by the Parallax PIR sensors.

The only question is whether I use a gearbox servo or build my own motor & encoder.