Electronics

March of the laser harps…!

June 2, 2008

I just found this clip on Youtube – awesome! It makes me really happy to see that someone has got the plans working – great stuff. 🙂

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Working with the Sharp GP2D12 (B-beam) controllers

May 29, 2008

I’ve been asked to write an article for Make magazine on MIDI controllers using lasers and light. It’s come at the right time, as I’ve been meaning to try out the Sharp GP2D12 sensors I bought from Trossen Robotics. Anyone that has played a Roland synthesizer with a D-Beam controller will recognise these immediately. They […]

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Pixart sensor continued…

May 16, 2008

New for 2011 – check out the MIDI Camera – gesture control with no Bluetooth, or even a PC! I made some progress today – it looks like the majority of the components used in the PixArt hookup here: http://www.kako.com/neta/2007-001/2007-001.html Are for creating a clean 25Mhz clock signal from a bare crystal. If I buy […]

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Getting inside the WiiMote, I2C, PixArt and all that good stuff…

May 12, 2008

Some of you will have noticed that I was able to modify a WiiMote to do visible light tracking recently. My goal was to produce a gesture tracking system for the laser harp. This was OK, but having to use Bluetooth, and Windows was a PITA – I needed a hardware only solution that could […]

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Lady Ada – one of my tech heroes!

May 5, 2008

This is me (looking slightly startled) with Limor Fried – also known as Lady Ada, head honcho of AdaFruit industries. Creator of the Boarduino variant of the Arduino microcontroller, and a whole bunch of other really cool gadgets and gizmos. Check out the SpokePOV – genius!! http://www.ladyada.net/make/spokepov/

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Johnny Lee Part II

May 5, 2008

…and we got to check out his awesome head tracking demo… WE NEED GAMES WITH THIS!!

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The WiiMote man…

May 5, 2008

Johnny Chung Lee was at the show… It’s great to meet some of the people you collaborate with on the web…

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That’s me in the metal dress…

May 5, 2008

The Tesla guys (and girls) from UCSC invited me to step into the faraday suit and feel the power of 18 bazillion volts swarming over me… Now I know how a cyberman feels…

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Theremin project – progress update

April 3, 2008

I made some progress with the Theremin project last night. Hooked up the Arduino, LED and LCD panel. Now I have to write the MIDI handling code… …and add some high power transistors to switch the bank of LEDs

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WFYI – Across Indiana

April 2, 2008

I missed the first transmission of Across Indiana this week. It was on Monday night with the Laser Harp feature being right at the end. Apparently it will be shown again on Saturday evening at 6:30pm. http://www.wfyi.org/acrossIndiana.asp Episode 1811

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