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Enchanted Objects

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Proto-pic asked people to share their IOT projects and they picked mine as their favourite   https://proto-pic.co.uk/The_Proto-PIC_Blog/iot-twitter-competition-15th-feb-2016-/ ...
Thanks to a "gentlemans flight" I did not have to rush to Heathrow and also had plenty of time when I was there. As the plane flew into Newark, I took the train and subway over to Queens and got a view of the city. The nearest subway to the hotel (an overhead line) had a view of the unisphere, observation platforms and the science centre and rockets. In the morning I had a bagel at a local deli and headed over to the venue. I have been to a few other Maker Faires such as the UK one up in Newc ...
A quick report from Hans and Matilda whilst I'm writing up the main report.   Hans and Matilda travelled to New York in a stylish box. At Heathrow they stopped off for a cup of tea, it was a bit big so they did not finish it. A trip to New York is not complete without a coffee and bagel for breakfast. They stopped in to see the Unisphere before the show There were lots of interesting electronics to see at the show, including several new boards. The locals were friendly Th ...
The show is massive and I must have walked miles yesterday. There are lots of amazing things too see and lots of fantastic people. I also attended a few interesting presentations. One thing that struck me was the diversity, people have all different reasons to make and different levels of skills and technology. I had a fantastic day and am sure I'll have another one today.   I'll write a bit more and upload more pictures once I've access to computer. ...
When I met up with shabaz and mcb1 the other evening they asked if I was excited about going to the New York Maker Faire. The answer is "not yet". Part of the reason for that is I'm still thinking about the logistics aspect, where can I get my dinner, how do I get from the airport to the hotel etc. I'm also still in my denial phase, not quite believing that I'm actually going!! Also there was not much to go-on for the Maker Faire website.   Today I saw a report from the Bay Area Faire and ...
To celebrate Andy Clark's ( Workshopshed) Enchanted Cottage winning the Enchanted Objects Design Challenge we planned something rather special on the streets of New York.   Here is what happened on Friday night:   Where was this happening?  If you are in the New York area on Friday night you might have seen us projecting the winners announcement video on the streets of New York from 33rd & 9th Ave through Chelsea, Union Square & Lower East Side.   For a closer look ...
Electronics industry media have covered the Enchanted Objects winner announcement. The outlets, and their stories, are as follows:   Design News - Miniatore IoT-Enabled Cottage Wins element14's Enchanted Objects Challenge ECN - "Enchanting" objects with IoT ...
I spotted today a great selection of enchanted objects from the end of last year over on Instructables, including a Wall-E, robotic raven and selection of Tardis based projects. http://www.instructables.com/contest/enchantedobjects/   Also David Rose from MIT has written a book about the subject, I think his introduction sums why we need enchanted objects. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Enchanted-Objects-Design-Desire-Internet/dp/1476725632 ...
Whilst the challenge was running I used the work on the project to spin a few articles onto the Workshopshed blog. It gave me a break from writing in the third party and also allowed the posts to span what was several weeks of the challenge.   3D printing 3D printing small details - Workshopshed 3D printing which way up? - Workshopshed   Different materials Working with 3mm hardwood plywood - Workshopshed Hacksawing sheet metal - Workshopshed   The latest article also gave me a ...
Hi Everyone,   Attached is video of how this all works. I put everything together to work, but without the clock everything couldn't be demonstrated. I set this up in the basement and couldn't have the lasers work the thermostat as we don't have one where I did the demo. Everything works in the demo as you will see. Hope you enjoy:         This is everything until I finish the clock and have it all together. Thank you for your patience and hope you enjoyed. I wan ...
Here is our final (But not final) update for our Enchanted Clock.     My goal was to create a wooden clock and enchant it with the kits supplied by our generous sponsors, Atmel, Element 14 and Infineon. I wanted to have the clock recognize who was in front of it, control the lights and temperature  by voice command, control the lights by sensing if you were sleeping. There would also be a way to keep the time correct without self-adjusting the clock.   Accomplishments: &# ...
Jan Cumps

oh no - deadline passed

Posted by Jan Cumps Top Member Jun 26, 2015
Just too late to meet the timeline   I've been telling the story of the brothers Christian and Josef Steidinger here on the blog. Christian is the one who left the family business and started the Perpetuum Ebner manufacture. But to be honest, he's the one that didn't succeed. Brother George created the DUAL brand, and that company survived in its original form till the 80's.   The photos below are turntables that I have from DUAL. Some are brought back to specs. Others are Work In ...
When subbmiting my application to join this road test, I set myself 4 success citeria:   Success Criteria: I will deem the project a success if: •It can accurately and reliably display the number of messages in my inbox up to 12 •The system can cope with more than 12 messages in a way that does not result in catastrophic failure •The display can be read in darkness with an LED backlight •The unit is powered by a single DC wall wart   My project has been successf ...
Today I finished putting the final touches on to the inbox and the code. First of all, the code. Unfortunately, for the past few weeks there has been an intermittent issue with the inbox and activity on the element 14 website. The issue has now been resolved, and was not a major barrier to normal use, but it made prototyping code increasingly difficult as the section of the site the code was trying to observe would fail randomly, making troubleshooting incredibly difficult. As a result of this I ...
In the below presentation on security Rohini Pandhi mentions the problem of keeping your device updated.   Unconnected consumer items used to be simply build, distributed and sold with no process for doing any updates. Embedded systems did have options for updating but often this needed to be done by a trained field service engineer or by returning the item to the factory. Small issues spotted post production were fixed in new versions but often not patched in older versions. If there was ...