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Enchanted Objects

62 Posts authored by: Andy Clark (Workshopshed) Top Member
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
Some photos that were taken during the project.                                                                            & ...
As mentioned it the demo video and Enchanted Objects Design Challenge - And they all lived happily ever after the Arduino Yún takes a long time to boot. I did notice that there's a bit of a difference between different file systems on the SDA. I also collected together some links in my research which give ideas on speeding up this process.   One tool that might help is BootChart that gathers some stats and presents them as a chart, as with a lot of things on the Arduino Yún t ...
Overview This particular enchanted object is right out of the storybooks. Deep in the forest is a small cottage owned by a timeless couple, Hans and Matilda who are doomed never to meet. When it is wet he goes outside but when it is dry she must leave the house.   The idea was to take an old fashioned "cat gut" based weather house and use the electronic components to bring it up to date. The key features would be servo driven mechanics, LED showing the temperature and the Arduino Yun for g ...
There was a new version of the Arduino IDE, this week was not the best time to download it, so that was left until after the challenge.   Due to the modular nature of the design the boards and components could be tested as they were assembled. The boards were tested with modified versions of the example code that were originally used in the development. Prior to assembly the proto-shield was visually inspected for problems.   Test code and example: https://github.com/Workshopshed/Enc ...
Planning and Research The project was planned by creating a calendar of the 15 weeks in a spread sheet then mapping the high level tasks to the weeks. Two weeks were left empty to allow for issues and overruns. Critical path items such as the house were ordered early on and potentially long lead time items such as the battery were ordered as soon as possible. I knew that I would be out of town for a couple of weeks during the project so I effectively did twice the work in the preceding weeks ...
Putting on the roof One of the big physical jobs left for Matilda and Hans was putting the roof back on. They realised that they could not do the job by themselves so they wandered down the Adam and Eve Inn to look for volunteers. It turned out that everyone wanted to help so the barkeeper closed the pub and he and the snake came along too.   The helpers were of various use, the Dwarves spent most of the time arguing and Farmer Hogg kept saying things like "I'd not have started from here". ...
"Now is the time to add some magic & mystic back into the world of everyday objects"   Yup, this fits the brief.... Motorcycle + Toy Horse = MOTORHORSE   ...