James Bond 007: Spectre Ring

So did I trick you?
Not everything I do always has to do with technology or electronics. Sometimes I just design something because I think looks cool, or I want one and can’t buy. As soon as I watched the new trailer for Spectre, I knew I had to make the ring. The simple design really caught my eye. You can get your own on Shapeways. Images after the jump!

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Open Source – Non-Invasive Glucose Meter Project

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I’m sure we are all now aware of the rapidly increasing epidemic that is Diabetes. I myself am part of those statistics. That is just my way of saying I also have it. We’re all just statistics to our healthcare systems. We’re not individuals where they care about how our lives work and if they’re actually able to help or not. They look at some statistics, and then make everyone conform to the average. I personally don’t agree with this practice. Humans are not the same, we are all different. One thing that works for one group of people, isn’t going to work for another group. We need variety in our choices on how to manage our personal lives for a number of reasons. One of those major contributing factors in this is money(isn’t it always?). In North America alone there are many people struggling to pay for their medical expenses and have a lower quality of life because of it. Test strips alone are a huge nuisance on a person who is managing their Diabetes. Knowing this information, and the fact that it also directly affects me as well, I decided to look into other methods of glucose monitoring.

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#MicrosoftBandStand Giveaway 1 of 2

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One giveaway after another! I guess its that time of year. I will try to do a lot more of these because they are pretty fun and people love getting free things! Raffle is at the bottom of this page!
I will be doing 2 giveaways of the Microsoft Band Charging Stand, each consisting of 4 different coloured charging stands from Shapeways. This time you can win red, pink, purple, and blue.  Click More to see the raffle (at the bottom) and some videos of the stand!

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#PIDDYBOT DIY PCB Giveaway.

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I have 5 bare PCBs that I will be sending out to some lucky winners. They are for the PIDDYBOT so you can build your own! The raffle is below, requires you to follow on twitter, you can get other entries by tweeting about it as well. You need to use your email to sign up, but I won’t email anyone about anything other than this raffle. This is a trial run for me using RaffleCopter, so hopefully it goes smoothly!

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Microsoft Band Charging Stand on Shapeways

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There is nothing more frustrating than losing a cable behind your desk or bedside table. This is a problem I encountered with my new Microsoft Band. I believe there have been some reports of a charging stand either in the works or buried somewhere at Microsoft(I think I saw a drawing of one?). It doesn’t seem like they have plans to release it any time soon. I decided to take it upon myself to design my own.

Thanks to Shapeways you can now buy your very own Microsoft Band charging stand. Also, it lets you use your band as a bedside clock. Video after the jump!

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Quick Fix: Estes Proto X Motor Replacement

protoxfixmotor-8title The other day one of the motors died out on my most used desk toys. It provides a nice 6-7 minute break when I remember that it has charged; it needed to be fixed ASAP(it keeps me sane through all the work). This one was very quick and easy. Anyone with a steady hand with a bit of soldering skill could do it. When I say “quick” I mean literally less than a minute to replace a motor on the Estes Proto X Nano.

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#PIDDYBOT – A needed update!

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I had a couple emails informing me that Sparkfun is no longer selling the motors I use for the PIDDYBOT! Not to fear for I have an updated body for the motors they do carry. On top of that I have also made an updated board that uses Bluetooth and its available on OSHPark. The bluetooth allows you to drive your PIDDYBOT around with your android device! Since I updated the board I changed some components around. This quick post will have a list of updated components but the build is pretty much the same. Click More to see the parts list! And a Sneak peek at the new PIDDYBOT.

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TI CC11X 868/915mhz RF Breakout.

 

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After looking around for some eagle files for the CC110L, I failed to find anything that was as simple as”copy and paste”. I found the design notes for it and decided to create my own breakout board for testing. For those who don’t know, the TI CC11X are a series of low power RF modules. They are used in the Anaren boost pack and are great for low power RF projects. There are a bunch of development boards to work with but there are no open source eagle files(that I could find) for easily placing this module into your project. I just finished and ordered a set from OSHpark. If you’re brave(I haven’t tested them yet) you can order a set for $5.00 for three,by clicking the link above or using the eagle files below. Its up to you to check the files yourself. Or you can check back in a month when I have had time to test the board layout. Be warned the design calls for 0402 components, which I have used in the eagle files. Click more to get to the Eagle files!

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New Updates, Projects, Directions, and Hardware(Pi!)

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With the Wearable-Tech conference finally at bay I feel as though some weight has been lifted and I can begin working – or continue to work – on other projects that I have been scrambling around in my head. PIDDYBOT, for one, is long overdue for an update and I now know the direction it will be going in. I’m hoping to clean up the design and make it more affordable.  There are a few robots that I will be adding to the educational line up that will hopefully make their way out of the framework soon. I am in the process of developing the design of a new human interface device, which is in the form of a ring and uses some amazing technology. On top of that a new Raspberry Pi has been released today, and I am going to be picking one up ASAP.

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Speaking at the Wearable Technologies Conference

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Just got off a Red-eye flight this morning in Toronto after spending a week in San Francisco to attend the Wearable Technologies conference. What an awesome experience! The Conference was great, there were so many great networking opportunities, and I met some cool people. This was by far the largest audience I have ever presented to, and I feel like it could not have gone better; though there were some hiccups along the way…

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