Using Jupyter Notebooks with arduino (CircuitPython)

The Jupyter Notebook is an open-source web application that allows you to create and share documents that contain live code, equations, visualizations and narrative text. That means you can program CircuitPython in it! You can also use Jupyter Notebooks for many other programming tasks, including processingJS. In fact, you should go through the "classic notebook"… Continue reading Using Jupyter Notebooks with arduino (CircuitPython)

exhibition of algorithmic art

At Boston Cyberarts, an exhibition of algorithmic art till October 28. We often describe the Boston Cyberarts Gallery as an exhibition space for those who regard code as their creative medium. ... all of the artists in this exhibition have developed creative systems for processing information that are simultaneously illuminating and emotive. Should I bother… Continue reading exhibition of algorithmic art

Artificial Mangrove

Math, modeling, water tanks, to figure out how mangrove roots work to resist storms. Via mangrove root systems even have the ability to dissipate tidal energy through unique hydrological flows and divert the energy of water ... robust network of roots that can withstand extreme environmental conditions. modeled the complex mangrove roots as a… Continue reading Artificial Mangrove

Self-folding tiny origami robots

Watch the frenetic behavior. “It’s called a one-degree-of-freedom structure, in which you just need to turn one crank and the whole thing moves in the way that you want,” Demaine explains. “It lets you transfer just one degree of freedom into a whole complicated motion, all through the mechanics of the structure.” This is an… Continue reading Self-folding tiny origami robots

RFID Circuit Bending

LiveTag (via slashdot) new smart tags that harness reflected Wi-Fi signals ... copper foil printed onto lightweight paper-like material ... had to experiment with many different combinations of shapes, sizes, and materials for the LiveTags and run all those combinations through computer simulations. ... the smart tags only work within a three-foot range of Wi-Fi… Continue reading RFID Circuit Bending

They Make Pretty Stuff, I Guess

Pretty "fab" stuff is in Albuquerque We use complex emergent phenomena to craft bits & atoms into toys & games from an infinite Universe of possibilities. Through the power of custom software, nature inspired algorithms and digital fabrication tools, we transform natural materials into beautiful artifacts of computation. What do they do? You can't tell from… Continue reading They Make Pretty Stuff, I Guess

Mini Maker Faire [sic] Columbia

Columbia Mini Maker Faire 2018: Event Date: October 7, 2018 We particularly encourage exhibits that are innovative, interactive and that highlight the process of making things. No project is too silly. pplication Schedule Priority Round: Closes September 7 at 11:59pm EDT.  Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 2nd Round:   Closes October 1 at 11:59pm EDT… Continue reading Mini Maker Faire [sic] Columbia

DIY Metamaterials from Origami

In the paper Origami - inspired Cellular Metamaterial with Anisotropic Multistability we create a family of origami-inspired cellular metamaterials which can be programmed to have various stability characteristics and mechanical responses in three independent orthogonal directions. ... Our study provides a platform to design programmable three-dimensional metamaterials significantly broadening the application envelope of origami. Metamaterials… Continue reading DIY Metamaterials from Origami

Its Own Sensor: Side Effects

Via boingboing: The very clever Electron Plumber figured all this out and built an LED "candle" that goes out when you blow on it, using the LED itself as a sensor that detects voltage drops (caused by cool air, caused by blowing) Realizing a side effect can be exploited is cool. In various incarnations of… Continue reading Its Own Sensor: Side Effects

Expression With the Minimal

Via to portray the sense of conscious emotion ... Takayuki Todo made a small plastic head with simplified static facial features ... it can only tilt and turn its head, roll its eyes, and move its eyebrows. It's surprising that it works well with such simply elements. It used to be a thing at… Continue reading Expression With the Minimal

Chibitronics: The Lego of Electronics?

Chibitronics makes circuit stickers and other tools for paper circuits, which blends circuit building and programming with arts and crafts.  It’s a friendly way to learn, design and create your own electronics. Looks at least like a good way to explore making a circuit, and learn some basics. Is it good for making a real… Continue reading Chibitronics: The Lego of Electronics?