Encabulation

Quick update on the Red Bull Creation status.

tur bull encabulation

grnd efx 2k13

We’re turbull encabulating…

I’m lacking a sufficient power source to push a ton of these LEDs simultaneously, so that is that for now. Power brick and a back-up strip are in the mail, so ambition will dictate how bright we go with this. The physical stuff is largely roughed-out, so now the challenge lies in refining the UI to this thing. Well, the secondary user’s interface is the thing that needs attention. My user is ready to roll.

Time is running short…tune in soon.

*** **PROTIP** ~burn the shit out of the copper contact tabs if you chop a RBG LED strip…the remnant rubber is a solder contact’s worst nightmare~ ***

Red Bull Project Update

Yesterday was fruitful. We are mostly done with the non-electronic portion of the build. I have a very tired jigsaw and a new-but-already-stress tested Dremel Multimax cooling off on the bench.

Oh yeah…and there was spray paint. A lot of spray paint…

small assistant

two at a time, eh

No Red Bulls for the small assistant. She’s good to go.

Heating up the soldering iron during the next nap. On to the next phase.

The Calm Before the Storm II

Materials, purchased.

busy lab is busy

b&w


I’m a bit further down the road as of this posting, and already in a tool crunch. It looks like Lowe’s is the winner of this round…I’ll be back there tomorrow on my lunch break. “You wore that apron yesterday Lowe’s bro! j/k! Throw ‘er on the tab!”

Anyhow, this goal for the weekend is to have the base infrastructure in a rudimentary complete status. I have a bunch of question marks at this point, but a sharpening picture of where Emma and I will end up with this thing. I need to get saws and edible stuff out of the picture, so I’m hoping to be in the hardware / software phase of this thing in a few days. The generally awesome people at Adafruit have a new Arduino heading towards the Rockies, and I have a bunch of LED strip-centric things to study before that happens…tons to do. Sensors to study…screws to drive…Fruit Loops to eat. We’re busy. Need some Red Bulls.

Stay tuned.

TurBull Encabulator Unboxing

Big news. Team swan tron made the cut for the 2013 Red Bull Creation competition. Sweet and I made an unboxing video to signal the official start of awesome junk…


–kit guts–

wangs

As the video demonstrates, the mood in global HQ is babblingly excited. Grabby and frantic, but excited.

The competition in these sorts of things is typically a lot tougher than the balsa bento box this kit shipped in. Maybe Emma and I can pull out an upset.

BSOD – TGIF

bsod

^———————blue————————————black——————-bricked————————-^


Have I mentioned how much I enjoy developing on Windows?

Gallatin Valley Four Wheeling

The only thing I’ve been doing pertaining to the site has been to polish off the resume and get a new job. That sort of stuff.

I did run around the Gallatin Valley last weekend…chasing D-Rock and his gigantor ATV. 1000 cc…seriously. I really like the northern part of the valley:

atv four wheel bozeman

which was lovely

Nice little Saturday. More to come about the job…I’ll post some details when I start.

EE Feature

swan tron dot com recently made the front page of EEWeb. Well I’ll be.

eeweb feature

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eeweb feature

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awesome

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I appreciated the bump in traffic.
I am more appreciative of the recognition by an EE site. Don’t underestimate we hacky math types.

Thanks to EEWeb…