Last weekend I found an hour or two to relayout the PCBs to fit into the square tubing better. The boards are thinner and theres a tab below the microcontroller so you can grab it with a pair of pliers without damage.
There’s also a white silkscreen square to write an address to identify each PCB (since they’re addressable)
Then I checked the gerbers with GC Prevue and sent them off to 4PCB.com tuesday afternoon. With 2 day turn and overnight shipping that means they arrive Friday. Since it’s Kate’s first order with them, she gets $500 off the order… Basically we pay for shipping ($50).
Tomorrow I have to solder up 80 Duel Nature PCBs (maybe try out making silkscreens on the lasercutter)
At HOPE I got to look at a cell-phone jammer owned by a friend. This one is interesting because 1) its extremely well designed 2) it’s very small and 3) it actually has a PLL instead of just being open-loop controlled. The entire package fits into a pack of cigarettes.
This is where I work, next year we’ll have a new batch of people so, apply!
Join the OpenLab and Make Your Mark in the Public Domain
Eyebeam is now accepting applications for the next round of R&D Fellows in the R&D OpenLab. We are looking for hardware and software hackers, techno arts-and-craftsters, and all types of open source makers to come to New York City and develop experimental creative technologies and media. The OpenLab represents an opportunity for selected individuals to work in a state-of-the-art digital fabrication laboratory, to collaborate with a range of talented technologists and artists from diverse and hybrid backgrounds, to gain international exposure for innovative work and to directly enrich the global DIY community, free culture and the public domain. Join past OpenLab Fellows and projects like MintyBoost, OGLE (OpenGLExtractor), SlashLinks, LED Throwies, Contagious Media and FundRace and make your mark in the Public Domain.
(images (c) Kate Raudenbush)
I’ve been spending the last month on-and-off working on this exciting sculpture from ultra-talented Kate Raudenbush, who designed and is fabricating the main part of the 90′ sculpture. It is made of 240 ‘wings’ of 4′ x 8″ plasma-cut steel sheet and mirrored red acrylic. At the tip of each wing is a red LED.
Citizen Engineer – Consumer Electronics Hacking and Open Source Hardware
This is a hands-on session on all the things you’re not supposed to do (but want to) with the gadgets that fill our drawers and shelves: transform an old VCR into an automatic cat feeder, use open interfaces to control Roomba robotic vacuums. Projects like these (and others, such as WRT54G hacking, iPod Linux, car-computer hacking, etc.) are part of a growing trend where consumers are going back and hacking what they buy. Just as computer hacking is closely tied to the Open Source software movement, so can such embedded gadget-hacking lead to an Open Source hardware movement.
The Geeky, Personal, and Social Impact Sides of Creating Defensive Technology
Ever wish you had the power to turn off a TV in a restaurant or disable an intrusive cell phone? Social defensive technologies are “reality hacking” devices that give us the sort of sociopathic control we’ve come to enjoy on the Internet alone. Three years ago, Mitch decided he’d had enough of televisions and designed the TV-B-Gone, a universal “off” keychain remote. Around the same time, Ladyada designed a personal RF jammer. Together they will discuss these projects in the context of reclaiming personal space, culture-jamming, and how we can design technologies that do what we really want. Don’t expect good WiFi/cell reception.