Sustainable: a dynamic robotic sound installation by David Birchfield, David Lorig, Kelly Phillips -
Sustainable is comprised of a network of robot water gongs that are linked together by water tubes that allow each tank to receive water from one upstream neighbor, and to pump water into one downstream neighbor. The network is a closed system that distributes water between the members.
Beth Fuller, a grad student at Pratt Instittute designed The Beetle Bag using the scarab beetle as inspiration.
The Beetle Bag is inspired by a shockingly beautiful scarab beetle. The scarab features a lime green exterior shell and muted pink legs. Using olive leather, the bag achieves a smooth transition between green and pink leather. Mimicking reflective qualities of the beetle’s shell, smooth leather accomplishes a similar glossy effect. The bag’s facade is segmented like the beetle’s wings. Each wing is translated into an exterior front pocket, while wooden handles emulate the beetle’s head.
Check out the gallery of photos of The Beetle Bag - Link.
So you read my Xbox S controller tutorial, then you went out and tried to mod a 360 controller. Well, it’s a little bit different.
Here I highlight the differences and show you how to get a microcontroller to perform different button functions with the new controller. And more importantly, I show you how to stuff it all into that sleek little case.
This tutorial covers the wired controller.
Here, I show your the places where to access the X and Y button signals. The switching is different, so we need to switch these with use of optocouplers. Unlike relays, optocouplers are unidirectional, so we have to pay attention to how we hook them up.
What’s an optocoupler? An optocoupler is a little light emitting diode placed ne…
For your eco-minded artists and crafters, Kathleen at Fashion-Incubator has “another dopey contest”, but this one is an important one. (Pictured above is a nylon shopping bag from reusablebags.com.)
An article from this morning’s New York Times gives me the inspiration for a new design contest, that of recreating the humble reusable grocery bag. I know my contests are dopey and tend toward the functional, perhaps it’s in protest to the public’s over fascination with all things fashion. Despite the name of this blog, our focus is sewn products since those producers are holding up more than half our sky…
Durability concerns aside, how important is styling and color? How important is price? How many bags does the average consumer use on their heaviest shopping day? I’ve been counting our usage over the past couple of weeks since I’m wondering how many we’d need to buy. How important are additional features such as inside pockets? How about inside labels where consumers could note their contact information in the event the bags are lost?
These are some great questions and I’m looking forward to checking out the innovative designs in this exploration. Find out more info on how to enter the redesign contest here. Link.
Jeez, this is a really beautiful LED project, source and schematics included -
We set out to harness the power of the LED. As a single discrete element, the LED is a simple binary indicator. By grouping many LEDs together, like pixels, more and more information can be conveyed. The trick is to find the most efficient way of addressing the state of each LED.
Remember all the fun and glucose syrup flying around with the Mentos + Diet Coke adventures of late 2005? Now you can get this gadget that will help deliver the payload easier - fill it up, pull the string, blammo. Of course this is an easy (re)make, so have at it…