buildscc | 28 Jan 2011 | | projects


This Project has been reported dead because the vacuum being used broke, and no one has had time to repair it.


Using a common household vacuum for suction, we will build a wearable device that will climb smooth walls. A house vacuum is actually very powerful and exerts a large pressure, but it uses a small area for its nozzle. By attaching a large area pad with a rubber sealant should create enough force to stick a person to a wall. With two pads and the ability to turn off one at a time, we could scale smooth walls.

To Do


Rough calculations have been finished. A copy is on the white board in builds. Once we have a vacuum with a known suction pressure, we can go forward.


Designs need to be made.


“Let me know if you are interested.” -Rusty

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Builds Waste Vegetable Oil Car


This purpose of this project is to design a car that will run on vegetable oil supplied by the Boston University dining services.

Current Status

The project is being put on hold until the fall because it is cold, and the actual build of the car would be in Warren Parking Garage.

Key Updates

The parts from the previously built car are no longer available. 1-19-11 The proposal for the car is being created and will eventually be delivered to the director of Sustainability.

Project members

Ian John


Meeting Minutes for 2011-02-02


Kyle Brogle

  • It’s pretty cold out, so Lincoln Lab reps will be coming next week.
  • REMEMBER, the microsoft hackathon is NEXT weekend.
  • Kit, Robbie, George, Colin, et al are starting a new project: theyre writing an IRC server from scratch in C++

Valerie Young

  • Musical Stairs
    • Still blocking on software progress on John’s end
    • If you’re involved keep checking your email for future meetings

Kyle Brogle

  • LED Cube
    • 1000 LEDS have been ordered, and building will begin when they’re shipped.
    • If you’re interested, contact Kyle

Mikhail Andreev

  • Hoverbot
    • Meeting at 8pm today


  • If you’re having your first project meeting, don’t feel bad about emailing the BUILDS List

Chris Woodall

  • Diaspora Server
    • Open source social networking software
    • LOTS of security vunerabilities, so we want to run our own and FIND said vunerabilities and help with patches
    • Great to work on those security skills

Brian Hepler

  • Abstract Algebra lectures
  • Email hepler.brian@gmail.com if you’re interested. A doodle will be created

Monica Gribouski

  • Multitouch table
    • Meetings will be thursdays at 8:30pm

David House

  • Twitter Snitch (info warfare on Twitter/ the internet)

Meeting 6:52pm