The door still runs on the old code. Notice the camera above the table? It gives a live stream (.mpeg 4 video) from the camera outside the door. This was hacked together from an old thinkpad that Danny found, together with work from both Allan and Dan.
BUILDS bot has spawned a minibot named 12ounce. Made from the casing of an old IR motion sensor, it’s a good start for the BUILDS bot project to get used to coding/ making (working) motor controls.
Toby from IS&T came in and taught BUILDS multitouch how to ame polish their acrylic, so further progress is now blocking on the acquistion of new materials.
BUILDS has a table reserved at the Cambridge Maker Fair (on April 20th). Contact Chris/Kyle if you have any projects that you’d like to contribute.
(KDE) Jeff Crowell
The laser arrived for BUILDS drawbot, so work will continue this weekend. Contact Jeff if you’re interested.
George Silvis / Anthony Inzero
Many thanks to George and Zero for traveling to Micro-Center and (successfully) building three new BUILDS computers. So sayeth Baron von Computer: if you need something installed on any of the computers, talk to George or Kyle.
VGC is still going, but temporarily blocking on Liam surviving theatre Hell Week. If you’re interested in helping out, contact Liam.
BUILDS Coding Bee: (Think first annual Python Bee). The acceptable languages are C, Python, and Haskell. The grand prize is a BUILDS ceiling tile with your face on it (to remain in BUILDS). If you have a language that you really want, contact Allan or George.
New goals are to solder on two new jacks and test two new sensors. Work will begin on saturday at 3pm.
Work on BUILDS document camera is still in progress, but milestones are being blocked by terrible manufacturer documentation.
Thanks to Ian and his generous typewriter donations, BUILDS typewriter can now begin. Hacking will commence this saturday at 2pm.
Funds are roughly at 600 of free-use money. If you need funding for your project, contact Valerie for other means (Jim Stone, SAO, etc). For BUILDS officer elections, the format is heading toward having a secret veto ballot (in person, not over email), and having tickets of officer groups as opposed to voting for officers individually.
If you want to participate in a BUILDS arduino/ soldering workshop, talk to Chris so he can get a rough idea of interest.
The Arduino is used mainly as a controller for the servo and can be configured and issued commands over a Serial connection. The serial protocol used is extremely basic and relies on messages of three characters in length.
Newline characters will always break and only the first two characters will ever actually be interpreted.
The following commands will set different position registers. Where n represents the ascii representation of a number.
The following command flags are recognized.
Trigger through array positions
List the values in int array positions
Toggle debug mode
Debug mode can be set using pin 12 on the Arduino. It is high active (when high debug mode will be on). Code is hosted at Document Camera Source Code
Red Bull Flugtag (German: flight day, airshow) is an event owned and operated by Red Bull in which competitors attempt to fly homemade human-powered flying machines. The flying machines are usually launched off a pier about 30 feet (9.1 m) high into the sea (or suitably sized reservoir of water). Most competitors enter for the entertainment value, and the flying machines rarely fly at all. (Stolen from Wikipedia!)