I wanted to mess around with the Sparkfun Thing, which, by the way, is the worst name ever for an electronics board. The ‘Thing’ is a breakout and development board for the ESP8266 WiFi system on chip that can be used with the Arduino IDE. It’s easily confused with the Sparkfun Thing – Dev Board, which is very very similar except it doesn’t have built in … Continue reading IoT Light Sensor: It’s a Thing!
The circuitry for the electronic mural I made in the first two weeks of January (final product post here) was simple. I used three types of circuit stickers: an LED sticker, a sound sensor sticker, and a micro-controller sticker. Each sticker had the required components embedded, such that I just needed to connect everything. The challenge of the mural was not in the circuit design … Continue reading Electronic Mural: Part I
For the first two weeks in January I worked tirelessly to finish my electronic mural, which had been stewing around in my mind for months. I had tested the circuit on paper successfully (read about it here) and started ambitiously a mere two weeks before I was leaving the country for a long trip. My plan was to use Chibitronics circuit stickers and an Electroninks … Continue reading Electronic Mural
As I’ve been messing around with the circuit stickers trying to make my mural, I wanted to make something simple and pretty on paper, so I drew this dandelion picture in which the loose the petals glow tenderly when you blow on the flower. Continue reading Dandelion Circuit
As I’ve mentioned, I’m working towards an electronic mural using Chibitronic circuit stickers and a Circuit Scribe pen. Today I prototyped the entire circuit on paper. The fun part was using the microcontroller circuit sticker–wicked easy. I used an Arduino UNO as a programmer (tutorial for setting up the board) and Arduino software to write my code. It took maybe 10 minutes to get up … Continue reading Electronic Mural: Charlieplexing with Paper Circuits
I’m planning on making an electronic mural so I’ve been experimenting with some components I want to use by making paper circuits. I want to use Chibitronics electronic stickers for the components (they even have a microcontroller sticker!) and Electroninks Circuit Scribe pen for the traces. This is the first time I’ve made a video of this sort. While there are a lot of improvements … Continue reading Paper Circuit Example
Another post based on work-related hacking. The baby monitor we sell uses a patented wearable sensor to measure respiration. Part of applying the sensor requires us to sew on a rubber component. We have a pretty sweet CNC embroidery machine (the Babylock Sofia 2) that we programmed to stitch around the rubber piece. But we wanted to slow the embroidery machine down. We didn’t like … Continue reading Hacking an Embroidery Machine