IoT Light Sensor: It’s a Thing!

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┬ábreakout 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!

Electronic Mural: Part I

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

Electronic Mural: Charlieplexing with Paper Circuits

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

Paper Circuit Example

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

Hacking an Embroidery Machine

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