2018-06-29 (F) Weekly Summary

Another big project was added to the Year 5 Completed Projects, and this was one I use daily at work. The ModuKey keyboard was finished for the time being. I haven't made all the improvements and changes I wanted, but before I can take that next step, I need some time to work on other things.

The programming was tested thoroughly and functioned perfectly. After a while though, I decided to remove the four modes and replace them with a temporary "shift" which allowed the second layer to be accessed. This quick-access was much easier to use since it put a 10-key under my right hand while the left hand pressed the "shift" button. At the same time, the light color was modified to drastically change color, and a lens was placed over it to make the change more noticeable.

Functional Keyboard

The little number twisty locks provide ideal security against anyone who thinks they are secure. Ha. When a coworker left the company without notice or unlocking his cabinet, it fell to me to open it. Rather than rattle through one thousand combinations, I solved it with a pair of scissors and a plastic label.

It's time for a new project!
For a long time, I have talked about making a long-range RFID project, and I finally bought the equipment to start. I chose the parts from Sparkfun because they provided an excellent tutorial and the Arduino interface makes it hacker-friendly. The goal will be to implant a UHF tag and make it readable without having to approach an obvious scanner. Or it will be a wireless button that I cannot lose.

Scanning a tag at low power

I almost passed this article by. It came to our tip line, not as a link to a blog post, but as a few pictures taken by the builder and stuck in an email. I used to opportunity to link our tip line right in the article where we would typically link to the creator's blog or original posting. In the end, the comment section turned into a discussion about routers with a few praises for the creator's work.

Printing a good idea can be a start, but it is rarely the end of the project because the first iteration does a fine job of showing off the problems. The tourniquets printed for use in Gaza were put to the test and performed admirably but some hidden flaws creeped up so the creator has plans to tighten the design.

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