2019-01-25 (F) Weekly Summary

Dremels are powerful tools. Lathes are powerful tools. When they are combined, it is not clear if their usefulness adds or multiplies. Either way, mounting a rotary tool on a mini lathe only improves the ability and showing how it is done in a five-minute video is also impressive. Some videos of this type go on for fifteen or twenty minutes and convey the same amount of information.

Cyborgs, biohackers, and grinders do all kinds of things to improve themselves and this nifty implant aims to convince people they are full as they are digesting but rather than putting a battery in the body, which has been done before, this version uses the undulation of the stomach to power everything which is a big simplification and should be safer inside the body.

Sometimes a small project can inspire someone to build their own creation and this electronic drum set seems like that kind of inspiration. The hacker-friendly build uses big buttons and fairly intuitive controls on a modest board that is begging to be dressed up by anyone who builds one. Routing the buttons to something more impressive or recognizable to a drummer would be a cinch.

A clean build can set a simple project apart from a weekend project and this build looks like it came out of a plastic blister pack. It isn't larger than necessary, it works smoothly and lights up without being obnoxious. It is a rotary dial which acts like a keyboard for quick and easy macro integration.

I have built devices with similar functions but they never looked this good.

Back to keyboards, I have built, the Lazy Brown Dog had the first round of programming finished where all the keys were translated from paper to code via a spreadsheet and a macro for replacing some existing lines with updated commands.

Removing the scaffolding code

All the code input across eight tabs worth of junk had to be tested. Thankfully the macros used for editing seemed to reduce errors rather than introduce them and ultimately proved to be a huge time saver. Some small issues had to be addressed, but by the end of the evening, a recognizable phrase was typed, albeit without punctuation.

Capable of typing

The rest of the summary posts have been arranged by date.

First time here?

Completed projects from year 1
Completed projects from year 2
Completed projects from year 3
Completed projects from year 4
Completed projects from year 5

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