2020-09-11 (F) Weekly Summary

My heart melted when I read about a tool developed by a couple of art teachers to help their students with cerebral palsy. It is a wrist strap that holds anything pencil-shaped so they can draw. The white/graphite borders around the picture are some drawings by one of their students.

We stopped talking about climate change as a possibility and admitted we created a problem. Now, we need to start talking about how we need to plant forests, not a few trees. I wrote about a team that designed a drone and seed dispensing apparatus that could analyze terrain and seed a hectare in a few minutes.

When I saw the way this robot moved, I was blown away. Amphibious vehicles move in two ways; often, land water. This robot is much more versatile since it can climb walls with suction cups, roll on the floor with wheels, or combine methods and ride skateboards.

I've built a couple of keyboards, and they always catch my eye when someone makes one. Instead of going for the most ergonomic or the brightest LEDs, this project aimed at accessibility. Most of the project work is in a small module that can plug onto other platforms, and they are custom made for patients with neuromuscular diseases.

Quality tools are important, but modified tools are gravy. This builder converted a rust Hitachi table saw into an automated CNC saw with touchscreen, steppers, and limit switches. To make it cooler, this was his first coding project and it stretched 500 lines. Not only that, but his video were expressive, something that lacks in many builders.

I was a bit hesitant to write about a German WWII tank model, but that's silly. Someone made a delightful R/C vehicle from hardware store parts, and for something made almost entirely with local supplies, it is impressive so far. They are not done building because there was a promise of a paintball gun and I didn't see it. Although it has two e-bike motors so not being able to ride it seems a shame.

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
Completed projects from year 6
Completed projects from year 7

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