Tuesday, October 14, 2008

LED Art Kits

I'll have these new LED Art Kits (Flickr set) ready for the upcoming Austin Maker Faire (Oct. 18th + 19th), where I'll be doing demos and workshops for these (as well as Blinkybugs).

They're really easy to make, and use color-changing RGB LEDs to cast slowly shifting patterns of light on the translucent "canvas."

They should be available for sale online soon.

Some more pics:

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Monday, September 29, 2008

2008 Austin Maker Faire

The Blinkybugs and myself will be at the 2008 Austin Maker Faire. Again, I'll be doing a couple presentations and workshops with the Blinkybugs in the Maker Shed area. Hopefully I'll have some LED Art kits ready as well.

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Seeking Volunteers for Blinkybug Workshop @ Maker Faire!

Photo Credit: Scott Beale
I'm organizing something I think will be a lot of fun to participate in. It's taking place at the upcoming Maker Faire (May 19-20 @ San Mateo Fairgrounds); it's going to be a "Build Your Own Blinkybug" workshop.

The workshop will be open to all attendees, and will be what it sounds like... a bunch of people making a bunch of blinkybugs! The way I see it, the process will be broken down into various steps and there will be "stations" where people can work on each step. I've run this workshop before in a big festival setting and this system works pretty well.

I need help manning these stations! Each step is pretty simple... a bit of soldering, attaching things with hot glue, demonstrating how to crimp a couple wires together, or helping people come up with creative variations on the bug design.

We'll be getting some support from the Make magazine folks, but I'm also assembling a core team of volunteers. There will be other crafty-type things going on in the area, who we may collaborate with as well. I don't envision that the workshop will be operating the entire time, so there should be plenty of time to check out the event.

This is a totally volunteer thing... but it would get you in free to the Faire ($20 adult / $15 student), and it would be a lot of fun. For those of you who went last year, you know how Wicked Awesome it is. If you didn't, it's hard to describe... but I think it's an amazing experience for anyone who appreciates the creative/techy/nerdy things in life.

If you think you might be interested, please contact me.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Maker Faire

I'm planning on participating in the upcoming Maker Faire, where I'll be doing a "build your own blinkybug" workshop as well as displaying some variations of these. It takes place May 19 and 20, at the San Mateo County Fairgrounds. Last year's event was pretty amazing... definitely worth checking out!

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I spoke briefly at dorkbot the other night, talking about these color-changing LEDs that I've been playing with lately. I've been using them to build these (for lack of a better term) "light art" pieces.

Here are some pics of the event.

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