Dodecahedron Speaker for Desktop 3D Printers

At normal listening distances, an array of twelve speakers arranged on the faces of a dodecahedron is a very good approximation of a point sound source, and the sound waves it produces are very close to perfectly spherical. A dodecahedron speaker can be a useful tool in acoustics research, and... Read more »

Building a Doodle Bot Kit

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  • 12/18/2012 @ 11:04 pm

The Doodle Bot is a simple robot kit for beginners that can draw pictures and write text messages with a pen. Sample code allows the robot to write messages created by the user. The size of the writing can be changed. The Robot is programmed using the Arduino IDE and... Read more »

A Shook-Up Mouse

After seeing one of those pens that shocks you, I thought about putting something like that into a mouse as a joke. But mixing computers and high voltage is not such a good idea. The idea of using a vibrating motor from an old pager came to mind. So with... Read more »

Lumia Lunchbox Laser

Back in the 1970s, my friend Wayne Gillis and I used to do light shows at science fiction conventions. We had the usual panoply of overhead, slide, and custom-made projectors, and a single, very expensive, helium-neon laser from Edmund Scientific. Calling ourselves Light Opera, and later, Illuminatus, we performed at... Read more »

X10 Macro Module

One of the most powerful additions to an X10 system is macro capability, where a computer continuously monitors the powerline for trigger signals, and responds by executing a timed sequence of additional X10 commands. Read more »