My (Open Source) LittleBits Hue Lighting Controller project leverages the LittleBits Arduino Bit, a small linux computer (like a BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi, or UDOO), and the Philips Hue Hub to easily control the state, brightness, and color of your Hue lightbulbs via a tactile interface.
Introducing the RainCloud Umbrella Minder – Because everything is better when it’s connected to the internet.
I ALWAYS forget to bring my umbrella with me on days when it’s going to rain. So, I built an open source umbrella stand (powered by the new LittleBits CloudBit) that knows the weather and can remind me to take my umbrella with me on my way out the door, if it’s going to rain.
I’m an engineer because I believe that engineers have a unique ability to touch the lives of millions of people by developing technologies that shape the human experience. In this promotional video for my alma mater, Cornell University, I explain why that philosophy is so important to me.
The uArm is an open-source (hardware and software) desktop robotic arm. It implements the same mechanics found on industrial robot arms, and easily communicates with your computer for direct control. It’s a great tool for learning about robotics. Watch my video review of the uArm to learn more!
It’s no secret that I care very deeply about the current state of engineering education. In the interest of supporting STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) education, I’m donating 100% of my royalties from the holiday season to non-profits that support this cause.
Last month, I had the unique pleasure of serving as a guest judge at the final review for students in the “Creative Architecture Machines” studio course at the California College of the Arts (CCA). 6 groups each created a truly remarkable machine, and they’ve documented all the details you need to make your own!
At the 2013 Open Hardware Summit, all attendees were given a hackable, ePaper badge (lovingly called a “BADGEr”) that could be used to display our credentials during the conference, and could be used for experimentation afterwards. I paired mine with a Raspberry Pi to create an auto-updating ePaper weather station that hangs on my wall.
“Exploring Arduino” has sold 10,000 copies! To celebrate, I’ll be donating 100% of my author royalties to support engineering education from now until the New Year. Pick up a copy to educate both yourself (or a friend or family member) and others!
This month, I’m the featured interview in Circuit Cellar magazine! In the Q&A article I discuss many of the interesting projects I’ve worked on, how my education at Cornell impacted my entrepreneurial spirit, my recent book release, and what inspires me to teach others.