[Lab] Open Question: What are you working on?

The Big Plan - Chris B tbp at ghostwise.com
Thu May 23 14:58:22 EDT 2013


I was surprised there weren't more replies to this question so I  
thought I'd share my projects.

1) Art Project: Ventilator input controlling projector. This project  
received lots of attention and advice
on the list. I've been slowly collecting all sorts of pieces to put it  
together, including a Raspberry Pi. With
the Summer arriving soon, I've put off the completion of this project  
until September / October. I still plan
on working on the programming / set up over the summer.

2) Mobile Light and Soundsystem. I would like to transform my  
powerwheelchair into a mobile light and dj
system. I've ordered lots of EL wire and LED strips. Sound triggered  
controllers. USB back up batteries.  USB
and audio cables. A 400 watt portable PA. Planning to connect both an  
iPhone and an iPad to the PA.

Main challenges: Wiring, mounting everything on my powerchair and  
making it look cool!

Biggest challenge: Mounting the PA (weighs 10 lbs) in front of my legs  
to the footrests. This is one thing I need
to find someone capable to help me with.

3) Mobile GoPro filming set up. This one is roughly in place. GoPro  
mounts to my powerchair. I've got extended
cables to hook it up to a USB back up battery to deal with extended  
use. Figured out how to mount my iPhone at
my fingertips so I can remotely control the GoPro. Just need to put it  
all together and do a test run.

4) Mounting iPad to my powerchair. Commercial solutions for mounting a  
tablet to a wheelchair already exist.
Just a matter of ordering one and making sure I can securely attach it  
to powerchair.
Also planning to use the tablet mount as an easel for small canvases.

5) iPhone 4 super case: I currently have two cases for my iPhone 4.  
One allows me to attach it to a tripod. The
other allows me to use it on my desk upright because it acts like a  
I would like to merge these two cases into one so I don't have to  
constantly slide the iPhone out of these cases
when I'm going out.

6) Possibly mounting my iPhone with a Galileo so that I can control it  
with the iPad.

7) Cardboard ramps: Long term idea to build cheap, super strong ramps  
made out of cardboard.

Projects # 2-6 are my summer fun projects. Hoping in the next month to  
get them all going in some form.

If anyone has any advice or leads for the PA mount, I'd really  
appreciate it!


On 2-May-13, at 11:14 AM, Jason Cobill wrote:

>    I thought it might be interesting to pose a couple of open-ended  
> questions to the modlab group, to find out more about what people  
> are doing, and how we can help eachother.
>    - What are your current projects?
>    - What is a project you would like to do, but lack a skill, tool,  
> or a component?
>    I'll go first. :) I usually have a long list of projects on the  
> go, but one of my new year's resolutions was to try to stay focused  
> on just a few things to get them done. My shortlist right now is:
>    - An Alexander Graham Bell-inspired tetrahedral kite.
>       Before the fixed wing airplane 'took off', AGB believed if you  
> built a kite big enough and rigid enough, you could put an engine on  
> it and fly away. I saw a model of his super-kite, the "frost king"  
> at the aviation museum and decided I had to build one. :) I'm making  
> it out of dollar-store kebab skewers and tissue paper, so so far  
> I've got about 6 feet of it built. Hoping to put a camera on it and  
> launch it this month. (where I expect it to spectacularly  
> disassemble itself in mid-air)
>    http://www.nationalgeographicstock.com/comp/01/975/599395.jpg
>    - Fireproof stamps
>       I spend time at a glassblowing studio, wondering how to bring  
> new creative ideas into the very very old tradition of glasswork.  
> I'm currently caught up in the notion of making textured stamps I  
> can use to push into the bottom or side of a drinking glass - but  
> 2300C glass tends to make easily-carve-able stuff burst into  
> cinders. I'm experimenting with carved graphite, water-soaked wood,  
> and ceramics.
>    Projects I'm stuck on:
>    I'd like to build a bicycle or wind-powered generator, and I have  
> an alternator, battery, and some big electrical motors out of an old  
> car to build it with, but high-voltage electricity is not my area of  
> expertise and I'm stumped on the inverter wiring. Anyone done this  
> before?
>    There's a couple of great books at the library that I thought I'd  
> check out, but I haven't had the motivation to borrow them yet.  
> Maybe in the fall?
>    -Jason Cobill
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