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Make Your Own Arduino

Ben 2013-09-11 15:17:00 -0700

The Arduino is a fantastic microcontroller for use in a variety of projects. It's easily programmed in a small, lightweight, multiplatform program, it has a huge community with tutorials and project ideas, and works great for a variety of tasks. Only trouble is the cost. The Robotics Club at SJSU uses Arduinos as the brain for almost all our robots. But by making them ourselves, we drastically reduce the cost from around 30 dollars to around 5. By building them ourselves, it's a great tool to teach basic electronics, soldering, and robot design. It also teaches you what you need to do to embed one in custom PCBs later.


Hexahedron Music Cube

Ben 2013-09-02 15:27:00 -0700

The Hexahedron is one of the first things I've ever made.I can't remember why I wanted to make it, but it looks awesome in the dark.It's designed to take you audio and split it into seven different bands. Each band, from low to high, is assigned a color, and a threshold.If the intensity of the band passes the threshold, it activates the color. Each band then mixes with its counterparts to make its own distinct color. Check it out in the video below:


RetroPie and the Raspberry Pi

Ben 2013-09-01 18:01:00 -0700
Tutorial Could be Out of Date. Update Coming By the End of Next Weekend! ×

Hi Maker Community, here is the guide I promised at the Second International Makerspace on the Raspberry Pi. It's been updated slightly from the original format to better suit the new suit setup. In the next week, I'll be upgrading it even further After several months of waiting, I finally got my second Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is a minicomputer, built for the education and hobbyist markets, that features full 1080p output, up to a 1Ghz ARM processor Ethernet, 26 GPIO pins, dual USB, and a fully functional Linux ecosystem.

Credit Card Sized Microcomputer


Site is Going Live

Ben 2013-09-01 16:35:00 -0700

I spent a long time this Summer working on a complete redesign of the site. I had switched to a Genesis based Wordpress theme previously for a little while, but I wasn't totally satisfied. While working over the Summer, I stumbled across Zurb's Foundation 4 framework, which I fell in love with pretty quickly. It's remarkably easy to design and modify a site using their grid framework. It offered a flexibility that I had not experienced in Wordpress.