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Sparkfun Free Day

by on Jan.11, 2012, under General, Web Picks

Sparkfun Free Day is in full swing so head over to www.sparkfun.com for your chance to win $100 to spend in the store.

And just to prove its not a con, the picture above was taken by me about 20min ago!!!

Yay shopping spree!! :)

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MultiWii Tri-Copter (Kit)

by on Dec.20, 2011, under Projects

This week I started work on my first MultiWii based tricopter.

I decided to go for a kit as I want to use the machine for a filming project early in the new year and so was pushed for time.

The kit comes from a company in England call Flyingwings.co.uk. It’s based around and Arduino Pro Mini with Sparkfun accelerometer, magnetometer and barometer. The frame is made from glassfibre and it’s powered by three 1450 KVM brushless out runners with 8 x 3.8 slow flyer props.

As I was pushed the time I didn’t make a build log, however as this is from a kit there’s nothing really special in the build process.

I plan to eventually and a tilt/roll stabilised GoPro camera mount but for now I will tune the copter and mount the camera static for some tests.

It will get its maiden flight this evening and I will post some videos in a follow-up post along with details of PID tuning the copter etc.

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Halloween Project – Magic Wand

by on Oct.22, 2011, under Hacks, Projects

IR wandThis is the first of my Halloween projects (cutting it fine, I know), all of which will be appearing in the Disenchanted Forest!
For those who don’t know what the Disenchanted Forest is, click the link and have a browse.

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The Treeluminati @ Lumiere 2011

by on Oct.21, 2011, under General, Projects, Web Picks

We are officially going to Durham Lumiere 2011!!

See below for our contibution and info about the festival.

35. The WonderWood

Walter Holt (UK)

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Photographer and lighting designer Walter Holt specialises in
the illumination of trees and landscapes, and brings his particular
brand of magic to the steep wooded banks of the River Wear as it
snakes around Durham’s ancient peninsula. The riverbanks are
a haven for locals and visitors alike. In daytime one can wander,
with any purpose or none, through the native woodland with its
ancient pockets and beautiful views. After dark it’s
normally a different story, only for those determined on a mission.
But for the four nights of the Durham Lumiere all this will change,
and the entire route from Prebends Bridge to Framwellgate Bridge
will be transformed into an enchanted forest with the castle
dancing high above. You are invited to bring your own sound
track. (continue reading…)

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BBC News – Camera can snap now, focus later

by on Oct.21, 2011, under Web Picks

BBC News – Camera can snap now, focus later.

Camera can snap now, focus later

Images from Lytro
Users can choose what they want to focus on after the image is taken
A digital camera that allows photographers to focus their pictures after taking them has gone on sale.

Rather than recording a single version of an image, the Lytro captures data about the intensity and direction of all the light entering its lenses.

That information can be reorganised later with the option to change which parts are blurred and which are sharp. (continue reading…)

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Panoramic ball camera; toss to snap a picture – Hack a Day

by on Oct.18, 2011, under Web Picks

Panoramic ball camera, toss to snap a picture – Hack a Day.

posted Oct 14th 2011 2:52pm by

This odd-looking ball can automatically take a panoramic image whenever you throw it up into the air. Seriously, that’s then entire set of operating instructions for the device. Inside, a 3D printed frame hosts an array of 36 cellphone cameras, each capable of taking a two megapixel image. Also included is an accelerometer. When it senses the change in momentum associated with the apex of its vertical trajectory it snaps an image with all of the cameras at the same time. The result is a spherical image with no obstructions-like a tripod or other support mechanism. The images are automatically stitched together and displayed on a computer which allows the user to pan and zoom. (continue reading…)

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Linear motor can be built from trash – Hack a Day

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Hacks, Web Picks

Linear Motor CNC

I saw this on Hackaday and I think I just found the answer to my PCB milling problems….Watch here for a CNC build in the near future!!

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My new AP platform – BigWingEZ!

by on Oct.12, 2011, under Projects

Multiplex Easystar EasygliderThis year I was asked again to take some footage of the Glasgowbury festival here in Northern Ireland.

For anyone who doesn’t know about the festival, it takes place high in the Sperrin mountains near where I live, so as you can imagine, wind was my biggest obstacle with this job.

So I decided to build an AP platform from scratch. Unfortunately I didn’t make a complete build log but take a look after the break at a small walk-through and a video of the maiden flight.

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I’m Back !!!

by on Oct.09, 2011, under General

Thats right, I’m back with a new site & a new name!!

Watch this space for details of all the projects and crazy schemes I’ll be getting up to in the coming months including: Animatronics/Special Effects projects straight from the Disenchanted Forest, Model Aircraft/FPV hacks and projects (poss. including a new Multicopter build), a Hackers-eye-view of the new iPhone 4S (if O2 ever pull their finger out and give me one!) as well as weekly top picks of my faviourite Tech/Hacker/Electrickery blogs across the net.

As always I look forward to any and all comments/discussions so don’t be shy :)

KMD

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