The SaikoLED company recently held a contest in which they would give a free prototype of their newest light to three groups of people that had a neat project idea. At this point, I had recently taken over the bi-weekly games of Artemis Spaceship Bridge Simulator that we were playing at i3 Detroit. After suggesting that we could use their DMX light to sync with Artemis, they were more than happy to send us one of the prototypes.
After lots of tweaking…
We were finally ready! After hooking everything up, I grabbed my phone and began filming the video that SaikoLED requested. I have uploaded that video at the Youtube link below. Enjoy one of the many cool projects started and finished at i3 Detroit!
A few days ago, Arduino co-inventor Massimo Banzi spoke at the University of Michigan, as part of a lecture series sponsored by the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. In addition to throngs of art students, there were indeed a few die-hard electronics nerds in the audience. It seemed like the perfect time to do two things:
1: Give away a bunch of little laser-cut Arduino protectors. Attached to the bottom of the otherwise-bare Arduino board, this is a cheap-and-cheerful way to avoid short circuits when absentmindedly setting the board down.
Here’s where you come in: Even with a free month of membership on the line, nobody’s solved all of the steps yet! So it’s time to officially open it up to players who weren’t at the lecture.
Here’s what you need to know:
- The puzzle is open to any non-member, no purchase or anything necessary, but you’ll need to be local and 18+ to claim the prize. If not, feel free to play for fun anyway!
- If you want to co-solve with a physical friend, that’s cool, but please don’t share solutions over the internet. (Let ‘em work for it!)
- You’ll probably need to get your hands on an Arduino to solve one of the steps. If you don’t own one, perhaps you could use one at a nearby hackerspace….
[updated 4/21 to reflect that current i3detroit members can play for fun but not claim the prize.]
i3 is 4 years old this week!!!
And we now have 100 active member!!!
The i3detroit DIY Dentistry event was a big hit, and everyone had a fantastic time- at least until the anesthesia wore off! i3 member Dustin returned from a recent trip to Latvia armed with the knowledge and tools to make this class a jaw-crackin’ success.
Dustin began the day with a brief history of DIY dentistry, and provided many DIY DOs and DON’Ts (for example, DON’T use bondo for fillings; DO visit Thingiverse for fillings and crowns you can 3-D print with ease.)
We just had an awesome time running a paint-along class with everyone’s favorite late 80′s-early 90′s eccentric oil painter, Bob Ross. Yelp was kind enough to sponsor us with free snacks and drinks for this event! i3 member, Kevin, (while donning a bob ross wig) guided the students through the intricacies of wet-on-wet oil painting.
The students spent two and a half hours following along creating a majestic mountain landscape while learning innovative ways of working with oil on canvas. While the paint will take about two weeks to dry, the painters were able to take their paintings home that day carefully transported with plastic wrap. The painters can now demonstrate their newly-learned skills in wielding a fan brush, and palette knife.
There was a huge demand for the event, so we will definitely be running more of these in the coming weeks. Stay tuned, and like us on facebook for future updates!
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