SWiT here. Ted and I have been working on a game we call “Robot Knife Fight”. It’s 2-4 identical autonomous Arduino powered robots in a 6’x8′ arena. Their power switches are held in place by a balloon and they have a sharp pointy thing on the other end. Four robots enter one robot leaves. All the files concerning the robots will be available on github soon. We could use help with getting OpenCV in Python (or C) to process images from the camera above the arena. Robot positions will then be reported to all robots via radio. This Sunday Ted and I are sitting down with our 2 arenas, 2-4 robots, and as many pots of coffee necessary to make this happen. Stop by if you are curious, want to help, or if you want to compete. We will be at i3Detroit either developing or testing the new arena code from 10am until 6pm Sunday April 1st. Soon after competitors will write code for a randomly chosen robot and see how it does in the arena against the others. If you have questions email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recently featured on the front page of Instructables: A portable electronics toolkit, by dustinbikes. You may know him better as Dustin White, long-time i3 Detroit member and knife freak. He also published the ammo-box speakers, which got a bit of attention last year…
Several other members have contributed to the ever-growing list of Instructables:
- JimK3038 has several, including automotive sensors and Lego Mindstorms LCD repair.
- Surferdude shows how to increase the capacity of a cheap UPS.
- Myself has an old one about Ricochet modem modding, and reportedly a new one in the works.
- Your name here…
Have you written an Instructable, or otherwise shared your knowledge and projects? Drop a link in the comments, please!
- Tiny brass cannon
- 2011 Powerwheels trophy
- Rocking chair rebuild
- 2x ammo box radios
- most of the work benches in the space
- micro forge
- solder fume extractor
- vinylism of the shop
- rolling tool cabinet
- about 100 other things that don’t come to mind at the moment.
When did you join i3 Detroit:
- Wall-E vertical carousel
- Dollhouse furniture
- Wireless quiz gadgets (for GGHC)
- Wireless package delivery detector.
- Tune bugs: stand-alone electronic devices that generate different tunes depending on the proximity of other tune bugs.
- Treasure chest with electronic combination lock.
- Rope bridge over creek, zip line between barn and pond (at home, not i3 🙂 ),
- Coffee table jukebox
- A mechanical iris installed in the door of my shed
Best i3 Detroit Memory:
The first Potlock, where we worked together to improve the space in one long night of cutting, drilling and eating.
In chronological order. Tiny bristle bots, a ridiculously large human ride-able bristle bot, a set of Arduino controller pop up targets for NERF guns, a cigarbox guitar, an Arduino powered skeeball machine, a beer growler organ, an EL Wire Vegas Vic costume, and an arduino crockpot sous-vide cooker.