MakerFaire 2016

No, this isn’t going to be at MakerFaire, but it reminds me that it is the act of Making something and putting together divergent skills that provide a confluence from which a product emerges.


DIY Doorbell Will Send Pictures Of Your Guests To Your Droid.


I found this project on TechCrunch written up by John Biggs.  Read the entire article on his website for all the related comments, articles and fun stuff.  I am simply saving it here to copy it to a maker I know with an Arduino.

Say you’re a misanthrope and you’re afraid of humans. What to do? Well, you could cower in the dark when people ring your doorbell or you could laugh derisively at their smug faces in the screen of your iPhone. I’m going for the derisive laughter.

This DIY Arduino project involves a simple circuit, a webcam, and a few API calls to PushingBox to enable a truly enjoyable derisive experience.

The system works by pushing images grabbed by the webcam through PushingBox to an app like Prowl or When the doorbell is pressed, it sends a serial signal to the Arduino board which in turn notifies the various services. The webcam picture then gets sent over to you so you can decide whether to let whoever is outside in.

It’s probably a little more complex than it needs to be, but if you’re totally into watching the world pass you by it’s a great solution and a fun weekend project.

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Maker Faire

An amazing list of project at Maker Faire where I went to volunteer last weekend.  I had a great time and worked hard.  I have a number of stories to tell from the faire and pix to upload and they will all come in a rush over the next week.  I would have been sooner, but it is the last week of the school year and I have projects to grade.

I did get an iPhone immediately before traveling down to Maker Faire and the Apps were a huge hit with my engineering partner and myself.  We used Yelp, Google Maps, Facebook, Mail, Twitterrific, Pandora and more in the small and the big towns.

I installed a Case-Mate Screen Protector on my iPhone.  Good thing too, I left the phone on the roof of the car on the trip and when the phone landed it landed face down on the road.  Look at the Screen ProtectorDamaged Screen Protector.

But NO damage to the iPhone face at ALL!  These guys got the protection right.  I am sold.

I will post more on Maker Faire in a day or two.  Peter is home, so off to play in the shop.