If you're a resident of Seattle, I highly recommend you check out the Bubble events group. One of their regular events over the summer is something called "Nocturnal Push" where you can get decked out in your best glow gear and cruise the Alki Beach strip on your bike, longboard, or whatever.
So, last night I posted a video cataloging my creation of a radial spinning disk display (that's what I'm calling it anyway). It's not really a new concept or anything, and wasn't particularly hard to make. That's why it was the perfect candidate for the video which I think turned out rather well.
I was so excited about finishing the video, that I decided to post it before I had a proper writeup. That's what this post is for.
Because you can find details on how a radial spinning disk display (or "hard drive clock") works all over the place, I thought I'd make this sort of a "meta" post and try to catalog not only the project but all of the design decisions (right and wrong) that I made along the way. If you've been bored stiff by my super technical posts recently, this should be a welcome departure. I made sure to include tons of photos.
So, a friend and I were discussing hard drive clocks Tuesday afternoon, and I somehow got it in my head that I had to build something similar that evening.
I had enough supplies lying around to pull it off, and confident that I could, I decided to do a fun little video. Ironically, it took longer for me to edit this video than to make the display. Details on the project here.
So, a few weeks ago, I made a gadget that I called the "Ice Breaker". It was a simple persistence of vision toy that would spell out the word "Hello" on your hand as you wave to someone. The original didn't work too well, so I made a new version that works great! Here's a video:
Stick around until the end to see what was going on with the old version.
When I was at the rock gym last week, one of the staff members had some gloves with blinking LEDs in the finger tips and was dancing around like an idiot. A friend of mine was jealous and said in passing "you should invent something for me to swing around so I can go to a rave." Continue reading →