For over a year I’ve been working on a project called Mote2 (reads as SquareMote). I haven’t written anything about it until now, because perfectionist in me wanted to finalize it before introducing it to the world.
But year is a long time, so I finally decided to lift a curtain so to speak….
Main idea behind #Mote2 is an ultra-low-power battery powered remote sensor that has as much devices already on board as possible to make it easy to deploy as an independent sensor, but also have ability to expand its functionality with add-on “shields”.
Do you ever find yourself fidgeting with some random object on your desk? Rolling a coin or a pencil? Clicking pen? Shuffling post-it notes? I personally spin and glide my iPhone on the desk (“air hokey” style) when I’m in a particular boring meeting at work…
Believe it or not there were some studies done that showed benefits of “fidgeting” such as better concentration on tasks and even some physical health benefits!
Well new craze is in town and it’s called EDC (Every Day Carry) Spinners. They are low tech devices that have a skate bearing (usually 608 type) in the middle and several more on the outer edges. Those outer bearings are just for weight and looks and I’ve seen others use metal balls or other weights instead. Some of these fidget toys have 3 arms (4 bearings), some have two and some have more. They are most commonly 3D printed, but some are milled from metal and wood.
Thanks everyone who showed interest in my Flip-Dot display exhibit (Flipster Clock) at 2016 NY Maker Faire!
I know I haven’t written anything about how I got these working yet. It was simply because I haven’t […]
A while back I wrote about making pin “vector” table for laser cutter (here and here).
There were some issues with it that I discovered later on.
First issue with rivets height. I don’t know how I […]
I love these visual LCD temperature gauges. They have this nice LCD screen, can be switched between Celsius and Fahrenheit and most importantly have long waterproof temperature probe. And cost just under $5 shipped from China on eBay.