I needed to carry my Magic: The Gathering decks to tournaments. I jumped straight into The Nuclear Option. I'm a little obsessed with Magic: The Gathering. I do a draft every week, but my format of choice is definitely Commander. I used to bring one deck to my Friendly Local Game Store, but sometimes we just couldn't find that … Continue reading Side Project: The Nuclear Option
I built the prototype of what became the StickyBud accessory for Google Glass in three hours. Here's the story. Back when MP3 players were hot, Oakley released the Thump, a pair of shades with an MP3 player. They had earbuds on articulating arms that snapped into the frame when you weren't listening. It was elegant … Continue reading Making of the Voidstar StickyBud
Every once in a while, I show off some of the crazy stuff that's cluttering up my workshop. Today, you get to see some of the weird and wonderful hardware-hacking gear the mailman dropped off last week. The best part of being a prototype designer is the toys. Whether they're materials for an upcoming project, … Continue reading Swag Time: Mailbox Edition
Do you have Google Glass? Does its battery die? Want to transfer video without a data plan? Connect to an Arduino? All you need is three bucks or a soldering iron. This is a USB On-the-Go adapter and it does exactly that, and more. It's $3 from Amazon. Buy it here. If that's too rich, you can … Continue reading The Best $3 You’ll Ever Spend on Google Glass
If you're a journalist covering Glass, looking for The Next Big Thing in white-collar terror and moral panic, you've thought about driving with Glass. The distraction! The avoidable crashes! What a goldmine of terrifying link-bait headlines, ready to wrap around a shoddily-researched article! I present Voidstar AutoHud, a Glass app designed to be used behind the … Continue reading AutoHud: Your Car’s Performance Data on Glass
I've had my Google Glass for about ten days now, and I'm surprised to see a lack of hardware hacks for it! A user on the Glass-Explorers.com forum suggested a headlight, and I agree. Presenting the Google Glass headlight dongle! To see it in action, check out this first-person demo video! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Chn46BbbuGs The body is … Continue reading DIY Google Glass Headlight
Wow, that sprint to finish the Orbital Rendersphere and the strain of running the exhibit at Maker Faire knocked me offline for a while! Things have cooled down enough that I can get back to writing. I have a proper Rendersphere project page coming up, but for now, here are five Maker Faire observations that … Continue reading Five Things That Surprised Me About Maker Faire
Five ways, of course. In descending order. 5) Internal pullups. All the ATTiny and ATMega chips I've used have built-in pullups on all the input pins, which is REALLY CONVENIENT. Yes, if you're a weekend warrior using a breadboard, you'll just snap "stop being a b***h and add a resistor". If you're a pro making a production design, this … Continue reading Atmel Chips, How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.