When two ham operators made contact, they sent each other postcards. Here's my late Grandpa's stash of QSL cards from the people he met around the world. After my mom, aunt, and uncle went to bed, my grandpa would sneak off into the boiler room and begin to broadcast. For a couple of hours, he'd … Continue reading When My Grandpa Pinged the World
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The Hell that is Wearable Input
Interacting with wearable computers is the most brutal UX challenge of all time. Today we explore the unforgiving hellscape that is controlling wearables. Wearable computers have their own special Occam's Razor. If a wearable is ever inaccessible or unreliable, it is completely worthless. If a wearable passes the test, a user can operate it "for free" as if … Continue reading The Hell that is Wearable Input
Side Project: Project Grip
For the last few days, I've been working on a set of data gloves comfortable enough to wear all day, every day. I settled on a ring-like form factor and the exceptional polyimide Flexpoint sensors. It's comfortable, not cumbersome, and damn cool looking. I used this excuse to learn some OpenSCAD and made a parametric … Continue reading Side Project: Project Grip
Do You Need a Heads-Up Display?
Most people have nothing to gain from a heads-up display or a wrist computer. Do you? The more of the following are true, the greater an unfair advantage you can gain from a wearable. Consider getting your practice now, before you lose to someone who did. Your performance is judged by a ranking or scoring system … Continue reading Do You Need a Heads-Up Display?
Making Of The Nuclear Option
The Nuclear Option is my Magic: The Gathering war chest with magnetically-activated animated edge-lit deck boxes. Learn how I hacked together this nerdy showpiece. Most pictures in this post were taken with Google Glass. It's the best tool to document a project - nothing sucks more than wasting precious project time dicking around with a … Continue reading Making Of The Nuclear Option
Side Project: Netrunner Token Tray
A simple 3D-printed token tray to keep track of Android: Netrunner's many, many doodads. I made it in half an hour to prove to my girlfriend that yes I can, in fact, 3D-model shit. Download at Thingiverse. The new version has better corners, but this picture has tilt-shift.
Can You Play Ingress on a Moverio BT-200?
Yes. ...as long as you don't need to use items, deploy resonators, hack-no-key, Glyph, attack, or turn around.
Tutorial: Adding Active GPS to the Moverio BT-200
The Epson Moverio BT-200 is a great heads-up display attached to a shit computer. Here's how to replace its worthless chip GPS antenna with a high-powered active receiver. Some fun facts about the Moverio BT-200's location awareness: It doesn't get your location from Wi-Fi or a tethered phone because Epson was too cheap to license … Continue reading Tutorial: Adding Active GPS to the Moverio BT-200
10 Steps to Self-Driving Cars
Car can shift its own gears. People take their hands off the shifter. Car can maintain its own speed. People take their feet off the gas when the road's empty. Car can adjust its speed to follow the next car. People take their feet off the gas in traffic. Car can stay in its lane … Continue reading 10 Steps to Self-Driving Cars
The Year, and the Future, of Google Glass
After a year in the Google Glass trenches, the future of the platform is getting sharper. It's not fun, it's not fashionable, but it will be fundamental. This November marked my one-year anniversary as a Glasshole. I came for the hardware, but I stayed for the bizarre new perspective on tech and society. Here are … Continue reading The Year, and the Future, of Google Glass
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