Wednesday Links: The Cloud, Laser Wood a...

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July 9, 2014

Well, we missed out on spring, but summer is finally here and it is hot! And that means we have fireworks, mosquitoes, green stuff on trees, bunnies and sparrows, air conditioning, donuts, lasers, er... that is year round. That’s why today we have some thunder clouds in order to provide some cooling, laser bent wood to  provide some funky patterns, and turtles. They are always good to have no matter the weather.

Interactive Cloud
Cloud stuffed with electronics including Arduino and motion sensors to simulate real thunder cloud. I wish it also hovered around on its own. (Via Colossal)
Curved Laser Bent Wood
Via the geeks at, here's something we'll be putting in our "Laser-to-test" file. Let's make flexible wood with laaaazors!
Please Tell This Robot What a Turtle Looks Like
...or teach him to ask about it if he doesn't know. (Via IEEESpectrum)
Light Pen Draws on LED Matrix
This seems like a beginning of something really cool. Maybe because it involves LEDs, or drawing, or matrix, I am not sure. (Via Hackaday)
A DIY Water-Saving Device
Saving water is good. I want one of those for psychological pressure, and more general guilt. (Via Arduino blog)

Just like turtles, LEDs add to any project, so hence them.


September 13, 2005
SCC3733 Solarcell hacking

Here's a tip submitted by Rick Steenblik regarding hacking our SCC3733 for less voltage, but more current: After using your SCC3733 solar cells for a couple of bots I noticed that they can be altered to provide about 3.3v at 80ma (in full sun) by cutting the bus connector on the back to electrically separate […]

March 22, 2013
Friday New Product: New Netduino and Rov...

Yaaaay, we finally have some new stuff to show off! Firstly, Secret Labs have released Netduino 2 and Netduino Plus 2 with some welcome upgrades. Netduino became even faster with more code space, and we have them in stock! Here's what else we have: Netduino Go Starter Kit $99.95 Love the Netduino but not a […]

July 13, 2001
Solarcell Analysis - part 1

We've been working on testing our Sunceram Solarcells for real-world performance. Our first test is under direct sunlight, and we tried our best to get accurate data under ideal conditions - summer solstice, during the brightest hours of the day. As we're located in Calgary (lat:51.050N), Canada, you may get slightly different results due to […]

May 30, 2012
Cool Links Wednesday: Interactive Painti...

Bleh. It's the middle of the week. Two-and-a-half days down, and two-and-a-half more to go. For a little bit of inspiration (and a bit of distraction), check out this week's round of neat-o links from around the office: The Stream : The future of drone technology This YouTube video features some interesting discussion about Drones […]

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