After seeing the SplashLight from Avoooq and enjoying the image of a pouring bottle lamp, I felt I had to make one and make it awesome. My first idea was to recycle a lamp from around the house and create something completely new. I discovered that all my lamps already had a good use case. So I dug into the electronics drawers and found I had an unused Arduino UNO and enough electronic bits and lights to build my own lamp.
I had a chance to build the iitsii Robugtix hexapod and took some time to play with BigFoot Inverse Kinematics engine that comes with the platform. The engine really simplifies the gait management with the six legged platform. The build was easy, even though you have to manually position 18 servo motors by hand. The documentation is great and includes a serial command reference if you want to do some arduino interfacing work.
Lucy beats my two youngest daughters at Soccer.
I’ve been a big fan of my Casio EXILIM Pro EX-F1 mainly because it takes fantastic high speed (300-1200 frames per second) video.
It makes for some interesting movies at a minimum. Coupled with my Mac Pro, recently upgraded with SSDs and 16GB of RAM, I can really take advantage of the slow motion video.