Cyclops’ Visor


I’m going to be Cyclops from X-Men (specifically from the 90s animated series). I’ll be wearing street clothes with a navy turtle neck under and his signature beam focusing bright yellow visor. The visor will fade on to a bright red, imitating his laser vision. 

Arduino Techniques

I will be using an on/off button to activate the lighting effect. When the on/off button is pressed and held, the light will fade in and continue to increase in brightness till it reaches maximum brightness. If the button is released at any point the light will quickly fade out. 

If time permits, I’m hoping to add a power up sound effect to coincide with the lighting. 


  • 1 Red or RGBW LED strip (12v required)
  • 1 Arduino board
  • 1 on/off button
  • 3 TIP120 Transistors
  • Power Supply 12V, 2A Adapter
  • Connection wires (enough to run + and – from my pocket down my arm and to my hand)
  • Yellow filament

Circuit Diagram

Terrance the Tardigrade – Corey

Terrance the tardigrade isn’t your average tardigrade – he’s radioactive! While under observation aboard the International Space Station, Terrance was hit by extraordinary levels of gamma radiation emitted from an ancient star going supernova. The researchers quickly realized something wasn’t normal. Over the next several days, terrance grew 200 times his natural size and began to glow with a brillant white light.

Terrance is intended to inspire and spark joy with anybody who has a deep love of science and science fiction alike. He can be a bedtime buddy or a lab companion!

I had a lot of fun with this project! This was my first time working with LEDs and I learned a little about resistors and ohms. I ended up hand sewing the entire toy and took a sock monkey approach like Becky had reccomended. I think if I were to do it again, I’d try to figure out a better way to make folds. It turned out cute and plump but not exactly how I had intended.

Corey – Terrance the Radioactive Tardigrade


Tardigrades are microscopic animals capable of surviving extreme cold, extreme heat, and even the vacuum of outerspace. They have 8 legs, 2 eyes and a mouth, and live in wet environments.

Terrance is a special tardigrade who’s about 200 times larger than any tardigrade that’s ever existed. He was accidentally exposed to extreme levels of radiation that would have killed any other living thing and instead of a tragic death, he became supersized (and emits a subtle light)!

iPod Video Teardown

2006 iPod Video 30GB | Model: A1136

This was actually my iPod from 2006! It was in my pocket everyday till I got my first iPhone in 2012. After that, it lived in the center console of my car for occasional tunes and then in my desk drawer as an Ebenezer of simpler times.

It was still functioning in all ways till this assignment. The hard drive whirred quietly, the LCD screen had no spider cracks or bleeding, and the hold switch (though filled with dirt and grime) still switched.

Though I appreciate the clear polycarbonate coating that covers the black faceplate and becomes the window to the screen, it’s fillet of the back cover continuing through the headphones port that is my favorite detail. In older models of the iPod, the opening of the headphones port is completely perpendicular, but A1136 incorporated this detail to allow the curve of the mirror polished back cover to remain uninterrupted.

The assembly of A1136 is exceedingly simple. It’s held together more by double sided tape and plastic clips than it is by screws. However, without specialty tools, this proved difficult to disassemble. I resorted to deforming the tip of a metal pallete knife to separate the back cover and face plate enough to expose the plastic clips. From there, I gently folded it open and removed the 12 screws that secured the different components to the aluminum frame and back cover and removed all double sided tapes and padding.

Hey, I’m Corey!

I’m a Los Angeles native and this is my first time living outside of California. Before my time at PoD I worked for The Walt Disney Company as an Interactive Environments Designer for Marvel, an R&D Designer at Walt Disney Imagineering, and most recently a Design Director at frog.

Lauren (wife), Gulliver (foster pup), and me (human)

My formal design education is in graphic design from Cal Poly Pomona, but have working experience in Industrial Design, Architecture, and Interaction Design. Ultimately, I LOVE making cool shit, but I’m pursuing my Masters so I can become a professor.

While in PoD I’m planning on conducting design research for human spaceflight and am eventually planning on starting a design for human spaceflight program.

I’m most looking forward to making and prototyping again, but am most apprehensive about anything code based.