Nigel Keen “Turn Off & Tune In” Magic Rug

The “Turn off, Tune in” Rug allows you to be fully present when you meditate. By utilizing conductive thread, the entire rug acts as a touch sensor, which when pressed will silence your phone and turn off all of the other electronics that might interrupt your meditation. I find myself often unable to fully let go of the distractions of everyday life when I’m disrupted by the buzz of my phone or the subtle hum of the tv. With this switch, gone are the days of running around the house to make sure you everything is off. Saving you time and peace of mind!

Link to the instructable for more information on how to make this.

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Turn Off & Tune In – Meditation Rug

My final project as the title implies is a meditation rug. I plan to make it look like moss or fungi to symbolize reconnecting with nature. I am going to make the rug with conductive wire that is lined to a capacitive touch sensor so that when the sensor is activated, it shuts off all the electronics in the room.

Here’s an initial circuit diagram I found to test out my concept:

For my video I plan to have someone walk in from work to a noisy house filled with electronics going and absolutely no natural light coming in. Then when they sit down everything shuts off and the blinds open and light floods onto the subject as they reconnect to the present moment.

Instructions Draft and Profile:

Nigel – Final Project Ideas

Working Huzzah!

Final Project Ideas:

I’m thinking about utilizing capacitive touch yarn to create some sort of action when walking in the door

Project Idea #2:

Wake up out of bed and touch the rug to turn off the alarm? Start the coffee?

Idea #3:

A timer for the rug that measures how long you’ve been sitting at your desk and prompts you to move/ get up after a set time to take a break

A Nightmare on Rezz Street

First off, huge shout out to Noah and Pedro at AdaFruit for the in depth tutorial!


Rezz is a favorite DJ of mine, and her shows are absolutely legendary! I was hyped to have built these with a little help from the guys at Adafruit. I had a few hiccups with this project, but overall, it was a success. If I had more time I would have loved to figure out how to make my own animation with the NeoPixel Triple-Ring Board.

This project got me familiar with using the Itsy Bitsy M4 as well as uploading CircuitPython to the Itsy Bitsy using the Mu Editor. It was also a practice in soldering things very closely together, which hopefully after this project I will be better at going forward! Below are some in progress photos of my soldering and 3D Printed frames

Initially I encountered some issues getting my LED’s to light up. So I checked my connections and plugged my Itsy Bitsy into Arduino. Once I figured the solder joints were ok, I then realize that my CircuitPython code was not unzipped. Once I unzipped the code I downloaded off the Adafruit tutorial and put that on the Itsy Bitsy, my code worked!!


Additionally, here’s the circuit diagram courtesy of the Ruiz Brothers’ tutorial:

You can also find the code here:

Happy Halloween!

Nigel – Rezz Costume

I’ve decided to go with the Rezz costume idea! I have purchased my components, but unfortunately UPS sent them back because I was not home to receive them ūüôĀ

Here’s what my circuit diagram will look like:


I will be 3D printing the frame for the components and using these parts to complete my assembly:


Parts used to build this project

  • ItsyBitsy M4
  • Lipo Backpack 
  • Slide Switch
  • NeoPixel Triple-Ring
  • 400mAh Battery
  • 4-wire silicone cover stranded-core ribbon cable

Nigel – LED Animations & Halloween Ideas

Here’s my initial animation from my soldered LED strip

I had some trouble uploading my own code into the arduino code editor. I kept geting this message. I’m sure it’s something small but I couldn’t quite figure it out :/

Halloween Ideas

  1. A nightmare on REZZ street

Ada Fruit has a full guide on what I will need and steps to complete them!

2. No Face from Spirited Away

Tbh I’m pretty hyped on the Rezz idea, but think this could be cool too!

3. I also like Gas Mask idea from the examples

Nigel’s Glow On Nightlight

Hi Everyone!

The story behind this project stems from a song by the band Turnstile. People often look to music as an escape from the real world. This night light is to be placed in a window for people walking the streets and act a symbol to passersby that they are not the only one dealing with dark thoughts or negativity. It is meant to GLOW and act as a light to let others not they are not in this alone. The heart is a symbol to express love and gratitude for others and encourage everyone to let their authentic self glow like this light. Here’s my process and the final result!

Here’s the song Alien Love Call – Turnstile for those interested in checking it out ūüôā

iPhone 5 Teardown

The iPhone 5 is a smartphone that was designed and marketed by Apple Inc. It is the 6th generation iPhone, succeeding both the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. It was formally unveiled as part of a press event on September 12, 2012, and subsequently released on September 21, 2012. The iPhone 5 was the first iPhone to be announced in September, and setting a trend for subsequent iPhone releases, the first iPhone to be completely developed under the guidance of Tim Cook and the last iPhone to be overseen by Steve Jobs.

Here’s my teardown time lapse:

The iPhone 5 featured major design changes in comparison to its predecessor. These included an aluminum-based body which was thinner and lighter than previous models, a taller screen with a nearly 16:9 aspect ratio, the Apple A6 system-on-chip, LTE support, and Lightning, a new compact dock connector which replaced the 30-pin design used by previous iPhone models. This was the second Apple phone to include its new Sony-made 8 MP camera, which was first introduced on the iPhone 4S.

The iPhone 5 has the joint second-shortest lifespan of any iPhone ever produced with only twelve months in production.

Parts List:

There are a TON of components on this phone..

Here’s an example of how many are on the logic board alone:

  • Qualcomm PM8018 RF power management IC
  • Hynix H2JTDG2MBR 128 Gb (16 GB) NAND flash
  • Apple 338S1131 dialog power management IC*
  • Apple 338S1117 Cirrus Logic Class D Amplifiers. The die inside is a Cirrus Logic device (second image) but it does not look like the audio codec.
  • STMicroelectronics L3G4200D (AGD5/2235/G8SBI ) low-power three-axis gyroscope‚ÄĒsame as seen in the iPhone 4S, iPad 2, and other leading smart phones
  • Murata 339S0171 (based on Broadcom BCM4334) Wi-Fi module
  • Skyworks 77352-15 GSM/GPRS/EDGE power amplifier module
  • SWUA 147 228 RF antenna switch module
  • TriQuint 666083-1229 WCDMA / HSUPA power amplifier / duplexer module for the UMTS band
  • Avago AFEM-7813 dual-band LTE B1/B3 PA+FBAR duplexer module
  • Skyworks 77491-158 CDMA power amplifier module
  • Avago A5613 ACPM-5613 LTE band 13 power amplifier

Materials & Processes:

The back of iPhone 5 is made of anodized 6000 series aluminum which was machined to its dimensions using a CNC mill. Then the Aluminum is textured and polished. Finally finished of with a diamond blade cut on the chamfers for a mirror-like finish.

After this process, an image is taken of the housing and is matched to the closest fitting piece out 725 cuts.

The computer chips are made up of silicon, and plastic, and the metal wires used to create the layers of circuits are made of copper or aluminum. Silicon is obtained from either silica sand or from quartz.

The lens cover is made of sapphire. This is because sapphire is thinner and more durable than the cover glass on your iPhone 4/4S and because keeping optics in pristine condition is crucial for camera performance.

Finally, my thoughts:

The iPhone 5, in terms of form, is the best looking and feeling iPhone of all time. The chamfered edges and finish feel amazing in hand. When they switched to curved edges on the iPhone 6and broke away from the squared off edges and chamfers us in the iPhone 5, I dropped my phone waaay more. I think Apple really hit the nail on the head with the manufacturing processes for surface finish, fit, and materials.