WEB 3.0

like a lot of my peers, I use facebook and twitter a lot. They became a way of distracting myself and it makes me feel terrible when I waste that much time. I wanted to make something that would help me with that feeling so I came up with the idea of making something that makes this time useful.

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Materials

What you need is:

-Arduino

-Some wires

-a knitting cord maker(The one I’m using is called Embellish cord maker and you can buy it here)

-Sufficient yarn

-DC motor(get it from Adafruit)

-power supply(get it from here)

-laptop

I had to try 4 different motors. hacking the cord maker was the second biggest challenge for me. I tried with this DC motor:

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The gears didn’t work so I had to make the circle a square:

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It wasn’t strong enough…

You need to create a small connector and put it in between the motor and the hole from the handle. One side of it should be a square(0.2in) and the other side should match your motor. I 3D printed the piece.

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A chrome extension logs the current website in the browser to a .json file

Node.js then reads in the json file, checks the value, and if that information has a match on the list of time-wasting websites (facebook, etc.)… then node.js talks to the arduino using firmata (a node package) and sustains the output to trigger the motor. As long as the offending page is kept as the browser’s current page the only thing we need to decide is the frequency of how often the extension saves its current URL and how often does node.js check. Ideally there would be a way to eliminate the middleman!

There might be a way called browserify, but for now it looks like:

  1.     Chrome extension writes current URL to json file (at interval yet to be determined)
  2.     Node parses the json file and makes a decision(if website is on blocklist: run function… if not on blocklist, do nothing)
  3.     The Arduino is activated and the knitting machine begins knitting

ideal code

https://vimeo.com/114295605

PlushMush

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The idea of the mushroom project that came to my mind from a personal experience.here’s some facts I found throughout my research:

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I did some research and I found out about the “bioluminescent fungi” that are used in mental healing.

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I created the mush plush for people who are suffering from the mental disorders and are going through the healing process, it reminds them of the therapy session and they can feel calm.

here’s the PlushMush off:

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and on:

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and my LEDs and batteries:

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and me documenting the documenting of these:

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and a video:

Marble Racers!

Hello everyone!

This is my first tear down attempt. I found this cool transparent race car that lights up when you shake it and I was excited to see how it worked. When I cracked it open, there were only three main components.

-3 LED lights

-3 batteries(LRN30) (I couldn’t find it online but I found this instead: http://www.LRN.com )

-1 circuit board with a timer hidden under a epoxy blob

https://vimeo.com/106540183

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The interesting fact about the car was that there was not even a single screw used. It was meant to be for under 3 year-olds and for safety reasons it wasn’t possible to open the toy without breaking it with a hammer. The pieces seem to be made through injection molding.

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The batteries were tied together using a thin plastic strip and I couldn’t figure out how after a few seconds the lights stop blinking. (Becky found the hidden resin blob so now I know there’s a timer that stops the LEDs from blinking)

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I’m still gunna do the jawbone, STAY TUNED!!!!

Roya Ramezani

Hi everyone!

my name’s Roya(It’s like “Roy” with an a at the end). I’m Iranian and have a BDes in Design from Yorku in Toronto. I love making things and learning things and teaching things. I also love meeting people and talking about … mmmm …. talking about anything, sooo feel free to say hiIMG_46 copy