Saturday, January 12, 2008
These look really amazing. Free Spirit Spheres has commenced limited production of the 3.2 metre fibreglass sphere tree houses and now has sphere shells and kits available for the DIY market.
Orders are now also being taken for the wooden shells and component kits and fully-finished made-to-order wooden Free Spirit Spheres. Shells can also be rented for the night.
Free Spirit Spheres has commenced limited production of the 3.2 metre fibreglass sphere tree houses and now has sphere shells (US$6,300+) and kits (US$35,000+) available for the DIY market. Orders are now also being taken for the wooden shells and component kits (US$35,000+), and fully-finished made-to-order wooden Free Spirit Spheres. (US$120,000+). For those interested in experiencing a stay in a spherical tree house, Free Spirit Spheres are now also available for rent on a nightly basis, provided you’re prepared to travel to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.
Friday, January 11, 2008
Gloom II replaces the original "Gloom", which died of unknown causes. This is a Solarbotics Sumovore kit, which is a decent kit as these things go, but had a few issues, the biggest being a flawed trace on the main board that resulted in a short and was difficult to track down. This version is fitted with the optional BS2-compatible "brainboard" - the MCU is a BasicX BX-24p, much faster than a BS2.
The motors are 150:1 sanyo-type gearmotors from Solarbotics.The wheels and tires are from the same source. The motor leads will be fed through a hole in the center of each motor slot (that hasn't been drilled yet).
A Lynxmotion Single Line sensor at each corner provides edge detection.
The Tuna Tin 2 (TT2) kit includes a round printed circuit board and all PCB mounted parts: transistors, capacitors, resistors, toroids, magnet wire and key jack. The kit also includes a 7.040Mhz crystal and SIP socket for easy crystal change. Assembly booklet also included. You have to scrounge up the can, PCB mounting hardware, antenna, power and receiver jacks, hookup wire and T/R switch.
This amateur radio club provides kits uniquely packaged in tuna tins. When you build the kit, the tuna tin also serves as a chassis for your new project, complete with a nice label for the tin. Although most of the kits are geared towards QRP (low power ham radio) operators, Make readers might enjoy the "AXEme Picaxe Construction Kit". This is a Picaxe development board built into one of the famous tuna tins. It's a very unique and eye-catching way to work with microcontrollers.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
Alphacool Watercooling Starter Kit. Ready to get wet?
Take a PC full of expensive, complicated, electricity-driven parts, add about half a litre of water in aquarium tubing and plug it into the mains electricity supply. Up until a few years ago many would have laughed at such thoughtless bravado, quoting the school-taught fear of lethal electrocution. Nowadays most enthusiasts are familiar with the concept of watercooling, but the sheer complexity of the systems and their installation can be mind-boggling to say the least.
these light can be transfer in to different forms..
The Designer Emulation Kits (DEK’s for short) are meant as the sincerest homage to some of the greatest modern designers of our time. The lamps and designers being “emulated” have a particular importance.
They are represented in countless design tomes extolling the various movements, and they are held up as prime examples of “good design.”
Wednesday, January 9, 2008
Check out these incredible LED bicycle wheel animation using the SpokePOV kit. Mario scoring points, a running mouse, rock'em sock'em bots and Duck Hunt!
The spokepov kit includes electronic parts and circuit board for one basic configuration Road/MTB SpokePOV with 4K of memory (for 4 animation images) and 60 high brightness LEDs (30 on each side).
Available in red, yellow, green and blue. All colors can be used in MTB/road wheels (9.5" wheel radius minimum) and red and yellow in BMX (6.5" wheel radius minimum). The Pacman/Ghost image shows a yellow set and blue set of SpokePOVs. The Biohazard image below shows a set of red. One single SpokePOV fits in one wheel, you can add as many SpokePOVs to a wheel as you'd like get a better image. With one spoke, persistence at a speedy 15mph. Two spokes for cruising at 10mph.