High Quality Zen

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Announcing High Quality Zen, a batch renderer based on Zen photon garden. I built it as a way to further experiment with this 2D raytracing style, adding animation and color. I created a short video intro in the form of an Amon Tobin music video: Try it yourself: Create art in your browser at zenphoton.com Take a look at the hqz README on GitHub.  Read More

Zen photon garden

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Lately I’ve been spending more time working on creative projects. I would say focusing on creative projects, though sometimes focus seems counterproductive. As a project hurtles toward one goal, it leaves a trail of sharp edges and unanswered questions that lead to completely new projects. This happened recently. In the course of designing a triangular pixel grid prototype... Read More

AVR RFID, Optimized and Ported to C

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Way back in 2008, I posted a writeup about using an AVR microcontroller as an RFID tag. Since then, it’s been great to see many people pick up this code and build their own DIY RFID tags. In my original project, I was just interested in using an AVR as a way of emulating any tag protocol I wanted, even proprietary protocols like the HID cards that are so common for door entry.... Read More

How we built a Super Nintendo out of a wireless keyboard

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I wrote a guest article for Adafruit about the story behind the new Sifteo cubes: In today’s world, video game consoles have become increasingly complex virtual worlds unto themselves. Shiny, high polygon count, immersive, but ultimately indirect. A video game controller is your gateway to the game’s world—but the gateway itself can be a constant reminder that... Read More

Hacking My Vagina

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Making a Vibrator That Listens to Your Body This project has been an astonishing little journey. Many of my previous projects were characterized by an amazing outpouring of effort to build something highly intricate and ultimately invisible. This is the opposite kind of project. A little bit of work and a little custom design to create something new and exciting that I can immediately... Read More

X-10 SmartRemote

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I’m not even sure why I built this at all. I guess I did always have a childhood fascination with making things that seemed professional in some way. A simulacrum of some expensive piece of A/V equipment, or simple computer games that came in a shoe box with construction-paper cover art. This is another ancient project I dug up during my recent move to San Francisco: A rather... Read More

Kiwi

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Another nostalgic post about an old project that I’m purging from my closet… This time from late-1999 through mid-2000. The Kiwi was a rather ambitious built-from-scratch Linux PDA that I spent my high school years on. My original goal for this project was reminiscent of the One Laptop Per Child project. I liked typing my notes, but of course laptops were prohibitively... Read More

LEDboard/144

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This is a 9×16 LED matrix I made by hand back in 2004, with LEDs I had left over from another, even sillier project. It has a USB interface powered by a PIC16C765 microcontroller, one of the first to feature a built-in USB device interface. This video post is something of a eulogy for the project. I have been trying to simplify and unclutter my life lately, and to that end... Read More

Duct tape RFID tag #1

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This is just a messy first prototype, but I recently tried making an AVRFID tag on a substrate of duct tape. The first attempt involved: An upside-down strip of duct tape, as the base for everything else to stick atop 100 turns of AWG 40 magnet wire around a ~66mm diameter form, which I then haphazardly squished against the tape An ATtiny85 µC in the SOIC-8 package, programmed... Read More

CIA.vc service is down indefinitely

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For those who haven’t seen it: CIA.vc is a web service I started about 8 years ago, as a way of Open Source projects tracking code changes in real-time over the web and IRC. This is probably going to come as a surprise to most of you reading this, but today I’ve taken the CIA.vc service down indefinitely. Update 2011-05-11: Wow, that was quick. Merely hours after this... Read More