Monthly Archives: November 2008

  • New Stribe1 Max/MSP + Arduino software gives more control directly within Max. The video shows cursor and bar control for 8 daisy-chained Stribe1s, brightness control and full display animation. An Arduino with 8 inputs would normally be required, but here we use a 6 analog input Diecimila multiplexed with a 4051 chip. Get the code here.

    Stribe1 x 8 + new max/msp software demo from CuriousInventor on Vimeo.

  • he Spy issue of MAKE (16) has an article on surface mount soldering that's a short version of ourSMT Soldering Guide. The MAKE editors did an amazing job of condensing the material.

  • The winner of our Bioloid Giveaway contest is shabadoo52. The project he entered was Beirut Robot. We are contacting him now. If we don't get a response we will draw again in a few days. We compiled a list of all the accepted projects and picked a random number, which uses atmospheric noise somehow to generate numbers. We couldn't think of a good way to guarantee to you that our raffle was truly fair... feel free to leave suggestions for future drawings. The projects are all amazing, let us know if you'd like to see features added. Some rules highlights: one entry per person, no one already in biz with us, project had to have a pic and a description of how it worked. Almost all projects submitted with pics were accepted, and those accepted have a little star by their inventor profile name. Decisions are final.

  • We started a new showcase section of our website where you can post projects and find others doing similar things. To promote it, we're giving away a $3500 Bioloid Expert Kit to a random person who submits a project (at least one project picture required). There are two days left and the odds are still great. The first 50 get $10 off coupons, too. You can see a collage of pictures from projects already submitted at the projects page. We originally added the inventors section to showcase people who were having kits manufactured by us, but thought it'd be useful to open it up to anyone that wants to show off anything from a class project to a commercial product. Links out to other blogs and pages are fine and encouraged. Some awesome projects are being submitted: My_Full_Sized_R2-D2 Bipedal_Walking_Robot_in_PVC Beirut_Robot

  • Who knows how this will last, but IPC (a trade organization that publishes solder and electronics standards) has demos of thousands of dollars of all their training material available. This includes picture books of good and bad joints for both lead and lead-free solder (dull and grainy OK for lead-free!) as well as low-res versions of their DVDs, which cover everything from hand soldering techniques, to ESD safety and even PCB manufacturing. The through-hole and SMT picture booksare great references, in particular. The DVDs have great up-close video (and cheesy music). These standards were the primary source for our soldering guides and videos.

  • We just received a TGIMBOEJ in the mail, that's a The-Great-Internet-Migratory-Box-Of-Electronics-Junk in long form. Our box included a huge, old LCD panel, a mini 6GB hard drive, a GPS something or other, some super old style capacitor can, a power supply, an old relay and a bunch of other little odds and ends. The box started in Canada at ogi lumen (the prettiest nixie pictures on the net), and then went to We'll be sending it to moderndevice.comnext. The idea is that you take what you want out, put in what you want from your own junk pile, and then pass it on. We're going to nab the power supply. The rest of this entry has more pics.

    mini 6Gb harddrive about the size of a coin dollar.

    A nice custom perf board creation--it's even got daughter cards of a sort that hang off the bottom.

    some sort of gps device

    Old school relay... computers used to click before transistors and tubes.

    Check out the capacitor can on the right.

  • Each Stribe1 has a touch strip and double column of LEDs that can display and control music and video programs. Multiple Stribe1's can be daisy-chained together to form a low-res, multi-touch display. Use with Max/MSP or other software to adjust track volumes with VU meters, make a sequencer, control synth params and pitch, "scratch" through sounds, etc. Designed by Josh Boughey as a modular version of his original 8 strip Stribe (which won two editor's choice awards at the Austin maker faire!). The Stribe1 kit page

    Stribe1: Touchstrip + LED Bargraph Display from CuriousInventor on Vimeo.

  • If you're in Atlanta, we'll be demoing some kits at the launch event for Georgia Tech's new Center for Music Technology. We'll have all the music related kits, including the Voice of Saturn line, MIDIATOR and a soon to be released Stribe. There will also be some other interesting technology, including a robotic drummer and marimba player, some other modular synths, and some computer assisted / generated performances. The event goes from 4 to 6:30pm.

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