Etsy Aristomatic

10
Feb/11
1

Over the past couple months I’ve been slowly setting up an Etsy store! It’s going well and I’ve already have had a number of sales. Check it out and favorite me!

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Make: Novation Launchpad x Arcade Buttons, first button

5
Jan/10
0

In the coming month I’ll be working on replacing the I/O of the new Novation Launchpad for Ableton Live with arcade buttons and LEDs in the same vein as my Monome x Arcade Buttons. This is a commissioned piece for a friend of mine who owns and opperates Moon Tech Studios.

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Above is an initial one button test! So far, the most complicated thing seems to be the very tiny surface mounted LEDs that must be removed before adding your own. Fortunately, the PCB has some nice holes for each solder point.

Make: Glowing Breadboard

14
Dec/09
0

All credit for this one goes to Solarbotics. See the Instructables tutorial here:

Bling Out Your Breadboard

Outside of the super bright LEDs and resistors here are the buy links:

Transparent Breadboard $5.93
Breadboard Voltage Regulator $5.95


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Make: Arcade Controller, Wired

5
Nov/09
0

I finally found some time to wire the buttons for the arcade controller. The joysticks came with some nice ribbon cable harnesses and I made my own for all the buttons. Each ground is connected through one long chain harness. Notice I put some foundational pieces inside to strengthen the area around the joysticks.

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Everything’s working and feeling great!

First game: Space Invaders. Second game: Smash TV

All that’s left is to put a nice back on it with some rubber feet so it doesn’t slide.

Make: Daft Punk Helmet, Halloween

2
Nov/09
0

Just some pics of the costume @ Halloween

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Harder Better Faster Stronger

Make: Daft Punk Helmet, LED Matrix Preview

2
Nov/09
0

Here’s a quick picture of the LED matrix inside the helmet. Code, a quick how-to, pics, and a movie forthcoming!

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Make: Daft Punk Helmet, Primed

26
Oct/09
0

Quick update on the helmet. I’ve pretty much finished the bondo application and rough sanding. This picture is after two coats of automotive prime. After this, I’ll be filling in some holes with spot putty, priming again, applying a gloss black, a chrome, and then a clear gloss. I’ve already cut and shaped an acrylic visor but it still needs some tinting. I’m trying to get some LEDs working for Halloween… we’ll see if I can come through.

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A New Place to Sleep

21
Oct/09
0

Some photos of my new place! The lease is signed and I’m moving sometime mid-November.


Some perks:

  • <10 minute drive to work, ~4 miles, totally bike/runable
  • Huge dog-friendly backyard
  • Loft bedroom, high ceilings, bright
  • Plenty of outside workspace, no more sawdust in my living room
  • Washer and dryer, yes.
  • Blocks away from the lake balboa park, epic running
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Make: Arcade Controller, Acrylic + Foundation

8
Oct/09
1

Just got some more pieces in from the laser cutter. The top is a thin black acrylic (still dusty in the pictures, needs a good windex). There are also two more pieces of wood solidifying the joystick inside.

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Make: Daft Punk Helmet, Bondo

30
Sep/09
5

I’ve applied an initial coat of bondo on the helmet. Lesson learned, you want to make sure when applying the bondo to get it as tight to the shape you want as possible. Flatten all of your surfaces with a knife and avoid dripping. My first application of the bondo was too quick and not precise enough. This resulted in a ton of sanding to correct the shape and air pockets where it wasn’t smoothed out enough.

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The white you see in the photo is automotive bondo (about $10 a can). The red is the bondo brand spot and glaze putty ($6-7). There are a ton of little air holes in the bondo (look around the jaw line, see lesson learned) so I’m going over the entire thing again with the spot putty to fill them all in.