I never appreciated my internet connection enough when I lived in the city. Now that I’m a country mouse I think it really IS a series of tubes. Reliable it’s not. So I thought it would be fun to use an Arduino, my BlinkM and a bit of python to create a visual network monitor.
Here are the steps:
1. Plug your BlinkM into analog ports 2-5 (the standard way instructed by ThingM).
2. Load the Communicator sketch from ThingM onto your arduino.
3. Run the python script. This must be run as Administrator on windoze and although I haven’t tried it yet I believe it must be run as root on Linux. The code should be safe, but review it anyway for your own piece of mind.
There are various plans for nozzles online but I wanted something simple and a bit more elegant (if that’s possible with PVC) than what I was seeing. I also wanted my nozzles to use as few parts as possible.
Here’s what I came up with:
* 1” PVC threaded to smooth adapter
* 3/4” PVC end cap that fits inside the smooth end of the adapter
* 12, 16 or 20 ounce plastic bottle of soda. Some caps work much better than others, look for the ones with numerous thin knurls. Regular Pepsi caps are good for instance.
* PVC cement.
* 5 minute epoxy.
* A nail or non tapered toothpick to use as a trigger. It has to be long enough to go all the way through the 1” adapter and stick out on both sides.
* String to use for the remote trigger.
* Drill bit the same diameter or slightly larger than your trigger.
* 3/16” drill bit.
* Hobby knife or Dremel with a spiral cutting bit.
* 2 liter bottle of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi.
* Package of mint Mentos
Our Makerbot was delivered to Brandon on Tuesday and we started working on it last night. As you can see we made good progress. With some luck we will be printing by next Wednesday. It a great kit with good instructions and quick progress was made.
We also received the sister Makerbot that will be sent out to the raffle winner in the coming days.
Beckie and Jon worked on the Makerbot some more on Thursday night and got it working.
There’s some more tweaking to do before it’s fully functional, but here’s the first object du 3d:
The next Handmade Music: Minneapolis will be on Saturday May 1st, starting at 5pm. Alex Deeba (from GetLoFi) and Micheal Una will be holding a Workshop to build an interesting bleepy electronic instrument and there will be lots of other great stuff going on.
Twin Cities Maker (TC Maker) is a community group based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Our mission is to make, share, and learn.
We have opened a maker space/hackerspace for members to build projects using various media and technologies, from wood and metal working to electronics to fabrics and beyond. We call our space the Hack Factory.
Open house Wed: 7-9pm
The Hack Factory
3119 East 26th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55406