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 Post subject: April Maker Challenge!!!!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:09 pm 
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I hereby issue you a challenge: Describe a project in the works, or a project you'd like to work on in the future, ONE PER DAY for the entire month of April. Document/share as much as you can. Use this forum or your own blog.

Can't think of anything? I bet you can. Toward the end of the month you'll find yourself getting fried from all that cogitation. That's when the really COOL projects will pop into your head.

Who's in?

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 Post subject: Re: April Maker Challenge!!!!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:19 pm 
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Like a NaNoWriMo for Makers, sorta?
How about daily updates on an in-progress project instead of (or mixed in with) different project ideas every day?

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 Post subject: Re: April Maker Challenge!!!!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:21 pm 
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I just thought it might be nice so share lots and lots of different ideas.

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 Post subject: Re: April Maker Challenge!!!!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:40 pm 
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Sound like fun. I'm much better at coming up with ideas than executing on them.

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 Post subject: Re: April Maker Challenge!!!!
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:37 pm 
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Can I just list off 30 projects TODAY, and then get back to work?


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 Post subject: Re: April Maker Challenge!!!!
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bwaAAAHAHAHAHA[snork]... heck, I can do that right now. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: April Maker Challenge!!!!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:43 am 
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projects we WANT to do?
or something we can set aside the time and inclination to ACTUALLY do?

those two lists of mine are staggeringly different.


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 Post subject: Re: April Maker Challenge!!!!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:55 am 
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The former. It could be something half finished, or never started. It may never come to fruition. And in good Maker tradition, it need not be electronic or computer related. What about knitting some cool socks, or brewing a special kind of beer? Creating the ultimate workbench? Creating new business cards?

Also, my suggestion would be to write up a decent amount about the project -- a couple of paragraphs, along with a sketch or photo or two.

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 Post subject: Re: April Maker Challenge!!!!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:54 am 
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Dish out that brain crack, those projects you've been mulling around forever but haven't started

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 Post subject: Re: April Maker Challenge!!!!
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2009 12:13 pm 
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hokaY!

project: #6240-b

punching bag metrics.

WHAT: i always wanted to know how hard a punch or a kick strike was - and how it compares to your friends. or your dad. ever watch fightscience on Discovery Channel? or Human Weapon on NatGeo? like that - but smarter / open source.
OBJECTIVES: measure strike energy, reaction time, strikes per period, accuracy. maybe linkup to a hi speed camera for playback.
HOW:initial thoughts were to embed a force sensor (but i dont know how much of a beating they can take), or use an accelerometer in a known mass bag, figure out the energy transferred. or embed sensors in gloves/footpads. for accuracy - maybe have lightup spots on the bag, and measure how far you are from the mark. to be learn and more efficient, you can measure your movements (from camera and timing) relative to a pro.
APPLICATION:this way, when two people want to "violently" throw down - you can measure up two opponents, without anyone actually getting hurt. its like nerd-core punch-out, without loosing our valuable teeth. it's also nice to work on technique with a metric to go by.


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