Well folks, it’s been a while since I last updated this site, but after a long hiatus, here I am, still alive, slightly worse for wear, old enough to know better, yet still young enough not to care…
Now that I have your undivided attention, let me tell you about my most recent project which I refer to as ‘the most complicated and useless project I have ever finished’ (not a direct quote). Those of you who actually know me in person might ask yourselves if the final result of this project is actually more pointless than my Homer Simpson Chia Pet video. When people ask me dumb questions like that, I realize that when I have too much time on my hands, people tell me that I should get a hobby, and then when I get a hobby, people start telling me I have too much time on my hands. It’s just a classic example of ‘Haters gonna hate on my arduino powered useless machine’. I’m sure that it’s a common problem and that I’m not the only person it happens to.
So this is my Useless machine video. It really is quite the piece of equipment. A marvel of manufacturing ability that can be obtained without power tools, within the confines of my small bedroom. The project took me about 70 hours in total over the course of 4 weeks. Much of that time was spent sawing, sanding, gluing and nailing, but much of it was also spend soldering, tinkering, and programming the instructions for the Arduino Microprocessor which functions as the brain for the entire contraption. And when I say microprocesser, I mean that this little device is actually an intelligent robot which is capable of learning about it’s environment with the intention of performing a specific task.
I enjoyed working with the Arduino and figuring out the ins and outs of the various sensors. It’s quite interesting. In the very near future, I am sure that I will purchase another Arduino board. I am not entirely positive what my next project will be but I do have a few ideas that I am considering.
Much thanks to the people at http://saskview.com/ for sharing my video on their site. I’m getting an average of 60 views per day on this video, and quite a few of them are coming from you guys, so much thanks for that.