Author Archives: Major Callisto

Broke-Ass Mario Kart – Build Log 02

New Motors! I decided to source more reliable motors than the ones I found at Active Surplus. I love Active, but they have an “as is” policy on a lot of their used equipment that made me nervous. Also, some … Continue reading

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Broke-Ass Mario Kart – Build Log 01

The past few days have been spent testing my motors and hardware for my Broke-Ass Mario Kart project. I’ll be sharing a tear-down of the project at my FITC 2014 Talk, Broke-Ass Mario Kart. I bought a simple, unmarked, mobility … Continue reading

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FITC 2014 – Broke-Ass Mario Kart: Node.js + Arduino

I’ll be a speaker at FITC 2014 in Toronto. Get your tickets to FITC 2014. I’m going to be discussing ways to connect applications to powerful motors to move heavy loads, like a display or a human. The presentation will … Continue reading

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Free Range Arduino

Looking to pair Arduino with mobile devices? Here are some notes from my Free Range Arduino presentation at FITC‘s Screens 2013. Why? Smartphones come bundled with powerful technology. Rather than buy and integrate sensors and communications, we can leverage the … Continue reading

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Gilded Crane

I’ve never been much of a fan of gold – I’ve always thought it lacks an aspect of the “understated” that I would associate with elegance. So, I’m entertained by my current obsession with the art of gilding – it … Continue reading

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Slurpy Ford Wii Nunchuk Puppet

Use, spacebar, “c”, “s”, left, right, up and down arrows to control Slurpy: I’ve thought for a long time about how a Wii Nunchuk would be perfect for controlling a puppet. It … Continue reading

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Etch-a-Sketch Turntables

Arduino Sketch For an upcoming project with CTT, we decided to make a giant etch-a-sketch out of a quadcopter, a UV laser, a giant glow in the dark wall and two turntables. As part of a bonus project I made … Continue reading

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Dragon Pumpkin Spring

For my recent talk at FITC’s Spotlight: Hardware, I decided to revisit my Halloween project the Dragon Pumpkin. Pumpkins are hard to find this time of year so I improvised with a watermelon. Everytime you say the words “trick or … Continue reading

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Mouse Hacks

On June 8, 2013, I gave a presentation at FITC’s Spotlight: Hardware. It was a great event that covered many topics related to hardware and physical computing. As silly as it is, I presented what I think is one of … Continue reading

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Dragon Pumpkin

Dragon Pumpkin – Halloween 2012 from Christopher Lewis on Vimeo. I decided to add a bit of “Trick” back into Halloween. The Dragon Pumpkin is a voice activated fire breathing pumpkin; saying the words “Trick or Treat” triggers a fireball. … Continue reading

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