Bringing it all (Back) Together

posted by: on November 16, 2014

IMG_2992The Eureka Factory  – So our reveal was a little rocky tonight, due to audio difficulties,  but essentially what we were trying to show was how we reconstituted our deconstructed words and phrases from the library collaborative story telling project and our Twitter and Instructables feeds,  into a visual storytelling platform.

By writing out, cutting apart and reordering all the contributions we received – a very Zen like experience by the way – we found ourselves weaving some rather thought provoking, and poetic narratives.  Or perhaps the words found their own way, self-organizing with our assistance, appealing to us alliteratively, visually, intuitively.

However it happened, by chance or intention, we find the results very satisfying.  The snippet below is a selection of some of what emerged from our 48 hours of Deconstructing Storytelling – more stories!

Now to work on our submission video and bring it all home.


Teaching the next generation…

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The true deconstruction:

My goal as an adult was to take apart a few human brains, rattle them around to make space, then stuff in some practicable knowledge and experience, and reassemble.  The kids are really amazing when you give them some basic information and let them work their imaginations.

Deconstructing human beings, which are the summit of all extant technologies, can render some major changes upon the world.  Let’s all do it, k?

And this is the flipside of being a grown-up who teaches: working with youngsters of your own.

~ dan ~

Project Status Report 15:40 – Product #4 THE F-RAY (potentially dangerous)

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Math teacher by day, Evil Genius by night

Math teacher by day, Evil Genius by night

Idea #4 – The F-Ray

This was built as an exercise by Dan Fruzzetti, who before today felt he didn’t have a solid understanding of microwave energy.

Also, he burned up a capacitor (luckily he has extras).  This iteration of the F-Ray has pistol grips and a 1000W emitter.  It is able to etch a CD (from close range like 1.5ft until we get a narrower beam width) and destroy a speaker.  Of course, microwave energy is also able to denervate your sense of touch, which is bad.  So we’ve been extra careful by testing it from 10-15 feet away.

The buzz, when in your hand, is very, very satisfying.

This began life as two microwave ovens, an ATX power supply, and some steel screen, and I used relays, push buttons, magnetron, capacitor, diode, transformer, and lots of nuts and bolts from my junk box.

Project Status Report 15:40 – Product #2 THE GORILLA (prototype!!)

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Idea #2 – The Gorilla

The team put together a very delicate prototype of a car that rolls on four spheres, and has four degrees of freedom.  Upon completion, it will be an extremely mobile prototype.

An Arduino and two 2A motor controllers were used (one controller had to have pins bent and jumper wires added to reassign its drive pins), as well as some fancy trigonometry to get the movement to work right.  Chief designers were Jonathan and Niraj.  They plan to fully mature this product over the next weeks, and in doing so will learn exactly how to deal with forces in quadrature.

The Gorilla can change its orientation while traveling at any speed and in any direction.  If built as a full-sized car, imagine passing someone while turned sideways, then turning around to wave goodbye to them face-to-face while still going 70MPH in the right direction.

Stay tuned for this one.



Project Status Report 15:40 – Product #1 THE TEMPERIZER

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Idea #1 – The Temperizer

I helped the boys troubleshoot this, but they very much did all the work themselves.  The Temperizer is a microcontroller-powered device which attaches to the skin and reports back a stream of data, polled at 40-400ms, and uses it to assess the stress level of its wearer.  After a brief calibration cycle at startup, it recognizes when you go under stress and it beeps and vibrates with rhythm accelerating as the user’s stress level increases, but slowly decreasing as the user’s stress level decreases.

Essentially, The Temperizer is meant to be miniaturized and worn under the clothes.  Especially powerful for anger and stress management, the wearer might be just ready to go off on someone, but the annoying beeps and vibrating SHOULD remind them to take a step back and calm down.  And the beeping slows down and relaxes as they do.

Applications: blood pressure patients, people with panic attacks, and adjudicated domestic abusers, and anyone else who is documented to either be endangered or a danger to others when they get upset.

The Stress Assessor

The Stress Assessor