The Simplerotor Project

Multirotors are cool. REALLY cool. I sometimes demo this stuff to kids, parents and friends. When I do, I inevitably get asked about the cost and effort to build one.

You can buy a drone/copter from FutureShop or Amazon and take it out of the box and fly it in minutes. But what have you learned? The SimpleRotor aims to be an accessible platform for learning, and after you have done the learning, you have a sweet multirotor of your very own. Good deal right?

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Minor Mining

Some time last year I did some work using the Twitter Stream API and ended up with a data set of a few thousand tweets. It was interesting to mine some basic data for the client and I thought it might be even more intere

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Turtlebot Iteration 1

This is the first version of the Turtlebot that I put together using parts that I had laying around my house. It comes in at much higher than the intended cost, with the Arduino Uno making up almost half of it.

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Turtlebot

The spark that ignited my interest in computing happened in the late eighties, near the end of elementary school. Our computer lab opened in a new portable behind our humble little Catholic school, and for me it was love at first type. I remember learning how to load programs from the black, floppy disks into the new, beige computers. The sounds of the disk drive reading the program off the floppy were the sounds of the future! Many of my after school hours were spent looking for a fedora’d female villain, or avoiding dysentry as I pioneered my way across the US in a covered wagon.

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Ergodox

The keyboard that comes with the laptop I use for my main work machine currently a 2011 MacBook Air is pretty great. The low, square keys look great, and they feel good enough for me to not even notice them when I put in long hours at the keyboard. I like it so much that I now have three Apple keyboards in use at the three different computers in my life.

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Asteroids

For the opening night of an art show in Kelowna’s Alternator Gallery, I recreated the classic Asteroids game in Processing. The game ran off a laptop and could be played using a Wii controller. This particular game let o

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The Follower

For the Vancouver 2010 Olympics, I worked with Makiko Yoshii on The Follower. A pair of magnetic switches detected the robot’s vector across a pair of railroad tracks embedded in the road. An Arduino monitored the switch

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Twitter Volcano

This summer in Kelowna, the Keloha Volcano came to life. The chicken wire and painted foam volcano listened to the Twittersphere for any tweets marked #keloha and responded with a tweet and 30 seconds of bubbly fun. A Ra

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