More projects?

Now that the semester is coming to a close and most midterms (I can’t believe I still have one more left) are over, I am finally free to think about new projects. I picked up a few project boxes and is considering building a nice bench top power supply. I have a nice angled aluminium…

Mixed feelings

So I found out today that there is a good chance that Mechatronics will not be offered as a course next year. The reason was a lack of funding, which to me seems like an excuse for pretty much anything academic nowadays. To me, mechatronics embodies what we do as mechanical engineers, now more than…

A day of relaxation

Last week was hectic and I am glad it is finally over. I had a great time on Saturday at the GW reunion dinner and then the science fair. I came second place this year, losing to what is probably the most epic project seen at the science fair to date, a “beer pong” cabinet…

A drunk robot

Last year, I submitted a robot bartender for the science fair and it was well received. I guess alcohol and robots are a good pair so I decided to focus in a similar vein this year. The title of my project is Bender’s Son. As those of you familiar with the show Futurama knows, Bender…

A terrible start

So I machined out the top deck yesterday and everything was on schedule. I was going to take a large chunk out of the programming part tonight and start refining it tomorrow, but thing did not go as planned. The plan was to reuse pieces of the mobile platform code to reconstruct a leaner one…

Rush to the finish

As I have mentioned in the previous post, due to part shipping delays I will be submitting a different project for the science fair. Since I only have a few days to build this and still wants a quality project, I have decided to reused a lot of hardware and software that I have already….

A busy Sunday

Another rather productive Sunday started off with some weekly grocery shopping, lunch, and epic wood and foam cutting. I cut the windows for the panel and also fitting the backing, glued it up and left for GW. After 6 fun hours of drawing at GW, I called up my bud CM and carried the light…

Wood and glue

Today I went to the shop with my friend CM and we started cutting the composite board that I bought into the right sizes for the light panel. There must have been at least 40 pieces cut in total to achieve the 3D layered effect that I was aiming for. After the pieces were cut,…

A different direction

Now that school has started to pick up again (actually it is already at full steam), I did more research on the light panel. Pure luck has it, I found these MSGEQ7 ICs that would be great for the VU meter side of the project. To further simplify things, I also grabbed a electret microphone…

A city of lights

I went out and purchased some building supplies for the light panel. It was decided that the panel will have a 6×8 LED matrix on it and constructed out of composite board and foam. The layout of the panels and LEDs can be seen in the picture below. This project will be a lot different…

A much needed break

Spring break for us is this coming week and I will finally have some time to get cracking on the LED panel. Recently, I have been swamped with assignments and midterms (even a interview to boot), so I did not want the project to distract me from school work too much. I have another midterm…

Light effects

I have been trying to come up with some neat light effects for the Tokyo themed room I am designing for Sci’formal, but so far only the expected reactive LEDs come to mind. There are a few constraints that I will have to deal with. The biggest one is cost. I will be fronting this…