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2016 November 2

Halloween 2016

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Halloween was a bit of an impromptu arrangement this year. I was at the iGEM Jamboree all weekend, and my wife and I only got home from Boston a little before 7 p.m. on Halloween, so we did not have time to carve a pumpkin this year.  Instead, I decided to improvise a very fast pumpkin surrogate:

First, I found a cardboard box large enough to hold the LED stroboscope that I had made for the mini Maker Faire.

First, I found a cardboard box large enough to hold the LED stroboscope that I had made for the mini Maker Faire.

Then I cut out a stencil pattern from a piece of heavy paper.

Then I cut out a stencil pattern from a piece of heavy paper.

I made one mistake when cutting the stencil, cutting away the opaque center for the lower part of the B. I just used blue painter’s tape on the back of the paper to stick the piece back on, and recut the B.

Initially, I tried taping the stencil over the opening in the box, but the light was not diffuse enough—the individual LEDs were visible and the stencil pattern unclear. I then tried taping the stencil to the cutting mat and taping the cutting mat to the front of the box. It wasn’t very secure (painter’s tape is not very sticky—by design), but it worked for the evening.

The final result looked much better in the window than a 20-minute project had any right to.

The final result looked much better in the window than a 20-minute project had any right to.

2016 November 1

Futuristic Lights Atom

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Futuristic Lights (my son’s company) has just announced their third major product: a smaller, lighter gloving light that combines the two features of their two previous products.  Quoting from their announcement at  https://futuristiclights.com/collections/led-gloves/products/atom-motion-reactive-led-glove-set

Once again the very nature of Gloving is about to be changed. Encompassing everything we’ve been working towards at Futuristic Lights, the Atom LED Glove Set is where everything comes together. We started off Futuristic Lights by revolutionizing the Gloving industry with the world’s first motion reactive light glove set, the Kinetic. These LED Gloves introduced the art back into the world of Gloving. We followed this incredible light glove with the fastest programmable glove set around, the Aether. With the new Chip to Chip communication, you can now transfer complete sets or individual modes in a matter of seconds! Both of these incredible features will be packed into every single Atom LED Glover Set. What’s even more incredible, each light is now mini with a reduced 40% in sizing than our previous releases. This is the world’s most form fitting LED Glove set. For a second, glance down at the nail on your fingers. Now imagine a light that size sitting comfortably on top. The special nano size of the Atom will have you questioning if they’re still even on your fingertips! There is still much to learn about the Atom, stay tuned.

Pre-Order for your chance to own your very own set of Atom LED Light Gloves at a special early bird discount! 

Features:

  • Now 40% smaller than anything else we’ve made
  • Features the world’s best motion reactive technology
  • Revolutionary Chip to Chip communication

Release Date ETA: Holidays 2016

Their pre-order prices are  quite good, and they’ve lowered their prices on the older products (see their store at https://futuristiclights.com/collections/led-gloves).  The challenge now will be to see whether they can get them manufactured and shipped in time for the holidays—it looks like a pretty tight schedule to me.
In other news, they moved their offices this summer into downtown Santa Cruz (from Scotts Valley).
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