I love robots. I love computers. And Im starting to love tools the more I get to try to improve on my n00b skillz. So when I get a chance to see tools and computers together that I can have access to in my own house, garage, or makerspace that I am happily a member of, I think this may deserve a look as something to add to the space.
TechCrunch just posted this article http://techcrunch.com/2012/06/15/mail-ru-ceo-starts-25-million-fund-to-spark-personal-robotics-start-ups/ about cool $25MM fund by Grishin Robotics where they are looking to fund personal robotics startups http://www.grishinrobotics.com/.
So I got this C2000 LED Experimenter's Kit from my Texas Instruments representative. I have it setup on one of the PCs running the color light demo. Everyone feel free to mess with it, the documentation is in the box next to the PC. The kit itself supplies a license for developing on the kit via the USB. The kit includes a Piccolo microcontroller which has dsp functionality. This may be a useful platform for the sign contol, and they have reference circuits for powering the LEDs.
I love kick starter and every other crowd funded tool that is out there. Why? Cause when I see projects like this http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/b9creations/b9creator-a-high-resolut...
I get inspired!
Ever heard of the Bonderman fellowship? It's a fellowship that gives 20,000 dollars to a recent graduate with the idea that they go out and explore the world. More details here: http://depts.washington.edu/bondermn/ I wish I had done something like this after graduation.
Startup Weekends are cool. Makeathons are cool. Startup Weekends + Makeathon = ???
They had one out at TechShop http://3d.startupweekend.org/
I've been talking to some people in the general area that have access to some technical tools and personnell about doing something like this.
If there was a Maker Startup Weekend, what would you like the focus to be and what would you like to get out of the weekend?
I reached out to Erika Lynch , who is the head of workforce development institute over at Gateway Community college and we spoke about their CNC program. They are consolidating their campus into the new location in New Haven but expect to be ready by the 1st of August. She said that she would be happy to do a site tour and for us to have a look at their CNC machine. She also is intrigued by what Makehaven has to offer and is going to come by on a tuesday night once they have moved to the new campus.