Archive for October, 2014

Munich river surfing

Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Eisbachwelle river surfing
I’m in Germany right now for Oktoberfest with Chris and Erin. While in Munich, we stopped by the Eisbachwelle, a permanent river wave that is a very popular surfing location. The wave is generated by the pump that feeds the artificial river and people have been surfing it since the early 70’s. I’ve embedded a few videos below of the action. (more…)

LED matrix hoodie

Saturday, October 4th, 2014

LED hoodie on
For Christmas 2010, Old Navy stocked a bunch of hoodies with headphones built in for $10. I intentionally purchased a white one because I wanted to use it as a diffuser for an LED project. I finally got around to it in the run up to Fuzzyland. (more…)

Sidewalk Chalk Spirograph

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

Spirograph gears painted
This summer the folks behind Haha Bird posted about the giant sidewalk chalk Spirograph they had made. It has a large ring gear made from interlocking segments. The smaller internal gears ride on 3 casters each and carry the chalk. I thought the design was great and that we should have our own for The STEAM Carnival. Haha Bird had used a plotter and a jigsaw to cut their gears; I luckily had access to a CNC mill. (more…)

Killer Karaoke

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

Killer Karaoke receiver

My work on Capture led to another TV gig. The show Killer Karaoke features people singing while performing stunts in hopes of winning a cash prize. They had a gag from season 1 where they would shock the contestant with an animal collar while they were singing. This season they wanted a better way for the audience to know what was happening. (more…)

STEAM Carnival Countdown Clock

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

Steam Carnival Countdown
The STEAM Carnival is coming up October 25 & 26th at the Port of Los Angeles. Two Bit Circus wanted a sign for the outside of the venue that would both tell how many days were left and grab people’s attention. Since it had to be daylight visible I suggested we use electromechanical flip displays. (more…)