Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Anglepoise Lamp Model Part VII

So finally we have got to the last build update of the Anglepoise lamp model, if your new to this check out part 1part 2part 3part 4part 5 and part 6 about a project. That I had been set by one of my lecturers at university, to construct a scale model of any piece of iconic product or furniture design. The choices seemed endless, but after some careful consideration, I decided to construct a scale model of an Anglepoise lamp. One of the required outcomes was to show documented evidence of the construction process through photographs and or video. I decided to document the construction with both. So here I have posted a few photos and the 3rd video of seven documenting the construction I hope you enjoy them. What is an Anglepoise 1227 lamp? Well here is a little description from the Design Museum London.


'Designed by the automotive engineer George Carwardine, the ANGLEPOISE lamp is based on the ability of a new type of spring invented by Carwardine in 1932 to remain in position after being moved in every conceivable direction. Efficient and energy-saving, the Anglepoise has remained in production ever since.'



Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Anglepoise Lamp Model Part VI

So to continue the build of the Anglepoise lamp model, if your new to this check out part 1part 2part 3part 4 and part 5 about a project. That I had been set by one of my lecturers at university, to construct a scale model of any piece of iconic product or furniture design. The choices seemed endless, but after some careful consideration, I decided to construct a scale model of an Anglepoise lamp. One of the required outcomes was to show documented evidence of the construction process through photographs and or video. I decided to document the construction with both. So here I have posted a few photos and the 3rd video of seven documenting the construction I hope you enjoy them. What is an Anglepoise 1227 lamp? Well here is a little description from the Design Museum London.


'Designed by the automotive engineer George Carwardine, the ANGLEPOISE lamp is based on the ability of a new type of spring invented by Carwardine in 1932 to remain in position after being moved in every conceivable direction. Efficient and energy-saving, the Anglepoise has remained in production ever since.'



Wednesday, 2 April 2014

Anglepoise Lamp Model Part V

So to continue the build of the Anglepoise lamp model, if your new to this check out part 1part 2part 3 and part 4 about a project. That I had been set by one of my lecturers at university, to construct a scale model of any piece of iconic product or furniture design. The choices seemed endless, but after some careful consideration, I decided to construct a scale model of an Anglepoise lamp. One of the required outcomes was to show documented evidence of the construction process through photographs and or video. I decided to document the construction with both. So here I have posted a few photos and the 3rd video of seven documenting the construction I hope you enjoy them. What is an Anglepoise 1227 lamp? Well here is a little description from the Design Museum London.


'Designed by the automotive engineer George Carwardine, the ANGLEPOISE lamp is based on the ability of a new type of spring invented by Carwardine in 1932 to remain in position after being moved in every conceivable direction. Efficient and energy-saving, the Anglepoise has remained in production ever since.'



Monday, 31 March 2014

The makers tool kit. . . . Raspberry Pi


So last week we started our series about the tool kit available to modern makers, by taking a look at Arduino if you haven't read it why not pop over and check it out here. This week we shall have a look at Raspberry Pi the small inexpensive Linux/GNU computer which is popping up in all manor of projects.

Early prototype of Raspberry Pi
So why does the Raspberry Pi hold so much potential for a maker to utilise, firstly lets take a look at the board itself, initial the brain child of Eben Upton, Rob Mullins, Jack Lang and Alan Mycroft back in 2006 based at the University of Cambridge, in response to the year on year decline of programming skills of new students. They noted that these students may of tinkered with a little bit of web development but on the whole a disconnect had developed between new students and programming, this they concluded was down to a multitude of factors, like the shift of focus in school ICT programs, from coding to competence in the use of Excel and Word. So how to revert this trend, a small group of individuals are not able to fix all the problems facing current students, such as fix a defective curriculum, though they believed that they could provide a cheaper alternative to the current high price of home computers and so the Raspberry Pi was born.


With the advancement in smaller and smaller microprocessors the kind in use in the mobile phone industry, thanks to Moore's Law they found the answer, a small integrated circuit board which uses a ARM microprocessor to run a version of the Debain Linux/GNU distribution called Raspbian, though this is by no means the only distribution available for the Raspberry Pi. Currently there are two types of Raspberry Pi's type A. Model A has a total of 215MB of on board RAM with one USB port, were as the Model B has 512MB of RAM along with two USB ports and an Ethernet Port. So support for USB peripherals like keyboards and mice. Along with these connections both Model A and B have a composite HDMI to be able to connect your Raspberry Pi to your HD television. Coming in at £24.87/$35 for the model B and £18.65/$25 for the model A you can see why makers are turning to this amazing little power house for their projects.


Check out this video of just a collection of Raspberry Pi projects.


And finally one of my personal favourites:-


So what is keep you get out there and make amazing things with this amazing hardware, while your at it why not share your current or past projects which use either Arduino or a Raspberry Pi in the comments.

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Anglepoise Lamp Model Part IV

So to continue the build of the Anglepoise lamp model, if your new to this check out part 1part 2 and part 3 about a project. That I had been set by one of my lecturers at university, to construct a scale model of any piece of iconic product or furniture design. The choices seemed endless, but after some careful consideration, I decided to construct a scale model of an Anglepoise lamp. One of the required outcomes was to show documented evidence of the construction process through photographs and or video. I decided to document the construction with both. So here I have posted a few photos and the 3rd video of seven documenting the construction I hope you enjoy them. What is an Anglepoise 1227 lamp? Well here is a little description from the Design Museum London.


'Designed by the automotive engineer George Carwardine, the ANGLEPOISE lamp is based on the ability of a new type of spring invented by Carwardine in 1932 to remain in position after being moved in every conceivable direction. Efficient and energy-saving, the Anglepoise has remained in production ever since.'



Monday, 24 March 2014

The makers tool kit. . . . Arduino





The first in a series of articles about the powerful tool kit available to makers and fabricators all around the world. For this article we take a look at Arduino a range of micro controller boards, each providing different solutions for makers. 

Arduino the open source micro controller has steadily become the one stop solution for a lot of makers when trying to add greater control to their projects. Arduino have built on their range of boards in the last 10 years to now be able to offer a total of 14 different flavours to cover all possible design requirements. The current range of boards have been used in a variety of projects for controlling all whole host of things from lights, motors and other physical outputs. The Arduino boards differ quite a bit in size and capability though all of them have a large number of digital outputs, with the larger boards also having a large number of analogue outputs as well.
Leonardo

Mega
Above you can see just a couple of examples of Arduino boards, the mega being used on the RepRap 3D printer as the controller board of choice. However the board which I have most experience with would be the Uno a smaller starter board then both of the two boards above, however don't let that fool you, the Arduino Uno is one hell of a powerful controller providing a total of 14 digital I/O pins.

Uno

Integrating this board into your projects couldn't be simpler with a no nonsense IDE you could be up and running with your Arduino of choice in less time than you think. With a huge library of pre-written 'sketches' available getting your project to work doesn't even necessarily mean spending ages coding and then debugging, just plug it in and away you go. Below you can see the interface of the IDE with the basic starting code for any build. One of the reason I personally prefer to use and Arduino board is because you can label each input and output with a unique title allowing for clear programming, not that I find pin numbers difficult to use but when you have pages and pages code for more complicated projects having a name for all your I/O's doesn't half help.


Another cool feature/accessory for Arduino boards is the ability to utilise shields these are prep assembled or easy to assemble PCBs or components which you can plug directly into your Arduino board, once again making it even easier to just drop it in to a project, saving you time and effort on your project. 

The rise and rise of Arduino as a maker diet staple has been incredible but then again it ticks all of the boxes for most makers not only is this an amazing piece of hardware letting makers build more complicated projects but due to it being open source all the information is available on how to construct you very own home brew Arduino board for even more customisation when you need it. By no means did the article set out to be a review of Arduino boards or of the skill levels required to use them, it was just to document the fact that this is a tool available to makers for all types of projects. If you want to know more about this range of micro controllers then head over to the Arduino site for the full list of boards and accessories and don't forget, on the 29th of March it is Arduino Day 2014 a celebration of a full 10 years of the Arduino, why not check out your local makerspace or hackspace for Arduino based events. Finally why not share in the comments below what you have been able to achieve with your Arduino board. 

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Anglepoise Lamp Model Part III

So quite a while ago, I posted a couple of articles (part 1 and part 2) about a project which, I had been set by one of my lecturers at university to construct a scale model of any piece of iconic product or furniture design. The choices seemed endless, but after some careful consideration, I decided to construct a scale model of an Anglepoise lamp. One of the required outcomes was to show documented evidence of the construction process through photographs and or video. I decided to document the construction with both. So here I have posted a few photos and the 3rd video of seven documenting the construction I hope you enjoy them. What is an Anglepoise 1227 lamp? Well here is a little description from the Design Museum London.


'Designed by the automotive engineer George Carwardine, the ANGLEPOISE lamp is based on the ability of a new type of spring invented by Carwardine in 1932 to remain in position after being moved in every conceivable direction. Efficient and energy-saving, the Anglepoise has remained in production ever since.'





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