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3D Printed DIY Night Vision Wins the Internet Today

I’m a huge fan of the DIY laser ablation scene, I have been wanting to put together my own X-Y laser CNC cutter for a long time.  Something else that has really come a long way in the last 2-3 years is 3d printing — like a CNC in reverse!  Instead of ablating material from something, you are “printing” shapes from a CAD program, which is pretty bad ass if you ask me!

This isn’t particularly about 3D printing, per se, but it is about a 3D printed object — a quite outstanding Instructable by user Mattygyver92 called OpenScope.  MattyGyver92 walks us through his process in a particularly awesome Instructable that I had to share.

Side note:  Holy sh*t have 3d printers come a long, long way already:

That particular one above is about $500 bucks. This one is $1299. Quite a difference in features and quality, but more than anything, printing size and software:

Below here is the famous Makerbot Replicator.  This is a Rolls-Royce quality printer that I have seen in action, and I approve.  But, it’s $2500 bucks:

Now, back down in my price range — $449:

About double what I can afford — $889:

Now, in the CRAZY affordable 3d printing game, XYZprinting’s da Vinci Mini, at $274.99:

The Einstart-S at $374.99:

And cheapest in the class of 3d printers I thought were worth a damn, Alunar’s M505 kit at around $267:

Please, if you decide to check out one of these 3d printers, make sure to do your research.  What I find is that they don’t differ with respect to price of media, just like the old adage of paper printer toner being as expensive as the freaking printer itself, some of the print media for the 3d printers is some expensive stuff.  Do your research!  Caveat emptor!

Webcam into Security Cam with Motion Detection, DIY

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Lots of people have been setting up their own home-based security systems lately, especially with all of the complete lack of human respect that we’ve been seeing on the streets of America, in cities all across our great nation.

When I lived here in Oklahoma City once before, a group of unsupervised neighborhood kids knifed two sets of tires on my car — I ended up taking a webcam and a desktop tower and basically doing a second-by-second snap of the “crime scene” and assembling them into a stop-motion movie each day.  I never did catch the little shits, and they cost me a whole bunch of money.  Having some video that turned on any time someone triggered the motion detection would have been a pretty handy little thing!

Instructables user olivi3r, residing in Mexico City, has created a how-to on turning a regular ol’ webcam into a motion-detecting, email alerting ninja system using some software called iSpy.  The software is open source and free — there is a small monthly fee if you’re looking to get email alerts when it detects some motion.

I absolutely love the DIY way.

Check it out:

iSpy Connect – open source, free software:
https://www.ispyconnect.com/

Olivi3r’s Instructable on turning your webcam into a motion cam system:
http://www.instructables.com/id/Webcam-to-Security-Cam-movement-Detection-Email-Al/

Check out Olivi3r’s other Instructables:
http://www.instructables.com/member/olivi3r/

Confusion Through Sand – An Experimental Video on Recycled Paper

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Something that not many people know about me:  Until I was in my late teens, I considered joined the military, as was my initial plan in life.  I was going to join up, become an officer with combat experience, and then move on to join the FBI or CIA.

Since then, lots of things in my life gave a hand in turning towards art instead of war.  I am pretty glad for every moment of time I have not spent sweating somewhere under suppressing fire somewhere in a third world hellhole.  But in my travels and corporate event design and touring, I have met some great people who have and are in those places doing what they do for our freedom.

Sometimes it’s amazing to see art done by people who have seen that side of humanity.  Check this out — a video called Confusion Through Sand, done completely on recycled paper, and this is an amazing piece of work.  It is going to be heavily emotional for those of you out there who have had time being shot at in the deserts of the globe.  The audio is…  well, it is unreal.  Unreal.

Confusion Through Sand from ornana films on Vimeo.

I recommend watching this one too… the Making Of…

making Confusion Through Sand from ornana films on Vimeo.

Unreal.

HUGE thanks to Funker350 for posting the first round.  I highly recommend checking out Funker350.

A DIY Boba Fett Helmet Lamp!

This one’s dedicated to my buddy Greg.

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This is a fun project, especially if you’re A) not married, B) married to someone who appreciates the finer points of Star Wars nerdery, or C) not married — the Boba Fett DIY Lamp Project!

As long as you remember to clean the sweat and shame from your personal Boba Fett helmet, this project should go just fine for you.  Remember though, take the helmet OFF before you drill the holes.

This awesome project comes from Instructables user Major League Mods — check out their other projects, there’s some fun ones!

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“No matter how sure I am, I never bet the Fettman.”

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A DIY LED VU-Meter Necktie!

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I am never, ever disappointed by Make.  Not in seven years of doing this blog have I ever come across a story on Make that wasn’t the coolest thing I had ever seen, and I read somewhere in the neighborhood of eleventy million blog posts a week.  Well, it might be more in the tennedy million range, but you get the point.  Make is wicked.

Check this out — Maker and awesome duderino Collin Cunningham is sporting a cool LED tie in this video, which also consequently shows you how to make the tie!  It’s a breakaway tie that is modeled on the prison guard-style of tie, velcro in the rear of the neck; there’s also a microphone in the knot that feeds back into the LED controller, giving you a walking VU Meter!  As you can imagine if you know me, mine would be peaked all day long.  This system is built on Adafruit‘s wearable electronics platform called FLORA — from the website:

FLORA is Adafruit’s wearable electronics platform. We designed it from the ground up to provide the best experience for Adafruit’s community of makers, hackers, crafters, artists, designers and engineers. It’s built around the Atmega32u4 chip, which has built-in USB support. No pesky special cables or extra parts for programming, just plug it in and get started making the wearables project of your dreams! Works on Windows and Mac.

The FLORA is extremely beginner-friendly– it is difficult to destroy the FLORA by connecting a battery backwards due to polarized connector and protection diodes. The onboard regulator means that even connecting a 9V battery will not result in damage or tears.

The Ampli-Tie!

This FLORA device is pretty cool!  If you’re a tinkerer like me who loves to solder stuff and blow up all kinds of delicate circuitry because you are an occasional dumbass, this thing is the way to go, with its onboard voltage regulator!  Check this out:

This entire project is pretty much given to the world free at Adafruit’s website (the Adafruit Learning System, which is pretty awesome!); you can make your own Ampli-Tie to wear around the conferences!  Go check out Make, one of the coolest places for nerds on Planet Earth!

Taser Not Good Enough? How About the Taser Sword?!

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So the story generally goes like this — guy takes a taser and a sword, guy makes a creation that is way cooler than either of those two parts on their own.  Don’t believe me?  Watch:

As of me writing this post, the maker of this video had over 1,120,000 views on his YouTube video.  That is crazy!  User jonathonj9969 on YouTube posted the video of his lethal/non-lethal combo on Reddit, and that obviously went batsh*t crazy, too.

As you would expect, though.  Right?

Thanks, Viral Videos!

 

JimOnLight’s Top 10 Posts of 2012

It is so much fun for me to see what people like to read on JimOnLight over the course of the year – or week, or month, or quarter, I am nuts about research!

Check out the top 10 posts of last year – what was your favorite JOL post from 2012???

Post #10:
Multiverse, by Leo Villareal

Post #9:
JimOnLight’s Guide to Christmas Lights, Part 4:  Christmas Light Power and Safety

Post #8:
The Phenomenon of Earthquake Lights

Post #7:
Travel Tips for Squints on the Wing

Post #6:
The McNamara Tunnel, Detroit Airport

Post #5:
The Gaff Tape Dress Showdown

Post #4:
High End Systems at LDI 2012 — and HOG 4!

Post #3:
DIY Globe Cluster Chandelier-esque Fixtures

Post #2:
Lighting 101 — Luminance VS. Illuminance

…and the #1 most visited post on JimOnLight of 2012:

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, STEPHEN HAWKING!
Stephen Hawking is a PLAYA

Tune in next time, we’ll have the Top 10 Posts on JimOnLight Read While Farting on NYC Public Transit.  Stay tuned!

I didn't choose the thug life

Allison Patrick’s Awesome Artichoke Pendants

Have you seen these amazing lamps?!  A designer that has her stuff on Etsy, Allison Patrick of the 3R’s Blog (Reduce, Reuse, Redecorate – 30 projects in 30 weeks) has created some pretty cool pendant shades that are pretty representative of the beautiful shape of the artichoke.  But – the shade is made of recycled pages from books and magazines!  Allison’s lamps are very cool, they remind me of the decoupage projects my mom would do with us as a kid.  Just recently she got featured on Fab.com, and that has pushed her work sky high!

Allison’s got a pretty awesome story with her luminaire design business (which is called Zipper 8 Design, by the way) – she graduated with her Masters, and like many people, she found herself with lots of time and no job.  So, she did what we do when we want to change things – she busted her ass making a bunch of really great lamps!

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Allison, JimOnLight.com thinks your works are awesome.

Thanks Inhabitat for the original article!

Arduino Light Painting

After the Roomba Light Painting article from this morning, I got a bit jazzed about checking out some inspiring light painting articles.

I ran across this one from one of my favorite blogs, Hack-N-Mod, about using an arduino chip to make some excellent pieces of long-exposure light art.  The artist who they feature in the article, Kim Pimmel, used some pretty simple arduino rocking to make some beautiful art.  Some of this stuff is just amazing.

That screenshot above is from Kim Pimmel’s Flickr photostream of some of his light art with Arduino.  Amazing.

Here’s a video of some of that work – WELL worth your time!  Be inspired!

Light Drive from Kim Pimmel on Vimeo.

Thanks, Hack-N-Mod!

Soldering is Easy – A Comic for Beginners!

Have you seen this awesome, fun little learner’s comic on soldering?  Mitch Altman, Andie Nordgren, and Jeff Keyzer from Hacked Gadgets are responsible for this little bit of beginner soldering mastery!  Check it out, visit the PDF link here, and the original post here.  Learn to solder, you never know when you have to solder that blue wire onto the red one!