Last Saturday was the second annual “Float Your Boat” fundraising event for the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri. It’s a wacky event where teams build real boats out of cardboard and duct tape and then race them at the lake behind the Bass Pro Shop in Columbia.
This year’s surprise winner was a group of hackers called Columbia Gadget Works… [see more]
When you imagine a hacker, you’re probably thinking of someone banging away at a keyboard, doing something shadowing and illegal on the internet. These days a lot of hackers are banding together, and it’s far from illegal. They’re forming groups called hackerspaces–community workshops where hackers (some of whom prefer the term “makers”) get together to build robots, modify electronics and socialize… [see more]
MARCH 15, 2012
Gadget lovers explore electronic possibilities as they create robots and replicated iPhones
At Brad Collette’s workshop, tucked into the woods near the Columbia Regional Airport, a crowd of about a dozen stands around a steel box that whines and at moments flashes erratically. Under the machine’s lid, a high-powered laser zaps a small, thin block of wood. Collette tests the attention span of his computer by feeding design instructions to the laser cutter at the same time as it directs a 3-D printer. The 3-D printer sits on a shelf above the laser cutter, its robotic arm toiling inside a cubic cage, pouring in short, jerky passes a goopy molten plastic that will eventually form a functional gear… [see more]
FEBRUARY 1, 2011
Professor Scott Kovaleski took the time to figure out for himself how one could make Christmas lights flash to the beat of his favorite holiday tune.
“That involves building some software that will analyze the music and detect when the beats are so you can blink lights to them,” Kovaleski said. “Then, you have to have a connection between a computer and some physical computing device and translate that so the lights can be blinked.” [see_more]