As of June 9th, Cowtowncapacitor.net will no longer be available on the web. Actually, I’m not sure how sad that is, since the organization has been dead for some time now. I just wanted to plublicly declare it on the website for record. Thank you to everyone that joined.
Cowtown capacitor has picked up a new ambitious project. We are attempting to build a weather machine. This project should be entertaining, and will offer us a vareity of challenges. The largest is the number of things we have to measure, which we haven’t even developed an inclusive list for.
What we do know that there will be at least 4 separate inputs that we will want to measure. We also know that we want this to be ruggedized because weather happens out in the elements. A device that is only safe to operate in-doors is not feasible for this project. We have to figure out how to put together an electronic device that will work literally rain or shine.
Things we know we want to measure:
In our next session we should be addressing some of these issues, and developing a parts manifest for what sensors should be purchased and what we will use as an exterior material. Hopefully we will begin prototyping this.
This week was a freeform week. Seoci was giving demonstrationson on lock-picking. Saphire worked on how to read output via serial on the LeafLabs Maple. Joe made lock-picks out of street sweeper bristles. We also gathered most of the components that we need for our home-brew CNC machine.
In short, we started a bunch of stuff, and have decided a number of tangents to explore.
Since I didn’t have much to write about this week, I figured I’d put up some of the pictures that I have taken during our sessions.
We sat down for a planning session today, and began planning on what we wanted to do. Of course, what always happens when a bunch of geeks get together and start discussing fun projects? We get to talking about blowing s!@# up. We have decided that our first project will be a potato canon.
Other ideas that sprang to mind are: