Les’s Electronics and Programming Blog

A new paradigm for Human Interface Device

A new paradigm for Human Interface Device

This KickStarter based product will allow us to interact with computers like never before.

Building on the success and industry acceptance of MicroSoft Kinect, this sensor is capable of detecting the position of all ten fingers simultaneously. The applications for this have yet to be realized.

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Leap Motion Human Interface Device

Projects of the Day: Dec 8. 2013

Posted by on Dec 8, 2013 in POD | Comments Off on Projects of the Day: Dec 8. 2013

Projects of the Day: Dec 8. 2013

Projects of the Day

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Eastside Culture Crawl Highlights

Posted by on Nov 26, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Eastside Culture Crawl Highlights

Eastside Culture Crawl Highlights

Eastside Culture Crawl Highlights

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New Tool: Rimoldi 327 Industrial Serger

Posted by on Nov 16, 2013 in News, Tools | Comments Off on New Tool: Rimoldi 327 Industrial Serger

New Tool: Rimoldi 327 Industrial Serger

New Tool: Rimoldi 327 Industrial Serger

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New collective in the Eastside Culture Crawl inspires and empowers artists

Posted by on Oct 30, 2013 in Events, News | 0 comments

New collective in the Eastside Culture Crawl inspires and empowers artists

There’s an exciting new artist collective to visit in this year’s Eastside Culture Crawl

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Urban Farmer Courses at CoLab: July

Posted by on Jul 10, 2013 in Events | Comments Off on Urban Farmer Courses at CoLab: July

Urban Farmer Courses at CoLab: July

Urban Farmer Courses at CoLab: July

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Basic electronics & microcontroller workshops

Posted by on Jul 3, 2013 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

Hey folks,   I’ve been threatening to hold some fun, free basic electronics and microcontroller workshops at CoLab for anyone interested… my goal is to simply share knowledge and possibly work with some of you to help bring your ideas alive!   I’m now shooting to put something on in around a one month timeframe. There would likely be several workshops in this series as there is too much info to cover in a single workshop. I’ll be sending out a more formal agenda in the next coming week or so.. and hopefully post to “upcoming classes” on the VCL website – once I figure out how to!   These workshops will be of interest to anyone who wants to:   …gain a basic knowledge of AC or DC electronics …add motion to a project via electric motors, servos, or linear actuators …add sensory detection to a project (motion sensing, human interaction, light detection, etc.) …add lighting effects and learn the basics of controlling LEDs (single color or RBG) …add sound to a project …automate operation of solenoids, relays and other actuators …learn the basics of programming small, embeddable controls into their project …Use inputs to personal computers as means to manipulate visuals/sound   The ideas I have listed here are just guidelines – I’m very open to taking this in any direction that seems relevant!   The workshops will center around using open source hardware and software in keeping with the community spirit of CoLab and the Maker movement!   Some cool links:   Open Source microcontroller hardware: http://www.arduino.cc/   A truly awesome repository of electronics tutorials: http://www.electronics-tutorials.ws/   Some ideas for inspiration: http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Projects/ http://hacknmod.com/hack/top-40-arduino-projects-of-the-web/ http://www.makershed.com/iOS_Sensor_Apps_with_Arduino_p/9781449308483.htm http://playground.arduino.cc/projects/ideas   An amazing multiplatform open source software suite for interactive design (this software can interact with the arduino or any hardware connected to your computer – could cover this off in later workshops) http://puredata.info/     These workshops should be fun and FREE – I don’t think I would need to charge for the workshops unless it makes sense for me to supply standard  kits of materials just so everyone has exactly the same gear. I’m thinking that laptops would be a prerequisite.   Cheers,  ...

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Fred’s Mill

Posted by on Jun 29, 2013 in News, Tools | Comments Off on Fred’s Mill

Fred’s Mill

Fred’s Mill

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Urban Farmer Courses at CoLab

Posted by on Jun 20, 2013 in Event Calendar, News | Comments Off on Urban Farmer Courses at CoLab

Urban Farmer Courses at CoLab

Urban Farmer Courses at CoLab

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Just Another Busy Sunday

Posted by on Jun 10, 2013 in News | Comments Off on Just Another Busy Sunday

Just Another Busy Sunday

Just Another Busy Sunday

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Catch us at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Posted by on May 30, 2013 in Event Calendar, Events, Maker Faire, News | Comments Off on Catch us at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Catch us at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

Catch us at the Vancouver Mini Maker Faire

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