.:: Friday, March 26, 2004

As promised, The Electrician's Wheel (click it - it links to a bigger one).

For those who don't know, this is a simple little graphic which allows you to find quickly the electrical formula you need.

Have Volts and Watts and need Amps? Easy!
Have Ohms and Amps and need Volts? Piece of cake!

Anyway, I was having a devil of a time finding one of these on the web for my students, so I made my own.
Link to it and print it out...tell your friends!

Posted at 11:56 PM by CTP  | 
.:: Monday, March 22, 2004

KineticWorld's New Look

As you may have noticed, we have a very new look around here. The KineticWorld blog has become the main page, and it has a brand new look as well, custom created by the incomparable Elementopia.

The rest of the KineticWorld content is now deeper in the site, and can be found in the links over there on the right. Not every one of them is working right this second, but they will all be functional in the next few days.

After that we will bring on a new comments engine, and we'll be adding a few more contributors to the mix.

If you have an questions or comments please email info at kineticworld dot com.

Thanks, and stay tuned,

Posted at 10:46 PM by CTP  | 
.:: Saturday, March 20, 2004

QBOX - New shop space!

QBOX Mission Statement:
"QBOX supports the creation, presentation, discussion and preservation of mechanical, kinetic and electronic art in the Bay Area. We provide emerging and established artists with a much-needed local forum for their ideas and their art. Our programs help subsidize the creation of local art by sharing a substantial portion of our proceeds with the artists whose work we present. We create an artistic environment that encourages cross-cultural, cross-generational, collaborative interaction between art organizations, artists and audience members alike."

And now look what they're up to in addition!
Box Shop Box Shop Ra Ra Ra!!!

For those of you who have not already been dragged over to visit, Qbox is pleased to brag about its excitingly wonderful home in Hunter's Point, The Box Shop!

We are located in a surprisingly scenic area, right next to the radioactive lovin' of the Hunter's Point power station.

We have a metal shop, a group of misfits eager enough to hurt themselves making things, space for artists for a mere pittance, and a dandy barbecue (newly rendered for human use after the unfortunate "incident"!!)

Posted at 1:58 PM by CTP  | 
.:: Thursday, March 18, 2004

Imagineering E-Zine published by Dave Johnson, P.E.

Cool electronics and design site...very good resource. Also visit their sister site, Discover Circuits, an online collection of 7000+ electronic circuits.

Posted at 8:33 PM by CTP  | 
.:: Tuesday, March 16, 2004


RobotZone is a spinoff of, and is where you can find some very cool hardware to go with R/C servos. My favorite are the servo-mountable sprockets for small chain drives, and their power gearboxes - quintuple the torque of your servos!

They have a lot of other cool stuff besides for those of us who use R/C servos in our work.

Posted at 3:23 PM by CTP  | 

The Canvas Gallery - Upcoming Show

KineticWorld's own Scott Kildall is in an upcoming group show at The Canvas Gallery in San Francisco.

I'll be in a group art show at The Canvas Gallery, located in the inner Sunset district. The show, runs from March 24th through April 22nd and features seven artists, including three metal sculptors. In addition to the old classics of the Puzzle Box and the Alien Jellyfish, I will be showing an all new metal sculpture called Traffic which is meant to be handled and played with.

Details on the dates are here.

Posted at 3:13 PM by CTP  | 
.:: Monday, March 15, 2004

Parallax, Inc - New Servo Controller - $39

There are many other servo controllers out there already, but we still like to see new ones come along.

This new one from Parallax (the folks who bring us the Basic Stamp line of microcontrollers) will control 16 discrete servos, and they can be ganged in pairs to control 32 servos from one serial line.

For those who don't know why these things are so cool - getting a microcontroller to control 16 servos would not only take up 16 I/O lines, but would also necessitate that your program handle all pulse generation, and timings, for all the well as whatever else it was supposed to be doing. A board like this will take up one I/O line, and allow you to feed it basic instructions as to what all 16 servos need to be doing at any given moment, thus freeing up your MCU to do all sorts of other cool stuff.

And it does all this magic for just under 40 bucks.

Other controllers in this vein:
Scott Edwards Electronics

Posted at 4:41 PM by CTP  | 
.:: Sunday, March 14, 2004

Trying out a new blog template

And learning CSS with my hands tied in the deep-end too :(

Anyway - just in case you wondered why it looks like this :)

Posted at 11:02 PM by CTP  | 

Hobby Engineering

Here is a fantastic supplier of robotic, electronic, and electromechanical parts. Even better, if you live or visit the San Francisco Bay Area, is that they've opened a retail store at their offices.

They offer many reasonably priced technology kits, and a whole host of discrete items.

After I visit the reatil store soon I'll post a report on it.

Posted at 11:10 AM by CTP  | 
.:: Wednesday, March 10, 2004

ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show

I blogged a deeper link to ArtBots a few days ago, but I forgot to blog the main enchilada.



Posted at 9:03 PM by CTP  | 
.:: Sunday, March 07, 2004

klockwerks - Unique Timepieces

Jamais from just sent me this link to some very interesting timepieces designed by Roger Wood.

Posted at 9:00 PM by CTP  | 

Feral Robotic Dogs desgined by Natalie Jeremijenko are a brilliant example of fusing art, technology and activism. As hacked robotic toys, the dogs exhibit packlike behavior and use chemical sensors to track down nasty chemical deposits at superfund sites.

A much better use of canines than sniffing for drugs at the airport and this invention-artwork has received accolades from both the high art community and the culture jammers. Good work!

Posted at 8:34 PM by Scott  | 
.:: Saturday, March 06, 2004

ROBOlympics update

So as things stand now I won't be competing, but I will be there videotaping. I will put whatever comes from the footage up here at KW.

Buy your tickets now if you were thinking about going! March 20th and 21st, Fort Mason, San Francisco.

Posted at 12:22 AM by CTP  | 

Leesa and Nicole Abahuni at ArtBots: The Robot Talent Show

Leesa and Nicole Abahuni

re-capacitance is a cumulative project that began at the 6th International Arts Biennial of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on April 8, 2003, just 19 days after President Bush officially declared war on Iraq. In the U.A.E., graffiti and protests are not permitted by law, but it appeared to us that this installation had provided an outlet for their expressions that could not otherwise be displayed.

Posted at 12:18 AM by CTP  | 
.:: Friday, March 05, 2004

Engineering Rebecca Schwarz - Solar Nerve

"Solar Nerve" by Rebecca Schwarz

Installed in front of the Burlington Electric Company
585 Pine Street, Burlington, Vermont

Rebecca's outdoor installation is intended to represent an active nerve.? It is solar powered and operates at night.? The structure consists of twisted copper wire supporting lengths of clear acrylic rod that are illuminated from the ends by bright white LED lights.? The lights animate to simulate electrical impulses coursing through the ganglia from the trees toward the central nerve body.? The animations are randomized to give a sense of life.

Whoa! Pretty cool!

Posted at 7:43 PM by CTP  | 

BrainBall was developed by a Swedish company a few years ago and recently featured at the Pompidou Center.

The concept is to push a ball towards your opponent using theta waves which are produced by your brain in higher states of relaxation. To win the game you have to not think about the ball. Apply the metaphor to other aspects of life.

Posted at 10:14 AM by Scott  | 
.:: Tuesday, March 02, 2004

I just ordered a bunch of m/f serial cables for stamp programming from Cable Wholesale at $1.30 a piece. They have a will call in pleasanton.

Posted at 9:20 PM by Gary  | 
.:: Monday, March 01, 2004

From Windmills to Whirligigs

The amazing wind powered whirlygig art of Vollis Simpson.

Posted at 3:10 PM by CTP  | 

Kinetic Sculpture Race Videos

The Kinetic Sculpture Race, at least the original one, takes place every year up on the north coast of California. Hundreds of participants build amazing vehicles capable of travelling over pavement, mud, sand, and a couple miles of open water...all the while looking very artistic.

I have seen some of these videos, and they are quite good...I can recommend them.

The race's official website is here. But as of today it is not loading for some reason.

Posted at 11:41 AM by CTP  | 
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