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Idea: Drone Logic

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A visual programming platform for mapping functionality to open-source hardware, like Arduino.

Developers write ‘code blocks’ that accomplish certain tasks. These are either free or purchased through the market. Users only see the abstracted code, like legos, or Tetris. Total ease of use.

Users stack a few of these blocks to solve a specific problem –  in the case of a (play) combat drone: attack or defense capabilities.

Same approach to a bunch of different consumer hardware verticals. Home automation. Home theater. Toys.



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Sketchify – A Platform for Drawing

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From the Wireframes blog.

Sketchify is an open source toolkit for simulating simple drawings with a wide range of inputs in real time.

As an example, it allows you to quickly create a functional prototype of a moving car along with the mouse acting as a controller for its direction.

Other inputs which Sketchify may apparently hook up to include: motion sensing (with a webcam), speech recognition, face recognition, Wii Remote, web services, Phidgets, and Arduino. All of these of cource can then be tied back to move, hide, and affect various interface elements.



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Where Word Processors Fall Short

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The inability to lay out the multiple pages of one document as you would on a desk. The current generation of word processors, quite frankly, sucks at enabling this. Why?

Because when storage was scarce, deleting useless stuff was an important function. (Particularly when the storage medium was paper, where deleting was a real pain in the ass.) So the workflow design was rigid.

But now, when storage is plentiful and errors don’t mean as much, apps should be coded on a backbone of ‘open processes.’ That is, concurrent storage/retrieval of multiple revisions.

For example, as I write something, I may have multiple takes on it. Different paragraphs that don’t yet make a coherent piece. Using a vertical interface is a roadblock. Instead, I open multiple documents and write different takes in each. Then I can see them all on the screen and take a look at what needs to be pulled from where to create a final document.

Y’know, like index cards of the past.



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PCB Fabrication + Fritzing

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When I was in Germany last summer, Caelan (my smarter, better looking half) arranged a tour of a small engineering firm that built high performance PCB’s for Porsche’s racing class vehicles. It was a great experience.

This small team designed, built, and shipped these complex boards, in a single office of a couple thousand square feet. I got to see some of that fabrication technology in motion – see how they printed the board, and how components were placed on the board extremely rapidly by robot arm. One guy oversaw each piece from beginning to end. Two checked for errors and shipped (or routed to the engineers for testing). It was a very lean, very innovative kind of place. 13 people. (2 partners, 1 customer service, 7 engineers, 1 fabricator, 2 quality assurance/shippers).

This is the kind of technology that can make that kind of sophisticated technology fabrication widespread – both geographically and across domains.

Fritzing is an open-source initiative to support designers, artists, researchers and hobbyists to take the step from physical prototyping to actual product. We are creating this software in the spirit of Processing and Arduino, developing a tool that allows users to document their Arduino and other electronic-based prototypes, share them with others, teach electronics in a classroom, and to create a pcb layout for manufacturing.



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Review: Teleport

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Fantastic free application if you need to control multiple Mac’s with one keyboard/mouse. (For example, if you don’t want to have a keyboard attached to your home theater brain.)



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