Vernier's Probes with Sparkfun's Shield

posted Mar 5, 2014, 4:29 PM by David Held   [ updated Mar 5, 2014, 4:29 PM ]

Decided to take home the new Sparkfun Vernier Probe Shield and an analog temperature probe and see how it works. Well, its as close to plug and play as you can get.

I put on the shield onto an Uno plugged the probe, and downloaded the program here and done!
Sparkfun's Site-
Vernier's Arduino Recourses:
Software Downloads at

The next step is to have the data logged up to a data collecting website, like

In all the Chaos - Hope

posted Feb 25, 2014, 3:27 AM by David Held   [ updated Feb 25, 2014, 11:07 AM ]

"1Sheeld: An open-source platform that turns your smartphone into any Arduino Shield, A new product by Integreight, Inc.

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments."

Ok, nothing extraordinary here, but this group of people live in Cairo, Egypt in a tumultuous time. And as a sign of hope, the are invited by MIT's Media Lab and Blackbox, Google for Entrepreneurs program for a chance to flourish.

Persistence of Vision

posted Feb 24, 2014, 2:07 PM by David Held   [ updated Feb 24, 2014, 5:42 PM ]

The high school class started in on a Persistence of Vision project today. My interest in POV goes way back to my days as a filmmaker. The video here unfortunately does show the colors very well at all.

Finally - Video

posted Feb 11, 2014, 3:31 PM by David Held

After fixing some bad solder joints and realizing some miswiring, finally got the miniature video camera working. Adrian wants to embed the camera in a painting and display the video in the room. Observing the observer.

Hopefully, we'll use it as an input for video manipulation too.

Zombie Chopper

posted Feb 9, 2014, 6:52 PM by David Held

Liam and I ended our 4 day blacksmithing class at Dragon's Breath Forge in Wolcott, CT making a Zombie ChopperLiam and I completed our 4 day blacksmithing workshop on forging Zombie Choppers.. Great fun and hard work as Jamie Lundell led us through the process of forging, hammering, bending, grinding, sharpening and polishing steel. Can't wait to get back!

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