“I am the one who drums”
– probably not this guy
In software development there is a type of defect called a heisenbug. It is named after the physicist Werner Heisenberg, who stated that the more precisely a particle’s momentum is measured, the less precisely its position can be known, and vice-versa. Likewise, a heisenbug is one which disappears when you add code or try to debug it using external tools.
When I posted about the intermittent problem with the Glowbek, I had no idea whether it was a hardware or software defect. Turns out, it was somewhere in the middle.
The Warp Hat, my first EL wire creation
To all the people who have been telling me “dude, you should run a class on that stuff” for the last I-don’t-know-how-long: guess what?
…no, I haven’t built a mega-death-ray out of lasers yet, but thanks for your interest.
I’m running an EL wire class!
Come along and build your own toy, hat, glove, or what-have-you that you think should glow. Don’t have a design in mind? I’ll have all the materials you’ll need to make a UFO that you can dangle from a fishing rod over people’s heads.
Even if you’re doing your own design, I’ll provide 3m of wire and a 2xAA battery inverter.
Over the past three weeks I have more or less put the Glowbek aside, focusing instead on my local hackerspace‘s latest acquisition: a 60W laser cutter/engraver.
it’s over nine thousand.
You’re probably asking what I’m doing having newly gained access to such a machine. Well, the first thing I’d do is
talk to Corporate make some engraving gauges.
Boom boom doum… bek.
The results are in: an Arduino connected via header pins, and loosely-attached prototyping boards are insufficient to handle being carried and played while dancing. It did, however, prove sturdy enough to be transported, handled, and played around a campsite.
I’ve had a mad scramble to get this website up and running. Until I have a moment to breathe, please enjoy a video of the prototype of the Glowbek and some photos of my previous works:
“Blinkenlights” – LEDs on PCB, wearable
“Pulse” – EL wire on fabric
The wall clock in the entryway at HSBNE‘s Port Hack campus.