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121  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Pool Skimmer on: October 15, 2010, 04:31:01 pm
This solar skimmer http://www.solar-breeze.com/ looks like a BEAM project.

Anyone do any projects for cleaning swimming pools?
122  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: I'll never order from allied electronics every aga on: October 11, 2010, 04:26:35 pm
Shipping is a lot, there is no way around it. Unless they can mail it USPS with no tracking, you must pay. The best you can hope for is to get it quick. I ordered from AdaFruit last Thursday and got it on Saturday by USPS, because we are both in NYC.  

Anyone know what other outfits ship fast by UPS ground to NYC?
123  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Laser-based game tutorial provided by IBM. on: October 11, 2010, 04:19:52 pm
I've read this and it's quite good. A chick at NYC Resistor showed it to me.

I am making a tankbot game by mounting a laser tag gun on the back of tracked bot. You would make 2 remote controled tankbots, a 4'x8' course and then you can fight 'em. I'm currently building the second tankbot and having second thoughts that the game will suck.

For human laser tag, you might as will just buy 'em: http://www.amazon.com/Hasbro-92692-Lazertag-System-2PK/dp/B0026J7EIO/ref=pd_sbs_t_2 They are only about $30 per tagger and quite good.

The one improvement they could use is a hat/head sensor. I've been thinking about hacking them.

We play in Central Park, NYC sometimes. My liberal wife does not like shooting the children  smiley
124  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Maker Faire NYC on: September 25, 2010, 10:56:12 pm
It's on guys. You can still go Sunday. Definitely worth the trip. Just take the 7 to Queens.
It is a great place to see lots of projects, learn a lot and get inspiration for your next project. You can also bring the kids.
125  Forum 2005-2010 (read only) / Bar Sport / Re: Book Recommendation on: September 23, 2010, 02:01:16 pm
I was initially put off by Making Things Talk cover. I thought it was about speech generation smiley But having cracked the cover, it is pretty good. Check out the table of contents to see if it would be a good resource for you.

I find the web is generally a better resource for Arduino. After all, we all have different interests.

New users can just skip the book and get a kit. I started with something like this from AdaFruit: http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=17&products_id=193

This looks cool too: http://www.adafruit.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=17&products_id=170
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