ITP Camp 2014 report on National Maker Day

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National Maker Day

I started this post on National Maker Day, so here’s some info on that. The White House just released this: FACT SHEET: President Obama to Host First-Ever White House Maker Faire: A Nation of Makers: Empowering America’s Students and Entrepreneurs to Invent the Future. It’sFull of leads on grants and resources for Making in higher ed, and K12 here. And the White house had the first Maker Faire Day today:

ITP Camp 2014

I’m in NYC for three of the four weeks of ITP Camp 2014 telecommuting for Marlboro during the day as I refresh the skills I learned while at ITP in 2006-2008.  The camp is part of New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program in the Tisch School of the Arts. Camp is for folks who want to come workshops after work, and on weekends, in making, physical computing, digital fabrication, e-textiles, programming, etc. It’s like a mini-graduate school! But without the credit, or the loans.

Here’s my project, the Grass Saver Garden, v1, aka “The Plant Killer”

Here are my photos from ITP Camp 2014 Photos on Facebook

ITP Camp 2014 Photo Album Cover

ITP Camp 2014 Photo Album Cover

I’m focusing on skills around 3D printing, laser cutting and basic electronics with solar panels by making a project that uses all three called the Grass Saver Garden. The project is kind of silly, but it’s a learning project. Simply put, I want to have a solar powered raised bed garden that will allow people to grow a garden, without digging up any of their lawn.

A Tribble Has Landed



(ITP Physical Computing. Todd H.)
About the project:

Caleb Clark, James Daher, and Klara Palotai present a Tribble. Gently hold it and apply pressure to its fur to find out what it likes (purr) and dislikes (grrr).

This project explores the bond between humans and Tribbles via sensory input and pseudo-emotional feedback. Through interaction the user begins to understand the topology of this featureless alien and hopefully considers the prospect of human/technology emotional bonds.

About Tribbles:

On the 29th of December 1967 the original Star Trek TV show unveiled this curious creature in the “Trouble for Tribbles” episode. The Federation first encountered Tribbles on space station K-7 on Stardate 4523.3. Tribbles are harmless and love humans (but hate Klingons). They are asexual and born pregnant. They reproduce depending on the amount of food available.