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Tennis Balls and LED's - Increasing user engagement

Recently I have been doing some freelance web development work for a local search marketing company called Propellernet, they are a great local company which really value their staff. One of the thing...

Build Brighton - I am a trustee!

A couple of weeks ago the members of Build Brighton the local hackspace voted for a new set of trustees. I put my name forward after a poor turnout of candidates prompted the existing team to reach ou...

Shenzhen Electronic Markets

Its been 3 weeks since I got back from China and I wanted to write a quick post about my my trip. I started off in Hong Kong where I spent 3 days exploring parts of the city and taking in as much as I...

Home Automation - Is anyone home?

I have been interested in the idea of home automation for some time, I think most of us like the idea of things turning on or off as needed so that everything is ready when we want. The closest I have...

Heading East

At the end of March I will be heading to China, specifically Hong Kong and Shenzhen for a little over a week. A few months ago I came to the decision that this year I would go to Shenzhen to checkout...

Laser Engraver / Cutter build log - part 1

After a week of experimenting I have made some decisions with my laser engraver but I still have a lot left to decide. I am going to publish regular video updates for this project, the first of which...

Laser Engraver - Project Idea

Last week I stumbled across the MicroSlice on kickstarter, this is a mini laser engraver and cutter made from laser cut wood, salvaged dvd drive parts and some electronics. It looks really cool but it...

Narrative Clip, Life Logging and Quantified Self

For a number of years I have been interested in the idea of the quantified self movement and collecting data about myself and my life, ideally with the aim of using it to make improvements but to be t...

Experiments with e-paper

I enjoy playing with new technology and one thing I hadn't experimented with before was epaper or eink. These are the displays found within ereaders like the Kindle. The displays come in a wide range...

Chip & Pin tamper detection

While browsing eBay I spotted a chip & pin key pad, this was being sold as locked/broken but it was only a couple of pounds so it seemed worth it. The pin pad arrived yesterday and after powering...