April 8 Community Call Recap: Show & Tell
We chatted with @Philip_Verbeek about his Doorlock system - NEW NFC-Bit project. It uses his NFC Bit, which is up for vote NOW in the Bitlab. Watch this video to see how only a high profiled lego minifigure can access Philip’s fortress.
The NFC Bit allows you to add keys to your projects, just like the type you might already use to get into your work or apartment building. His bit is programmable; up to 4 NFC tags can trigger four different output levels or they can all trigger a high output. There’s even a “read all” mode that will output high for any NFC tag.
I’ve been hoping for a module like this to come along, and it needs your votes to become a real Bit!
OWI Robot Arm Controlled by Arduino bit
@br1wr2el3 Gave us a live demo of his awesome littleBits controlled OWI robot arm, which he controls with the synth keyboard and arduino module! He plans to enclose the relay board, leaving the keyboard accessible. Sequential movements are also in his future plans.
He’s posting regular updates on his project on the forum.
Works in Progress & Iterative Designs
The forum is a great place to show work in progress and get feedback/encouragement from other Bitsters. If you have a project that is in the works, you can start a new topic under Project Buzz. If you see a project in process, be sure to say hi to that maker.
It’s also great to use the project page to show iterations. Visit the profile page of @htkgk to see four versions of “Sound Machine”. Each one explores different sensors and sounds, yet each uses the lego turntable design. Watch version 4:
Apologies to @Barnabas that we ran out of time before we could see his robot; hopefully he will put it on the project page and he can join us again next time!
Folks who joined on this week’s community call provided RED GREEN and YELLOW feedback for the #InventAnything course.
@Chloeatplay and @Vanessa put together a handy guide for giving feedback that you can use to give feedback about the course or other people’s projects.