Archive for the ‘Makers’ Category

Mosspuppet makes a stylus – Shuddup!

Thursday, September 23rd, 2010

Not sure how effective or durable this stylus would be, but I love Mosspuppet and he does offer a little interesting commentary on 'conductive foam' availability - something other DIY stylus, like these here, here and here use. I suppose protein bar and other foil type wrappers are yet another ...

Clutch Pencil adapted as Touch Screen Stylus

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Over on his Artworks blog Crabfu has this excellent how-to video on making a touch screen capable stylus from a clutch pencil and conductive foam. This is one of the best ideas I've seen, using a readily available item in the clutch pencil. My thoughts in using it with your mouth ...

DIY Touchscreen Stylus using Conductive foam

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Finally, a Stylus kludge that actually looks workable as it can be made different lengths and is cheap and easy. Now, I just need to get hold of some of that conductive foam so I can get someone to make me up a mouthstick version. If anyone has some foam you can ...

Soft Sock Stylus for Touch screens

Saturday, April 10th, 2010

Over on Instructables is how to make a stylus out of anti-static socks for use on capacitive type touch screen devices - ala iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad etc. The stylus was the creation of dsLabs. Looks neat, but not sure I'd want to put this sock stylus in my mouth for ...

Recognition of Lifekludger’s stickytape love

Monday, April 5th, 2010

My iStick / iKludge experimenting got a shoutout in a recent presentation at the Science Museum in the UK. And the subject was .... "Stickytape"! Katrina Jungnickel has the full slides and story over on her making cultures blog.

Open-source hardware heads towards mainstream?

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Interesting article on Computerworld talks about the emergence of open-source hardware and the ways it seems to be moving towards more mainstream acceptance. Open-source hardware developments offer great hope and advantages for the adaptive technology field where there is not a huge mass market need and such specialisation and individualised needs ...

Mobile Phone Physicality and Inverse Feedback for Input

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Thought: Feedback can be turned to alternative input if inverted. Fabian Hemmert does research through and about design and creates projects like shape-changing-mobiles, weight-shifting-mobiles, breathing and pulsating ambient-life mobile device feedback. The mobile concepts are designed to provide different feedback mechanisms that are physical. I've often written about the importance of feedback when ...

Wireless door access TI watch

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Wireless door access using the TI hackable watch What seems "novelty" can often be essential in a different context. This type device could be great for access. The TI Chronos development kit will allow many great projects that cleverly exploit the resources of the Chronos watch. This video shows a hack that wirelessly ...

Make Open source hardware list 2009

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Make has put together a list of Open Source Hardware projects. These are projects in which the creators have decided to completely publish all the source, schematics, firmware, software, bill of materials, parts list, drawings and "board" files to recreate the hardware - they also allow any use, including commercial. Similar ...

A True Hands Free Bluetooth Headset

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Meet Darrell Earlier in the year I was contacted by Darrell. Darrell may not realise it, but he is a Lifekludger. Darrell has a son. His son lives with a disability. His son's disability prevented him from using a mobile phone. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="240" caption="earpiece"][/caption]Unable to press a button to activate 'hands ...

Light Activated Auto Blinds

Friday, September 4th, 2009

More DIY motorised blind mods from over on Instructables: Build A Motorized Window Blinds Controller For About $15.00 - More DIY How To Projects [hat tip Liz Henry of hackabilityblog]

Story of ‘good will’ highlights Lifekludger concept – Santa Cruz Sentinel

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009

This story from the Santa Cruz Sentinel shows the power of connection and what can be achieved when a Maker (Jon Bjornstad, a Santa Cruz freelance computer programmer) is backed by a Giver (Roy and Ana Cook of Saratoga) to help a Liver (Karadole, a paralyzed woman who lives in ...