Quadcopter fail

The Quadcopter didn’t fail, I did. After a successful first trials, I took the Quadcopter out for a second spin, hoping to get some good footage.  I had lots of space to play with, but when it is up high and far away, you lose some of the spatial awareness. So I got it stuck…

Quadcopter first trials!

There really is something cool about flying. My batteries arrived for my recently acquired quadcopter, and today was a beautiful sunny day….  so perfect time to test out the quadcopter and do some first trials.  I met up with my friends Hussein and Julia before heading to DC’s Meridian Hill park, to put it through…

Quadcopter arrival!

There is something cool about flying. A short while ago I decided to order an extremely entry level quadcopter so that I could learn a bit about how to fly one.  Not that I really have a purpose – although I anticipate that being able to take video with it will be quite fun –…

An Arduino weekend!

If they had this when I was studying electrical engineering, I never would have switched to civil. Because making something blink has never been so exciting.  This weekend, I decided to finally pull out my Arduino board and see what I can do with it…. and it turned out to be quite a bit of…

Hour of Code

How many lines of code can you program in hour? A new campaign in the US that is spreading around internet is called “Hour of Code”, with a great video ad with celebrities and folks of all ages learning to code, and Obama giving a little encouragement. I checked out HourofCode.org to see what it…

Hack UR Baubles

Christmas is coming, so I was wondering if there was an interesting project that I could do that could be a gift or just be entertaining during the holidays.  As luck would have it, ModLab had a day-long workshop called Hack UR Baubles, run by Ottawa hackers Michael Grant and Megan Smith, to construct a…

Making the Pi play some audio

If the Raspberry Pi plays an audio file, and I can’t hear it, is it working? My objective this week was to make the Raspberry Pi play some sound out of its 3.5mm audio/headphone jack. Last week I was able to get the Pi to boot up and run a program, but this week I…