Left Foot Right Foot

So I was back in the seat on Wednesday. Things felt a lot more straight forward this time, but the weather was much colder overall. My objective in this session was to become more consistent at higher speeds and to really hone my braking points. I really wanted to feel comfortable in the kart and be able to feel like I was controlling it, not the other way around. I find it quite similar to Read more…

Panic-Proof

So it’s getting towards the end of the semester again. Workshop is a battleground, laser cutters are so busy you have to book for next semesters deadline. Everything is a mess and no one has time for anyone. Your laptop is full of a few thousand files helpfully named “finalsubmission2.pdf” “finalsubmissionfinalfinal.pdf” and “aaaaaasubmissionhelpme.pdf” This kind of situation affects everyone but how come some people seem to take it in the stride and others become wide Read more…

Didn’t Catch That

In my second year of study I completed a semester of work supported by Microsoft. They were interested in CUIs (Conversational User Interfaces). CUIs go beyond just ‘voice recognition’ or ‘speech activated’, they attempt to emulate the human flow of conversation. This can be focused down to query and response. The same way I can ask a friend, ‘Hey, what is the time?’ and they respond with ‘Oh, it’s half three.’. Microsoft were interested in Read more…

Laser Sharp

So work on Open Ears Mk2 had begun! The mk1 had been used to destruction because it was made of paper, we hadn’t anticipated that the Deaf Hub would actually use the paper prototype we had made for them in real workshops. I still feel bad today when I imagine them talking about the work that students had been doing then dropping a mashed piece of paper on the table. Oh boy. Something had to Read more…

Small Things

Connor brought a small cube projector called the RIF6 Cube into the studio today. It was to demonstrate his project DreamTime, a collaborative storytelling device. He used a raspberry pi zero to access his web server then used the small projector to display the content. This took me a while to realize but the entire setup was about 3 inches square. It was such a slick way of improving the presentation and it was infinitely portable, running Read more…