SC Maker Faire 2014 Results

As alluded to before, I showed off my MountainBeest at the Maker Faire in Columbia, SC.  Here’s a video of the results:

It was fun, and I had a good time at the event.  I tried to conserve battery in the morning, but the legs were functional the whole time.  Along with this, I’m happy that nothing shook loose or jammed “catastrophically.”  My GoPro ran out of juice after a few hours, but that’s not too bad since it was transferring video over WiFi.


The components I used from Servocity performed quite well, including the 6 RPM gearmotors that powered each set of legs, the PWM relay to allow them to be controlled, and the servo pan-tilt device that my GoPro was mounted on.  Thanks to them for their sponsorship, helping me to build this ‘Beest without breaking the bank too badly.

I was happy to meet everyone there, and thanks especially to Jay for setting up the event.  For a little broader look at the cool events there, check out my article on Make’s blog about this, or there’s a huge set of photos available here.

My Youtube Video Progress

youtube-jeremy-cookI’ve been giving a lot more thought to my Youtube videos lately.  At first it was just a way to host videos for this blog, but I’ve been trying to produce them so they could stand on their own for the most part.  They could certainly get better, but I thought I’d take a look at some of my earliest posts and see what kind of progress I’ve made.

First up is one of my first Youtube videos, appropriately named, “rev1_robot_for_youtube_0001.wmv.”  I will probably change that soon to something better optimized for search.  It was taken with a webcam when I was in college, and not edited or lit correctly whatsoever.

So not exactly Citizen Kane.  Next up is a video Read more »

Where Else I’ve Been Writing

fiber-optic-mushroom-animated-smallGenerally this blog has been about projects that I do in my spare time.  You may or may not have noticed that I’ve been writing a bit less here these days.  Trying to do 3 posts a week on original stuff that I’ve made is pretty difficult, so that’s one reason.  Another reason, that this audience might be interested in, is that I’ve been writing for several other publications.

DIYTripods.comAs I’ve been doing more and more stuff with my DSLR camera and GoPro, I decided to dedicate a site just to that.  Unlike, I feature stuff from others quite a bit, as well as my own work.  Let me know if you’d like something featured there.

Popular Science – I was quite happy to have an article published in the March 2014 issue of PopSci.  Hopefully there will be more, but you can find my first article on light graffiti here.

Wired UK – I’ve written for Wired UK for a while now, and you can find some of my articles here.  They’ve been really cool to write for, and I was really excited to see my first article published in the summer of 2012! – The first site that I was actually paid to write for.  Definitely glad to be a former [HAD] writer, and I still get to do articles for them once in a while.

EETimes – Hackaday’s former editor Caleb Kraft now works at EETimes, and was cool enough to think of me when he needed a writer.  It’s a fun format as all the articles engineering or technology related, but other than that the subject matter is pretty open.  Check out my articles here.

Youtube – Not really writing, but I’ve been doing quite a few videos for my general DIY channel, which can be found here, and the much newer DIYTripods Youtube channel.  My videos have improved immensely over the years, but I definitely have much more to learn.  Check out the videos after the “read more” to see the contrast. Read more »