MonthOctober 2015

Making-of a hardware product: the Cloister


A while ago I worked on a project that I called “The anti procrastination box“. The idea was to have a box inside which you could lock down your sources of distraction for a predefined amount of time (weather it be your favorite video game cd, your cellphone…).

Shortly after I had published a tutorial on the project, someone contacted me on reddit asking me if I’d be willing to create a product from the project. I immediately accepted as I had wished to enter the entrepreneurial world for a quite a long time.

9 month later and the project and the project is at a dead end. Why ? Reasons. Mainly because my partner and I both wanted to concentrate on what we liked. For me it was prototyping, for him web development. But nobody wanted to handle the requirement when undertaking such an endeavor, which are basic field and market research, robust strategy planning etc.

Since I don’t want all the work done to be lost for everyone, I’m releasing the plans and schematics involved in making the prototype along with a little narrative of the prototype process. Feel free to use any of this material.
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The hack-o-lantern project


I recently got involved with an organization called Wearhacks.

WearHacks is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Montreal, focused on the promotion of innovation and entrepreneurship in Wearable Technology and Internet of Things all over the world.

They asked me to make a fun and seasonal project intended to be used at the Los Angeles Hacktoberfest event in order to introduce high schoolers to the world of IoT.

The result is – behold – the Hack-o-lantern.

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Make an automated tea steeper- with Arduino

What we will be making

I recently got an opportunity to present my first workshop and thought that it could be interesting to share the result. It’s an introduction to Arduino for beginners during which we will be making a automated tea steeper. I chose this project because it provides a good way to introduce basics concepts of embedded programming, from lighting up an LED to dealing with an analog input, controlling a servo motor and keeping track of time, plus it was already very well documented (see the sources).
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