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Finger Speakers

 

Finger speakers
Finger speakers

 

Considering new ways to send tactile data to my skin I’ve been working on gloves with speaker coils embedded in them. As a test I wound and glued speaker coils to my fingers and was able to use them placed against a magnet to feel some pretty good vibration. This is awesome, but the only problem is that they seem to require LOTS of amplification to give me a good sensation. I think adding an air cavity with approximately 1mm of open air between the diaphram and my finger will give me a really good buzzing sensation and will try that out during the next build night at AHA. Can’t wait to figure out a way to make tiny tactile sensors that we can build in a massive array!

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Maker Space

Eat Pie at AHA! All Hands Active Making Pie

pie ingredients
Just wanted to let anyone know that couldn’t catch it at the Ignite Ann Arbor talks.

There’s a meeting in which PIE and makerspaces are involved. I promise coffee too.

Come to:
525 Liberty Ann Arbor MI 48104
at 7:22PM this wednesday.

RSVP here:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=205819719828

-Bilal Ghalib!

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events Maker Space Personal

Speaking at Ignite Ann Arbor 2

Ignite Ann Arbor
I’ll be talking at Ignite Ann Arbor 2 tomorrow. You can RSVP here Ignite Ann Arbor RSVP

Currently practicing my slides, I hope people follow me and can see a concrete image in what I’ll be proposing. Why gathering together in communities to build, share and talk regularly can fix what’s ailing our community. And what Benjamin Franklin would have to say about it. Doing what you think is most important is critical to working passionately and inspiring others to build with you. If you want a sneak peak at my slides, ask me for the URL. I’ll post the slides and video later, there’s a fun ending I don’t want to spoil. Come tomorrow and let’s hang out!

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Hatchery Maker Space news

AHA! All Hands Active Maker Space Now Open!

All Hands Active Ate Your Leg

Awesome news! I’m proud to announce that Ann Arbor’s Maker Space is now with name! All Hands Active [AHA] has a good flow and ring to it. But for me I feel it implies immediate action, a hands on / personal feel, and community involvement and these are three things that I think are critical.

Our twitter page is: All Hands Active Twitter
Facebook: All Hands Active Facebook
Address: 525 E. Liberty Ann Arbor MI

Our build nights happen every thursday at 7:22 -> Sleep O’clock. Which reminds me! Why don’t you join us today!
AHA build night RSVP

See you soon!
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Build and Tell – Ann Arbor Makers

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Hey all! Just thought I’d let you know that this Thursday (tomorrow) will be a Build and Tell presented by the A2Makers group. We’ll be meeting at the Neutral Zone [310 E Washington Ann Arbor MI 48104] to have some stimulants (coffee/mate), brain storm and share what we’ve been making. If you’re down to come, here’s facebook stuff yo.

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Dialog Personal philosophy

Words as sounds?

Sitting in my car a few days ago I had the strangest experience watching my brain attempt to deconstruct the way it parses it’s environment. I was attempting to listen to words for the sounds they were creating devoid of language and I absolutely could not. Unless I took a single sentence and turned off the radio I couldn’t just let the words wash over me without what felt like setting down roots that would drag as I pulled.

Try it, next time you’re listening to the radio, or your mother lecture you, try to hear her words for the sounds she’s making. I believe removing the human element from this essential interaction truely lays bare the awesome power of language. Vibrating air as telepathy.

WithPunch

-Bilal Ghalib

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art Tee Shirts two hands project

Two Hands Project Shirt

THP shirt in the dark

I’ve finally bought my ticket and a good group has formed around the project. Very rapidly things are coming together and it had to, there’s 9 days. I’ll be printing shirts for this project as a way to raise funds and to have something to offer. I really should make stickers and cards, I wonder if there’s a good place to do that that anyone knows.

Here’s the first prototype shirt for the Two Hands Project:

THP shirt under UV light
THP shirt under UV light

I think that a bit more formulation and my UV ink will be perfected, I think I want to use an Acetone based dye, but my concern is that the only ones I can get in that formulation that are sunlight stable fluoresce under 385/375 and that’s a bit low for general public UV light sources.

In anycase, expect invisible inks in the future. Tomorrow will be a glowey day.

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Projects Travel two hands project

Two Hands Project Update

Two Hands Project

Man! What a great response. I didn’t expect nearly such a profoundly positive experience after proposing The Two Hands Project but I guess that just means that it’s time has come. There’s still lots of work to do, and I’m just now going through the JetBlue iternary and I also still don’t have all the money I need to travel. But I’m still so pumped!

If you know of any spaces that I need to check out, or want to help out in any other way lemme know. We’re considering printing these shirts: SHIRTS!

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documentary news Projects Travel

Maker/Hackerspace Tour 2009 on JetBlue

www.twohandsproject.com is a Documentary on Maker/Hackerspaces that will be shot in a month during a whirlwind tour of as many USA spaces as possible on the JetBlue 600$ anywhere anytime ticket!

JetBlue is offering a 599$ ticket for a month of unlimited travel. We can hop around the entire country visiting spaces for 600$ and a few couches. This is a project waiting to happen. I’m also looking for any exciting film makers and funding, check www.twohandsproject.com for more info and to donate / be a part of this trip.

Yours

-Bilal

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Hatchery philosophy Projects

Chicago -> Boston -> NYC -> Ann Arbor Introductions

Billy Luigi and Mitch

It was such a treat to meet up with some old San Francisco friends today Mitch and Luigi.

We were able to talk a bit about the concept of a Hatchery (the name may be over used, but it’s so apt). And how it may help fund peoples ideas, I’m thinking some services that we can offer and some profit sharing models to encourage collaboration, and to stimulate work. I’m still mulling all these thoughts over and if you’d like to discuss what a hatchery can be, a hackerspace -geekery and +focus on entrepreneurship as a goal. But if you want to talk about this, projects in general, and DIY/Maker/Hacker culture you should come to the Ann Arbor Chocolate Cafe in Ann Arbor this friday!

Ann Arbor Introductions!

Where: 330 S Main St Ann Arbor, MI
When: 7:22 PM
Why: Talk, get excited, have chocolate
Bring: An extra dollar bill

-Bilal Ghalib

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programming Site Updates

Good Wiki Software?

I’ve been thinking about the relationship between wiki’s and mind maps. It would be neat if we could go from wiki to mind map to try to see a birds eye view of our thoughts and how they progress and grow. So I’m looking for good software to try to write a project oriented mind map of ideas, materials, webpages and people… So far I found Tiddly Wiki. Does anyone have any experience with this? Should I use something else?

_BG!

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Ann Arbor Hackerspace

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Coming back from PS1 in Chicago on the long drive back to Cambridge I’ve been doing some serious thinking. I believe that Michigan needs a hackerspace with a unique perspective, a job generating outlook. I’ll be back in Michigan – Ann Arbor – to start discussions on planning and organizing a new hackerspace next friday July 31st. Anyone who believes should be there.

_let’s go.

Jordan Bunker, Eric Michaud, Bilal Ghalib, and Amar Ghalib

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electronics Projects

How to Get a Short SMS Digit

US Short Code Association is the way Twitter is able to have such a short number for their texting service. It’s not free, it costs approximately $1,000 dollars a month, but if you have a good project that needs a quick texting service with a short number, register now. For me the word MODATI still is available… Hmmm

I’m still considering my options concerning interactivity and activism in relationship to business and exciting people. I want to make a interactive online/offline game that includes peoples environments including the things they’re wearing. I think I might try to set up a SMTP server to respond to text messages or picture messages… If anyone can give me some pointers on how to automate the translation of a picture text message, that’d be so sweet. Thank you all, and to all a good night!

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electronics Portfolio Projects

Touch Sight – using skin as a video display

Haptic Display V 2.2

Ahoi! I’ve been working on this project for some while now and I thought it was about time for an update. The tactile sensory substitution display has changed greatly since the last iteration, mostly in terms of electronics, currently it’s running at 10×10 pixels with a much faster refresh rate than the previous iteration. Previously I had it running a face detection program to isolate faces and present them to the wearer on their back, giving people additional information about their environments, here’s a video of me using the old haptic display:

The new electronics uses shift registers to load up chars which describe the video information, this makes it easier to send the data in streams and allows for a faster refresh, here’s a short clip showing the shift registers and the new electronics:

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Glowtubbing – Glow in the dark hot tub

tEp is where I spend lots of my time and is filled with all sorts of magicians, mathematicians, musicians and makers. Recently during a rooftop lemonade party we set up a hot tub and filled with water at first, later I remembered I had some left over UV dye in the car, the colorful carnage that follows should not be replicated unless you fully understand the hazards:

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art news philosophy Projects Tee Shirts

New Inks and Designs

At Modati Clothing we’ve been experimenting with new inks and techniques including:

  1. Photochromatic
  2. Thermochromatic
  3. Fluorescent
  4. Phosphorescent
  5. Hand Dying Fabrics

All these inks combined with fresh talent Ala Sadie Scheffer and what do you have? A whole new series of shirts rolling out, you can check out our new website at Modati.com. I’m really excited about the interactivity of our new inventory. Products like the thermochromatic potholders that change to indicate their states (they catch fire when they get hot) and the mood shirt, which appears to change moods depending on if it’s bright and sunny out, or dark and scary.

It’s interesting to see how important design is to us, if you consider the fact that you are simply an aggregate of sensory inputs through time, every object you encounter becomes a part of you. So let’s keep making beautiful things, so like the girl, we can keep a bright sky above and smiles on our faces.

-Yours

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Projects

Spy Candy – Hearing through your mouth – bluetooth bone conduction mold making

A test to see if tooth tunes will vibrate through Shape Lock
A test to see if tooth tunes will vibrate through Shape Lock

Bluetooth headsets are so tiny now. I was looking at one the other day and was thinking something like: “I’d eat that”. Now to follow through. What if we could put a retainer on that contained a vibrating element (like the one in tooth tunes) and a bluetooth headset put on auto pick up. We could automatically hear conversations in our heads. Neat spy gear I think, really hard core mexican gangs can replace a few teeth with this thing so that there’s no speech impediments.

So far I’ve made a plastic cast of my mouth (Shape Lock is a good acoustic conductor) and taken apart a tooth tunes toothbrush getting to the vibrating element. To make the Mouth Cast, I initially was going to use some alginate, but after finding a bag of Shape Lock all I had to do was melt it in a pot of boiling water, pull it out while it was still soft and shove it in my mouth (video coming soon). Simple enough, It made a very articulated and form fitted mold of my mouth. This along with the vibrating element means all we need to find a way to run it from bluetooth audio, might need to cram an audio amp in there too. Seems like it’ll be quite a mouthful of sound, tasty!

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Projects

Organic Electronics – A sensual digital world?

So I’m interested in coming up with organic ways to display and interact with digital data. So rather than having the harsh click-track rhythm of a drum machine, what if we had some true randomness in the timing? My idea is to make varying sized holes in a tube filled with water to let water drip at different times. These drops will land on a variety of peizo sensors and then will act like a drum machine. Perhaps rather than holes we can use old camera lens apertures?

Another place to add some randomness is in visual information. We could have a sheet of thermochromatic ink laying on top of a multiplexed grid of peltier tabs that could then act like a slowly refreshed image display. I think that this would give us fuzzy boundries, similar to a brush stroke, or watercolors spreading on a page. Perhaps even at a high resolution, these effects would add a softer edge to our digital images, making photographs something we could look up closely at without seeing the harshness of our digital compression strategies, no more pixels. Yay. I’ll let you all know how this goes. I’m trying to see if it’s worth trying to make my own semiconductive materials to make this display, or if  I should just use a prefabricated pelteir tab at a chunky resolution.

Anyhow, that’s whats up.

_BG

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Portfolio

Sensor Enhanced Intuition: Hand Motion Controlled Robot

Using your natural movements to control a robotic arm helped us rapidly gain skill in manipulating it. An arduino picks up the tilt, roll and compass direction and sends the appropriate signals to the SCORbot to move the arm. This demo application shows me and my two Team Mates diffusing a fake bomb during our final presentation in CIS 381 – Industrial Robots.

We built the arduino interface to connect directly with the robots control box. The code is outputted as an individual line depending on if that axis is activated. Locks were provided to ensure we can prevent any more motion on an axis if we don’t want to:

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news Personal

Transplanted

So I’m currently living with my friend Alex in Cambridge. He’s leaving in a few days to go to Brazil, but I think I’ve arranged a new spot to lay my head. I’m just starting a new job with a startup doing some Ruby/Rails programming, and I drive a moped around town. It’s beautiful:Garelli

Project based posting maybe be slow, but there’s some new programming snippets on their way here. Be good.

Yours in awesome

-BG