Factory vs. Warehouse Brain; the Generalist and the Specialist

This past week as I took an evening stroll with my maker-in-training teenage daughter we stumbled up the topic of what most would call the ‘impostor syndrome’. She, like myself, have a plethora of interests. They run the gambit from woodworking to embedded electronics, from cosplaying to drawing. However, she feels like she is not…

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The Case for Continuously Upgrading Your Systems

It is unlikely the world will emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic completely the same as it was before the virus swept the planet. No doubt this is almost purely a story of human tragedy, but as an engineer, my ears were piqued to hear how antiquated technology was contributing to the slow response to alleviate…

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Resources for Makers Who Want To Help Save The World

The COVID-19 pandemic has catalyzed the Maker Movement into embracing their role in emergency response. Like ham radio operators before, Makers are helping governments, NGOs and non-profits fill critical skill and manufacturing gaps that are exacerbated when disaster strikes. From 3D-printing face shields and sewing face masks; to MacGyver’ing a massive number of ventilators, makers…

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Green Shoe Garage @ Consumer Electronics Show 2020

My company, Green Shoe Garage, made it’s long-awaited CES debut this year. Along with partners Mouser Electronics, Digi, and Medium One; launched TANKFULL: An IoT Experimentation Platform. An excerpt: ‚ÄúTankfull consists of two water tanks equipped with submersible liquid pumps and liquid-level sensors. The demonstration platform enables an operator to control the flow of water…

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The Importance of the Maker

Like most of us, I wear many hats. Engineer, ethical hacker, author, and artist. Second only to dad, the hat I value most is that of maker. For me, the title of maker is a powerful one because it contains in itself so many important concepts. A maker is someone who thinks, who designs, who…

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Designing an Escape Room Gadget with Arduino, Eagle, Fusion 360: RFID Part 2

Like escape rooms? Wanna know how to make an RFID puzzle gadgets for escape rooms? In this video series, we will look at the tools and steps to create the electronic hardware, firmware, and mechanical components for an RFID-powered escape room gadget. For more information check out Green Shoe Garage guides at http://greenshoegarage.com/projects/oser/ Part 2 focuses…

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GoR 89: Chirps, Sims, and Scrambled Routes

Gears of Resistance #89 for September 16, 2019 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2019/GOR_0089_16SEP19.mp3 This week we cover: Open Source Escape Room: RFID Gadget Sticker Sensors Chrip Comes to Arduino; Transmit Data With Sound Circuit Express Simulator for VS Code C Playing Nicely With Micropython BLE Central Support Comes to Arduino Virtual Panel for Arduino EAGLE 9.5 Launches Arduino IDE…

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GoR 88: Of Clouds and Certifications

Gears of Resistance #88 for July 24, 2019 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2019/GOR_0088_24JUL19.mp3 This week we cover: Arduino Create Maker Plan Launches Adafruit.io Plus Arduino Nano 33 Boards | IoT | BLE Sense Arduino MKR GSM 1400 Arduino Fundamentals Certifcation | Guide PyBadge CircuitPython Gumroad [Download] For more DIY/Maker, OSHW, FOSS, CyberSec, and STEAM news follow along on Twitter,…

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