Duality: The Connected Change Dish

September 9th, 2014

Matt Richardson and I worked together on a project called Duality for Intel and Mashable. Mashable paired creators, equipped them with Intel-powered devices and gave them 16 days to build something special. We created an internet-connected change dish.

The dish can alert users with a subtle signal that you can program with a reminder for when you’re on the way out the door or just coming home.

Walnut Alert Dish

It was a quick deadline, but a great project to work on. Thanks Matt, Lauren, Tony, and the rest of the film crew.

Raw Parts for Dish

For more info, click here. If you share it out, please do so with the hashtag #Duality.

The Return Button

July 17th, 2014

Awhile back I made some props for No Strings, a group who weave urgent messages into puppet films and puppet play. No Strings works with some of the masters of the original Muppet Show and Fraggle Rock, reaching children in conflicts, disasters and poverty around the world.

Finally Done

One of the props was the Return Button that featured prominently in “Will This Be Your Life?”. It was a fun project for a great cause.

Things are fine in Daisy Johnson’s life, but growing up offers so many temptations. When walking home from school with her friend Frances and little brother Daniel, who she’s charged with looking after, she is flattered when Clifford, a guy on a motorbike, wants to talk to her. Ritah and Tanya are smoking cigarettes, watching. They’re the cool girls, slightly older. Daisy wants to be like them. When Kibing appears and offers her the amazing opportunity to choose between two futures, represented by Clifford and Frances and Daniel, she doesn’t hesitate. Luckily, she’s given a magical Return Button: at any point she can press it and return to the present with no harm done. It’s a good thing. At first, things seem great. Daisy grows up fast, smoking, drinking, hanging out in bars, and doing things better left until later in life. Then she gets pregnant. Worse, she has lost the Return Button! Much, much worse, she finds she is HIV positive, even though Clifford seemed so healthy. With only Clifford to turn to, she arrives to find him disgusted, flinging her old school bag outside. The Return Button! Daisy rushes back to the present, and to Frances and Daniel. She tells all her friends her story, and how she had a Return Button – but they wouldn’t.

Needs paint

Button Mechanism

Guess I’ve always been making magic buttons. Also, you haven’t lived until you get chewed out by a Muppet.

Robot Chest Plates (and Bottom Plates)

July 2nd, 2014

Chest Plate Powder Coated

Lately, I’ve been making a lot of robot chest plates and bottom plates. I’ve been experimenting with modifying steel electrical plates, technically called universal crossbars. Machining, bending, and modifying them. Typically, I get mine from Grand Brass (and this one).

So far, I like the results.

Bending Robot Chest Plates

Chest Plate Build

Chest Plate Build

Flan Bot Bottom Plate

Flan Bot Bottom Plate

Blue Bot

Bottom Plate Assembly

Robot Recipes Build Class

June 29th, 2014

Robot Recipe Build Class

I ran a Robot Recipes Building Class at ITP Camp last week. It was a of fun, very interesting to see all of the different designs.

Robot Recipes

Robot Heads

Robot Bodies

Toolbox Build on Father’s Day

June 28th, 2014

CNC'd Toolbox

I ran a toolbox building session at ITP Camp on Father’s Day. I CNC’d a bunch of parts and showed parents and kids how to put them together.

Flan Bot

June 28th, 2014

Flan Bot Powder Coated

The latest Robot Recipe came from cans that made flan with peaches (thanks for the recipe Jav). A sink strainer, some drawer pulls, electrical plates, and of course a toggle switch. I love the new blue color I just got my hands on.

Flan Bot Bottom Plate

Fully Assembled

Drawer Pulls/Arms Attached

Can and Center Post Assembly

Materials Needed

Nerdy Derby Robot Recipe Car

June 28th, 2014

Nerdy Derby Robot Recipe Car

Recently, the Nerdy Derby visited ITP Camp. Here was my entry.

It was King of the Hill night, the goal was to roll over a hill the slowest. As my car went down the track the axles tightened on the wheels, slowing it down. It worked some of the time.

Nerdy Derby Robot Recipe Car

Anatomy of a Robot Recipe

June 3rd, 2014

Tuna Bot Anatomy

Everything that went into making the latest Robot Recipe (plus some internal electronics). When the red button is pushed it pulses like a heart beat (heart beep?) and the top button turns on the eye lights and bottom light.

Blue Bot

Bottom Plate Assembly

Button on top instead of toggle switch


May 23rd, 2014


The birthday girl wants a Mickey robot, the girl gets a Mickey robot. Meet M.I.C.K.E.Y., two tuna cans, a a green bean can, two old Kodak 50mm film canisters, a couple washers, and some white push buttons.





Happy birthday Georgie.

Latest Crop of Bots

March 31st, 2014

The Latest

Trying to get my numbers up in my robot army.

Blue Bot

This blue guy came from a peach flan recipe, so he is Flan Bot.

White Bot

An Earl Grey Tea body and evaporated milk head, T.E.A. Bot.

Small Robot Head

Just a head for the moment, tuna fish can and Altoids lid. Don’t know if I want to eat that meal.