A Holiday Programmed for Romance

No matter how much I explain that I design digital devices and interactive objects using open sourced software that can sense and control objects in the physical world, my folks just don’t get it.  It’s too techie for them.  So I decided to show them what I do and how it applies in the real world by taking Arduino kits and building all my gifts for Christmas.  Luckily I’m from a small family and have the time to do this without flaming out of grad school.  It wasn’t long before I realized a Battle Bot like robot would not make an impressive gift for my grandma.  Worse, it could hurt her.  Blinking lights can be interesting, but useless.  Creating things like robotic arms are good for demonstrating how this stuff … Continue reading