Tessel.io

tessel_2So I was able to get my hands on a tessel board and it has been a lot of fun! I’ve been toying with simple servo controls all the way to the Bluetooth Low Energy module (learning that from scratch was interesting!).

Using the servos I made a little arm to pick things up…but since it is made out of balsa wood, it is pretty flimsy.tessel_1

I was able to get my hands on a stepper motor and get that working with the tessel so ideally I’ll keep going the same route to have the “arm” move up and down a track knowing it’s position as it goes.  Maybe even have the arm be able to do a full 360 twist as well to be able to work on both sides of the track.  Check out a video of what I have so far here.

The cool thing about the tessel is it’s native language is javascript so most developers coming from a web background can easily get to tinkering with hardware/electronics with it!

Will be exciting to see what others pull off with this thing!

Exchange Rules

Exchange Rules ~ Custom email notifications!

New to the Google Play Store (for Android) and Windows Phone Marketplace (for Windows Phone), Exchange Rules lets you set custom email notifications for your Android phone based on criteria of who the email is from or on the subject of the email.  Currently, this is only compatible for Microsoft Exchange accounts.

So you’re like me, you have a lot of emails coming in all day long for work so you don’t want your phone making noise each time a new email comes in.  BUT, you do want to know if you get an email from your boss!

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