Miscellaneous Projects

The Nutcracker 3000

This is the most exciting toy to hit the market since the invention of the wheel. The Nutcracker 3000 is an amazing new product for your home or office. Now available in multiple colors, although the majority of it is green! Not recommended for the elderly, for children, pets, or middle aged people of all ages. Not to be ingested. The Nutcracker 3000 is built using an infrared proximity sensor, a sound module and a solenoid. A nutcracker was also used. A psuedo-random number generator is built in to provide a random selection of 3 hilariously inappropriate phrases!

The Sonic Houseplant

I made this for my Foundation Design course. It is fiberoptics, wires, and circuit boards installed in a plot of dirt. The fiberoptics are hooked up to some ultrabright LEDs and installed in a small pot of dirt. There is a button mic that is listening for audio input and filtering it into three frequency bands. Low, medium, and high frequencies get mapped to the colors red, green, and blue respectively. The blue light is modulated at ~20Hz and the green is modulated at ~1Hz for a more interesting visual effect.

Model House

This is my model home. I hope to move into it one day, once I finish my shrink ray. The inside of the house is fully furnished with beds, tables, chairs, a pool table, and even a staircase. I started working on this over the summer of 2011 and finished it recently. The trees are made from moss and balsa wood. I think they are pretty convincing.
The power lines going to the house aren't just details, they actually power the house. I wired some LEDs up through the floorboards and connected them to the powerlines. There is a little battery underneath the house. I just completed the wiring. I ended up building an amplifier circuit with a BJT and a photoresistor. The house lights only turn on when the room is dark. I will take some pics of that once I pick up some new batteries. The schematic is shown in the gallery.

The Singing Conch Shell

My pal Tim and I made this as a Christmas present for my roommate. This was likely inspired by an episode of Spongebob, or something childish like that. The conch shell has a recordable sound module hidden deep inside of it and a button on the top. I took apart an old cell phone to replace the junky speaker that came with it. Tim used a dremel to make the hole for the button. Tim and I took a few hours to write and record an original christmas song on the chip. It was performed on a ukelele and a melodica, and the tune is unfathomably silly. We were pretty proud of ourselves once it all came together. How often do you put your ear up to a shell only to have it serenade you?

The Timebomb Heart Guitar

This guitar started as a First Act guitar that an old bass player had forgotten about. My goal was to make a nice guitar for as cheap as humanly possible. Mission accomplished. Tony Janflone and I built it in his basement and he charged me 50 bucks for parts. I did some yardwork for him in return like a good teenager. (This was a few years back.)
I got some cheap paint and sprayed the headstock and body white. I painted the little heart design on there myself. Don't ever buy cheap spray paint, it's the worst. The guitar has no knobs and features only a single EMG humbucker and an on/off switch. Simple, just the way I like it. There is a little gold piece around the switch, surely not real gold, that Tony kept calling the "Deluxe Mahoya". I have no idea what that means and I don't know that he does either. We couldn't find a pickguard that fit on the guitar, so I cut one out of the linoleum that was left over from when Tony remodeled his bathroom. I think it sounds great for what it is. I played it at Planes: Season 3. It has splatters of pink and blue paint on it now. So does my instrument cable... and the amp...