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Q&A with Karl Blau about his KLAPS project

  1. Teagueduino: How To Build Machines Without a Ph.D. in Robotics

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    Here at Kickstarter HQ, we’re no strangers to DIY technology projects. There are quite a few Arduino projects on the site at any one time, and being an interested (albeit ignorant) party, I am always looking for a project that I can make sense of. Every time one rolls along, I go through the same process:

    1. Excitement. Yes, this project looks awesome! I will finally be able to make my first foray into the world of electronics.

    2. Extrapolation. I'll start with a simple thermometer and end with a clan of 300-foot tall robots converging at the summit of Olympus Mons to hold parliament over the fate of the solar system.

    3. Coming to terms with reality. While watching the video, I realize I have absolutely no idea what anyone is talking about, and that I wouldn’t know the first place to start. Dreams are shattered and swept under an old Persian rug.

    So, it was with a world-weary resolve that I steeled myself to watch yet another, probably-out-of-my-reach technology project video — the Teagueduino. But wait, what's this!? To my total delight, the entire project was focused on teaching amateurs (like me!) how to begin making their own electronic critters and doodads. 

    Teagueduino is a wonderful way for us newbies to get our feet wet. Just take a gander at this demonstration:

    The terminology might be troublesome for us poor Luddites, but the ability to create an IRL version of any classic video game should be enough for anyone to get Incepted with the need to figure this out for themselves.There's a revolution going on in the world of electronics, and the community seems on the verge of reaching a much wider population. The great thing about Teagueduino is that it will come with a whole host of tutorials for getting your first project up and running, and as you become a master, the tools at your disposal will ramp up accordingly. Start with clicking around, and move on to real programming when you're ready!

    Yes, it's true that my dreams for a robotic interplanetary congress may have to sit under that old rug for a few more years, but the vicious cycle has been broken. One day soon, I'll take my first step toward electronics greatness (or perfectly-adequateness), and the Teagueduino will have my back.

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  2. KSR @ The Brooklyn Book Festival This Sunday, 9/18

    This Sunday, September 18th at the Brooklyn Book Festival, join Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler for Kickstarter Conversations: A Symposium on Creative Ideas

    We've put together a panel of supertalented, insightful, and articulate (!) project creators including Ted Rall, Nelson George and (our very own KSR staff member/writer extraordinaire) Meaghan O’Connell to discuss their literary endeavors. Addressing their experiences as authors, the panel will explore what creating in public means for the writing process and how the emergence of new technology impacts publishing. 

    For some more info on these fine folk and their fine work on Kickstarter, check out:

    -Ted Rall's Comix Journalism: Send Tell Rall Back to Afghanistan to Get The Real Story

    -Nelson George's Brooklyn Boheme: a Fort Green/Clinton Hill Artists Documentary

    -Melissa Gira Grant and Meaghan O'Connell's Coming & Crying: Real Stories About Sex From the Other Side of the Bed

    The fest will also feature a guest appearance by The Uni, Street Lab's portable and public open-air reading room funded on Kickstarter this past August. If you've got a Kickstarter project at the fest and we missed it, please shout it out! We gotta organize a group hug or something or somethin'.

    Kickstarter Conversations will be held at 4 pm on the North Stage (Borough Hall Plaza/Columbus Park). Click here for more information on the festival.

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