Prototyping in Acrylic
First some good news: I got time with an oscilloscope to debug my problem from before and figured out what was going on. So I'm no longer roadblocked.
I... Read more
Stuck on the Clock
For the past couple of months been writing the code to work each device on the board and testing it. But currently I'm stuck.
I've been spinning in place for... Read more
Board Build-out and Testing, Plus First Light!
As I posted earlier I now have a test board in hand. I had to wait for a solder stencil to arrive as well, which I'll explain below. So now... Read more
Look what came in the mail!
A real board. I'm still putting it together. I'm trying to get lots of photos/documentation of the build to post next week!
Parts! And LED Testing
Finally. I have just about everything to make a few test boards, minus the board itself.
I unpacked and inventoried everything, then took some printouts of the layout... Read more
Board Rev One
I have the finished board layout, with screen print and everything. I've been making lots of nitpick-y changes to the layout, fixing traces, stapling ground planes, moving things, changing my... Read more
With the electrical design completed and parts/suppliers chosen the next step is to layout a board.
This means actually drawing lines that will end up being traces (wires) in the... Read more
I'm working on the first revision of the board now. Over the last few months I've slowly learned how to engineer a proper electrical design from scratch. Now I've got... Read more
I wanted ISS Notify to work for a while not plugged in, so I've worked out a rechargeable backup battery system. But if you have a battery in a circuit you want to... Read more
Power Supply 1 Testing
First, let me apologize for both that sparse communication and for not having finished before Christmas. I've not had a great winter, and falling behind has become a feedback loop where I'm frustrated about... Read more
Parts, Hardware Testing
In The News
I gave a talk in October about data visualization projects I have worked on this year and I talked a little about ISS Notify and showed some early design... Read more
Client Software and LED Decisions
After spending several weeks out of town I'm back in Portland and back to work! I recently spent some time on the space coast to watch NASA launch a pair... Read more
Website is live! Cards and stickers mailing soon.
Despite also having a life (I just finished moving) and other jobs (sometimes people pay me and expect me to show up and do work. It's weird.) progress... Read more
Well, I am officially shocked!
Thank you so much to everyone for your support!
I've been working on the hardware design, some software, and the website for the past few... Read more
Wow! That was quick!
Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far! I'm really surprised how popular this has been and really excited to make it into a reality!... Read more