Sylvia’s super awesome maker show

I just bought an Arduino, which is a cheap open-source electronics board. You can program it from your computer and build all sort of interesting devices that can respond to their surroundings. It can take as inputs pretty much any kind of electronic sensor you can get your hands on (light, temperature, pressure, sound, force sensors, and countless others) and can use them to drive motors, switch things on and off, make music, run a web server, play pong, and so on. I just started tinkering around with it and it’s incredibly liberating to be able to get a computer to do something physical.

While looking around for interesting Arduino projects, I came across this incredible video via Make magazine. It’s an episode from a show hosted by Sylvia, a 9 year-old tinkerer and Arduino hacker.

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  • Anmol

    Cool. Even I have been working on an Arduino project– to build a motion control dolly rig for timelapse photography a la the folks at openmoco.org. We should do a project together.

    Excellent blog! I’m lovin’ it.

    • Aatish

      Hey Tikoo! Glad you’re having fun. I’ve been considering building a trigger for high shutter speed photography. The link looks quite interesting. Let me know if you want any parts mailed your way. :) BTW, on the subject of timelapse and dollies, check out the episode on plants in the Attenborough documentary called Life. Its got the most mindblowing timelapse sequence of a woodland forest coming to bloom. And then they show how they filmed it.