I’ve always got loads of projects on the go, this is a good thing. The way my mind works is that I’ll obsess over something for ages, making loads of notes and plans, then I’ll start working on it until I hit a blocker and put it on the back burner. I’ll then pick up another of my projects, rinse and repeat. I thought I’d create a page with a list of my projects so that readers can have an overview of my long term projects and where they are.
Hugo is my Mini, he’s a 1990 Mini Thirty which is an oddity as they were first released in 1959 so he must have been one of the last registered. The plan is to take a classic car, one I’ve loved all my life, and bring it up to a more modern spec without losing its essence. This means that the external and internal styling will remain true to form but the internals will be given a kick, upgrading the engine to replace the carb/distributor combo to use EFI (Electronic Fuel Injection), upgrading the suspension to be a bit smoother and getting a five speed gear box. The instrument cluster will be upgraded to a digital system, central locking and electric windows. Possibly trickiest will be climate control.
Bumblebee is my aged Roomba, it’s an original 2002 model that has seen better days. I’m using it as a chassis to experiment with mobile robotics and I’m replacing it’s logic board with an Arduino and Raspberry Pi to enable new behaviours and capabilities. Mostly just me having a play.
This one needs a name but Plan B fits quite well, this is very much in the planning stages but it’s a micro caravan that I can tow behind Hugo. “Plan B” is essentially “escape” so quite apt! I want to be able to have a compact space I can tour in that gives me a few luxuries, the most important specification is that as soon as I arrive on site I can make a cup of tea with minimal work. No popups or fancy setups in this case, it’s quite a challenge but a very long term plan that needs Hugo finished first!
This is a game I’m designing for Reading Beer Festival’s Games Team, it’ll be a bunch of targets that you can shoot with a Nerf(TM) gun that count how many points you’ve scored and auto resets once done.
Home automation, new furniture, that sort of thing.
Virtual Pinball Table
I’ve wanted to build a virtual pinball cabinet for years and recently one of my colleagues gave me a 30″ IPS monitor which will be ideal for the play area. I’m going to make it into a coffee/cocktail cabinet style with a removable backboard so it’ll have multiple uses. Early days and I’ll likely pick this one up over winter.
I wear hats, I like wearable tech, why have I not hacked my hat yet?! At EMF this year I discovered how useful having a head torch strapped to my hat was, I want to make modes to a hat that aren’t obvious but will add features. RGB LEDs, vibration motors and audio devices are all on the cards.
I live in a town and can get most places quick enough on my bike, I also have a trailer for it which means I have less excuses not to cycle places. I’ve installed a dynamo hub in the front wheel, which I need to write up at some point, and want to build a set of lights and a cycle computer for it. This will include cargo hacks too.