Friday, April 29, 2011

Vertical blade mold is the only way to go!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thought someone might find this helpful or interesting.  

This table is based on gross receipts reported for Tron: Legacy by country since it was released and then trended for today's date.  Then I took the population to get a per-capita expenditure and you can see that in countries like Singapore and Australia the movie had an appeal to a much higher percentage of the population.  If I had ticket prices I could tell you how many people actually saw the movie!

In fact, most of the fabric that I have sold and half of the modded discs I have made have been shipped to Singapore or Australia.  The remaining sales have been here in the USA or to France.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Due to popular demand we are now offering a blade-less costume version of the disc mod for about $100 cheaper than the original.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Some videos from my V3 mod kit in development.  This will be a significantly cheaper kit and an easier DIY project than V1.  V2 (two microcontrollers) has not been offered as a kit but there are completed mods that have been sold with V2 by request.

Monday, April 18, 2011

Blade mold is no good anymore.  That means I am working on my third one and have only cast about 20 blades total.  As a result I have adjusted the pricing for the blade part accordingly.  As a suggestion, if you can find a Kevin Flynn disc at Target for $14 and tear it apart you can use the blade from that disc because it is clear.  Nevermind the fact that one could turn around and sell that Kevin Flynn disc (unopened) for $40 or $50 on eBay!
Some of those blades had to be discarded because of bubbles.  The new mold will be a vertical pour so that the bubbles can work their way up to the top.  This is a little trickier because now we need some boards and clamps to hold the mold tightly together while it is curing.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Ordered a Black Lycra Spandex Unicolor Zentai suit as the base of my Sam Flynn costume.  They do completely custom work for that $31.69 price tag (tailored to fit).  Besides my custom dimensions they are doing no hood, crew-neck, and no socks.  We plan to replace sections with the hexagon print fabric that are exposed.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I have had a weird week... been to several doctors trying to figure out why I feel dizzy/light-headed.  The consensus now is Labyrinthitis which can be caused by a viral infection.  They can't see it (inner ear) and they can't treat it (doesn't respond to antibiotics) but other people at my work have been having similar symptoms and my son has had flu like symptoms on and off for a week as well!

Friday, April 15, 2011

Very important - I forgot to include the 100 ohm resistor in the schematic and I don't want you to burn your voltage regulator out!

I also received these from one of the DIY kit builders which really help to illustrate the blade wiring.  NOTE: the column order on the back C LED's is backwards - wouldn't hurt the back since they are all lit at once but if you want to leverage the same column leads for the front of the disc they would be in the wrong order this way.  Also note that his blade is upside-down compared to how the factory ships these.  Easy enough to flip it and swap row 1 and row 2 when they connect to the Arduino but the INVPOL declaration in the source code would have to be removed (always prefer to change code than to change wiring lol).

Being on such a roll today (and a slight high hearing back from everyone who is building the kits currently) I spent some time updating the bitbucket site with more details on the scanning method, blade wiring, and back inner-C wiring.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Tried to log on today to the RPF and this is what I get.  Not sure how I managed this - the only offense I had was a post to the wrong forum which should have reflected "removed by the author"!  

This is exactly why I post all the details on my blog (and now bitbucket) because they apparently went though and systematically deleted every post with my name on it!

Ultimately it is a disservice to the users of the forum and makes me second guess sending you all there for ideas since they are obviously somehow filtered and/or censored - therefore it has been removed from my Excellent Resources box on the right.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Component layout (Fritzing doesn't like curves)
Fritzing only has a 9V battery so that is for illustration only!
Charging cable and inner rings are not yet depicted!

Schematic from Fritzing program (auto-routing)

Friday, April 1, 2011

A little side project using the EL wire from my identity disc mod experiments.

A23 batteries and holders