When I got my kit in September 2014 I though one week and I’ll be printing by October 2014. That was such an over estimation. Fun ride though.
Best thing is the first think I got working was awesome lights :3
Then the second thing I didn’t get working was the Melzi 3D printer controller board when I forgot to check the positive and negative after the DC conversion.
Luckily a friend (Stephan) over at Filament Factory helped me get the new Ramps 1.4 working. To bad I suck at calibration.
But that is the fun with having a kit and struggling through it and learning a ton of new things…thingiverse. Got a new LCD kit but make sure you select the correct driver or it will screech like a banshee non stop. Oddly my version of Marlin keeps throwing compiling errors when I select the right LCD driver.
More calibration is required but met some cool guys at rAge Expo and they gave some tips on what to use when calibration…their business card. No seriously the with of a paper I was using was to thin and the width of the business card he gave me was the perfect width. Now if only I can find it :<
Finally there is a local Geek box available in South Africa also called NerdNeb.
They don’t have a subscription model just yet requiring one to buy each month seperately or 3 months at a time. With the target audience of high school and first year students not many will be able to afford that. They are only every second month but at least the content will be more tailored to our local nerdiness. Let us hope they don’t include a Vuvuzela.
For the months I don’t get a NerdNabber box I am thinking Loot Crate.
Loot Crate is awesome! SAVE $3 off with code SAVE3. Don’t miss out! #lootcrate
Now if only there is a box with kit parts for arduino or raspberry pi. Ooh that is a 3D printer Kit and it is kinda hard to calibrate.
The day where we are connected to your computer through a neural interface is not far off. If they can correct the speech of a kid through deep brain stimulation then injecting data into the mind and reading from it is not far off. source
The current interface of Emotive is currently just reading electrical impulses on the outside region and does not give the resolution of a MRI.
A MRI can give you the resolution since it can see all the electrical pulses deep inside but the equipment is massive. With the correct software one can map the neurons for each person. This has been done to a point where they have a set of videos that can randomly play to a viewer inside a MRI and then extrapolate a fuzzy image read from the brain of the video playing.
It is not to much of a stretch to think mind control avatars in a game or injecting the game into your mind. This is scary and can be abused.
Still I am excited and waiting for the tech to be developed by researchers. I’ll do my part of working on data and vision linking through data fusion.
After the drama with Escapist magazine where they claimed the game is impossible, I now have no doubt that the game is on track and will have enough money to complete.
The Escapist has been super quite after the event seeing how much of the framework stuff (in ship gravity, stations, ship systems, traveling and FPS) has been built. Now CIG only needs to fill in the stations and build the missions.
At the CitizenCon they showed a part of Squadron 42, and a Star Map that is accessible online.