Aug 252013
 
Problem: Brad often had to go downstairs in the middle of the night to adjust the single-zoned thermostat when the bedroom got too warm. 
Solution: Giant button he could reach over and smack to dial the temperature down a couple of degrees.



More precisely, giant button that communicates with a Linux Server via a PIC USB Controller so that the Linux Server can use a Python script to contact Honeywell’s cloud based control, and have it talk to the thermostat over WiFi to tell it to dial the temperature down a bit.

This is exactly the kind of over-engineered, Rube Goldberg-esq solution to a household problem we love to see at MakeIt Labs. 

Read about the whole project on Brad’s page

We think it’s great when members document their projects, and will gladly highlight them here.  If you’d like us to feature your work, or if your project is still in the dreaming-it-up phase, send an email to info@makeitlabs.com and we’ll do what we can to help bring it to life!
 Posted by at 11:13 am
Aug 162013
 
Planty
For as long as anyone can remember, there has been a plant of some sort growing out of a hole in the floor near the middle of MakeIt Lab’s dirty space.  Affectionately dubbed “Planty”, this hardy fellow has never been watered or cared for aside from occasionally having an orange cone placed over it for safety.  It only receives sporadic florescent light, never sun, and it is consistently subjected to all sorts of unintentional abuse.  A couple years ago the floor was acid washed.  Planty just shrugged it off.  Most recently Planty was buried under a pile of metal stock for 3-4 months, yet sprang back to life once it was uncovered this past week.  Anywhere else this bit of greenery would probably be a weed, but we like its indomitable spirit, so Planty stays put.

 Posted by at 11:40 pm
Aug 052013
 
It’s time for another MakeIt Better Day! 

We will be organizing work areas and tools, setting up new features (like a high-end explosion proof negative pressure chamber), improving infrastructure, and cleaning out useless junk to make room for useful junk!  We have plenty of projects planned out, we just need you to lend a hand.  Whether you have more experience than Bob Vila, or aren’t clear on which end of a hammer to hold, there’s something for you to do.  Anyone is welcome!

Details:
Saturday, August 17th
10AM-5PM (or later if we have the momentum)
Free Pizza for helpers

 Posted by at 3:48 pm