Apr 062010

NYC Resistor was invited to exhibit our old Teletype Model 15 at Eyebeam’s MIXER event last March.  To make life interesting, we used a small Python program to grab tweets from Twitter matching the “eyebeam” keyword.  Watching a 50+ year old device once used to bang out the news of the day turn to printing the trivialities of the moment seems to echo the fate of professional journalists as the world’s attention span dwindles. To make things more interesting, we used a sentiment analysis algorithm to parse incoming tweets for positive or negative sentiment. The results were reflected on an old chart plotter. Positive sentiments moved the mark left. The middle of the paper represented neutral sentiment. Click the image for more photos and a video awaits after the break.

Twitter Sentiment Analysis and Vintage Printing

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 Posted by at 8:44 pm
Mar 112010

If you’re near Manhattan this weekend, stop in to Eyebeam for their MIXER event Friday and Saturday nights (Mar 13 and 14) from 9PM to 2AM.  NYC Resistor will be one of the presenting artists with our “Color Commentary Teletype” a restored 1930’s era Model 15 serial printer, along with a sentiment analysis chart recorder!  MIXER is a huge party, with music, art, and performances.  It’s going to be awesome!

Check out the details at Eyebeam!  Now!

Eyebeam event flyer image


 Posted by at 1:11 am
Oct 262009
Yahoo openhacknyc del.icio.us cake

Bill, Alicia, Hilary, Diana and the Cake

NYC Resistor made a huge showing at Yahoo Open Hack Day NYC this year.  Team Makerbot showed up with the New York Toast, featuring their latest “Frostruder” prototype, an amazing attachment which turns the Makerbot 3D printer into a confectioner’s dream.  And in the spirit of edible technology, Alicia, Bill, Diana and Hilary gathered to create the “Delicious Cake.” The cake was, in fact, NOT a lie.

The Cake represents the sentiment – positive, neutral or negative – of a keyword as represented on Delicious.com, Yahoo’s social bookmarking service. The cake was made to look like the Delicious.com logo, and LED “faces” were used to indicate the sentiment. Hilary wrote the code for the sentiment analysis, Bill wrote the code that drove the Arduino controller, Diana soldered the LED faces, and Alicia assembled the electronics and decorated the cake itself.

You can see more of the cake at Alicia’s Flickr Stream or at Bill’s. We were also featured on CNN: http://bit.ly/ddNm3

Find out more at Diana and Hilary’s blogs:

Diana’s blog: http://fashionnerd.com/2009/10/yahoo-open-hackday-nyc/

Hilary’s blog: http://www.hilarymason.com/blog/yahoo-openhacknyc-the-del-icio-us-cake/

 Posted by at 12:39 am
Sep 282009

Tweaked Apple In-Ear Headphone

I bought these fantastic Apple In-Ear headphones for my iPod 80GB several months back for $79, and found that they worked well with my Macbook.  I’ve since moved on from both the iPod and the Macbook, settling on a Nokia n97 mobile phone.  I found that the Apple headphones don’t work with these devices naturally and distort the sound. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 1:23 am
Aug 312009
SLED v1.1 Serial RGB LED Lamp

SLED v1.1 Serial RGB LED Lamp

Greetings! This is my last hail-mary #AwesomeAugust post before we roll into the decline and death of Summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.  Not that I mind, the last few weeks have been a bit hot and humid, and I don’t get my summers off to lounge around like some of you whippersnappers.  Behold!  The E-Mail Waiting Light! Yes, you’ve seen others, and there may be many like it, but this one is mine.  And it can be yours as well, if you follow the instructions posted on our Wiki.  This little gem will show everyone whether you are INBOX ZERO – or not.

Check it out here: http://wiki.nycresistor.com/wiki/E-Mail_Waiting_Light

 Posted by at 1:58 am
Aug 202009

When it comes to hacking, I tend to enjoy practical projects the most.  The Arduino is like physical computing “duct tape” that gives one the ability to “duct tape” things that need constant attention or action. If you need a plant watered, or your fish tank pump monitored, or your bikini-clad friends to set off a musical instrument with just their bodies then the Arduino is just the tool you need. So what about fire?


Close-up of the UV TRON Sensor Tube

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 Posted by at 12:40 am
Jun 082009


The Simple Serial Display is the result of a quick hack that I put together with Hilary Mason one April evening after a run by the river in Manhattan.  Hilary and I were discussing ways of keeping an eye on long-running processes without constantly squinting at a computer screen from across the room.  This slideshow was presented at barcampNYC4. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 12:41 am
Feb 032009


APRS Display: W4AEJ, 992 miles away

APRS Display: W4AEJ, 992 miles away

Friday Nights are typically “Satellite Night” for a few of the Resistors.  We get together and aim for the stars (literally) and generally try to communicate with other intrepid radio operators.  Last Friday night, atop an ivory tower in the frigid winter wind, we set out to communicate with the International Space Station.

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 Posted by at 12:58 am
Jan 122009


Free hats!

The road to ham radio is paved with free stuff...

Four of the Resistors made it out to the Ham Radio University 2009 in Bethpage, NY last Sunday.

HRU is a day long convention of amateur radio operators holding forums on various topics of interest to radio operators, including digital modes, best practices, long distance (DX) communications strategies, emergency services developments, and ham radio license exams.

Diana and Bill successfully passed the General Class license upgrade, giving them access to frequencies below 30 MHz on the amateur bands.  30MHz represents the common denominator between the shorter range bands open to the basic class amateur, and the lower frequency bands that typically traverse continents and oceans.

We came away with an appreciation for tiny world-capable antennas, new digital voice gear from Icom, and piqued interest in DX contesting – the art of individuals to wrangle radio waves to reach out to specific parts of the world and communicate with others without relying on anything more than the ether to carry their signal.

… oh, and free hats.

 Posted by at 2:09 am