October 8, 2011
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This year I had the distinct honor of being asked to present at Adobe’s MAX conference. The conference was an absolute blast. From the Keynotes to ALL the other sessions I attended, the thing went off without a hitch.
I gave two presentations this year — one for the 360|MAX Unconference and one for the Develop Track at MAX.
Getting Data From Here To There (with Flex)
This session was not recorded, but fairly well attended. You can see my slides here. In this session I talked about the different communications methods available to Flex developers, and I started to lay out a basic matrix of when to use what type of communication method, and what the pros and cons were of each type. Not all of my demos worked due to a broken J2EE server, but I think everybody got the idea. I don’t have great downloads for that presentation as most were specific to my server setups.
Getting Physical With Flash (Hardware Hacking)
This session was a blast to present. We had about 140 people in the room who seemed to be really into it. I presented on integrating the Arduino hardware prototyping kit into Flash/Flex in addition to showing how to integrate the Microsoft Kinect into Flash/Flex. I came armed with about 6 electronics projects that I showed people to inspire them to create their own.
You can download the PPT here.
You can find most of the downloads featured on my blog, but I will update this post and post the direct links to everything at a later date.
Thanks again to the entire MAX staff for making the show run so smoothly from both the speaker’s perspective and from the attendee’s perspective. A+ work led to an A+ experience :)
August 4, 2011
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So, for the past month I have been working on a side project called the BikePOV. If you have been reading my tweets, I’m sure you’ve picked up on my cursing, explaining and working on making it work.
This evening I finally got everything working just the right way — and it actually works!
So, first let me explain what is going on. I took an Arduino prototyping board and designed a circuit around it. Essentially I took 12 RGB (Red, Green, Blue) LEDS and soldered them onto a circuit board. I then mounted the circuit board in between the spokes of a bike wheel. The theory is that when the wheel turns, I can control the LEDs, and make them flash in a pattern that represents letters, patterns or images. This is called a POV, or Persistance of Vision.
This idea has been done before — there are pre-made kits that you can buy from a company called AdaFruit. A company called Monkeyletric also sells a POV kit for about $60 (which is MUCH nicer than my setup, but they only have pre-done patterns). Read more of this post