[Chicago] February Meeting

Jason Huggins jason at jrandolph.com
Tue Feb 3 19:04:45 CET 2009

On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 9:15 AM, Josh Cronemeyer
<jcroneme at thoughtworks.com> wrote:
> Hooray for the Arduino + python talk.  I've got an arduino that I should
> probably do something cool with.  Maybe I can get some ideas.

My "20%" project at Google was to create an Ambient Orb clone using
Python and Arduino. I open-sourced it right before I left... but I
never told anyone about it.

Making your own orb for continuous build monitoring is pretty fun and
pretty cheap (about $50)... Maybe I could do a demo of mine?

I'm really proud of how I tested it, too... I used the MacBook's
built-in camera for "system testing" the orb. For example, when I told
the orb to set to "blue".. I would then take a snapshot and analyze
the RGB color values of the snapshot to see if the orb was telling the
truth. (Which leads to *totally* hilarious "how many MacBooks do you
need to change a lightbulb" jokes.)


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