[Chicago] February Meeting

Kumar McMillan kumar.mcmillan at gmail.com
Tue Feb 3 19:13:15 CET 2009

On Tue, Feb 3, 2009 at 12:04 PM, Jason Huggins <jason at jrandolph.com> wrote:
> 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.
> http://code.google.com/p/orbison/

Orbison, best name ever!  I am a big +1 for any talk on Arduino boards
and Python.

> 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.)
> cheers,
>   hugs
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