[Chicago] February Meeting

James Snyder jbsnyder at fanplastic.org
Tue Feb 3 20:22:30 CET 2009

Neat.  That would be great if you'd like to bring it :-)

As far as testing goes, usually I just trust the device if it can give  
me appropriate responses back over serial. I never considered that it  
might lie to me, and you've covered another angle there :-)  However,  
what do you do if the MacBook and Arduino are in cahoots?


On Feb 3, 2009, at 12:04 PM, Jason Huggins 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/
> 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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James Snyder
Biomedical Engineering
Northwestern University
jbsnyder at fanplastic.org
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