Maker Faire

The Rise and Fall of Chance

Type: Maker Table/Exhibit
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Day/Time: Saturday and Sunday

Location: To be determined

The challenge is to send a HUGE inflatable 8-ball up and down in the air activated by...a text message from a cell phone! Michael and Evan had 2 weeks and a budget under $200 to get the job done, so most of the parts were scavanged. They used a garage door opener as the motor/sensor package, the wireless remote hooked into the parallel port of a computer, and a deserted bicycle for gears and wire spool. The system also has the ability to play music and scroll text on an external display.

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Presented by

Evan Small

Two Mechanical Engineers who hail from the east coast wanted a paradigm shift, so with the shaking of the 8-Ball, they decided to head west to Stanford to get Master's degrees. Michael's into Design and rapid prototyping. Evan's into race cars and electronics.