Playing with Makey Makey

Last week I finally got around to putting the Makey Makey my mom got me for Christmas to good use. Well, “good use” might be a bit of an overstatement. Eric (featured in the videos below), other students in the Security and Privacy Research Lab, and I created an internet-connected touch light, then turned it into an internet-connected basketball hoop light switch.

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µHandy Review

I recently got (and quickly sent back) a µHandy/uHandy. It’s a microscope for your smartphone, which sounds really cool! Unfortunately, I couldn’t manage to take clear photos with it (e.g., I had a lot of trouble getting it to focus across the whole image). Given that my ultimate goal was to produce nice-looking, print-quality photos, it wasn’t right for my purposes, but I can imagine it being a lot of fun if your goal is simply to observe things.

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