DIY — Endless Possibilities for Makers and Hackers

 

Recently, I read several interesting articles.  Each one is inspirational on its own but the combination of the ideas provided opens endless opportunities for any DIYer.

In the article, Accessible Gaming: Evolution of Equality by Ian Ruder, in New Mobility magazine, I learned about QuadStick and the gaming options it opened for people with quadriplegia like Matt Victor.  When I visited the QuadStick website and read the User Manual, I found that it is even more incredible in its versatility!

In the article, Quadriplegic Drives Racecar Using Aerospace Technology by Timothy R. Gaffney, in Aerospace America, racecar driver, Sam Schmidt, a C3/C4 quadriplegic “demonstrated an experimental system that allows him to control a car with head movements. He drove a modified 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray on a closed runway at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base behind the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at speeds of up to 84 miles per hour.

“The SAM (short for Semi-Autonomous Motorcar) project … integrated a variety of off-the-shelf components to create a custom system that allows Schmidt to control the car with head movements.”

The most promising part of these stories is the combination of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS — read “readily available and inexpensive”)  parts can be put together to make custom controllers to use with everything from computers, games to racecars!  OK, rigging up racecars may require some time — but the possibilities are endless!

The last article is <a href="http://spectrum.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/how-to-automate-your-home-without-rewiring" onclick="_gaq.push(['_trackEvent', 'outbound-article', 'http://spectrum cialis online.ieee.org/geek-life/hands-on/how-to-automate-your-home-without-rewiring’, ‘How to Automate Your Home Without Rewiring’]);” title=”How to Automate Your Home Without Rewiring” target=”_blank”>How to Automate Your Home Without Rewiring: by Paul Wallich in IEEE Spectrum.  What appealed to me about this article is how it starts with “I don’t like working in the dark. But I also don’t like mains current. Maybe it’s the smoke and flames, maybe it’s the flying droplets of molten metal, maybe it’s the  chance of sudden death, but I just like to make my mistakes at lower voltages  and amperages.”  I feel the same way.  🙂

So, now, Automating Your Home may be added the list of endless possibilities.

What do you think?  Any suggestions or additions?

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