The Other Andy Grove

My First Decent Planet Images

September 06, 2021

I have been experimenting with astrophotography on and off for a couple of years but with poor results. This weekend I produced my first images worth sharing. The main issue with my previous attempts was that I didn’t know how to process the images correctly. I still have a lot to learn and hope to have better quality images in the future, but I am really pleased with these results.

Retro Arcade Cabinet

September 06, 2021

I am posting this in 2021 but this photo is from 1/28/2019 when I had just about finished making a retro arcadae cabinet for my basement. I based it on plans from The Geek Pub.

My Dalek Has a New Home

November 27, 2018

I have now secured a new home for my Dalek … it is now on display at Google’s new office in Boulder, CO! This is a great outcome for me since it will be on display for visitors to see. Thanks to everyone that reached out with suggestions and offers.

Wyzecam Review

March 08, 2018

I’ve recently been experimenting with a couple of Wyzecam cameras and have been recommending them to friends, family, and neighbors ever since and everyone seems really happy with them so I figured I’d try and spread the word further and write up a proper review.

Ultrasonic Pi Piano - Completed Project

July 23, 2017

Several months after creating the Ultrasonic Pi Piano prototype, I have now designed an enclosure for it. The design is very simple but it means that this project is now packaged up and complete.

The Hackaday Effect

May 07, 2017

So this is what happens when your fun hobby project gets featured on Hackaday. I guess I've had my 5 minutes of fame and now I have gone back to obscurity. It's interesting to note that this traffic spike to my YouTube videos only netted me a couple of bucks in revenue so I'm still several years away from receiving my first $100 payout. I'd better not quit the day job just yet!

Making music with Ultrasonic Sensors, MIDI, and a Raspberry Pi

March 29, 2017

I have been working on a fun project to make an exhibit for my local makerspace to take to events. I had a ton of spare ultrasonic sensors lying around so I decided to experiment with turning them into a musical instrument using a Raspberry Pi running a software synth.

Rust is for Robots!

September 23, 2016

Here are the slides from my talk earlier this week at the Denver/Boulder Rust Meetup. I had a ton of fun putting this project together over a four week period and I would encourage others to try their hands at embedded projects with the Raspberry Pi and the Rust programming language. The source code is open source and available here.

Sparkfun AVC 2016

September 18, 2016

We were unable to compete at Sparkfun AVC at all this year due to issues with our compass. Things were working pretty well during practice the day before although the compass was off by about 10 degrees on the run to the first corner. Here's a video from practice which demonstrates obstacle avoidance kicking in when the vehicle was drifting too close to the hay bales.