Resources, pt. 4

Many of the resources I’ve used and referenced over the course of the project are spread throughout the posts as links and text. In this series I’ll collect and describe some of the most important project resources thus far.

For the final post in this series, I’ll focus on blogs and independent makers that provide inspiration for some of the projects on this site.

Blogs and Independent Makers

Hack a Day

Don’t let the name put you off. Hack a Day is a maker site through and through, without a single malicious bone in its logo. The site focuses on DIY hardware engineering projects; I probably end up bookmarking at least one of their posts per week. Their feed features a steady stream of inspiring projects, several of which involve the MSP430. This is one of those sites I keep coming back too.

Since many of the larger maker blogs are attached to online stores, they naturally tend to report a narrower range of news and projects. For example, each of the stores I highlight in the previous post publish a companion blog. These blogs are great places for new product information or projects ideas that can be built from items in their shop, but less so for coverage outside of that particular store. Hack a Day is very much a blog first, which means that its posts cover a broader scope of news.

Alex Avtanski

Alex Avtanski designed the clever magnetometer that I’ve iterated on in these two posts. When I first read about the project and decided to begin building my own, I emailed Alex with some preliminary questions. He responded with a helpful, detailed email, which I very much appreciated. His projects site, linked above, lists several other interesting projects in addition to the magnetometer and its companion data logger.

brainwagon

Brainwagon is another independent maker site, and I mention it in this resource list specifically because of this project. The Arduino n’ Gameduino Satellite Tracker, or ANGST for short, is a nifty little piece of engineering that I hope to dig into before the KickSat launches my Sprite into low Earth orbit. So far I’ve only watched the summary video, so I’m not sure about the project’s limitations or whether I’ll be able to incorporate it into the tracking phase of the Sprite project. If it works out, it would give me a chance to apply some of my Arduino skills to the Sprite project, and it would provide a nice visual presentation of the Sprite or KickSat’s orbit.

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