I finally received a reward for a crowd-funded project, which arrived on December 31st.
Papier Machine Vol.0 is the first interactive electronic paper toy that unveils the mysteries of electronic black boxes.
I first heard about the project in July of 2017 and I made a super early bird pledge in January of 2018. The original estimated delivery for my reward was July of 2018, so it was about 5 months late. Not bad considering in that July 2017 post I had just backed a 3D printer on Kickstarter that is over a year late with no updated delivery timeline.
My nieces were down this weekend, so Kennedy and I made the first project.
This piano was an easy one. You use the varying amounts of graphite from a pencil to make a connection as you can see from the filled in areas around each of the keys. On the back side you connect a small circuit board with an integrated chip, a coin cell battery, and a piezo buzzer.
I picked up some new fidget toys from the Rooster Gear booth at Maker Faire Detroit.
It was $5 for 2 of their Flippy Chain Fidgets, which are simple, but extremely satisfying. A 2 pack sells for $7.99 on their Amazon store.
I also bought their Fidget Pad for $5, which is much better than my Fidget Cube. Normal price is $9.99.
I think we had a cube at some point as kids, but I never put any time into learning how to solve one. I recently watched a video (and part 2) from my YouTube subscriptions which pushed me to order this set of speed cubes for $10.99 on Amazon. I also learned of the existence of different sizes from that video. Figured they go well with my fidget cube and fidget spinners too. These speed cubes are different from the old school cubes we had growing up, because you can start to rotate a different area before completing a full rotation elsewhere. I used a step by step guide from You can do the Rubik’s Cube to learn the 2×2 and a series of videos from Think Maths for the 3×3.