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Nick Reynolds
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I wanna introduce you to a personal friend of mine
Some time back, a friend who was giving up Lasertag LARP was getting rid of a bunch of their old kit. Amongst it was this 'Pulse Ranger' shell, made by some enthusiasts years ago who started up a small business to give people what quite a few wanted at the ...
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Glow worm upgrade
I'm playing a post-apocalyptic LARP in a month or so and I wanted a torch that didn't rely on batteries. You can get modern dynamo torches but they're usually very cheap plastic things. I saw this vintage Bakelite one and loved the aesthetic. Sadly it makes...
Glow worm upgrade
Glow worm upgrade
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Up Periscope
Wow, it's been a while. I think I got intimidated by having to finish off what I was documenting before doing anything new. After a few months passed my enthusiasm about writing up something complicated that was well in the past faded. I may go back to it b...
Up Periscope
Up Periscope
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Using a different tool for each job and linking them together with MQTT - part 3
Things you have to think about when putting a Raspberry Pi inside a prop include things you don't normally have to worry about like graceful startup and shutdown. Also, getting enough power out of a battery for a Pi 3 and a 5" display is not totally inconse...
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Using a different tool for each job and linking them together with MQTT - part 2
Now we have a working MQTT server, it's time to start making use of it. As I was planning to use MQTT to broker messages between Web server CGI scripts, Javascript in Chrome web browser and an Arduino the obvious way to do this is push data at the USB seria...
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Using a different tool for each job and linking them together with MQTT - part 1
I've recently finished a quite complicated prop that needed to have a 'user interface' and thought I'd put down my thoughts on how I built it. At a high level what we've got is a Raspberry Pi doing the user interface using Chromium web browser in kiosk mode...
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Rapid prototyping
 Another piece of making for College of Wizardry. I was asked if I could make some badges from the logo on the IC website. This neatly demonstrates how good a 3D printer is for 'rapid prototyping' even with a simple thing like this. The first step was to ta...
Rapid prototyping
Rapid prototyping
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Kiosk setup on a Raspberry Pi running Jessie and the Pixel Desktop
I've started playing around with embedding a PI with a little 2.4" screen into a prop and I've noticed all the howtos for this kind of thing are old and don't apply circa March 2017. Now we have the Pixel desktop it's very similar but you need to edit the f...
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Magic Wand
Elina is off to the very high profile LARP College of Wizardry at the end of March and there's been a lot of gathering of costume and props for it. She showed me a wand that one of the players had made with a bare LED at the end that lights with a push/push...
Magic Wand
Magic Wand
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More laser
Having bought a CNC engraver I got very caught up in messing around with the optional laser module. I'd previously not considered a cheap diode laser would be worth having, especially due to their reputation for rubbish software. However once I'd played wit...
More laser
More laser
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