Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Kaleidoscope Pattern Maker

I recently got a new hobby: making kaleidoscopes. In my last kaleidoscope project, I used small bits of mirror in as "fill", creating ice crystals.

The patterns you can create with it are just fantastic. I therefore got the idea of being able to save those patterns; a kaleidoscope with an SD card or USB port, so I can print patterns.

Here you can see my first attempt:

Step 1: make a picture of a pattern

I used a standard webcam to take the pictures (fits neatly with the opening at the back of the kaleidoscope). The lamp increases the contrast in the picture.

Step 2: Crop the pattern and increase contrasts

I used Photoshop to crop the image so I have a single piece of the pattern. I increase the contrast by a simple automated action.
Step 3: Vectorize the bitmap image
I used Illustrator's standard "Live Trace" function, creating a vector version of the image. The vectorized image is tiled automatically
Step 4: Print

Ready to create an endless amount of unique patterns... Obviously, there is software that can create patterns without a problem, but generating patterns with a real kaleidoscope is just better ;-)

Friday, March 26, 2010

Brick Game; Pongcrete

My third product in the cement- and "things-you-can-do-when-there-is-really-nothing-else-better-to-do" series: the Brick Game. 
Main features: on and off (and two player bat controllers).

Backside: antenna and power connectors

When you put your ear on the brick, you can still hear cute Pong sounds from the far deep, cement is a good sound insulator.

Find a DIY guide on The Making of page

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Crocus Luce

My Crocus Luce lamps are made of a block of wood as a solid base, a thin aluminium tube and a plastic flower pot as a shade. The flower pots come in many colours. If you want to add some colour, you simply cut out the bottom of the flower pot and put it either inside or on top of the other, resulting in endless of combinations.

Saturday, March 13, 2010


I finally pulled myself together and bought a flat-screen TV. This only took me 4 years of doubting, going back and forward, asking friends what they would buy, etc. My main problem was that, believe it or not, I wouldn't know where to put it in my (not that large) living room. I don't like looking at a big black rectangular shapes when it is turned off.

To solve this problem, I decided to build a TV trolley that helps me hiding the TV as much as possible:
1. Buy nice casters (wheels); make it a joy to move your trolley around
2. Camouflage! I bought adhesive reflective film (3 meters for 75 kr) and stuck it on the outside of the trolley making it "invisible".

My invisible trolley in action:

Thursday, March 4, 2010