Roving kwartzlabber, Mark Smith, put us in touch with Ed Spike who runs an Electrical and Computer Eng hardware lab in E2 at UW. Ed was cleaning up his lab and generously offered us some gear and materials. Thanks Ed!
Alex Williams and I dropped by Ed’s lab this afternoon and picked up, among other things, this sweet pile of aluminum odds and ends. Sooo useful!
More after the break…
In addition to picking up stuff for kwartzlab, there was also a ton of stuff to see at Ed’s lab. It was an awesome geek tour. This is an old-school remote control that employs higher frequency sound instead of the now more familiar infrared light. Push the spring-loaded keys and a hammer strikes a metal element producing a ping. Different freqs for different buttons.
Here’s a harddrive platter the size of my head! This is rumoured to be destined for a new life as a train set turntable.
This beefy UPS runs off 2 car batteries.
Ed gave us a plug board, 2 display boards with acrylic fronts, and several power supplies.
Got some nice analog meters, a new bottle of ferric chloride, and a bunch of pots, IR, and LDR sensors that will lend themselves to the circuit-bending work that is afoot.
The crown jewel for me was a 0.25″x20″x20″ plate of aluminum that is going to be 10 kinds of useful at our lab.
Thanks again, Ed, for supporting kwartzlab. Much appreciated. And thanks Alex for going on safari with me.