More Pictures From A Lake In Beijing!

July 18th, 2014

Here are more pictures from a lake in Beijing:

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People’s Hall Pictures!

July 18th, 2014

As Jack promised you in a previous post here are more pictures from People’s Hall for Maker award ceremony:

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Today Toaster Pictures

July 12th, 2014

While in China I worked with and bonded with a local group of Chinese Makers on a fun project called the Today Toaster. The Today Toaster connects to the Internet and captures the weather for the day and then toasts an image onto your bread to keep you up to date with the days weather.

We had a two day long hack session getting everything together and working and then attended an awe inspiring award ceremony at the People’s Hall, which is like the White House…

Here are pictures from the Today Toaster build, when I get a couple more minutes on a solid Wifi connection I will make a post about the People’s Hall!

I’m currently in Wuhan visiting the LinkSprite corporate offices and am set to get on a train to Shenzhen in a few hours. More to come soon!




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Working on Today Toaster in US-China Maker Competition!

July 7th, 2014

I’m in China now working with a team of young Makers on a a very special toaster that prepares you for the day by toasting the weather forecast onto your toast! Using the Intel Galileo board and a connection to the internet it will get the latest forecast and then use an Arduino sketch to select the right pattern of burners to serve you up with a fresh and informative piece of toast! It’s been a blast so far and I’m thoroughly enjoying my time in China with my awesome teammates!

Here we are meeting for the first time – the Today Toaster team!


Here is the conceptual drawing made in the team building exercise.


Here we are tearing apart and modifying the toaster.



SD card testing

July 3rd, 2014

Sdinit test setup.jpgCheck it out as Hamster plays around with SD cards. So far he has it initializing the card using VHDL!

Here is the test setup – a Papilio FPGA board from, and a SD adapter from