Standing desk on the cheap

While I think the health benefits of a standing desk are often overstated, my daily routine currently consists entirely of sitting down (work, car, home) save for the occasional 40 minute run, so standing for at least part of my day couldn’t hurt. I’ve toyed with the idea of using a standing desk for a while now, today I finally took the plunge. Using this great guide to I made myself a standing desk unit for £12!

Quadcopter modification one

After a few practice flights I noticed that the protective foam ring was doing relatively little, so I decided to remove it. The foam ring is approximately the same weight as my Mobius camera so hopefully in future modifications I’ll be able to attach this camera with no detriment to overall performance. There are several versions of this particular quad for sale and a large number of instructional videos for performing certain modifications, the foam removal video can be found below.
foam2

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Quadcopter has arrived

The X-30 quadcopter arrived today! The quadcopter transmitter offers three choices for ‘thrust level’, I kept this at the lowest 30% setting. This meant that the quad would not respond to my control inputs so rapidly or aggressively, perfect for learning to fly. Flying of the quad was much more difficult than I anticipated, as the quad is relatively small and light it is affected more than I expected by the wind.
quad2

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Time-lapse panning mount – from an egg timer

OK so this isn’t strictly a new idea but I couldn’t help giving it a go. I designed and printed a custom enclosure for a cheap egg timer. The timer sits between a tripod and my mobius camera and pans the camera while it records in time-lapse mode. This was my first real attempt at a time-lapse video and I couldn’t be happier with the result. An unexpected benefit of using the Mobius camera in picture mode was that the resulting video is actually above HD resolution (1440p to be exact)!

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3D printed ‘Mobius Camera’ mount

My current action camera of choice is the excellent ‘Mobius’ camera. Excellent clarity, HD resolution and a long battery life are the reason I use this camera whenever creating home videos (the £60 price tag doesn’t hurt either). On a recent skiing trip I really wanted to use the camera to make a holiday video for myself and my friends, this required attaching the camera to my skiing helmet. I wasn’t satisfied with the mounting options for attaching the camera to a helmet (mainly due to the mounts being bigger than the camera itself!) so I decided to design my own, here is the clip in operation:
mobius clip CAD

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Raspberry Pi Case

The Raspberry Pi launched a few weeks ago (www.raspberrypi.org) and as the initial units will ship without a case I decided to make one. The case was modelled using Pro Engineer CAD software and then 3D printed using Fused deposition modelling (FDM) technology.

As I’m currently on the huge waiting list to get a raspberry pi, this case has been designed around the official dimensions for the device. Until I get my hands on one of the units I’ll be unable to guarantee it will actually fit.

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