Plutarch’s Debut is Nigh

Plutarch 1.0 is scheduled to make his party debut two days hence at J’s Halloween 2016 bash. The active duration of the party is roughly four hours. Here are my goals for Plutarch 1.0 during that time: he must not fall off my shoulder his head must remain attached to his body Spontaneous decapitation has […]

Plutarch 1.0: finished, still not a robot

After this stability test it’s pretty safe to say that Plutarch is 97% ready to make his debut at J’s Halloween party later this year. So how did we get here? When last we left our hero he was a naked 3d printed shell enclosing a buggy and unstable collection of wires and electronics. Rubber […]

Plutarch: 148 Days until Halloween

Longtime readers of the blog will recall the first mention of Plutarch the parrot some time ago. To recap: I’m building an animatronic parrot as part of my recurrent pirate costume. I’ve had some success this weekend getting Plutarch’s proof-of-concept to the next level. Plutarch 1.0 is not yet a robot: he currently lacks any […]

Internet of Stranger Things

TLDR; I made a Stranger Things Christmas Lights wall that you can control by adding #InternetOfStrangerThings to a tweet. It’s outside my house right now, blinking. Go ahead, tweet to it. Halloween! That time of year when Makers, who, if we’re being honest, are a little odd to begin with, let their freak flags fly […]

Yaaar! Here there be décolletage.

So, to recap for those among you who don’t breathlessly follow the twists and turns here at the blog, I’ve been working feverishly on finishing parts of pirate costumes for myself and for the lovely and talented Mrs. Zheng3. Here’s the latest: it’s a Arduino-enabled pirate pendant. Heads up for readers under the age of […]

Arduino Audio with the WTV020SD-16P

There are plenty of ways to play sound on an Arduino– at the most basic you might burp out some bleeps and bloops with the tone() command, or perhaps drop some coin at Adafruit and get yourself a multifunction music shield. Our current passion project at Zheng Labs is an audio-enabling upgrade to Plutarch the […]

Faire Play III

Witness Faire Play III: a fully articulated, 3d printed, Barbie-compatible battle tardigrade. wtf is a tardigrade? The tardigrade, hereafter to be referred to as Brenda, is roughly the size of a domestic cat when printed at 100% scale, and comprises 61 separate pieces. Brenda has five body segments, eight articulated legs, and is fully poseable. […]