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Brian the Lion

Brian the Lion

Brian the lion is looking for his next meal, but he learns the hard way there's no such thing as a free lunch. It explores themes of consent, finan...

Bus Sign Development Log

Bus Sign Development Log

Hi all! The Bus Sign is a piece of Dedicated Single Purpose Hardware, made specifically for connecting to the NextBus API and displaying when the n...

Bus Sign Progress 2

Bus Sign Progress 2

Things have been moving steadily along at AwkwardEngineer, which means lots of pictures of the Bus Sign project. Mechanical On the mechanical front...

Bus Sign Progress

Bus Sign Progress

I made great progress on the bus stop sign this week. In short, I have a fully functioning prototype. It now "works like" what a finished product w...

New Project: Single Purpose Hardware Bus Stop Sign

New Project: Single Purpose Hardware Bus Stop Sign

Hi all! I'm working on a new project right now, an installation piece for my living room that I'm calling the Bus Stop Sign. The plan is to use the...

The Mini Newspaper Project

The Mini Newspaper Project

Many of you know I'm a big proponent of "S.T.E.A.M.", namely Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. The "Art" is often the most important...

The How and Why of Organizing Your Hardware Design Project's Digital Files

This blog post is based on by own experiences organizing and managing a hardware design project for small teams with the goal of reaching small bat...

Introducing the AWK-106

Introducing the AWK-106

I promised that I'd have something new this week and here it is... the AWK-106 Flying Fun Plane! For now, it is a set of 100% free and open source ...

White House Maker to Manufacturer Summit

White House Maker to Manufacturer Summit

I'm at the airport, waiting to fly down to Washington D.C. for a Maker to Manufacturer summit at the White House, about what startups, entrepreneur...

Embedded Multitasking on the AWK-105AL Alarm Clock

Embedded Multitasking on the AWK-105AL Alarm Clock

In this blog post, we'll a bit about the multitasking code that allows the Alarm Clock to tell time, check if the alarm should sound, beep on and off, etc, all at the same time.

The Franken-Test-Rig

The Franken-Test-Rig

We work really closely with our assembly facility (they're about a 2 hour drive from our office, so they're local-ish), and with their help, we reduced the field failure rate on meters from about 2.5% on the first production batch of Clocks to about .6% on batch #2. (If you're one of the unlucky few with a bad meter, let us know, we repair/replace at no charge).

Most issues were traced to debris from a wire brush used for cleaning parts at the meter factory (we think they passed testing at the point of origin and debris dislodged and jammed the mechanism in shipping) and now we run a more sophisticated component screening test at our facility.

Olive Voltmeter Clock Production and Quality Improvements

Olive Voltmeter Clock Production and Quality Improvements

Hey Everyone, It's time for an update on the Voltmeter Clocks. The bare sheet metal cases were delivered last week to our powder coating house. I ...