Tuesday, September 17, 2013

I'm an Evil Genius

I've been a little slow on the sewing this week, but thats okay because I have a new hobby.

It all started a week or so ago when my niece spent the night. Over dinner, she told us that she wanted to develop robotic pets when she grew up, so that people who had allergies could still have pets. She's eight, FYI. Which got me thinking, about Ragnarok, and how cool it would be to have animatronic dragons to guard our camp entrance. Not being about to afford to purchase and transport a large ready-made animatronic dragon, ($25,000) I decided to pick up my Electronic Circuits for the Evil Genius book and see how far I could get on my own next year.

This is what my last couple of evenings have looked like. I also ordered Mechatronics for the Evil Genius and am happy to say that it is in my possession as I type. YAY!

I have no idea how far this "little" project will go, but I'm having fun with it. Ideally, I would eventually like to build two small dragons, one for each side of our gate, which would both move and roar and possibly breath dry ice smoke. They would have to have a power source and a timer, to prevent them from keeping our neighbors awake at night. And I would also want a motion sensor, so that they would "wake up" when someone walked too close to our camp.

Should be easy, especially for someone who knows next to nothing about mechanical engineering and robotics, right?

On the other hand, I haven't completely neglected my sewing projects. Here is the start of Illinois, which is rapidly becoming my favorite block.

Visions are dancing in my head of this block as a fractal, but I don't know it those ideas will ever see the light of day. Something else to add to my bucket list.

And here is a preview of a quilt I designed using EQ7. Fabric selection only, I would like to eventually publish this quilt as a saleable pattern so I'm keeping it mostly under wraps while I work. Missing are the light gray/silver and the black. Use your imagination!

1 comment:

  1. Wow! those dragons sound like quite a project! Your Illinois block looks great so far too.