Category Archives: Creativity Hacks

the cable wrangler

Cable Wrangler for the DM6000AR multimeter

Consumer products have to be designed for the typical user. It’s the only way manufacturers can hope to sell them by the millions. But if you find yourself using them…

Dopplerender teaser image

Dopplerender: A turbo boost for Blender animation rendering

  The problem If you’ve ever tried to make a hand-drawn animation, you’ll appreciate how much faster computer-generated animation really is. But for all its whiz-bangery, there’s one thing that…

Exopod in action

Exopod: The flat-pack display stand for books

As an author, I frequently go to book fairs, signings, and other sales events, and I’ve never been able to find a decent display stand for showcasing my books. Most of the commercial versions I’ve seen are either too big, too clumsy, or too complicated. What I want is something that is strong enough to hold up a large book or several smaller ones, packs flat so that I can fill my boxes with books rather than hardware, and is easy to assemble. Plus, it wouldn’t hurt if they brought a bit of style to my display table.

NordicTrack without keyboard

NordicTray: an integrated keyboard table for the NordicTrack treadmill

In an effort to improve my writing workflow, I want to add an unobtrusive keyboard and mouse to this treadmill so that I can move quickly from my desk to the treadmill with minimal distraction or interruption to my writing.

PressureDiver face

PressureDiver: a sensor to plumb the depths of saxophone air tightness

This happy little explorer is the business end of PressureDiver: a simple barometric pressure sensor designed to report changes in air pressure from inside a sealed container. In this case, we’ll be exploring a saxophone.