NorthStreetLabs.org is one year old today!
Today marks the day of the second year of North Street Labs as a known entity. We hope to continue designing, creating, and posting more 'awesome' in the future. For now we leave you with a picture of some robots the local students at Old Dominion University are creating to tackle various challanges.
The famous motorized hammock that started some of our fame is now for sale! On Etsy.com you can purchase the one of a kind Drivable Hammock, this beautiful machine will make all your dreams come true!
Ever since Maker Faire NYC 2012 we've been noticed by hundreds of thousands of people! Now we're on a webisode called On The Verge from TheVerge.com, a nice techy TV show created by employees that left Engadget and AOL for the sake of producing better and unique content. If you want to watch the whole show click here. Embedded below is the summary from their show about Maker Faire NYC!
Back in October we visited our first maker faire as makers in the NYC World Maker Faire. While there Sparkfun visited us for a while to chat and scope out the creations we brought. Most of the Sparkfun crew including Nate were able to join the ranks of the thousands who have ridden the Centrifury and survived the G-forces! Check out Alex and a few other makers interviewed in the video below that recaps some of the interesting things found around NYC World Maker Faire. Click HERE to read the original news post.
The organizers of Red Bull Creation made a wonderful sign for each of the teams represented at NYC Maker Faire 2012. Once we arrived home we lamented about the fact our new found sign would cost 350 watts to run. After some thinking, we decided to upgrade the sign to use less power and look 10 internets better! Click HERE to learn more about the conversion.
A detailed upgrade a Cree XRE flashlight into an XML powerhouse.click HERE to see the complete build.
A detailed retrofit of a NES Zapper with a ridiculously powerful laser! Click HERE to see the complete build, along with video in action!
Just after Red Bull Creation we didn't even have time to sleep, as we had a party to throw! The Back To The Hippodrome party was to have Lights and hundreds of feet of EL Wire to light the party up. Everything is controlled by a single wireless Playstation controller! Click HERE to see more!
In 72 hours we built this amazing game that has been known to inspire fear in the eyes of men. It's a test of willpower and endurance. After strapping in you hold the button in unison with your opponent. Once the game begins it builds speed. As the game progresses you experience more G-forces, making it more challenging as you fight to hold down the button. Whoever can hold on the longest wins. This creates approximately the same g-forces as a Top Fuel Dragster, but sustained. So far we have clocked this up to 4.3Gs. It has the potential to do more; we just haven’t found two competitors that can hold on long enough. Can you? Click here to watch a video! want to see more pictures, click here!
A little while ago we received a Bullduino from Redbull, and then we made something with it. here is our newest creation, Simon: Violence! Click Here to see the video!
Last Friday we received a Bullduino from Redbull, and to be used in this years second Redbull Creation competition! Here we have a small article about this new wonderous device, the the Bullduino.
Do you like to take things apart to understand how things work? Why they exist? So do we! In this era of internets we know you can google and click the wiki link to just about anything you desire to know. But there seems to be a true lack of sensory input, all you get are images and words to build a vague understanding. We wish to bring a hands-on and, more importantly, destructive approach to showing what is inside and what makes things tick. We hope to be able to give post one of these each month For the first What's Inside we bring you a lightning arrester! Click the picture for more information.
We built this laser into a compact handheld flashlight housing utilizing cheap and easily available flashlight components. Click the picture for more information.
If you have some titanium laying around and you want a new look, check this page out. It shows how a simple chemical reaction with Coke and different voltages can anodize titanium! Click the picture for more information.
This little gadget is used by Square Inc. to allow credit card use on your iPhone or Android phone. We had one laying around and had to see how it worked. Click the picture for more information.
Business cards are so cheap, you can typically get free ones made. We wanted to stand out, after a couple of beers this card was drawn up and cut out. Click the picture for more information.
CNC half-tone image making!
Experimenting with CNC cut pop-together furniture, more to come!
A little NSL Video:
Over a thousand years ago, the Mayan civilization (wisely) invented the hammock. For some unknown reason, nobody has improved upon it until now. Our project is finally complete! It took extensive cutting, welding, soldering, and time. The end result is ultimate laziness. It now utilizes a wireless PS2 controller for navigation with an Arduino micro-crontroller. The chassis was taken from an old electric wheel chair, and the rest was improvised. The end result is the ultimate in relaxation. We call this "The American Dream."