Google Panel @ Rutgers

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Google came to Rutgers tonight to discuss technology and good business sense.

The most surprising thing about the panelist is that only one of them is an actual google engineer. The others actually work in the sales department, the student ambassador program, and biotechnology.

A lot of good questions are being asked, but the biggest question that still remains is, when am I getting a cr-48.

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WiiChuck controlled RC car

So I built a line following robot last year and it was cool, but it really just did its own thing and wasn’t very interactive. Fast forward to now and I finally got the stuff together to build my own WiiChuck controlled RC car. It was a lot of fun to make and I hope others are interested in trying out projects like this as well.

What you will need:

  • Arduino
  • Wii Nunchuck
  • old soap dish
  • WiiChuck adapter ($4 at sparkfun)
  • Rutgers Motorshield or equivalent

The code I created for the project is open source and can be found here

You will also need to download the WiiChuck library.

No Shave November

Tomorrow marks the first day of my 30 day journey of not shaving. This should be a rather easy mission to accomplish however I will have to try and find a way to disguise it if I have to meet anyone important or if I have an interview. I know my girlfriend will probably be upset about this as well but, it’s a guy thing and she just wouldn’t understand… I wish every man good luck on their quest of beard epicness and I would love to compare beards at the end of the month. Happy November!

Protoboard: Gray Code to Binary and Back

Awesome Protoboard work pt. 2.

In Lab we had to design an Encoder and Decoder to switch from binary to gray code. Now, gray code binary is very simple with only needing two XOR Gates from a 74LS86, but to encode binary to gray code takes a little more work.

In order to accomplish this you would need 3 MUX IC chips (Multiplexer – 74LS151). Basically a multiplexer is just a series of possible inputs where depending on the binary input you would in turn receive an appropriate output. It’s really cool and was a lot of fun to make, if you ever come across this chip you should definitely try messing with this project, it’s not that valuable in the sense that this can easily be done by hand, but rather to just get a basic sense of how multiplexers work.

Red LEDs Binary Output / Green LEDs Gray Code Output

Things That Interest Me

Over the last four years I have developed an extremely detailed list of things that I enjoy doing, here are some of those things:
  • Robotics
  • Arduino Programming
  • Ubuntu
  • Building Computers
  • Getting involved in minor political debates
  • Helping people with disabilities
  • Beard Maintenance
  • Fine Dining
  • Swimming
  • Lifeguarding
  • Economics
  • Hawaiian Shirts
  • The art of sandwich making

And many more….

Here I am…

…Sitting in my Principles of Electrical Engineering class, hopeful about this new blog. I decided to create this blog because of my passions for programming, computers, electronics, and in general all things with blinking lights.

It all started from when I was young, when I would stick my fingers in outlets and take apart toys that would never get put back together without at least five left over screws (they worked better without them anyways).

I knew I would become an Engineer since pre-school when I was the only kid in class making 3d architecture with Popsicle sticks while the rest of the class was stuck in the 2d world (what losers…). My friends get annoyed sometimes when I just stare into space trying to figure out how things work and the mechanics behind it. My mind is like a storm of creativity and curiosity.

I hope to update this blog as often as possible on the various moments in my life when a) I have nothing better to do and b) I find something interesting that I would like to share with the world.

Feel free to send me an email at anytime if you have any questions, or if you would like to chat about the various things I’m interested in.

Topic of the day: Currents and Voltages… the professor is rambling on about circuits, he seems to know what he’s talking about so I guess that’s a good thing.