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Warm Chicken

Here’s the most ridiculously technology overloaded chicken coop door opener. Just how much stuff can we use? Its not to make the project more complicated, its to learn about more of the wonderful tools available to all makers, inventors and engineers worldwide.

Custom circuit board, WiFi, Arduino, Raspberry Pi, 3D modeling, 3D printing, motor control, solar powered, JSON over TCP, MeteorJS, mongodb, redis, bootstrap, responsive and reactive browser dashboard on a 2.8″ TFT display. All this replaces a piece of string. Sound ridiculous? well it is.

00:00 Introduction
07:35 Mechanical Door Slide and Motor Test #1
10:15 FreeCAD 3D Pulley Modeling
19:29 ReplicatorG Slicing
23:00 3D printing of pulley #2
23:44 Removal of support material
24:50 Motor Test #2 with pulley #2
26:59 Final Installation
30:45 Solar Panel Installation and 2 Eggs
31:24 Meteor Webkit Dashboard Implementation

Behind-the-scenes – Film Festival control room

Habitat for Humanity of the San Juans recently hosted a film festival  jam-packed with outdoor activities, dance parties, and a large selection of unique films – most with direct ties to the local area.

I (Chuck) was fortunate to have the opportunity to manage the technical production for film screening events at the historic Fox Cinema Center right here in Montrose!

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