I intended to get to the speech commands for openz-wave this weekend but I ADDed completely.
One thing to mention, before going on any farther about my amazing weekend with Ali, I destroyed about 10 six year olds at laser tag yesterday. Thanks Jackson! Hope you had a happy birthday.
The ‘MAKER’ world pretty much escaped me during my time in school. I have played with a few servos and motors here and there but I have never created anything cool from the hardware up. I plan to change that. Reading the tutorials as a complete noob, I was reminded of an xkcd.com comic that stresses how cool it is to always try new things and be involved in a community that encourages new members rather than laughing at the first time fails.
While I would like to say the first soldering project turned out to be a success in functionality, I would be lying. One LED stays on permanently and the other flickers. Ali and I were not disappointed at all thought. We made light from a little plastic piece. We have the “I AM THE SMARTEST MAN ALIVE” high that goes with completing any new project. When that feeling wears off, I guess we will go back and troubleshoot the problem or at least do a quick google search.
We discovered that soldering the random boards and projects were fun, but breadboards and Arduino are a lot easier and faster to get up and going. The coding aspect also feels more natural to me and being able to compile and test before committing to a solder is wonderful.
I was very impressed with how easy the whole setup is – reminds me a lot of the Lego Mind-storm without the ‘candy’ layer.