Tonight I’ve replaced the TinyPICO ESP32 module with a WT32-ETH1 ESP32 module which has 100Mb Ethernet onboard! So I can run the 4 strings of LEDs pixel-for-pixel via much more reliable Ethernet DMX control.

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Hahaha I went back to some Nordic nRF52840 dev boards that I was pretty sure I bricked, and decided to re-try flashing them again. And turns out they're okay, they just won't respond properly without a 5V rail present on the board.

Today’s project: a TinyPICO ESP32 board box with 4 outputs of wirelessly-controlled pixel string. I’m missing one GX16-4 panel connector though.

Wonder if it’s going to be somewhat easy to write a shim layer to use a Wiznet W5500 adapter for Ethernet on an ESP32…
Looks like it’ll be easier to rewrite all the calls from the library than to hook the ESP IP stack

Making some progress on my lighting pelican case.
Ubiquiti EdgeRouter X, 24V1A Passive POE supply, and UniFi AP-AC-LR all in their approximate places. (Edgerouter is under the POE supply but might be tipped up vertical.)
The PSU in the bottom left is a recycled 15V 1.5A one that will be used for the 4-universe DMX node (DMXKing Pro DIN), which will fit in the gap to its right.
The foam segments hold the legs for the upper panel with connectors (see prev toot).

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First real signs of life from the theatre lighting control encoder board I’ve been building designed by a colleague.

Good news: anodising titanium is easy and looks fucking sick

Bad news: titanium is, in fact, really damn strong and my plans which assumed I could bend it as easily as aluminium are scuppered

I have plans to design a stand for the touch monitors for the lighting console in the venue I’ve spent the last 3 days working in. I think I can make a design that fits them side by side mounted just above the top of the console, and hopefully not obscure the view from the booth any more (the window is too high up as it is). This way they’re in front (able to see info at a glance without turning your head) and low enough to use the touch screens without fatigue.

Here's version 3 of the bucks & jigs for forming my leatherman holster. The dark shape is the blank sheet that's bent into the holster. There's a jig underneath, a buck that flips over to do double duty, two parts to form the fold of the belt loop to meet the back of the main body. Then there'll be a copper rivet to hold it closed.

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afternoon. today I am finally feeling well enough that I am actually going to Do something. I received the titanium sheets for my leatherman holsters so I think I'll print a second version of the bucks to form them.

Last night’s makerspace project was a laser cut insert to organise my portable soldering kit with Pinecil and SuperTank USB-C battery.

Tonight’s : bending a second prototype of my leatherman holster with the three-piece jig I 3D printed. Dimensions need adjustment and it doesn’t take into account the new fold-over belt-loop design I’m working on but it’s a good go!
I also made the decision to try using a wide copper rivet & burr to fasten the folded-over belt flap to the body, which I think will add a pleasant visual flair.

I’m going to stay up running 3D printing the jigs I’ve designed tonight so hopefully tomorrow I can make a titanium leatherman holster and anodise it purple. Hell yeah.

I'm tinkering with Alpine Linux as a base OS for some embedded stuff and really liking this, though I'm very much the "I have no idea what I'm doing" dog meme.

So I made a cardboard-and-blutack prototype of the followspot reflex sight with heads-up display idea that I’ve been thinking of, with a very nice beamsplitter cube loaned from my makerspace friend. Too bad they’re quite expensive — might not be so practical to use one in the end (rather than a semi-silvered mirror), but they’re so nifty.

Just installed a little 1m light strip on the headboard of my bed to provide a brighter bounce-source in my room without needing to turn on the ceiling light. I may put the same soft pink gel on it as I have on my bedside lamp, we’ll see.

goddamn it I got through a bunch of assembly of this PCB and then found out I got a SOIC package of SN74HCT245 instead of TSSOP :blobcat_notamused:

Today I was commissioned by a friend/colleague to build a device with an interesting specific purpose. Basically, in theatrical audio, they use an interface which is capable of receiving audio from synced master and backup playback machines at once, and if the master drops out, it will seamlessly engage the backup. But they want a device to take a signal when the failover occurs, and implement a failover of HDMI streams to the backup computer as well. Interesting! But also not too difficult. Looking forward to building it.

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