This week’s quote is courtesy of innovator, Massimo Banzi, the creator of Arduino. April 2nd is the worldwide Arduino Day. Click this link for more information.
They spoke very little of their mutual feeling; pretty phrases and warm expressions being probably unnecessary between such tried friends. ~Thomas Hardy
Coding and electronics in Arduino projects are mutual friends and co-dependent on each other.
Good code cannot run on faulty electronicsSuperb electronics don’t work with bad code.
There is a balance, an interdependence between code and electronics.
We have hit a snag, in these days before Thanksgiving.
The code and electronics are not working together.
They are not playing well together.
The sloganized phrase “Fail Fast” and “Fail Faster” has never been more poignant than today.
I wonder, if I had celebrated Ada Lovelace Day, would my experience be this difficult?
The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing. ~Walt Disney
I am stitching with gray, connective thread from the various components (LED lights, on/off switch, voice recorder) back to the Ground component on my Voice Playback Integrated Wearable. Each line is distinct and must be sewn separately. The positive loop of the component must always connect back to the Ground. The stitches do not have to be close together as I learned in 4th grade Home Ec class, but the connective thread lines can’t criss-cross or intersect.
Recent studies by Buechley and Hill conclude that Arduino purchasers were 78% male 9% female (p. 202). After today’s order, I am in the 9%. In addition to my previous order, my project needs a Voice Recorder. There are two vendors that have been recommended as suppliers for the voice recorder and sound file. One vendor is SparkFun
Voice Recorder and Thin Speaker :
These two items are listed at SparkFun under these item numbers:
My Arduino project involves a way for my mom to feel close to my dad in the middle of the night or anytime that she misses him. My mom had a stroke earlier this year and it was a debilitating event for her. After an initial rebound, during the last few months, her condition has deteriorated.
My parents are at home together. I have no idea what a marriage of 67 years looks and feels like, but I have observed my parents to be very connected and almost symbiotic (hard to describe). My mom is now on home-based Hospice care and in a hospital bed in their room. My dad, in year 14 of stroke rehab and adjustment, has 24-hour caregivers in his office which we’ve remodeled to house a hospital bed for him.
When mom was in the hospital for so long last winter and spring, I would run videos on my iPhone of Dad talking to her, singing to her, and sometimes delivering parts of old speeches to her (the later would always lull her to sleep). I have forwarded these little phone videos to mom’s caregivers, but for whatever reason she doesn’t see them.
I would like to create an Arduino project for my mom that would be stitched into and cushioned within one of my dad’s old flannel shirts and would hold a light. I would like to wind this around the side of my mom’s hospital bed, like a garland, where she could also have a tiny, little bit of control to touch it and perhaps be reminded of Dad.
Ambitiously, I would also like to use some sort of adaptation to allow mom to hear dad’s voice in the middle of the night. I received a greeting card once that had a recording of a former student’s voice that played when I opened the card. Oscar says that this idea is not too far-fetched.