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Baltimore Comic Con 2011 September 9, 2011

Posted by Tom Frobish in Cool Stuff.
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THIS WAS JUST AWESOME, that’s all I gotta say.  I had a lot of fun and met my heroes like J Scott Campbell, Frank Capullo, and Frank Cho and have gotten their autographs.  We met Stan Lee for just a brief second but was still enough to give us a nerdgasm.  He commented on our costumes and said they were pretty awesome.  By the way we’ve never made any costumes before so we decided to try something new.

 

UAV Engine Test Stands January 16, 2011

Posted by Tom Frobish in Cool Stuff, Design.
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These are engine stands that I have designed and built for multiple UAV engine’s for Eastcor Engineering (http://www.eastcoreng.com/).  The stands have no metal in them for testing purposes and had to be strong enough to run the engines with the propellers on them at full speed.  I used the these stands to test and check for any kind of underlying RF signature that the engines would give off.  The idea was that each engine, even of the same model would give off a unique harmonic frequency much like an aircraft carrier or destroyer naval ship.  We found that engines all gave off what seemed a unique signature but overall was a fail.  The signal wasn’t strong enough to be captured over longer distances (flight distance).

EL Wire Clothing May 20, 2010

Posted by Tom Frobish in Cool Stuff, Design, Physical Computing.
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Alright, so I’ve been designing this new idea for awhile and that was to create some kind of safety clothing that would be both stylish and very visible at night or in heavy fog or anything that the user would want to be seen in.  I recently come across Electroluminescent Wire (EL Wire) which produces and constant and seamless light along a wire.  It comes in many sizes and is pretty  cheap.

Anyways after much searching, I started going through many different concepts and ideas of how I’m going to stylize the clothing.  I’ve seen a lot of clothing for halloween costumes that light up but they all look very cheesy.  Running around like Tron may look cool in the movie but in real life…yeah.

I’ve been focusing on the simplicity that Under Armor has for their clothing and decided to make the lights follow a two tone pattern the runs along the body.  I’ve posted different concepts and some of the thinking pages (if you actually want to spend the time to read those too :P)

I’ve also posted at diary of this project on youtube so that I can link it over to this blog:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ki9AUvcoTTw

The clothing and final design basically came out to be a simple two tone running jacket that runs along the arms in a spiral pattern and around the shoulders.  When the light is off, noone would be able to tell the jacket has been modified, but when it turns on, it really draws a lot of attention.  Another thing I really liked about the wire was the fact that it was very bright  at night but when you entered a lighted area, it was like it wasn’t even on.

Also the other reason for the blue color was in bioluminesence, blue actually travels the farthest of all of the colors with the least amount of energy.  Also the light blue color stands out the most to peripheral vision.

Recorded with iPhone March 12, 2010

Posted by Tom Frobish in Cool Stuff, Music.
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Ok so these were a short while ago but I figured I’d put it up.  I’m actually pretty surprised at how well the iphone’s microphone is.  The recordings are a little heavy on the bass but that’s because I had it really close to the amp.  And with the song, it was sitting in the same room with all of the instruments.  We were all just jammin and I figured I’d turn the mic on… You might need to turn the sound up though to be able to hear it loud enough.

Jam song

Echo Thing

First Time with Hypershot March 12, 2010

Posted by Tom Frobish in Cool Stuff, Design.
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I decided to try out hypershot for the first time on one of my projects and was thoroughly impressed by it.  I was able to make a turn table movie (kind of, I was able to make the individual frames but still had to compile them together which was a pain) and make some pretty awesome environment renderings. (I can’t post the video on this blog without upgrading so I’ll probably upload it to another site and link it over at some point.)

For the renderings, I found a high res image of a hospital environment (I had to paint out the gurney that was already in there) and used it as a backplate for the image and for the HDR Image (High Dynamic Range) I used the scenery of a kitchen for the lighting and reflections which turned out pretty decent I thought.

The Project was to work with Carestream to help them design a new type of CBCT Scanner.  It’s basically an extremity ct scanner.