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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

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Limor Fried is an engineer, artist & hacker. She recently received her M.Eng in EECS from MIT where she designed and implemented technologies to help people defend their personal space from annoying cell phones and televisions. Recently she's been spending time making neat electronic toys ("MintyMP3," "MiniPOV," and "x0xb0x" to name a few) and selling kits online. Further information can be found at, for example. She currently resides in a fantastic warehouse in Boston.

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Tweet-a-Watt Power Monitor
Build a wireless electricity monitor for about $50, and twitter your kilowatts.
From MAKE: 18: ReMake America page 112

On Batteries
How to decide which batteries will run your project best.
In DIY: Workshop from MAKE: 11: Alt Vehicles page 151

Single-Use Digicam for Kite Aerial Photography
A simple, lightweight timer circuit triggers a shot every minute.
In DIY: Imaging from MAKE: 02: Home Entertainment page 130

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Adafruit Industries

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Open Source Physical Objects: Limor Fried and Her x0xb0x

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Hello, my name is Limor & I'm an engineer.

I live in New York City and recently received my Masters of Engineering from MIT & the Media Lab on the topic of Social Defense Mechanisms

I create things, some of which are beautiful and interesting.

I recently finished my fellowship at EYEBEAM R&D, and am working on Adafruit Industries full time.

My current interests are: industrial design, holistic engineering, machining, fashion, bicycle design and modification, hacking consumer electronics, Design Noir, color print photography, and glassblowing. Oh yeah, and electronics.

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Portfolio 2006
Wave Bubble
Fall/Winter 2006

A self-tuning, wide-bandwidth portable RF jammer. The device is lightweight and small for easy camoflauging: it is the size of a pack of cigarettes.- Completely redesigned from the earlier 2004 version.

"In a high population density city, inhabitants must be prepared to defend their own personal space. Technologies that increase personal productivity are on the rise, even though they may intrude on others. The unavoidable reaction is to create technologies that counteract other people's devices. Wave Bubble is a product that counters the all-too-familiar annoyance of loud ring tones and overt cell-phone conversations in public.

Part of the "Social Defense Mechanisms" projects designed for my MEng thesis.

This project is now available with detailed documentation

Adafruit Laser Services
Winter 2006

Duel Nature
Summer 2006

Electronic lighting subsystem design and manufacture at low cost, constrained size and adverse operating conditions. 240 red LEDs are individually controlled and modulated to create accent light patterns on a 30' diameter metal sculpture.

Project documentation coming soon!

Image (c) Kate Raudenbush
MiniPOV 3
Summer 2006

A redesign & rerelease of the MiniPOV kit, this one can be programmed through a serial port (as opposed to parallel port only).

A little persistence-of-vision toy: when waved in the air, the LEDs 'write' out an image or message. In particular, MiniPOV was designed with the intention that it would be sold as an inexpensive kit for people to play with microcontrollers and LEDs.

Documentation and construction information is available at the MiniPOV3 page.

Spring 2006

A small & simple, but very powerful USB charger for an mp3 player, camera, cell phone, and just about any other gadget one can plug into a USB port to charge. The charger circuitry and 2 AA batteries fit into an Altoids gum tin, a high efficiency DC/DC converter circuit creates 5V standard USB voltage.

More information on design and construction is available at the MintyBoost page.

Winter/Spring 2006

A simple, yet extensible sensor interface system for artists, musicians and others interested in experimenting with sensors. The MIDIsense boards provide a simple way to integrate various common sensors with existing software such as Max/MSP, Ableton Live, etc. or directly to a synthesizer/sequencer with a MIDI in jack.
While there are other projects with similar functionality, this one is the most technically advanced, flexible & inexpensive.

More information on design and construction is available at the MIDIsense page.

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Limor Fried is an engineer, artist & hacker
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Very cool stuff and a very cool Girl!:)


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