Last month DesignSpark turned six. To celebrate we have compiled a list of six of our most memorable blogs since the community launched in 2010. After an in depth trip down memory lane at DesignSpark HQ consuming pizza like we were ninja turtles and washing it down with enough coffee to keep our local barista in business for another year we managed to narrow it down to the below selection;
1. Hack Superman - Launch Day
In November 2006, Pete Wood blogged about the Launch of the ‘Hack Superman’. This was a joint project between DesignSpark and Mattel toys to recreate the world record freefall from 39km high by Felix Baumgartner with a superman toy. His blog details every aspect of the planning and release, including an excellent video showing Superman’s decent back to Earth from the edge of Space.
2. DesignSpark & Practical Action Power Hack
DesignSpark partnered with Practical Action, a charity that uses technology to challenge poverty across the globe in December 2014 to host a Power Hack event at Google UK in London. The 2 day event put three teams of world leading engineers against each other to design a new or improved solution for domestic electricity generation to be used in developing countries.
3. My Raspberry Pi Thinks It's a Mainframe!
In May 2012 Andrew Back created one of our most popular blogs ever, comparing the new pocket sized Raspberry Pi to the 30 year old IBM 4381 processor, which could fill a data centre and support many thousands of users.
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4. Wiring the Internet of Things with Intel Edison and Node-RED
Stuart Childs is a regular blogger on DesignSpark and in January 2015 he dived head first in to the world of IoT using an Intel Edison and Node-RED. In this blog he covers everything from writing to a pin to creating your first flow and integrating analog sensors with Node-RED.
5. Is this the Energy Harvesting breakthrough the World's been waiting for?
You may recognise Dr Lucy Rogers from BBC2’s Robot Wars series in the UK, where she makes up part of the judging panel of experts. Well, back in March 2016 she penned an article looking at the revolutionary Energy Harvesting Technology from WITT, which harnesses chaotic movement from six degrees of motion into electrical energy.
6.Interview with creator of the Twitter-controlled dog feeder, @FeedToby
In March 2012 Andrew Back caught up with Nat Morris, who built a Twitter controlled feeder for his dog which went viral and led to 4,500 people trying to feed Toby, his dog.