Cool iPhone 5 Domino Cascade

An iPhone domino cascade.  Who doesn’t love a domino cascade?  Each domino falling on its neighbor, falling on its neighbor and on and on.  Now imagine 10,000 iPhones all set up on their bases and then lauching into an iPhone cascade.  Then to ice the cake these iPhones have NFC (Near Field Communication) so they can pass information from one to the next just by proximity.  Cool, huh?

10,000 iPhone 5 Domino Cascade

iPhone Passive Acoustic Amplification Device – iPAAD

The iPAAD – iPhone Passive Acoustic Amplification Device – is something I made after seeing a similar widget while surfing the web.  As with most creative endeavors, your thoughts are triggered by something you see or hear and then you make your own design.

iPAAD 01

I chose cedar wood because I had some available and because I like the rich tones and the varied colors.  It is also very easy to cut and shape.

iPAAD 02

The iPhone slides into a central pocket where it is secure. It is an intentionally tight fit for my phone in an Otter Box.  The passive acoustic amplification works just fine for a phone that is not in an Otter Box.

iPAAD 03

The speaker wells are deep enough to support resonance at lower tones.

iPAAD 04

The back is flat and shows off some of the features that make cedar so sharp looking.

So how much amplification does this actually do?  Here is a video in which I play my iPhone first in the air and then in the iPAAD.  :You be the judge.

iPAAD Demo


Happy Birthday iPhone

Who’d a thunk?  The iPhone has been with us for 5 years – just  5 years.  If you happen to be an iPhonatic (I am one) then it is hard to imagine life without such an instrument.  I tried cell phones – Motorolas, Nokias, flips and candy bars.  Then I tried a Blackberry, in fact a couple of them.  Had my Blackberry thumb to prove it.  When I finally got an iPhone – yes, a 4s with Siri – things just clicked.

It is important to be able to share one’s life.  I don’t mean be a pain in the ass Twitter bomber – but a quick photo of that finished project or a text that you have completed yet another trip safely make a big difference.  You simply can not beat an iPhone for that.  And Facetime – way cool.

It’s only been five years since Steve Jobs rolled this out – but have we ever gone a long way with our wide screen iPod with touch controls and our revolutionary mobile phone and our breakthrough internet communications device known simply as the iPhone.

iPhone Rollout

iPhone Art

I don’t know which I love more – my iPhone or the world of apps that it helped trigger.  The iPhone is a grand instrument and has proven rugged enough to survive six months of being carried around by me (yes I packed it in an Otterbox).  I can call and text and email from anywhere and Facetime, now that is so Jetson. The phone and the iOS are almost magic but it’s the apps that make iPhone-ism such a rich and enabling experience.

My latest diversion is art on my iPhone.  I don’t spend huge amounts of time scribbling but because it’s in my pocket, I can indulge my creativity anywhere and at any time.

iPhone Art 001

I did this first image using SpawnMusic.  Drawing with SpawnMusic is basically a dance with a random number generator and some rather sophisticated algorithms.  You can snap a picture as the screen evolves.  The image moves and evolves quickly but with a little practice you can catch the one you want before it is gone (it won’t cycle back so don’t snooze).  This is my version of a cyber peacock.

In a complete shift in concept, Inkflow gives you absolute control over image generation.  Everything comes down to where and how you touch the screen.  I haven’t figured it out yet but there is something different in sketching on an iPhone and sketching on a paper pad.  The iPhone environment seems to almost have an intrinsic depth that paper lacks.  I do really like being able to save with a click and then share with another.  This is a self portrait of me jumping into the day.

Self Portrait

Here it is, iPhone art.  Try it – you’ll like it.

iPhone Art

I really enjoy my iPhone.  It’s a great tool and maybe an even better toy.  My iPhone helps me keep track of email on many accounts and keeps me tied instantly to many friends by IM.  It’s the apps that make the iPhone most interesting.  The games are great – even though they can suck up a lot of time.  I’ve got a guitar that actually sounds pretty descent.  One of my favorite apps is SpawnMusic – not for its music but for its art.  It takes a seed and a random number generator and draws some great stuff.  Just capture it to a file and you can have some very nice wallpapers.  It is random and it is fast moving so getting a good picture is like snapping photos of snowflakes falling onto a warm surface.

iPhone Art - by Byers

Bombs Bursting In Air – by Byers


War Games - by Byers

  War Games – by Byers

Kindle for iPhone

I really, really like all this new web technology. One of my favorite things – for now at least – is all the apps you can download and run on your phone or mobile computing device.  I have an iPhone and when I discovered that the good folks at Amazon had a Kindle reader app that I could download for FREE, man did I hop.

Kindle for iPhone

When you set this up on your iPhone it gets even better.  To activate the reader you must link it to your Amazon account – this is after all the Kindle reader used to read the eBooks that Amazon sells.  You can browse books from your iPhone, you can buy books from your iPhone.  BUT, the REALLY exciting thing is that Amazon gives you an email address linked to your reader.  If you email a PDF document to that address you can read it on your iPhone.  Now when I go shopping, I upload the manuals for my equipment before heading to the hardware store.  That way I have all those parts numbers in hand and have avoided those irksome extra trips.  I do the same thing with recipes so I am never stuck not knowing what all the ingredients are and if an adjustment needs to be made I have all the numbers with me.

Even if you gave up reading in the third grade, got get this app and use it on your phone.  It will help you with short term information needs and you might just find out that reading is fun.

Drive A Car With An iPhone

iPhones are really nice.  And it seems there is an app you can download for most anything.  Now there is an app you can use to drive your car.  It will take some modification but it looks much easier than you might expect.  The folks at Waterloo Labs have been very kind in documenting and sharing their work.

Driving a Car with an iPhone and cRIO (Part 1 – Overview)

Driving a Car with an iPhone (Part 2 – How To)

Drive a Car with an IPhone (iPhone Code Overview)