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I'm a maker in Madison, WI, originally from Tucson, AZ.

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  • AviKado commented on ultrauber's forum topic Acoustic Levitation?1 week ago

    I'd like to just clarify a few things I've read here. Firstly, the diagrams that seem to illustrate a "figure 8" with the particle in the loop assumes you already have a notion of how sound actually works. Sound doesn't truly travel through air as a vibration travels down a string (with an "S" shape), like these diagrams illustrate. Sound is a longitudinal wave. It is a compression of air travelling away from the speaker. The sin wave diagrams that you see all the time describing sound traveling through space just illustrate at what distance from the source you'd find high pressure and low pressure (curved) planes. So in the diagram, when it shows the particle suspended in a loop, this really means the particle is suspended in a low pressure plane sandwiched between ...see more »I'd like to just clarify a few things I've read here. Firstly, the diagrams that seem to illustrate a "figure 8" with the particle in the loop assumes you already have a notion of how sound actually works. Sound doesn't truly travel through air as a vibration travels down a string (with an "S" shape), like these diagrams illustrate. Sound is a longitudinal wave. It is a compression of air travelling away from the speaker. The sin wave diagrams that you see all the time describing sound traveling through space just illustrate at what distance from the source you'd find high pressure and low pressure (curved) planes. So in the diagram, when it shows the particle suspended in a loop, this really means the particle is suspended in a low pressure plane sandwiched between two planes of higher pressure. Naturally, things like to be pushed away from higher pressure towards lower pressure. Thus levitation.Another point, it has been mentioned multiple times that the wave needs to be quite strong to produce significant levitation, bit that doesn't necessarily mean you need a huge amplifier and specially made speakers. If you generate a standing wave, by definition, you are achieving resonance. At resonance, a wave can be greatly amplified. This would lower the actual amount of power you need to be pumping into the air. I haven't looked into the details here, so maybe these figures already took that into account, but given that someone mentioned they were able to do it with their voice, i don't think you need 150 DBs for a small object. Furthermore, the object geometry should come into play. If you had a very light object with a relatively large surface area perpendicular to the wave (a small piece of paper) i would imagine that you wouldn't need as much pressure.Also, this guy seems to have done it with a small device:https://www.instructables.com/id/Acoustic-Tractor-Beam/

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  • AviKado's entry Glowing LED Mushroom Log Lamp is a winner in the LED Contest contest 3 months ago
  • AviKado's entry Solar Powered, Bike Frame Pottery Wheel is a winner in the Clay Contest 2016 contest 3 months ago
  • AviKado's entry Solar Powered, Bike Frame Pottery Wheel is a finalist in the Clay Contest 2016 contest 4 months ago
  • AviKado's entry Glowing LED Mushroom Log Lamp is a finalist in the LED Contest contest 4 months ago
  • AviKado commented on AviKado's instructable Glowing LED Mushroom Log Lamp4 months ago
    Glowing LED Mushroom Log Lamp

    If you are very new to electronics/programming, I would suggest skipping the microcontroller and bluetooth altogether and go with a simpler model using either a single color LED or a color changing LED. All that would take is a single resistor (about 200ohms) in line with the LED, powered from a low voltage power supply (5volts). Just google simple LED circuits.Actually, since you are doing this outside, might i suggest you make it solar powered? You could buy a little solar light and hack it to light up your mushrooms instead.And would you look at that. While searching for an instructable on solar lights to link you to, i found this. Exactly this project but solar! I cant believe someone else had a project so similar to this!

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  • AviKado commented on AviKado's instructable Glowing LED Mushroom Log Lamp4 months ago
    Glowing LED Mushroom Log Lamp

    That sounds like an awesome idea! Ya, the silicone mold technique is super handy. I can't take credit for that one.Your idea reminds me of when i interned at this really cool company called Ecovative that makes materials out of mushroom mycelium. While i was there they were building a tiny house to prove a new tech they were developing, using their material as wall insulation. As a result, there were literally mushrooms growing out of the walls.

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  • AviKado entered Glowing LED Mushroom Log Lamp in the LED Contest contest 4 months ago
  • AviKado commented on KennethS39's instructable Hot Water Heater for My Greenhouse4 months ago
    Hot Water Heater for My Greenhouse

    Hot water heater... but why do you need to heat hot water? LOL. I couldn't resist. Anyway, great project. I once built a pond warmer from a coffee machine element. Those are a good scavenge. I am also very happy/impressed that you took the time to fix and reuse the radiator instead of buying another. I once had a thought about solar heating a green house. what if you use clear tube along the roof with purple water running through it? the purple water will absorb only green light (theoretically), which plants don't use anyway, and the absorbed light will heat the water. The rest of the light passes through for the plants.cycle a reservoir of purple water across the roof all day then pump it through heating tube at night. sounds ridiculous, I know, but a fun experiment.How big is your gre...see more »Hot water heater... but why do you need to heat hot water? LOL. I couldn't resist. Anyway, great project. I once built a pond warmer from a coffee machine element. Those are a good scavenge. I am also very happy/impressed that you took the time to fix and reuse the radiator instead of buying another. I once had a thought about solar heating a green house. what if you use clear tube along the roof with purple water running through it? the purple water will absorb only green light (theoretically), which plants don't use anyway, and the absorbed light will heat the water. The rest of the light passes through for the plants.cycle a reservoir of purple water across the roof all day then pump it through heating tube at night. sounds ridiculous, I know, but a fun experiment.How big is your greenhouse?

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  • AviKado entered Copper Wall Lamp in the Lamps and Lighting Contest 2016 contest 4 months ago
  • AviKado commented on AviKado's instructable Solar Powered, Bike Frame Pottery Wheel5 months ago
    Solar Powered, Bike Frame Pottery Wheel

    Good question. I haven't had it long enough to know for sure. Holds up pretty well to light rain, though a heavy storm infiltrated my project enclosure and fried one of my transistors. I also don't use it every day, so I don't know how much a cloudy day affects the charging rate. As far as temperature swings go, I will find out soon enough as the Wisconsin winter slowly approaches :(

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