Sunil John Some of my personal and professional work.

Building BB-8

Building BB-8

I’m exploring something in the same wheel house as Daft Punk… R2-D2 builders are elite prop builders and have electronic, software and fabrication skills I’ve always aspired to. The problem with building a quality astromech is that you either have to have access to a shop with…

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Maker Festival 2015 – DIY Daft Punk

Maker Festival 2015 – DIY Daft Punk

Over 10,000 people attended the Toronto Maker Festival over the course of two days this year at the Toronto Reference Library. I was one of a hundred makers, presenting “DIY Daft Punk”. This project replicates the Daft Punk’s Discovery Era Thomas helmet and Discovery gauntlets, using…

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Thomas The Tank Engine Monster Truck Outlaw

Thomas The Tank Engine Monster Truck Outlaw

Thomas the Tank Engine Monster Truck Outlaw from insultcomicdog on Vimeo. Thomas the Tank Engine and the Grave Digger monster truck are popular in my house. We probably have 10 different Thomas trains of various sizes and vintages (wooden railway and other sets). This Christmas…

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Daft Pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern – All You Do Is Put It Together

Daft Pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern – All You Do Is Put It Together

This year I thought I’d do something fun with my Jack-O-Lantern using ‘found’ items around the house. I’ve been working on a Daft Punk Thomas helmet, and wanted to repurpose a discarded fibreglass visor chassis that was lying around. All of my scratch built electronics and…

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DIY Discovery Era – Functional Daft Punk Thomas Helmet and Gauntlet Replicas

DIY Discovery Era – Functional Daft Punk Thomas Helmet and Gauntlet Replicas

My first true lighting project was a night light for my son Owen. That was practice for my next project; a Thomas Bangalter (one half of the French house music duo Daft Punk) helmet. I’ve been a long time lurker on the RFP, and this…

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#TeamCoco Geotagged Tweets Visualized in 2D and 3D (WebGL) Using Twitter’s Streaming API

#TeamCoco Geotagged Tweets Visualized in 2D and 3D (WebGL) Using Twitter’s Streaming API

Visualizing geotagged hashtags or key phrases is cool. I’ve used Twitter’s REST API before, but I have long wanted an excuse to learn how to use the streaming API so I could mine real time data. Some things I learned about the STREAMING API vs…

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Raspberry Pi Media Centre – Solving the Rainbow Screen of Death

Raspberry Pi Media Centre – Solving the Rainbow Screen of Death

I decided to break the seal on my Pi and install Raspbmc to use it as media centre. Raspbmc is  Linux distribution that brings XBMC (open source (GPL) software media player and entertainment hub) to the Raspberry Pi. I have an Apple TV and a…

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Cheap DYI iPhone OtterBox Defender Tripod Mount For GorrilaPod Hack

Cheap DYI iPhone OtterBox Defender Tripod Mount For GorrilaPod Hack

I’ve been wanting to mount my phone to a GorrilaPod for a while. Having shot ~60 gigs of video on my iPhone while on parental leave over the last 6 months, I wish I would have done this hack sooner. Here are some commercial options…

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Creating 3D Printed Happiness : Building a Prusa i3 RepRap

Creating 3D Printed Happiness : Building a Prusa i3 RepRap

Since the arrival of a MakerBot Replicator 2 at the Jam3 office in January, I’ve been 3D printing quick prototypes for work and personal projects. There are some amazing 3D models you can download and print off Thingiverse, but I’ve found it’s more rewarding to…

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The Dogs of Late Night Arduino Installation

The Dogs of Late Night Arduino Installation

I started out building a simple display case for some collectibles and then decided I should do something more with it. Think Billy Big Mouth Bass except much more inappropriate. If you have ever watched Late Night with Conan O’Brien or have heard of Triumph…

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