Archive for December, 2007

Degger’s Photoshoot

Wednesday, December 19th, 2007

Degger and the SpokePOV

Brian moves into modelling! I guess this is a new career for him, but he did a great job in the photoshoot – I turned up right at the end, as I was doing a few Christmas chores. Looking hot, Degger!

Photo Day

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Today I got photographed for Newcastle Gateshead Inititive as part of their publicity for the winter festival/glow mobiles. We were hosted by:

Recyk y bike

Recyk-Y-Bike (I think of it as Recyke Yr Bike) down in Byker. The bike mechanics down there were patient as we switched the main lights off and on to get a real impression of what the cycle will look like. We will also be using a few of their bikes for the parade. So you might see my face on a newspaper someday. I was so busy being the model that I didn’t have a chance to take photos myself. The bike stand they had made everything so easy, no lights on the front wheel this time, but as it was stationary, you wouldn’t have seen anything.

Tyne Bridge in my living room!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007


Tyne Bridge in my living room!

Originally uploaded by sctv
Another late night programming, pete is soldering in another part of Newcastle Gateshead.

Please Vote!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

We are currently getting ideas for what you want to see on the GlowBikes so vote in the side bar, or leave a comment. We will use these suggestions to design the patterns for the spokePOVs. One vote per computer please.

Programming the Angel of the North

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007



Originally uploaded by sctv

I have transformed an image by that hp guy – under the creative commons licence .
This gives me permission to remix the photo with attribution, non-commercially.

Time Flies!

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

Blue SpokePOV test

Above, check out a picture of me testing a blue spokepov device in my kitchen. The blue ones are my favourite; they have special bright lights in them…

Time is just flying by, and myself and Brian are not dividing the work the way I thought would happen. Brian is doing all the hard organisational stuff, like filling in the health and safety form, and organising the photoshoot for tomorrow, and generally being really useful, while I stay locked in my room and solder our spokepov kits together!  I’ve got it down to just over an hour and a half per kit now, which is a big improvement on the three hours it took me to do the first kit.

Like I mentioned above, tomorrow we’ll be getting some pictures taken of ourselves and the Spokepov kits. We’re so busy at the moment! But because we are busy, that means that little things like Christmas shopping keep getting put off… although if I don’t get something for my girlfriend soon, I might be in big trouble! That’s because she’s agreed to help design some of the spokepov patterns, which we’ll be showing here soon.

SpokePOVS are go

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

It’s the startup sequence for the spoke pov board, next step is to attach it to a bike and set it going,

Pretty sure my desk used to look different…

Saturday, December 8th, 2007

Pretty sure my desk used to look different...

But that was before I became a small factory for making SpokePOV’s. Only 22 more to go!

Finally, We Make Stuff*…

Saturday, December 1st, 2007

As Brian mentioned in his last post, we’ve got the kits! Extracting them from the bowels of Parcelforce was a mission, but on Tuesday night we were excitedly unpacking all the electric kits we needed to make this project work. And there’s a lot of kits.

packets of bits
Brian, being a man of science, doubted my ability with a soldering iron, so we arranged to meet up on Friday to take a look over the kits. We’ve been planning this project for ages now, so getting to hold a hot soldering iron was very exciting!

brian solderingPete soldering

The spokePOV’s (which is what we are using to make the bikes glow) have two parts to them. The first part is the big glowing bit which you put in your bike, but we made the other part – the bit that you use to upload information to the big glowing bit – which is called the USBtinyISP. Follow the link to see what we made; sadly, it’s not very exciting-looking, but it is important.
the components and toolsfor usbTinyisp almost done

Over the next few days, both myself and Brian have a lot on, so we each made one of the USBtiny things to take home. I was really amazed at how clear the instructions were, and I think we both found it really easy to work out at what stage we were at. That’s actually a really big accomplishment, because most of the tiny electronic doo-dads that make up the innards of gadgets all look the same.

As well as curing my fear of soldering complex electronics together, we also got a glimpse of how we were going to make the huge number of kits that we now have. We are both busy over the next few days, but we’ve now got hands-on experience of making this specific brand of kit – the next entry will be us making the things!

* with apologies to Bre Pettis

Text: Pete (photos Pete and Brian/Sctv)