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JW hard at work... and we did a lot of talking. I lost my voice half way through. Many people were really interested in LP. Too bad I didn't have any fliers, especially ones that said "this is not

This was my first MF and it was a lot of fun. I will definately do that again and I am now considering attending MF Norfolk and possibly next year's SF event.   Lessons learned: 1. Plan early. I w

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... "this is not Arduino" ....

 

 

I can imagine that mixed into PIL's "(This Is Not A) Love Song"....

 

This is not Arduino

 

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

 

I'm crossing over. 

 

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino, not Arduino

This is not Arduino

 

Happy to have it, not to have not

Power management wise

I'm crossing over into

The low power side

 

Not an Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

 

I'm going over to the other side

I'm happy to have it but not to have not

Power saving is very wise

MSP430 is optimized

 

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino, not Arduino

 

I'm adaptable, I'm adaptable

I'm adaptable and I like my new role

I'm getting better and better and I meet the new goal

I'm changing my ways where power applies, this is not Arduino

 

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino, not Arduino

 

Now are you ready to make it enabled?

The power savings, not power wasting.

Sustain the voltage, only do what's required.

You send the signal whether wireless or wired.

 

Now will you use me, now will I be used?

 

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino

This is not Arduino, not Arduino

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This was my first MF and it was a lot of fun.

I will definately do that again and I am now considering attending MF Norfolk and possibly next year's SF event.

 

Lessons learned:

1. Plan early. I wasn't sure if my application will be accepted or not, so I did not prepare as I wanted to.

2. Lights, lights, and more lights. People respond to lights, especially blinking ones. I really have to finish my POV RGB globe and make sure all of my LED BPs are powered

3. Moving objects. People like to see things move. Although I did have couple of servos, they did not grab people's attention. For next event, I will get more servos and assembe a small bot. It will really show off what my servo controller can do.

4. Too many things, too little information. I will cut down on the number of display items, group them by function, space them, and add labels with short explanation. Many visitors, especially those that don't know much about electronics, were affraid to ask questions or didn't know what to ask.

5. Better LaunchPad display. Next time, I will display my LPs with printed specification list (including the price.) The most common response to $10 price tag was "wow!" Think about all those people that didn't ask any questions. I hope next time, we can have wow-o-palooza.

6. Need to rally more troops. We were outnumbered by groups like Hackerspace Charlotte.

7. More printed materials. I ran out of my 100 home made business cards fairly quickly and I didn't bring any printed information about LPs or my BPs. Big mistakes.

8. Create a web page with all important links (and update my blog, it's been a year since the last entry.) I had several URLs listed, so people had to scan QR codes multiple times.

9. Small giveaway kits. It cost money, but kids love to collect things. big kids too.

10. Bring few LPs to give away, for example one every hour raffle style, @@cubeberg's idea.

11. Hands-on things. I am thinking a big wall mounted RGB matrix and 2 joysticks (one for hue and one for xy axis control) with gradient painter software or a simple game of pong.

12. Power supply. I have to make one supply to power them all, multiple 5V, 12V, and USB outputs with standard connectors. This way I can avoid custom wiring, wire messes, shorts, blow-ups, demo code overwrites, etc.

13. Bring ear plugs. I hope this was the only time I was located next to guitar maker.

14. Display case. @@cubeberg's suggestion to create a portable display that could be shipped around. We could mount 43oh's most popular BPs and send them around the country.

15. Video Presentation, a nice way to demonstrate LP's (Tiva or Stellaris) capabilities. Playing demo video on LCD BP. @@JWoodrell's idea.

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Blinky, flashy, moving yeah people are drawn in. We also would have benefited from a running video loop people could watch about what launchpad is about so we dont have repeat the same speech over and over

 

We almost need a standard display we can ship around to whoever is gonna be at whatever event is goin on

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Video presentation might be tough with all the noise - although the NC Faire was awfully crowded (they're looking for a bigger venue for next year).  We need a cool Piktochart like @@LariSan has been making :)

 https://magic.piktochart.com/output/e2eeaeab-ad9a-4806-9b01-be2daf56e4ea#.UbEDMqJEo40.twitter

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@@cubeberg, I had my Eureka moment when I was thinking about your "traveling" display idea.

To show how some of my BPs work, I have them mounted on real LPs, which is a pain and a waste.

So, for community display, I will use bare LP v1.4 PCBs that bluehash has, and just populate few required components, 3 headers, socket, and RST RC.

There will be ~12-16 BP carriers per panel.

I will post a draft of the display in few days.

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It also looks like there's a Silver Spring mini faire (north DC area) scheduled for Sept 29, and the Baltimore one seems deprecated. Other applicants for others around the area currently in flight too but I think Silver Spring is confirmed. (That's about 50min drive for me)

 

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@@cubeberg, I had my Eureka moment when I was thinking about your "traveling" display idea.

To show how some of my BPs work, I have them mounted on real LPs, which is a pain and a waste.

So, for community display, I will use bare LP v1.4 PCBs that bluehash has, and just populate few required components, 3 headers, socket, and RST RC.

There will be ~12-16 BP carriers per panel.

I will post a draft of the display in few days.

Sounds cool RobG - did @@bluehash send you a full panel?

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