Archive for August, 2015

So, this isn’t at all about lighting, or solid-state, or technology. It’s just a gadget cat toy we call the Cat-apult.

The lever arm is sprung by rubber band and released by the trigger when depressing the pedal at the rear. The launch tube keeps the cat from stealing the treat inside, also protecting him/her from the lever when it is released.

Shown in the “cocked” position, the lever arm is sprung by rubber band. This is released by the trigger when depressing the pedal at the rear. The launch tube guides the snack projectile and keeps the cat from stealing the treat inside, while also protecting him/her from the lever when it is released.

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I have an ongoing project in creating various lighted magnifiers to see small items, inspect surfaces, check tool edges, or just read the micro labels printed on electronic parts or other components. In 2010 I presented one of these gadgets, specifically a device for reading drill bits, using LEDs and a 9V battery. This time around I wanted to create something with more flexibility, more light, greater magnification and a larger aperture. The concept is pretty straightforward, using a light gathering lens with an integrated ring light component. It delivers over 1,740 Fc on the target, which makes seeing the tiniest details readily visible.

A multipurpose magnifier light ring tool.

A multipurpose magnifier light ring tool.

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When I plunged into 2015 embracing another round of 52 Designs in 52 Weeks to celebrate the Year of Light, I had a dream that perhaps this time I might enjoy the company of others wanting to play along. But, as Einstein is quoted as saying… Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting a different result each time. The first 15 weeks of 2015 started off exactly as 2010 – 15 designs completed and posted… with modest response.  That makes staying on top of the project very difficult indeed, and has led to a loss of momentum. I thoroughly enjoy the design and product making process, but am loath to pursue the work as a totally solo act.

Here’s a little insight into why this round has been harder to sustain, and why it took 5 years to attempt another 52 in 52 project.

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