2 days + 45,000 Attendees + 5,000 ft2 of Microsoft Makers = 100% Goodness
We had an amazing time at Maker Faire this year. It's always so much fun to interact with folks - show all the cool stuff you can build with our tools/technologies, and also get a better understanding…
Chris Myers over at
isopod design created a home defending system by using a Roomba. He salvaged a red Roomba off Craig's List and gutted out the vacuum. Using
Make Magazine's bluetooh tutorial and a bluesmurf bluetooth module from
Sparkfun, Chris managed to get the Roomba…
The developers on the XNA Gaming Studio team have just released a new version. A few of the new features
are Vista support, Bitmap-based fonts, XACT 3D audio support, customizable thumbnails for the XNA Game launcher and a bunch more.
You can grab the
new version of XNA Gaming Studio…
Luke, a member of the c# team, created a
Ray Tracer in c#. What is ray tracing exactly? Well,
Wikipedia explains it to be a technique to model the path taken by light by following the rays as the interact with different surfaces. Ok, in English it means you get an extremely…
Matthias Wandel, an engineer over at Research in Motion, came up with a clever way to test Blackberries under multiple angles and orientations by using LEGO.
The device will rotate on an axis by the battery in a circle along with rotate the pager.
Is there a single thing LEGO can't…
Any good software has updates and Visual Studio isn't any different. Microsoft just released a
Community Technology Preview of VSE Orcas.
Orcas is the code name for the next version of Visual Studio and contains loads of new features.
What is new in Orcas? Well, LINQ, Windows…
HARSH_JOSHI has a post over on the MSDN forums on
how to create transparent menus and title bars for your applications. The article itself is written in VB.Net and is based off C++, c# and VB implementations.
Adding this code into your project is relatively straight forward…
Jan Dolinay shows over at Code Project
how to detect if a removable drive was removed. It also has the ability to detect if drives are inserted as well.
Why would such a task be important? If your application has its data being saved to a flash drive or iPod.
cheap webcam based laser range finder? Todd Danko did and build two different applications to do it. One is in Visual Basic 6 and the other is in Visual C++. Todd based his application
off the UB Robotics project. Using some of the examples from Coding 4…
Travis Feirtag shows how to
use an accelerometer and .Net 2.0 in 2D and 3D. To do the rendering, Travis uses GDI+ for the 2D example and Direct X for the 3D example. For an accelerometer, Travis uses the
Analog Devices XL202 Evaluation Board with an RS232 interface.
Now what can…