Monday, December 15, 2014

Chocolate gun dispenses edible molten chocolate

I modified a standard hot glue gun to dispense molten semi-sweet chocolate. This is great for decorations and gingerbread houses.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Obeying the law (of physics)! Kinetic energy and momentum explained

In my video on the Crookes Radiometer, I showed that the devices spins because of a thermal gas effect -- not the force of photons hitting the vanes.  In the comments section, someone asked about kinetic energy and how incoming photons impart force to the rotor.  This video is a more complete answer to that question.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Encode information in fire!

A burning strip of carefully cut flash paper can encode information, which is then read by an optical sensor.  I'd like to determine if it's possible to perform computations with nothing but flash paper -- using the shape of the paper as data and program, and the flame as the readout.

Hamamatsu S7815 photodiode -- might be discontinued:

Harvard Infofuse project:

Source for flash paper and flash cotton:

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