PONGINATOR PALLET OF TALENT
Rick Abbott, Alberto Alonso, Paul Atkinson, Brooks Coleman, Bob
Comer, David Comer, Tom Davidson, James Delaney, Wolf Dilworth,
John Funk, Vern Graner, Kym Graner, Nic Graner, Sami Graner, Ed
Xavier Gonzalez, John Herron, Nyssa Hughes, Puiyee Hung, Eric
Lundquist, Gary Mack, Marvin Niebuhr, Sonia Santana, Denise Scioli,
and Mike Scioli.
■ The Robot Group entries for MAKER Faire:
the LCD panel, the uMP3 music players,
DC- 16 controller, and so on. The final
code was rather straightforward as it
simply stepped through sequences with
timed intervals separating events. The
Ponginator firing process is described in
detail in the sidebar “Ready Aim PING!.”
■ Fox 7 News MAKER Faire Showcases Unique
working towards a common goal. We knew
the result could be
wonderful, and it was.
The Ponginator was a
huge hit! It worked
wonderfully, the crowd
loved it, the kids loved
it, and it drew people to
our displays all weekend. It even made
the local news cast (see Resources).
I created a short documentary video
using photos and video clips collected
during the creation of the Ponginator
and also during his performance at the
MAKER Faire (see sidebar). I encourage
you to have a look and to see the type of
project you can be a part of if your
personal robotics interests are joined
■ Video of the Ponginator
CAN WE DO IT?
YES WE CAN!
What could unite school teachers,
plumbers, carpenters, laser technicians,
entrepreneurs, software engineers,
artists, musicians, photographers, stay-at-home moms, cube dwellers,
electrical engineers, students, and kids?
A project just like this. We were all
with those of others in your home town.
The Ponginator is also a prime
example of how the whole really can be
greater than the sum of its parts. Some
rough pencil sketches, old scaffolding,
silver tarp, PVC pipe, sprinkler valves, a
storage bin, and some electronics,
when mixed with the right people,
became a triumph that I don't think
anyone involved will soon forget. NV
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