Monday, June 21, 2010

Kobo: the movie!

Actually, the title should be "Kobo: the custom case" but that's not nearly as exciting.* As promised in a previous post, I have a couple of things I would like to share about the Kobo, e-reader. Today's topic is a DIY case for the eReader using a DVD case.
Kobo doesn't come with a case and the options at the store were ridiculously pricey. So I took a DVD case for a Power Rangers movie and removed the raised ring with a snips pliers. This picture shows off my handiwork better:

The benefit of using a transparent case is that you can read through it, even in the bath! Well, maybe I'll work more on that one but it does stop the Kobo getting scratched in my bag. Plus, its nice to show off your current book as the screen shows its cover when switched off. And yet no drain to the battery!


* I can't imagine actually running a movie on an eInk device but maybe it would look something like this.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Kobo

Recently purchased a Kobo e-Reader. I like it. Ergonomic, economical and of course, electronic. One thing puzzles me: why is it called "kobo". It would be nice if it had something to do with this fellow *:
I have a couple of posts I would like to do about this reader. I particularly like that it will sync with an app on my HTC Dream. I have also made a couple of DIY hacks around it that I will relate anon.

* Kobo Daishi was a Japanese monk, scholar, poet, and artist, founder of the Shingon or "True Word" school of Buddhism. My wife and I were married by a Shingon monk in Japan.

Friday, April 23, 2010

My tooth is ringing!


I had to have a tooth out recently. See this post for one idea I had to fill in the gap. It doesn't hurt anymore but after reading this Wired article I wish it was ringing! The article describes an audio tooth implant that uses bone induction to transmit sound directly. A bluetooth tooth! Can't find anywhere that sells these things, maybe I'll put it in my Makerbot cupcake printed tooth...

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Sweet Tooth For a Cupcake!


I am looking at having a tooth extracted on Tuesday the 20th. After the extraction, I will need to have the "socket" for the implant heal for a number of months before getting a crown over the implant "post". The whole procedure is very pricey, just to get a temporary plastic tooth alone costs a small fortune. I was going to leave it open but then I read about this competition. If I had a Makerbot then I could print my own tooth! So I fired up Blender and here is my best effort in Thingiverse:

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2353

If I had a Makerbot then my sweet tooth could be replaced by a "sweet" tooth made with Cupcake!