Category Archives: experiment

Arduino and Xbox Kinect Robot

My good friend Patrick the robot is back! This time I have hooked him up to my computer via his Arduino and Johnny-Five (The nodeJS lib for Arduino serial communication). Then I’m using my old xbox kinect to track my movement so Patrick follows along. How it works 1. I hook up the Arduino to my […]

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How to build an app fast

This week I launched a new web app called CraigIt (http://davidrs.github.io/craigit/client/) CraigIt is a simple idea: hyper-local notifications for items you want on CraigsList. This blog post will explain how I built the entire app, front-end, back-end, design, and mild marketing in just a week. Tech Stack Used JavaScript with jQuery and Twitter Bootstrap 3 […]

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Steal My Idea: browse, submit, steal awesome ideas

I’m happy to announce Steal My Idea ( http://davidrs.com/stealmyidea/ ) has just launched! Steal My Ideas is an e-library of business and social enterprise ideas that are free for anyone to browse, submit, or steal. There are many brilliant ideas out there from people who don’t have the time or resources to implement them (Think about all the […]

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Kiva Tool – Realtime Lending Countries

*If tech talk bores you skip down to the charts.* What’s Kiva? An awesome non-profit that uses crowdsourced microlending to alleviate poverty through economic empowerment: www.kiva.org I’ve spent the last couple of days playing around with the Kiva API, and here’s what I’ve come up with. Recent Activity & Generous Countries Kiva provides access to […]

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Twitter Voting Tool

I’ve built a tool to let you run Twitter voting at your event. Choose hashtags or keywords for each option Setup the app with your terms http://www.smewebsites.com/twittervotes/setup.php Make sure all columns in the chart are empty (this means no existing tweets) Let participants tweet at these keywords to vote. The webpage will automatically refresh itself every […]

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New project: Ottawa AED mapper

Like any modern major city, Ottawa has recently gotten into the Open Data game. Releasing a myriad of content from skating rink locations to annual budgets (Full list of Ottawa Open Data here). One piece of data really caught my eye was the list of Public Access Defibrillator Sites. Problem For sudden cardiac arrests chance of […]

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Facebook ‘share’ & Twitter ‘tweet’ Link Generator

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Option 1: Simple meta tags to control Facebook Share info You can control the content Facebook uses for sharing links via the follow meta tags in your HTML: General format: <meta property=”og:{tagName}” content=”{tagValue}”/> Examples: <meta property=”og:image” content=”http://davidrs.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/github.png”/> <meta property=”og:title” content=”David’s Facebook Twitter Gen.”/> <meta property=”og:url” content=”http://davidrs.com/wp/facebook-feed-link-generator/”/> <meta property=”og:site_name” content=”David Rust-Smith Blog”/> <meta property=”og:type” content=”blog”/> Facebook […]

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Real Time Game Dashboard – jQuery, PHP, MySQL

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I published 3 different socially minded games in 2012, but keeping track of how well all my different games were doing was tricky, so I built a quick dashboard that let me quickly check key stats for all three games. Techy details on stat tracking AJAX, PHP, MySQL   About Bibz  About Mission About Radi-Aid Techy stuff: All of my […]

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