News from phenoptix


As seen on TV! #meArm on the Gadget Show (UK)

October 14, 2014 Benjamin Gray

Quite shocking that it's been three months since the last project update on hackaday.io! So much has been going on with the #meArm project and the business that created it (well it was me (Ben) but for phenoptix, which was also me). The super secret project that the #meArm maxi was built for was for a TV show in the UK where they wanted to knock down a building using a digger controlled via a robot arm. Unfortunately I had very little hands on time with the machine we used and just sent the maxi down for testing. A...


Just when I thought I was out.... #meArm update!

October 13, 2014 Benjamin Gray

Wow so it's been an amazing few weeks. It was great to start at Ciseco and get to know them and their fantastic products a little better. However last Monday I made a very hard decision and decided to take another leap into the unknown with the #meArm. Joining forces with Des19nCore we have formed MeArm limited to make the most of the potential that the little robot from phenoptix has. As stated in my reasons for the changes at phenoptix this should still give be the flexibility to have more family time! In just eight months it's gone from...


Thanks for all the fish!

September 29, 2014 Benjamin Gray

Eleven years ago I purchased 100 LEDs and Phenoptix came into being. It grew slowly and largely effortlessly into a well known pillar of the fledgling maker community. For the last five years phenoptix has been a full time gig. In that time the landscape has changed greatly and along with it my priorities in life. For four and a half years of that time I've been a father and have had to make tough choices between spending time on phenoptix as a business and spending time with my growing family. In the last few months I've decided that my...


Taiwanese #meArm Workshop!

September 04, 2014 Benjamin Gray

Had a new make on thingiverse this morning, which linked onto an amazing blog. This was the image that caught my eye - they've made a #meArm Army! Would love to know more about the base robot so if anyone knows get in touch at ben at phenoptix dot com.  There are loads more images on the blog, with lots of people posing with their #meArm and this great group shot They've added a link to our thingiverse objected and mentioned the #meArm project. It is so exciting to see the #meArm being used for what it is meant to...


How much energy does it take to make a cup of tea?

August 20, 2014 Benjamin Gray

Dr Matt Little sometimes works with us on projects at phenoptix and does some really very interesting work with the rest of his time. He has a great blog where I just spotted this post: "Its very difficult to explain the concepts of power and energy. People often ask me "Can I power my kettle with that?". So to try and put the energy in a cup of tea into perspective I built the 'Cuppa-meter'. The 'Cuppa-meter' shows a cup of tea which lights up as the energy required for a cup of tea is generated. This can be plugged...