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F5 Live: Refreshing Technology

Episode 437

2016-06-26

Hosted by Scott Ertz and Nicholas DiMeo, F5 Live is a livecast covering the worlds of gadgets, gaming, Internet and media.

Show airs Sunday Jun 26, 2016 at 9:00 PM Eastern


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USF Students in STEAM @ Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016

2016-04-09

The University of South Florida is becoming a popular location for engineering students of all types. From mechanical engineering to software engineering, the university has a program to fit many needs. Representatives from USF Students in STEAM brought some of their engineering projects to show off. First, Kaitlin Lostroscio, a senior in mechanical engineering, showed off an asteroid chipper. As part of a NASA challenge, she and her team built the device to chip part of an asteroid and collect it in an isolated container. This allows for collection without cross contamination. Second, Kevin Martinez, a senior in mechanical engineering, showed off a custom-built treasure chest from The Legend of Zelda. Inside is a sensor which detects when it is opened, and the machine determines the color and type of rupee, which is then displayed on a screen on the front, along with a tally of your total collection. [gcmc2016sponsor]

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Edgar Allan Ohms (FRC 5276) @ Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016

2016-04-09

[url=http://plughitzlive.com/radio/6-first-looks.html]FIRST Looks[/url] isn't the only time we get to talk to FIRST Robotics Competition teams. As students who create robots, they are definitely a big part of the maker community, in the Tampa Bay area and beyond. Phoebe Mitchell from Edgar Allan Ohms (FRC 5276) spoke to us about her team, her role on the team and how it has inspired her. Most FIRST students whose career decisions are made because of the program tend to consider mathematics, engineering and the like. In this case, her career goals are in medicine because of an experience through the program where she helped someone who was hurt and felt positive about what she had done. [gcmc2016sponsor]

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Tampa Drones @ Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016

2016-04-09

Remote controlled quadcopters and drones have become one of the biggest trends over the past few years. Whether you're a hobbyist who purchases one at your local toy store, or a maker who has built one from scratch, there is a lot about both quadcopters and drones to keep people interested. Joshua Newby is the organizer of [url=http://www.meetup.com/Tampa-Drones/]Tampa Drones[/url], a group that gets together specifically to challenge and inspire one another with their technology. He showed us several pieces of hardware, including a custom quadcopter built using 3D printing and carrying a Polaroid Cube. In addition, it has a first person camera that transmits to a pair of flying goggles. [gcmc2016sponsor]

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Eureka! Factory @ Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016

2016-04-09

Several of the events we are involved in every year are organized or sponsored by the [url=https://eurekafactory.net/]Eureka! Factory[/url], including this one. Chuck Stephens works with the organization in putting on these events, as well as other activities, such as library makerspace projects and training. In addition, Chuck helps to mentor a FIRST Robotics Competition team, the Edgar Allan Ohms. Based in Land O' Lakes, the team is the first and only known library FRC team in the country. This has provided unique challenges for Chuck and the team, but has also given them unique capabilities, as well. [gcmc2016sponsor]

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Marcus Torres @ Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016

2016-04-09

A newcomer to GCMC this year caught our eye with his artistic talent and fresh take on fan art. By mixing techniques such as charcoal, colored pencils, water colors and acrylic paints, Marc's artwork comes to life right off the page. His portraits are so much more than a simple profile. They capture the emotion and essence of the subject. Marc believes that the artwork that he creates is relatable to his audience. He is influenced by the human condition and his more personal pieces reflect the extreme side of emotion. Another aspect of his growing portfolio is Fan Art. Whether it's a cute and whimsical cartoon character, or a detailed and imaginative action hero, his Fan Art exhibits his true love of comics, movies and anime. He is able to take the pure enjoyment he gets out of these mediums and relate them directly into fantastic renditions for others to enjoy. He is also venturing out and creating his own original characters, as well as contributing his artwork to other artists to use within their own mediums, as we saw with fellow artist, Barbara Lancaster with Sir Bentley Freckles and Associate. As Marc is getting his name out there and developing an increasing fan base of his own, he is excited to enter into the world of Cons & Fairs to be able to exhibit his unique take on the art of illustration. This year's GCMC was only the beginning for him. He's looking forward to many more conventions in the future. Check out Marc's artwork on Instagram @Marcustorresart13 and feel free to reach out to request an existing or newly commissioned piece. [gcmc2016sponsor]

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Sir Bentley Freckles & Associate @ Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016

2016-04-09

Funky, Cool and Unique, Creative... Sir Bentley Freckles & Associate is all of this and more. Brand new to the exhibit scene is Barbara Sapp Lancaster with [url=https://www.facebook.com/Sir-Bentley-Freckles-and-Associate-700042036740125/]Sir Bentley Freckles & Associate[/url]. Barbara (aka: The Dali Baba) takes her love and appreciation of musical instruments, along with her passion for art and combines it all into treasures that are truly one of a kind. Barbara creates her pieces using assorted materials to decorate objects that she finds interesting. She finds it amusing, therapeutic and very fulfilling to make something fun and unique out of ordinary items such as beads, paper, glue and recycled items. "I love art and cannot even draw a stick figure," she says. "I like being creative and making something that will last, be interesting, unique and colorful." Her artwork appeals to those out there that like something cute, a little quirky and different. Lately, she has been fascinated with Steampunk and is looking forward to expanding into this genre. Barbara gets her inspiration from her surroundings and those around her. Ideas flow from seeing pictures, objects and from meeting new people. [gcmc2016sponsor]

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Mentagy @ Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016

2016-04-09

Challenge Yourself with a Game of Mentagy! Allyn Kahn has invented a new, award winning letter-based puzzle game called [url=http://mentagy.com]Mentagy[/url]. This game challenges your critical thinking skills by making you think ahead to complete a puzzle board. Kahn taught college mathematics, philosophy, and critical thinking/logic and later coached afterschool chess. He realized that the complexity in chess can really test the patience of people of all ages and he decided to create a game that can challenge people in the same way. Mentagy is a puzzle for all ages and is easy to learn! It can be described as a letter version of Sudoku and can even be compared to the old-school game, Snake because the completed solution wraps around in a similar way. In this interview, Kahn demonstrates how to play on a physical peg board but an activity book version is also available for purchase. The activity book has multiple levels of difficulty inside and the completed solution in the back. [gcmc2016sponsor]

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Tampa Music School @ Gulf Coast MakerCon 2016

2016-04-09

One of the best parts of the Tampa Bay maker community is that many people are very active. Because of that, we've gotten to know them well. One such recurring member of the community is Maestro Matthew Maines of the [url=http://www.tampamusicschool.com/]Tampa Music School[/url]. He first [url=]appeared with us[/url] at Roboticon 2015, and since then has expanded his Show Steelers program. Show Steelers is a youth steel pan band, housed at the Tampa Music School. The students, including Ayden Weil, learn to play the instruments, as well as learning to work with other players. This is important because players switch out on the same station, sometimes between songs and sometimes during. The Show Steelers were at the event playing hourly. [gcmc2016sponsor]

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