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Escape Room Part 4: Keypad Lock

May 11, 2017

This post is part of a series I am writing about my senior thesis project. Please check out the other parts of the series to learn even more about my project: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. One of the common components that can be found in almost any escape room are locks. The reason they are so common in escape rooms is because they can easily fit into almost any puzzle. From standard number locks for math related puzzles to letter locks for word puzzles, the perfect lock exists for almost any type of puzzle. They also work well in escape rooms because they make it easy to hide clues until the time comes for...

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We have moved!

April 23, 2017

We are pleased to announce that we have moved!  Until now, we have been working out of MakeWorks, which is a co-working space in Toronto.  Due to our tremendous growth, we needed a little more space, so we moved to a new office in Bloor West Village. As a result of this move, our process for local pickup orders has changed.  Our friends at Cards & Such, located at 2336 Bloor Street West in Toronto, have agreed to let our customers pickup orders from them.  For this service, we must charge $1.50 for pickup orders under $100.  The good news is that pickup hours are now dramatically expanded, as shown in our About Us page.   As always, thank you for...

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Escape Room Part 3: Health Monitoring Vests

April 20, 2017

This post is part of a series I am writing about my senior thesis project. Please check out the other parts of the series to learn even more about my project: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5. It was a very arduous process, but I finished making the first vest for my escape room. This was my first experience actually working with wearable devices so it involved a lot of trial and error. The components I used were a Particle Photon, a Photon Wearable Shield, Ruby Red and Emerald Green LED Sequins, a Piezo Buzzer, a switched JST connector, 3 ply conductive thread, regular thread, needles, jumper cables, a 1200 mAh Lipo Battery (with charger), a hot glue...

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Solar Powered Beckoning Cat

April 10, 2017

I picked up a battery powered "beckoning cat" on a to Shanghai, and it has consumed 3 "AA" batteries over a period of 36 months.  Seems like a silly waste of batteries, right? With spring upon us and some sunny days in Toronto, I decided it was time to put one of our Adafruit Solar Badges to work.  These little badges output 40 milliamps @ 5 volts in direct sunlight, which seemed like enough for our cat.   The cat was originally powered by a single AA battery, which provides 1.5 volts.  Being a good engineer, I thought it would be best to give it around the same voltage.  One way accomplish this is with voltage dividing resistors.    I won't get into the...

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