Wednesday, December 11, 2013

This is my 1103 Final Presentation.
I have really enjoyed 1103, and hope that I enjoy, and learn as much from the rest of the classes that I take here at UNCC.
Kaleb Watson

Monday, December 2, 2013

Make Cycle #1?

I was sure that I had made a Make Cycle #1 blog, but it appears that either I have forgotten it, or it has disappeared into the dark depths of the internet...
My Make Cycle #1 is of all of the things I have made on campus and off of campus.  Growing up, I have always loved making things.  Mechanical, electrical, and anything between has fascinated me.  The video of my make can be found on my Google Plus page here:
For some reason, Blogger will not allow me to post my videos.  It seems as if it does not like the .MOV movie format. I will be linking all of my videos with clickable links.

Monday, November 11, 2013

I have waited fairly late to finish my homework.  This week feels as if it may go very slowly.  While I was writing my response, I had completely forgotten the name of the organization in question.  I had seen a documentary on YouTube a while back and knew that it would be perfect for my response.  After a couple different searches, typing "3D printed gun" in the search bar of YouTube revealed the video (  I then fought the urge to fall asleep while typing long enough to cover the topic to my satisfaction.


This is an actual gun from the Defense Distributed organization.  The green tinted portion of the gun is the 3D printed part.  This part is the part of the gun that is put under the most strain.  As long as this part holds up,  any other part of the gun could be made successfully.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Make Cycle #3:

for my make cycle 3, I felt as if I would have no trouble finding a toy to hack, and relating it to the mechanical heart replacement...  That however, was not the case.  After searching for toys to hack, I realized that I had no toys...  My room mate was kind enough to lend me his only toy, Bucky-Balls.  I first decided to make a human heart out of the Bucky-Balls and make a stop animation, but it was very difficult to arrange the magnetic balls in such a complicated shape, so my search continued...  I went into my other room mate's room, and saw a crumpled and smashed set of headphones and it hit me.  I could do the math to find the frequency that a human heart beats at and recreate it with pulses through the headphones.  As I did the video, things went perfectly.  That stopped very soon though.  As I was uploading, my iPhone decided to flip the video 180 degrees.  After downloading new software to flip the video, I finally was able to upload the video.  All-in-all, I feel good about my project, and feel that it represented the science questions that I posed very well.  I really enjoyed this make cycle.

Edit:  This is a picture of some of the testing that I did before I actually took apart the headphone for Make Cycle #3.
I used the big speaker to easily hear and see the pulses made by the computer and confirm that the headphone wasn't completely broken  I cut up the headphone jack and wired everything so that the bass and treble sounds were both run through the speakers.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Midterm Assignment

As I have read over my blogs, I see that I have portrayed myself as a very proper and sophisticated tinkerer. I see that I am very thorough with my explanations. When we made the drawing bug, I analyzed what the problem was with the motor, and stated that it was the reason why we were not able to finish. In my second post, I also talked about the bicycle that I would like to build and how I was running ideas through my head to get a better understanding of what it was I wanted to build, and how it should look. On my make cycle #2 post, I went as far as telling the game that I was playing that sparked the inspiration of my make. This, however is not who I am. I only write and speak in this way due to the posts and assignments having an impact on my grade. I enjoy personal tinkering and experimenting that I don't have to report or share. I feel as if I may be rushed or expected to show great progress or accomplishments from my experimentation when they must be reported. I also am not very proper in person. Coming from the mountains of North Carolina, I have quite an accent and a colorful vocabulary of sayings that no one in Charlotte seems to understand. An example would be "ain't no count" I say this when something isn't as good as I think that it should be. You can even Google "ain't no count" and Urban Dictionary mentions southern rural people. I have just developed a sophisticated personality for special occasions that require professional attitudes, such as preforming in school. Although, sometimes, not being yourself just ain't no count.

Edit:  Here are some pictures involving my home town.  The whole city of Hudson is approximately 3.7 sqare miles in size, while UNCC's campus is only just under 1.56 square miles in size.  This means that my home town's size is approximately equal to 2 1/3 of UNCC.

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Make Cycle #2 Reflection

I really enjoyed this make cycle. As I was playing Minecraft, and was playing with infinite water blocks, my memory was jolted of a concept that my automotive teacher liked to joke about.  It was perpetual motion. I knew that I had seen a perpetual motion fountain concept that was extremely close to perpetual motion. The only problem was the limit of space for air and water to be displaced. My first attempt was to use small 16 ounce water bottles and hot glue them together and seal them with hot glue. This did not work.  There was not a good enough seal to force the pressures in certain areas to get the water to flow. This made me think about the converters that I played with as a kid that allowed you to make a cyclone in drink bottles and then it hit me! I remember going to the science center in my town when I was very small, and seeing a small science experiment with 2 liter bottles, and asking my mom to buy it for me. The science experiment worked off of the same exact principles as Heron's fountains. The pressure of the water flowing down through the opening in the bottle create suction in the upper portion of the bottle, so when the pressure builds up enough, and is stronger than the force of gravity, water is shot back up through the tube, which makes a fountain effect.  As I did this project, I also learned how important it is to have scientific experiences that will spark your imagination as a child, and develop a passion for science and learning that will last a lifetime.

Edit:  These are some of the things that were relevant to my Make Cycle #2.  Something that needs to be brought to everyone's attention is that the fountain that I made is not exactly the same as "Heron's Fountain".  My fountain is simplified so that back pressure is forced in sudden releases through the straw.  This simplifies resetting the fountain because you must only flip it over.  Heron's Fountain must be drained of water and then refilled with water before working again.
Also, here is a link to my comic on this topic:

Edit #2:  Unfortunately, Blogger will not accept my .mov file of my Make Cycle #2.  It can be seen on my google plus page.

Friday, September 6, 2013

This has been a very tiring week. I have been very busy, and had very much homework. Staying in Hawthorn is a bit of a hassle because it is so far away from everything and walking a lot has made me even more tired! I have thought of a solution, however. I saw a guy riding a bike with a weed-eater motor on it, and I have started to toss around ideas in my head. This summer, I may be building a home made motorcycle... I would post a picture, but the guy went by too fast. I will upload a drawing whenever I get a chance to jot it down.

Edit:  This is my final product.  I am happy to say that it works perfectly fine, and is as fast, if not faster than a regular 50cc moped

Saturday, August 24, 2013

In English class the other day, we tried to create a scribbling machine. we had a 9 volt battery and a motor, and tried to make the base out of an egg carton. This plan was coming along until we had problems with the balance of the machine.
After tweaking with the machine, and getting it to where it was almost ready to work, the wire broke off of the small motor we were using, causing us to not be able to finish.
Although we did not finish, I really enjoyed this activity, and hope that we do many more things like this!