Archives: jewelbots

Jewelbots website

January 26, 2017 | By Brian | No Comments | Filed in: jewelbots.

In my quest to do whatever I can to help out the Jewelbots team I was poking around their various github repositories and bumped into a problem I knew I could solve. There was an issue with their gulp build pipeline where it would error running one of the gulp tasks. I forked the project, recreated the error and spotted the problem almost immediately. A simple matter of pointing to a file in the wrong directory was the culprit. A quick path change fixed it, and we were good to go.

I replied to the issue about how to solve it and offered to make a PR. Apparently it had been fixed locally but never pushed so a PR was requested, which I made, and it was merged in right away.

This is how you open source!

Jewelbots Bzzzz

January 9, 2017 | By Brian | No Comments | Filed in: jewelbots.

So excited to see stuff moving quickly with Jewelbots! Literally 5 days after I made my pull request to extend the functionality of the Buzzer, it becomes available in the latest firmware!

It’s not my code, but it is my suggestion, so I’m calling it a win!

Thanks ScottD! You rock!

Hello Jewelbots

January 5, 2017 | By Brian | No Comments | Filed in: jewelbots.

Being an early backer of the Kickstarter for the Jewelbots project, I was excited to finally give one to my daughter for Christmas. She’s poked at it a bit and made some cool color patters, but hasn’t fully jumped in. I think once the app and bluetooth connectivity arrive, she’ll get more into it. I am definitely more excited about it than she is, and I’m going to help get her there.

To that end, I’ve jumped into the forums to see if I could provide any feedback or assistance to those having issues. I found a request to provide the ability to use the Buzz function for an arbitrary amount of time. Currently only short_buzz() and long_buzz() are provided. I was able to quickly get something working and made a pull request to add it to the library. Special thanks to @glennblock and @noopkat for providing useful instructions on setting up the environment. It’s a constant work-in-progress, but this early on, it’s fun to hack-it-until-it-works. I am not in love with writing code in the Arduino editor so, I am going to see if I can get the compile/upload to work from something a little more friendly, like VSCode.

I’m all in on Jewelbots and hope to help make it a fun experience that encourages more daughters to get into coding.