How I make thing that do thing?
March 1, 2011 12:02 PM Subscribe
How I make thing that do thing? I saw this
awesome post on Metafilter the other day.
posted by kbanas to Technology (5 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I've long been a fan of long-exposure photography and the things you can do with it, and I thought this was a fantastic and stellar example of that. That is *so* cool. So, I started playing with the idea of doing something similar, because it seems like a really cool project.
As far as the camera aspect of it goes, I've got that. What hangs me up a little is the giant 12-foot WiFi signal light pole. I'm pretty technically adept and I've got a degree in computer science and I work in IT and that's great and all, but in no way helps me accomplish the goal of how one would build something like this.
So, I guess my question is, how would I build something like that? I'm assuming you can either program it with an SSID, or it just scans for open WiFi networks in range? I've seen hand-held devices you can buy that do things like this, but how would you abstract that into a pole like.. thing.. like that? Where would I even start? How much engineering or soldering or circuit-boarding would I have to do? How much would I have to spend? I poked around the site in question for a little while, looking for some instruction, but I didn't see much of anything.