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Hello FamiLAB, my name is Ozzie Coto
« on: August 13, 2014, 01:35:20 PM »
It was such a pleasure for my wife Mari, and our two sons (Chris and Joe) and I to make it out to last week's open house. A big thanks to everyone who took time to walk us through the facilities.

I love STEAMM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art, Math and Music). I intend to explore learning about, and creating, projects that cover these basic areas of interest. If you are into any of these disciplines, I'd love to share the little I know ... and I'd like to learn from you as well.

A Fun Uplifting Project For You

When life gives you lemons, make lemonade." SO ... who at FamiLAB wants to help me make lemonade?

I'll supply a handful of lemons. I just need for you to provide some water (knowledge & experience), sugar (fun, laughter & creativity) and a pitcher (the space & tools) to mix it all up in.

I came upon my lemons by accident. When I was 11, I ran a successful electronics experiment that failed spectacularly. How so?

It was successful because all components of the circuit behaved 100% as designed. BUT it failed spectacularly because what I thought was a capacitor (which I found at a construction site), turned out to be a blasting cap -- these are explosives. They are what makes dynamite, C4, etc. explode.

The experiment resulted in my losing a good part of my right hand -- as you can see in the attached image.

My First Project: A Modded Xbox 360 Controller

I have always perceived my "loss" as a deep blessing. How so? First, I am alive -- able to see each day for what it really is: a gift.

Overcoming physical hardship has made every moment precious. The little things -- writing, holding a glass of water, etc. -- are now a series of delightful triumphs.
Even deeper, I've learned that we are astounding creatures -- you, my friend, are able to adapt, to grow and to become much more than you ever thought you could ever be. The key is to embrace your difficulties -- use them as inspirational and motivational springboards ... each one catapulting you to do and be more.

Find Joy in living with what you have. In other words: don't you ever give up. Instead, use your difficulties as fountains of creative energy. See your "loss" for what it really is: a gain in experience, an opportunity to grow, a chance to use it to become more. Ultimately see it as a blessing.

But Limits Are Limits -- Help Me Remove Mine

Despite having yummy feelings about overcoming hardship, it does not change a fact: I am now in possession of real physical limits. These limits cannot be ignored. It really sucks to not be able to fully participate in gaming. I am physically locked out from playing games with my kids.

The primary issue is my hand is incapable of spanning the distance between buttons, joysticks, etc. I think it's high time we do something to help me eliminate this barrier.

I believe the old saying is true, the three hardest things to say are: "I Love You," "Please forgive me," and "I need help." :) Well kids, I need help to overcome a hurdle. If this resonates with you, then I feel joy for us -- we can use our talents to make something fun, challenging that's going to result in a life-long series yummy moments.

Thanks for taking time to read this long post. I look forward to contributing in any way I can.

Have a great day. Peace.
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Lance Hudson

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Re: Hello FamiLAB, my name is Ozzie Coto
« Reply #1 on: August 13, 2014, 04:32:18 PM »
Holy *. A Blasting Cap!!! only make that mistake once.
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
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« Reply #2 on: August 13, 2014, 04:32:35 PM »
ohh and hi!
Some people want it to happen, some wish it would happen, others make it happen.
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Re: Hello FamiLAB, my name is Ozzie Coto
« Reply #3 on: August 13, 2014, 05:11:38 PM »
Hi Lance! Pleasure to meet you. lol ... yup, only once. I don't intend to do that again.

What are you most interested in making?

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« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2014, 01:42:47 AM »
Hi Ozzie and welcome.  Did we talk at the open house? 

Wow I saw that picture before I read the post and cringed while thinking that's exactly the type of injury you see from table saw accidents.  It made me cringe even more when I read you were 11  :(.  Images like that go through my mind every time I set foot in my shop.  I won't say it's my biggest fear, but man I'm really fond of my digits.

How about a controller with relocated buttons that are easier to reach and use?  I think I can help you with this.  I suggest we disassemble an xBox controller and reconfigure it by molding and embedding it's electronics in some polycaprolactone plastic (Friendly Plastic, PolyMold, etc.)  Some of the switches are probably mounted on the PCB so we might have to wire in some alternative switches, but  I don't see that as a problem. 

We can put the switches where they are conveniently accessible.  I don't know how well you are able to use what remains of your digits, but I think there are ways to compensate to improve your speed or leverage.  You don't want to strain your hand because of creating an awkward position or movement.  Some of the keys could be moved to the left hand side of the controller on the underside.  You have two or three digits on that hand that do nothing but hold the controller.  We can free those up for use in button mashing.

Once I've got my kids back in school, I'd be free to help.

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« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2014, 02:29:08 PM »
Hi Ozzie


I am glad to see you here on the forums. This is the big guy that walked you and your family around for a while. John Lamp, JD or Jdbugman.


I didnt want to ask about the hand but wow what a story.


you have my contact info, if you want to come to the lab to use any tools or just hang out and bounce ideas around just let me know. i am at home right now but i plan on getting on the motorcycle and heading to the lab today.


great to have you here. i look forward to see the cool projects you come up with.