Gyro Belt


Carrie wears a logging Gyro Belt! This is a little contraption I put together out of a surplus Li-ion cell phone battery, Sparkfun’s uLog “The Lil’est Logger”, and Sparkfun’s 1500 deg/s gyro breakout board. The logger simply begins recording the gyro’s output as soon as it is switched on.

The immediate intent is to have several Salsa dancers wear the belt and record the gyro over the course of a dance performance while I record them on video. Later I will examine the log files and video files together to see if I am able to isolate high rate spins from other types of manuvers. In the end my whole detection logic may just boil down to a threshold, but it will be nice to have the data to back that up.

The ultimate intent is to have the gyro detect dance spins only and have an eTextile react, in real time, to that spin in some way. Lighting up some LEDs for the duration the spin for example.

Now Accepting Membership Nominations!

Milwaukee Makerspace is now accepting nominations for membership! Come to one of our Tuesday evening meetings, or another open-to-the-public event, make a couple friends and join. Be sure to read through our By-laws.

We meet each Tuesday from 7PM to 9PM at:
3073 S Chase Ave, Bldg 34
Milwaukee, WI 53207

“Nominations?! You mean I can’t just plunk down some money and join up?”

You see the thing is, we have some equipment that is very expensive and/or very dangerous. What’s more, at our heart, we are a social group. By requiring folks to have some human contact with us before joining as full members we hope to maintain a safe and friendly environment for everyone in the space. Please don’t be intimidated, we are really very friendly folks.

As a member of the space you’ll get unfettered 24/7 access to the space and its tools. Browse through the Available Equipment Gallery to see just some of the things we have. Or, even better, drop by the space on a Tues. evening and take a tour!

Once nominated the subscription rates for membership are

Period Cost Cost/Mo
1 month 80 USD 80 USD
3 months 225 USD 75 USD
6 months 420 USD 70 USD

Gift Memberships are available, please inquire with