Wacom Intuos Pro manufacturing fault leads to loss of touch.

I love using my Wacom for work and carry it around on daily basis. Recently the touch stopped working.

As the tablet is 3 years old and out of warranty I decided to disassemble it and peek inside to see if I could mend it myself.

And here is the problem — the USB connector’s sharp edge rubs against the ribbon cable from the touch sensor and with time cuts through the traces on the ribbon cable.

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A closer look at the damaged trace with the protective tape removed:

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Attiny Arcade keychain game kit

Attiny Arcade playing UFO EscapeThere has been a lot of updates to the Attiny Arcade keychain game project most notably the production of kits. I will add all the relevant information to this post and make it sticky.

Buy via ebay.

If you want to get in touch about the kit please tweet @webboggles, otherwise you might find that it takes me a long time to reply to comments here.

New games
Well you aren’t going to run DOOM on an 8K chip but its still capable enough to run some classics.

New Board!
I am using OSH Park to manufacture the PCBs and they are doing a great job! Purple solder mask and immersion gold finish, don’t they look good?

You will also notice that I cut a hole to fit the 15mm piezo element flush with the board. This makes it so much neater.

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Links
Assembly step by step .pdf
UFO Escape.ino
Oroboros.ino
Breakout.ino
Canond DSLR Remote.ino (add 940nm IR LED to piezo pads)
PCB printable .pdf Please note the sck and scl pins in this older design are swapped around, you will need to amend these in the sketch if the screen doesn’t turn on.
3D printable snap case .stl files or on Thingiverse
SSD1306 library courtesy of Tinusaur

Everything above in one Google Drive folder

Update 2017/01/13: Andy Jackson refactored game code to fit two games in one cketch (https://drive.google.com/drive/u/0/folders/0BxGfuaPdM4n0bjVDSjc0WEFJVTQ)
Update 2017/01/22: Awesome “Space Attack” game by Andy Jackson:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxGfuaPdM4n0Z1ZfNnAxZHFvams?usp=sharing
Update: 2017/02/26: Andy’s repo (Wren Rollercoaster, Space Attack, UFO Stacker, Bat Bonanza) https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0BxGfuaPdM4n0Nkt5TDI4azd1Rmc

The kit:
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For soldered componenent placement refer to the assembly .pdf

New assembly video using the latest revision board.

DIY pcb assembly video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/OlJzhWNhtKA

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DIY: Streamlined product photography with back-lit slope backdrop

[Updated] Now used to do 360 degree photography

Going away from the WWW in this post.

I will tell you how I streamlined product photography at my workplace, saved my employer some money and saved myself from getting repetitive strain injury of my right wrist.

You see, among other jobs I get to do at The Golden Boot is product photography for the online store. It comes down to taking hundreds of pictures when the stock for Spring—Summer or Autumn—Winter ranges comes in.

Before I had this great backdrop, I was spending 7 minutes on average to process a photograph (and there are usually two or three for each product.) This involved going around the outline of the item with a photoshop lasso to get rid of the shadow.
You really start to feel the way it affects your wrist if you do this for several days in a row.

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Now, that’s what I get after merely cropping and adjusting the contrast of the raw image taken using the new softbox:

The idea of lit-up background first struck me way back in 2008.

I shared the idea with my manager and he consented to build it.
He welded the frame and mounted the lights.

There are 16 lights and 4 switches. First two switch are for every odd light from 1 to 14, and the other 2 switches are for the lights at the top which can be switched on when photographing larger items. This lets me control the brightness of the background. (But I usually have it on full blast to keep my skin tanned up 😉

I wasn’t sure about the white balance we’d get from the backdrop but I knew that I would have to colour balance the backdrop and the flash (Thanks Strobist!) so I bought a set of 16 colour filters (also called flash gels).
They are just cheap bits of coloured plastic.

We’ve now got a fully working professional backdrop parked at the back of the shop. It was cheap as we’ve had most of the stuff lying about, and it works a treat:

Note:
Balancing backlight colour with flash is easy — set your camera’s white balance to flash, snap an underexposed shot of the backdrop to see what gel colour you need, fit one on to the flash and do a custom white balance on the background.

Another trick to get a good shot from a setup like this is to make sure that the actual backdrop is over-exposed. And you need another source of light to light up the product. You’ll get a black shape without one.

Update:
The cost to build the frame was 15 pounds for the metal and we paid about 10 pounds for the plexiglass. The rest was built from the stuff we had.
Plexiglass was fixed to the frame with screws. The curve’s large radius allowed it to be bent without any heat applied.