Courtyard chess set

Courtyard chess set

Ian Bullock, Sam Meyer

Sam Meyer and I designed and built this courtyard chess set. A CAD model was first used to design a minimalist set of pieces for easy prototyping in plywood.

Sketchup design

The wooden pieces below represent the final design, which is pretty similar to the CAD but with some extra detail on the rooks.

Completed plywood pieces

We also made some cardboard pieces, which were wrapped with colored duct tape. This approach might not not work so well in an environment where the pieces are more likely to be rained on, but in southern california it was acceptable. Below, a cardboard queen is being wrapped.

Cardboard queen wrapping

The plywood pieces had a satisfying weight, but surprisingly even the cardboard pieces worked out pretty well. Small chunks of cinder block were taped on the inside of the base of the cardboard pieces both to provide a more satisfying feel as well as to prevent wind gusts from trying to participate in the game.

RGB LED lights

RGB LED control

Real time wireless control of RGB LED lights for ambient room lighting.
Tidal turbine

Tidal turbine

Generating small amounts of electricity from water motion.
Liquid nitrogen cooled wind tunnel

Ice detection

Novel sensing methods for ice buildup on aircraft heat exchangers.
Polyphonic midi sound module

Polyphonic synth

FPGA and PIC microcontroller based polyphonic MIDI synthesizer.
Low noise CCD readout board

CCD readout

Low noise analog amplification and digital processing of the signal from an astronomical CCD sensor.
Courtyard chess set

Courtyard chess

Large scale courtyard chess set.

© 2015 by Ian Bullock
Contact: ian.bullockGETRIDOFTHIS@yale.edu