Horn Elementary LED Art

VSL worked with the Busy Bees after school program to put on LED Art workshop classes for 3rd through 5th graders. Kids were introduced to basic electronic concepts by making LED art sculptures and light up LED chalk portraits.            

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East End Bicycle Opera

Vampire Squid Labs is joining forces with Nameless Sound and Bicrophonic Research Institute to bring a unique bike riding experience to the Houston’s East End area.  In a collaboration with East End residents, writers, musicians, children, programmers, builders and technicians to create Bicycle Opera East End.   Sonic Bicycles are bicycles equipped with speakers that react to GPS coordinates. Cyclists […]

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YMCPA Synth Workshop

Critics agree, nothing makes a child want to start a career in science and engineering more than building their first audio synthesizer circuit! VSL had a synthesizer building workshop at Y.M.C.P.A. where the students were taught how to read simple electronic schematics and then  led through building their own electronic musical instrument.  The workshop ended with all […]

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VSL Welcomes New Art Director

We welcome and introduce the artist, Eva Martinez, to our board as Artistic Director.  Eva is an emerging artist who is currently working with Houston’s DiverseWorks and will soon be creating intensively at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, pursuing her MFA in studio/sculpture. She will use her expertise to strengthen our VSL […]

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UH News: An Article on VSL and Founder

Big Thanks to UH Writer, Melanie Ziems and Dr. De La Rosa-Pohl  for supporting our mission through this article about our Founder, Monse Lozano and the conception of VSL. News ENGINEERING ALUM BRINGS STEM TO HOUSTON KIDS BY: Melanie Ziems When Monse Lozano was a teenager growing up in the Houston Heights neighborhood, he dropped […]

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Guitar Mute

6 or 7 years ago I had an idea to make a stuttering guitar pedal, basically a pedal that muted a guitar in pre-defined patterns that the user could set on the effect pedal.  I made a prototype of this pedal using a bunch of logic chips, a mux, and an analog switch.  The concept […]

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The RC Shield

VSL’s first product is in development, we’ve dubbed it the RC Shield.  It is an Arduino shield which allows users to add remote control capabilities to their projects.  The shield will come with a 5 button key fob that is linked to 5 GPIO pins on the Arduino.  We’re also throwing the idea around of […]

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Tricopter havoc

Well, that was an interesting experience.  Yesterday, I took my tricopter over to a friend’s house for a demo.  All I wanted to do was control the propellers with the transmitter/remote control.  The firmware in the microcontroller was brand new.  So I set up in his living room floor, I connected the battery and as soon […]

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Tricopter Yaw Mechanism

Dissing SVN. Welcome GIT

So I had my first encounter with github a few weeks ago when I decided to use git as the version control system for my current project.  I’m still learning the ropes and it still doesn’t feel… what’s the word, natural.  You see, I come from a SVN world where version control is synonymous with remote servers. […]

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