Beginning OpenGL on OS X

First I have to start with a quick explanation for people who don’t know what OpenGL is. OpenGL is NOT a language. In fact, OpenGL is merely a specification which is implemented in various languages. I have always used C++ and the GLUT library, it simplifies some things. Anyway, more info can be found with a quick google search if you are interested.

Today I am going to focus primarily on getting started using OpenGL on OS X instead of doing fancy things. A couple months ago I took a course on Computer Graphics at my university. The problem was that this professor was pretty much Windows only. Needless to say I was in trouble, I didn’t know C++ and had never worked with it. Here is what I learned about setting up a usable environment

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Project: Ethernet Enabled Twitter Client

For my latest project I wanted to build a microcontroller powered device I could hang on my wall (or pin to at the time of writing this). I decided to build a Twitter reader, but not just any old “LCD connected to a PC” setup. No, I wanted this thing to be computer independent.

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The Tech Junkies Episode #4 – WASP Bot

In this episode of The Tech Junkies, Ben and Eric discover a large wasp nest in Ben’s shed. Rather than taking the risk of taking down the nest themselves, The Tech Junkies build a remotely operated robot armed with cans of RAID that drives into the shed and takes the nest down.

Episode #4 Release Date

Episode #4 of The Tech Junkies has finally been completed and will be hitting the site on June 25th (this Thursday). For this episode we built a wasp killing robot that can take down an entire nest via remote operation. Make sure to hit up the site to grab/watch the new episode! We’ve also got some other footage filmed and are actively working on episode #5. Oh and if you haven’t checked it out yet, make sure to visit the TTJ forums (on the nav on the right). We’re looking for show ideas or any other general discussion you have about the show.

The Tech Junkies Episode #3 – WiFi Boosting

In this episode we take a look at WiFi extension methods and put various methods to the test to see how much of a boost you can get from home-made projects.

The Tech Junkies Episode #2 – Lock Hacks & Control Our Junk

In this episode of The Tech Junkies we show various lock hacks including bump keys, lock raking, lock picking, and the masterlock shim. We also give a tour of Control Our Junk and go behind the scenes to show you how it works.

The Tech Junkies Episode #1 – Internet Controlled Airsoft Gun & 110v Speaker

Our first episode features building an Internet controlled airsoft gun and what happens when you plug speakers into a wall outlet.

The Tech Junkies Episode #0 – A Preview

A preview of what’s to come.

New Site Live…Patience While We Build

The Tech Junkies have finally relaunched the site at! We are building the next generation of our site to feature all of the projects we work on, videos we shoot, music we record, and any other crazy things that come to mind. We’re currently working on pulling all the episodes up onto Vimeo for streaming directly from our site. We are also actively shooting episode #4 which should be released shortly. We’ve got plenty of projects to document and tons of cool stuff coming in the next few months, so stay tuned!

-The Tech Junkies Crew