Browsing All posts tagged under »puzzle box«

The Evolution of the Reverse Geocache™

March 16, 2013

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Back in 2009 we published the story of the first Reverse Geocache™ Puzzle.  This site has since been a little bit schizophrenic, with articles on Arduino libraries on the one hand, and updates to the famous puzzle box story on the other.  Well, today we announce a brand new website dedicated to all things to [...]

Puzzle Box: The Poetry of the Quest

January 6, 2012

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It’s 2012 and we Texans are finally enjoying some relief from the hottest and driest year ever recorded.  The rain and cool took their time coming.  When storms blow through now we huddle at our office windows like clusters of excited honeybees.  It’s hard to fight the impulse to wander shirtless in the streets. Quest [...]

Engagements: A Tale of Two Cities

January 18, 2011

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I. Seattle Some pretty exciting news came my way last September.  My friends at Groundspeak, the international geocaching organization, wrote that their Reverse Geocache™ Puzzle Box had recently facilitated a young coworker’s wedding engagement!  (You’ve encountered this very box in an earlier post.  I built it to celebrate geocaching’s tenth anniversary—the first commission I ever did.) [...]

Welcome, MAKE readers!

January 14, 2011

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Welcome, MAKE readers!  I’m very pleased that you dropped by and hope you enjoyed my article on the Reverse Geocache™ Puzzle Box (p. 144 of the January issue).  We have a wonderful community of puzzle box owners, builders, and enthusiasts here, centered around the notion of location-based microcontroller projects, and we’d love for you to join [...]

Puzzle Box 4: A Long Awaited Opening

October 27, 2010

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[Author's note: This post is the last in a real-life story that ultimately took a full year and four chapters (1, 2, 3, 4) to tell. Read them all, then browse through the other surprising puzzle box stories that have popped up along the way.] The Box Opens The big news we’ve been waiting so [...]

The Reverse Geocache™ Puzzle Box hits YouTube

August 29, 2010

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As you may have read, the nice people at Groundspeak dropped by to interview me about the Reverse Geocache™ Puzzle. These were the folks who discovered afterwards that I had hidden their dinner — actually a gift certificate to a local Mexican restaurant — in one of my “elegant black” puzzle boxes. We had a nice [...]

A Flurry of Puzzle Box Activity

July 22, 2010

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There is so much to report that I hardly know where to begin.  The biggest news is that I have begun actively delivering commissions!  If you want to finally get your hands on a second-generation programmable Reverse Geocache™ puzzle, keep reading. PCBs This winter I began developing a new specialized PCB (“printed circuit board”) that [...]

Puzzle Box Opens!

February 21, 2010

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Hurrah! I’m very pleased to announce the first ever successful opening of a Reverse Geocache™ Puzzle Box. (If you don’t know what a Reverse Geocache is, you should read this first.) The event occurred Saturday night, January 30th, in Austin, Texas, USA. Alas, it wasn’t the famous box that opened – that one is still sitting [...]

Puzzle Box 3: The Voyeuristic World

November 9, 2009

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[Author's note: This is the third post in a real-life story that ultimately took a full year and four chapters (1, 2, 3, 4) to tell. Read them all, then browse through the other surprising puzzle box stories that have popped up along the way.] The puzzle box continues to generate lots of interest.  This [...]

Puzzle Box – Chapter 2

October 25, 2009

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[Author's note: This is the second post in a real-life story that ultimately took a full year and four chapters (1, 2, 3, 4) to tell. Read them all, then browse through the other surprising puzzle box stories that have popped up along the way.] The Puzzle Box story has a delightful second act. It’s [...]