The Helium Frog website was established in 2013 by myself Martin Price to record many of my projects and ideas. I'm not sure if they will be interest, but I mainly write up what I am doing for a personal record. This way when I get too old to remember I can reread what I spent my life doing! I don't really use social media as I am generally not interested in what strangers had for lunch. I do use many forums as I find these a great source of information.
Most of the projects are released as open source. I am not really interested in making lots of money off the things I invent as I have a pretty comfortable life her in the UK. I you find anything of value feel free to use it and contribute as best you can. It would be nice if you mentioned me in any derived work, but thats up to you.
I am a qualified Engineer who graduated from Brunel University in 1987. After University I worked in the machine tool industry for a few years and also spent time as a Quality Engineer and then a Production Engineer working all over the UK. I am currently employed as an Automotive Engine Designer working in London UK for a large motor company. I live in the week in London, but commute back to Bedfordshire to my home at weekends. Being an Engineer probably explains why I am technically competent, but think in straight lines, have little artistic talent and have really poor english and spelling!
The Helium Frog Mascot is called "Manifold" and is from a short computer animation I did many years ago.
Over the years there have been two project that I am most proud of..
Firstly the Helium Frog Animation Software. I had always had an interest in stop motion animation and was inspired like many others by the work or Ray HarryHausen. It started as a personal project, but I soon realised there was no free stop motion software available of any worth. It took about two years to write working most nights. It is now used worldwide in schools to teach film techniques. This is manily because it is free. The program is quite old now and I am begining a rewrite in C# to enable it to be used on more modern operating systems.
Secondly is the Helium Frog Delta Robot. This was the first delta robot to be home printed. It was primitive, but has inspired a complete industry worldwide. There are many companies selling delta robots which were derived from (But vastly improved) my first efforts. Of a similar nature was the SCARA robot I made, but thi has been less well adopted.
There are many other projects in various stages of completion. This is due to having to live, work and commute long distances. Many projects have no end, particularly those like renovating old Volkswagens. With these projects, you are just constantly patching them up to keep them on the road. Other projects are quickly overtaken by the efforts of the worldwide community and so have been shelved. I am just happy constantly learning new things which is what I enjoy most of all.
If anything is of interest and you want to know more, please contact me and share your thoughts.