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  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 02:00
    ASK AN ENGINEER – LIVE electronics video show! 4/23/14 (video)

    ASK AN ENGINEER – LIVE electronics video show! 4/23/14 (video).

  • Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 01:30
    SHOW-AND-TELL Google+ LIVE Hangout! 4/23/14 (video) #showandtell
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 23:00
    This Final Fantasy XIII-2 Lightning Costume Is Electric

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    In Final Fantasy XIII-2, Lightning is a skilled knight. Cosplayer Lyz Brickley has done a fantastic job at re-creating the character from her long pink hair to her armor. She looks like she walked out of the game! She made her armor from craft foam, and it looks so much like metal it’s hard to believe it’s another material. Lyz helps the foam become sturdier by using cheesecloth:

    I use cheesecloth on the backside of the foam to make it sturdy. You basically glue the cloth down and then do a layer of glue over it (like how you would fiberglass something :D) Then I coat the front side with several layers of watered down mod podge, but that is more for sealing the foam. I use spray primer before I paint it too. I don’t advise fighting a battle in it, but it looks sturdy enough.

    armor in progress

    Read more and see several in-progress photos at Lyz’s Facebook page.

    via Geek x Girls, photo by Elite Cosplay

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:33
    How Dress Forms are Made #WearableWednesday

    Cool How it’s Made video about dress forms! via eTextile Lounge

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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 21:00
    Five Ways to Use a Headband in Cosplay


    Headbands aren’t exactly a dime a dozen, but they’re close to being that affordable. You can get them at the dollar store, grocery and department stores, beauty supply stores, craft shops – you get the idea. They’re readily available in different colors, materials, and widths. If you’re like me, you probably already have a few that you never wear stashed in your bathroom cupboard. Besides the fact that you can use them for wig styling in cosplay, they’re great to incorporate in other pieces of your costume. Here are five suggestions on how to use a headband in a costume:

    Armor enhancement – Headbands are curved in a such a way that they fit almost perfectly on top of your shoulders. If you’re making a costume with armor, you can add plastic headbands to your base of craft foam or Worbla before you paint it. You could use one or several to add depth and texture. You could also wrap headbands around thigh or calf armor.

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    Become Geordi La Forge – If you watched Star Trek: The Next Generation as a child and had access to a headband, chances are good that you put it over your eyes and pretended to be Geordi La Forge. You can take that concept to the next level and build a visor from the headband base. You’ll have to cut small slits so you can see, and you can use craft foam or even card stock to build up the rest of the accessory.

    Circlet – Thin headbands made from plastic or fabric can be turned into regal circlets with a little reshaping and paint. Don’t wear a headband around your forehead if it has teeth or is too tight though! To get a looser fit, you can cut off the ends that grip your head, drill a small hole in each end, and add ribbon so you can tie the circlet around the back of your head. Paint it with silver or gold, add faux gem or pearl cabochons, and dress it up whichever way you’d like.

    pony ears

    Image via Cookie Fairy Nerd.

    All about the ears – Many characters have ears or unicorn horns and attaching those items to a headband is one of the most secure ways to wear them. For example, if you want to be a My Little Pony, you can fashion the ears from felt and glue or sew them around a headband. It would be cute and simple to pull that costume together in a hurry. The same technique would apply if you wanted to make Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears.

    Basket handle – You can transform any small, cool container into a basket by gluing on a headband to make a handle. The bowl or dish would have to be lightweight enough for a plastic headband to stay attached, and you couldn’t fill it with heavy items. Though that sounds limiting, you could add a headband to a plastic Tupperware type container and paint it to look like metal – it could be a great base for a steampunk accessory. Alternately, you could go pastel to match an anime costume. The basket could be part of the cosplay or just a matching piece to carry some basic necessities like your ID, a card, and cash.

    How would you use a headband in cosplay?

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 20:45
    Etsy buys Grand St. #makerbusiness

    Etsy buys Grand St. @ Fortune Tech.

    Etsy, the operator of a handmade marketplaces, has acquired Grand St. Grand St., which sells indie electronics online, had raised $1.3 million in seed funding from First Round Capital, Betaworks, Quotidian Ventures, Mesa+, and angel investors. Just two months ago, the company had positioned itself as the ‘Etsy for electronics.’

    Read more.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 19:00
    Wearable Electronics with Becky Stern 04/23/2014 – LIVE 2pm ET

    Join Becky Stern and friends every week as we delve into the wonderful world of wearables, live on YouTube. We’ll answer your questions, announce a discount code for the Adafruit store, and explore wearable components, techniques, special materials, tools, and projects you can build at home! Ask your wearables questions in the comments, and if your question is featured on a future episode, you’ll be entered to win the show giveaway!

    Show links:

    Subscribe to Adafruit on YouTube

    Join our weekly Show & Tell on G+ Hangouts On Air

    Watch our latest project videos

    New tutorials on the Adafruit Learning System

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 18:00
    Announcing a new book – Make: Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA by Becky Stern & Tyler Cooper published by @make

    Sign up now for our new book! Make: Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA by Becky Stern & Tyler Cooper– Making Wearables with an Arduino-Compatible Electronics Platform:

    This book introduces readers to building wearable electronics projects using Adafruit’s tiny FLORA board: at 4.4 grams, and only 1.75 inches in diameter, and featuring Arduino compatibility, it’s the most beginner-friendly way to create wearable projects. This book shows you how to plan your wearable circuits, sew with electronics, and write programs that run on the FLORA to control the electronics. The FLORA family includes an assortment of sensors, as well as RGB LEDs that let you add lighting to your wearable projects.

    Written by Becky Stern & Tyler Cooper, and published by Maker Media, Inc.

    Sign up, the book is coming out soon!

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:08
    Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire 2014

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    Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire 2014 is less than two weeks away!

    What: Mini Maker Faire Chicago Northside

    When: Saturday, May 3rd from 10:00am-4:00pm

    Where: Carl Schurz High School

    3601 North Milwaukee Avenue

    Chicago, IL 60641

    Reserve your spot to the third annual Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire! Tickets are FREE to the public, but by reserving early you guarantee your spot. Now you can e-sign the media release on Eventbrite and skip the line! As always, your generous donations allow those who cannot otherwise afford Maker Faire to attend for free. Recommended donations are $10/adult, and $5/child under 12.


    Be sure to look for Craig from Chicago Electronic Distributors who will be showcasing a lot of fun stuff from Adafruit. We blogged about his project with the Adafruit Trellis yesterday here!

    Read more.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 17:00
    Tech & Textile by Borre #WearableWednesday

    3-D Printed Fabrics Turn Body Suit Into a Wearable MP3 Player” on Wired.com:

    According to Dutch fashion designer Borre Akkersdijk there is no such thing as wearable technology. “Wearable technology does not exist at all,” says Akkersdijk. “It’s carry-able technology.” He believes that the current generation of pedometers, augmented glasses, and other gizmos we clip to our clothing mean to solve important problems, but he’s not sure they do so as well as they could.

    Akkersdijk is more than a critic, though, and has designed a product that attempts to illustrate his vision for what truly wearable technology should look like. His first attempt, called the BB.Suit, contains Wifi, GPS, NFC, and Bluetooth components and turns wearers into walking access points to the web.

    He tested the suit at SXSW, broadcasting a model’s location on Google Maps and inviting musicians to upload their tracks to a purpose-built website that uses the suit as a walking URL.The prototype was a success and helped curate an eclectic playlist, but more importantly, it demonstrated how truly wearable tech could lead to vastly different user experiences.


  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 16:00
    Upcycled Towel Messenger Bag with NeoMatrix #WearableWednesday

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    PicoPixie_ made a messenger bag from a towel, and embedded a NeoMatrix to scroll messages like “don’t panic.” (click through for video)

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 15:44
    Using Worbla to Make Cosplay Armor

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    Worbla is a surprisingly easy material to use. When DeviantArt user Electricalivia used Worbla for the first time, she was able to create bracers, a chest plate, and a tiara for a Wonder Woman costume. As she created the pieces, she developed a picture tutorial that illustrates the basics you need to get started with Worbla.

    Begin by cutting all your pieces out of construction paper first and then trace them onto craft foam. You want to be sure to measure several times before you trace the pattern onto Worbla. Then, basically, you shape it with a heat gun.

    See the entire tutorial over at DeviantArt.

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 15:01

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  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 15:00
    UV-Detecting Hat with FLORA #WearableWednesday


    Liz in the Adafruit forums writes:

    You can’t really see without a video, but the display alternates between showing the current UV index and the total exposure since turning the hat on. When the exposure display fills all the pixels, I’ve reached the ‘barely perceptible 24 hours later sunburn’ level and it’s time to go inside. I plan to keep the hat on my desk at work for lunchtime excursions. I don’t normally wear sunscreen to work, so having the hat to keep track of my exposure is really practical.



    Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 14:01
    Code Mode Light

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    Code Mode Light @ Fairgoods.

    Jessica Hische has spent a lot of time learning web design and development over the past few years — and a lot of time asking her husband for help. “I noticed his concentration was impenetrable when he was coding and to bring him out of it was to wish death upon yourself. Once I started doing web work myself I would go intosilence zone mode or code mode often. Now I use the term to describe any time I’m in the zone with work and can ignore just about everything else.” She wanted to make something for her wall to let her studio mate know her code mode status, “so he wouldn’t think I was ignoring him. I just get too deep in work to know when he’s talking to me!”

    Jessica hand-lettered the words IN CODE MODE, and the light itself — which is made from powder-coated steel, powder-coated white aluminum, and translucent vinyl — was built by Palette Industries.

    You could make/mod a net-connected version or one that knew you were actually coding too!

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 14:01
    LED Bib Necklace #WearableWednesday

    Agy writes:

    I’ve always wanted to make a bib necklace but didn’t get around to doing it as I wasn’t really sure what materials to use. Then a friend passed me an old jean skirt that no longer fitted her toddler. I used the jeans as the necklace base and strengthened it with felt. I added black lace scraps from the upcycled LBD project, a few Swarovski crystals (a few because they were so expensive!) and a couple of craft gems. The project was finished off with a black ribbon.

    To give the project a sparkle, I sewed on the LilyPad board, light sensor and LED lights. This project glows when it is dim or dark, and flickers when it is bright. You don’t have to do the electronics, but I think I’m hooked ever since doing the blink bike bag! Read below for the tutorial.


  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 13:00
    FLORAbrella – LED Umbrella with NeoPixels #WearableWednesday

    You’ll be a rainbow in any storm with the FLORAbrella. With its NeoPixel LED strips and color sensor, you’ll be able to match your clothing, or display rainbow and rain patterns. Get ready to have an entourage at the next parade! Follow along with the FLORAbrella guide on the Adafruit Learning System where you’ll find a circuit diagram, sample code, and step-by-step instructions for building your own, written by Leslie Birch!



    Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 12:00
    Stopmotion Oculus Rift Animation #WearableWednesday
  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 11:00
    This Jacket Heated by Arduino #WearableWednesday

    A group of physical computing students in Italy have created a stylish jacket with heat functionality. The zipper activates a heating unit in the collar, while capacitive sensors initiate heaters in the pockets. The jacket uses an Arduino Uno and comes complete with IKEA-like instructions on the inside flap. We actually think the instructions are a nice touch as they transcend any language, making this product ready to go for international sales.

    The group cleverly named their jacket Odisseo, the Italian name for Odysseus.  Just as Odisseo is the hero of the Trojan war, this jacket is the hero of daily life. Considering the latest in temperature swings, this jacket may continue to be a hero in spring. Thinking about heating up your own wearable? You might want to look at our electric heating pad.

    Heating Pad

    Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

  • Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 10:00
    The Faint’s new high-tech live tour features Adafruit neopixels! @thefaint #neopixels #wearablewednesday


    The creators project sat down with The Faint to talk about their new tour and they name dropped Adafruit!

    Can you talk about the new show, and the programming you’ve done for it?

    We’re certainly still in the middle of it. I’m using a few programs to create the content. We have lights that are programmed, many via MIDI, and that’s the way we’ve done it for ten years or so.

    We’ve got a strand of video panels straight back and scattered around the stage, and thats what I’m just starting to create content for: the videos, that will show up on the screens. They’re triggered via MIDI at this point, and we’re using a variety of programs to make that all happen.

    There’s this program called Isadora: we’ve been using it since the very first time we did projections back in 2000. The program was recommended to us by a friend, and it worked great, but didn’t have one thing we needed. We got ahold Mark, who writes the program, and he wrote a new section of the actor that we could use so the videos preloaded and would start instantly when they were hit with any note. It’s user-friendly like that; he’s helped us out every time we’ve run into an obstacle. There’s just so much you can do with video, lighting, and MIDI with that program, it’s amazing. Any time I have an idea, I seem to be able to write a program in Isadora that will do it.

    Do you have a programming background?

    Other than The Faint, no (laughs). This is all stuff that I’ve figured it out. The first time we got a Groovebox, I’d never touched anything like it. I started figuring it out, then we started running our show on an MPC. I guess I’m the kind of guy who decides to learn something he doesn’t know anything about. I always enjoy that stressful process—in the end it’s rewarding; I’ve figured something out. Once you start to understand the aspects of one programming language, the others start making more sense. I randomly dove into Isadora, bit by bit.

    One other element of the show is this clear drum set I had made by C&C, and I installed LED lights in them that are all custom programmable through this Arduino board I built. It’s a little micro-controller, so I built a little Arduino controller.

    This is my first Arduino project, using the first board I’ve bought. Basically, Adafruit sells these strips of NeoPixels with sixty LEDs per meter. They’re each individually programmable, and you have to write software in Arduino to get them up and running. I built a little box that powers them, and I can send the data and power through quarter-inch cables. I have quarter-inch jacks built into each of the drums, and so I can trigger the MIDI with drumsticks, or a sensor. As far as what the patterns do, it’s however many looks I program in the software. I’ve got some software writing to fix for sure, because I’m just guessing, and when it doesn’t work, guessing again.

    Do you find any intersections between writing code and writing music?

    They’re very different, but if I’m in the same process of writing a song or jamming out on things, I end up with parts in my head when I go out to eat. You hear little melodies and you think, ‘Oh, I should try that.’ Oddly enough, the same thing happens with writing code. If I’m in that mode, I’ll be out driving around, and my brain starts running functions to turn the turn signal on. You get sucked into both, and in that way it’s similar. But as far as actual thought processes go, it’s pretty different. I wouldn’t relate it other than that your mind gets locked into whatever creative mode when you’re doing it a lot.

    Since 1998, your growth as a band has run parallel to the dawn of all this contemporary technology. The world has changed very drastically since. I’m wondering how you guys have responded to this brave new world, and where you see it going.

    Technology has changed a bunch, which is good for us. Originally, we always had ideas for things that didn’t exist yet. Or, we’d find crappy versions of those ideas, implement them into our set, and by the end of the tour, find out about new programs that would have made things way easier. We’d been running the set on MPCs for years, and at some point I was like okay, if we switch over to a laptop it’s going to be a lot safer to go out and back it up. In a day, you could have your show ready for that night, and try out your software. An MPC is a solid machine, but if something does go wrong, it’s hard to find one that has the right amount of RAM, and all the outputs, plus they’re getting rarer and rarer…

    We had to shift, like, ‘Let’s update into the modern world for our live show so we don’t get stuck too far behind.’ I think in general, we keep up on most things. I don’t feel like I’ve really embraced the social media part of technology, but everything else I feel like I’m in tune with, as far as computers and knowing what’s up are concerned.

    Read more.


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    Adafruit NeoPixel Digital RGB LED Weatherproof Strip 60 LED -1m: You thought it couldn’t get better than our world-famous 32-LED-per-meter Digital LED strip but we will prove you wrong! You wanted twice the LEDs? We got it (well, its 1.875 times as many but that’s within a margin of error). You wanted thinner strips? Now only 12.5 mm wide, 10 mm if you remove the strip from the casing. You wanted less noticable strip color – this strip has white-colored flex PCB, which will be less visible against white-painted walls. This is the strip with white flex PCB, its identical to the black 60 LED/meter except it has a different color mask on the flex strip Read more.

    Flora breadboard is Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!