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  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 16:23
    “The he Raspberry Pi generation”


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    Heartbleed Bug is making the news, but check out what they’re calling the next generation…

    “Someone with a moderate level of technical skills running their own scripts – the Raspberry Pi generation – would probably be able to launch attacks successfully and gain sensitive information.”

    BBCHeartbleed via Eben on Twitter.

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 16:00
    GEMMA NeoPixel Ring T-Shirt #WearableWednesday



  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 15:00
    Adorable Rapunzel and Flynn Costumes


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    Whenever I consider a Rapunzel costume from Tangled, I immediately get hung up on the hair. She has a lot of it and about the only way to wear it and make it look believable is in the giant braid we saw in the movie. RPF user aelynn000 came up with a lightweight way to fashion the braid, and I’m impressed by how she put it together. It looks like it’s right from Tangled! She used foam strips covered by beige semi-shiny nylon and hair. Here’s how she tackled it:

    It will be done, however, by making beige-blonde coloured sleeves for foam strips ( about 3-4 inches wide and about 1.75 inches thick ) and then attaching wefts around the widths in intervals. The ‘sleeves’ are just to cover any white that may show through the hair. I’d rather have a slightly thin layer of hair with a coloured base as opposed to a 7 lb wig ( which I’ve heard many girls’ are ). The foam is pretty much weightless and the one tube which I wrapped in hair ( the method that was scrapped ) remains pretty close to weightless so so far, so good!

    Read more at The RPF.

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 14:00
    25 Dresses for 25 Cities #WearableWednesday



    Jule Waibel was commissioned by Bershka to make 25 paper dresses, one for each of their strode windows around the world. via Feel Desain

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  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 13:00
    Lap Stopwatch with Adafruit OLED #WearableWednesday


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    gyroscope on Instructables writes:

    This instructable will show you how to build your own stopwatch to record multiple splits using an ATmega328 programmable microcontroller. When one presses the start button (or slaps the metal band in my watch), the screen displays the last lap for a second then continues the time on the next lap. It’s great for all you runners out there doing an interval workout.


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    Monochrome 128×32 I2C OLED graphic display

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:48
    Nice bag featuring many of the Adafruit skill badges!


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    Nice bag featuring many of the Adafruit skill badges!

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 12:00
    Squeeze-Controlled Flashlight #WearableWednesday



    Jung Soo Park made this soft flashlight with FLORA!

    By grabbing the handle and squeezing, the light turns on and the brightness increases as the handle is squeezed harder. Not only it is interesting as an interactive function, but also it is a useful function as the users can control the brightness of the light in order to not wake the other person that might be in the same room, or prevent themselves from squinting their eyes at disturbingly bright LED in the dark room.

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 11:00
    Getting Solar Cells in T-Shirts #WearableWednesday


     

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    Reduced battery size and flexible circuitry are always fave topics of discussion at any geek’s table. A recent post on Nanowerk introduces polymer solar cells that can be woven into fabric, thus transforming t-shirts into comfy energy harvesters. Notice the Nano in the pic (no pun intended).

    Reporting their results in the March 27, 2014 online edition of Advanced Energy Materials (“Weaving Efficient Polymer Solar Cell Wires into Flexible Power Textiles”), researchers in China have developed a novel efficient wire-shaped polymer solar cell by incorporating a thin layer of titania nanoparticles between the photoactive material and electrode.

    Sounds like a lot to take in, but their graphic makes it look approachable.

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    The above image schematically shows the structure of the wire-shaped polymer solar cell (PSC) with a titanium (Ti) wire and an aligned multi-walled carbon nanotube (MWCNT) fiber as cathode and anode, respectively. In a typical fabrication, a Ti wire was modified by growing aligned titania nanotubes on the surface by electrochemical anodization, followed by coating of a layer of titania nanoparticles. Two polymer layers were then dip-coated onto the modified Ti wire. The resulting Ti wire was finally wound with an aligned MWCNT fiber to produce the wire-shaped polymer solar cell.

    This material represents many of the changes happening in the industry. The ability to move and endure repetitive movement is critical with wearables. The team did a lot of testing in this regard, and the PSC material handled well, even after 1000 bending cycles. This is good news for tech that really needs to learn how to play well with stretchable fabrics. It’s also clear that nanotechnology is moving swiftly into our clothing, whether it be fabric that is stain proof, bullet proof or color changing. Finally, energy harvesting is a move in a much needed direction, and there is a growing population of people that want to be off grid. This will help take us there, however, if you want some instant gratification, you could give our Solar Charging Handbag tutorial a try.

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    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 9, 2014 - 10:50
    Xbox360 chips decapsulated
  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:49
    Onishi Yasuaki’s vertical volume


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    Onishi Yasuaki via URDESIGN.

    Japanese artist Onishi Yasuaki has created a floating installation for the window of Shizuoka Convention & Arts Center ‘Granship’ in Japan. ‘Vertical Volume‘ consists in translucent structures that bounce up-and-down from floor to ceiling. The site-specific installation includes just plastic bags-like structure  and some fans that invite passers-by to interact with them.

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:47
    Cornea Ti Luminale


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    Cornea Ti Luminale 2014.

    CORNEA TI is the transformation of light, shape and sound in space. Letters transform into each other and morph into an illuminated anagram. For this purpose, three containers on a container boat form an interactive stage. But only from the perspective of the audience can visitors experience the installation in its entirety: the transformation of light and form thorugh music – visual music.

    Read more.

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:45
    ‘Experimental’ Vodka Distillery (video) #makerbusiness


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    Video – An ‘Experimental’ Vodka Distillery – WSJ.com.

    Industry City Distillery in Brooklyn is among a new crop of small U.S. distillers producing craft vodkas. The company’s do-it-yourself ethos is reflected in its equipment and techniques.

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:00
    A glowing ring powered by body heat and how it works #WearableWednesday


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    Popular Science did a nice write up on this project from Sean Hodgins. It’s a great example of how a Peltier module works.

    Sean Hodgins enjoys ring smithing, a hobby he adopted from his grandpa, and loves building small electronic gadgets. So he combined his passions to make a ring that turns body heat into light. Hodgins milled a two-finger band out of aluminum—an excellent thermal conductor—to cradle a 6-millimeter by 3-millimeter Peltier module and custom circuit board. The Peltier module converts heat flowing from the ring into a small voltage, and the circuit board amplifies the current. For now, cold weather best illuminates an LED on the ring, but Hodgins is designing a new circuit to make it blink brightly at any temperature.

    Approximate time: 150+ hours

    Cost: $200 to $250

    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!

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 09:00
    How to be a Fiber Optic Lamp #WearableWednesday



    If you want to resemble the coolest fiber optic lamp ever, you are going to have to get in line behind Natalie Walsh. She has created a mesmerizing flow of fiber optics. The balloon style underskirt encourages movement of the hanging fibers, which seem to shift color like melted sherbert. You can check out all the details (and challenges) in her Instructables. Fiber optics pose an interesting issue because they rely on a central light source, which means you have to allow room for this in the outfit. Natalie did a great job with her design.

    I designed the back to include a pouch for the handle, and the straps of the dress to bring the fiber optics from the center back to the front, and back around the body to an even distribution at the hips.

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    In an odd way, working with fiber optics is a lot like dealing with a thick head of hair. You have to group all of the strands from one area, like a ponytail,  and allow them to spread out in another.  You can even trim them, much like you would for doing a layered haircut, to add interest. Natalie has some special suggestions for handling the light.

    Aside from just cutting the filaments, there are lots of options for making your fiber optics shine. As the light will escape wherever there is a cut or nick in the filament, distressing them with sandpaper, scissors, or simply natural wear and tear creates very cool effects. For this project I wanted to keep the light focused at the bottom, however depending on the look you are going for, it’s something fun to keep in mind!

    This is really an impressive dress, but it does take some time. Feeling inspired, but only have a few hours?  We’ve got a great Tron Hoodie tutorial waiting for you using El Wire. You can still look plugged in.

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    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 9, 2014 - 08:00
    Glimmer the Mermaid: Beautiful LED Mermaid Tail using #Adafruit Neopixels! #WearableWednesday


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    The Arduino blog posted this awesome mermaid costume by Erin St. Blaine. Check out her site for more gorgeous photos!

    I call her Glimmer the Mermaid. :)

    I made the LED swimmable mermaid seashells at the end of 2013, and wore them to the NC Merfest convention and they were a huge hit. When I got home, I decided the shells needed a light-up tail to complement them. The rabbit-hole opened up, and I dove right in.

    The end result is absolutely stunning, and I am completely delighted with it. This was the most learning-intensive and difficult and frustrating project I’ve attempted in.. well, since college, I think. I have had to learn so much in so many different fields, and I’ve encountered so many amazing people and communities along the way.

    This tail uses about 180 Adafruit Neopixels and an Arduino Micro to control them. It’s got a bluetooth feature — I can control it with my android tablet and change the animations and brightness of the lights. I plan to add audio sensors and possibly motion or color sensors as well (that’ll be phase two, I think).

    Read more.

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    Featured Adafruit Products!

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    Flora RGB Smart NeoPixel version 2 – Pack of 4: What’s a wearable project without LEDs? Our favorite part of the Flora platform is these tiny smart pixels. Designed specifically for wearables, these updated Flora NeoPixels have ultra-cool technology: these ultra-bright LEDs have a constant-current driver cooked right into the LED package! The pixels are chainable – so you only need 1 pin/wire to control as many LEDs as you like. They’re easy to sew, and the chainable design means no crossed threads. 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.


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    Adafruit GEMMA – Miniature wearable electronic platform: Love FLORA but want a bite-sized version? Look no further, GEMMA is a tiny wearable platform board with a lot of might in a 1″ diameter package. Powered by a Attiny85 and programmable with an Arduino IDE over USB, you’ll be able to realize any wearable project!

    We wanted to design a microcontroller board that was small enough to fit into any project, and low cost enough to use without hesitation. Perfect for when you don’t want to give up your Flora and you aren’t willing to take apart the project you worked so hard to design. It’s our lowest-cost sewable controller! 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!

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 07:00
    Your Fingernail is Flashing #WearableWednesday


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    Last we left off, 3D printed nails were the rage. Well, it looks like there’s something new — nails that react to an NFC signal, according to Gizmodo.

    Japan’s Takara Tomy Arts has created a collection of stick-on fake fingernails featuring embedded LEDs and tiny antennas that light up whenever the wireless NFC functionality of a nearby smartphone is being used.

    Here’s some fun examples of Lumi Deco Nails. Supposedly they have their own Android app to control the flashing of the LED.

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    Each set actually only comes with one LED-enhanced nail; the rest just feature matching designs. And surprisingly, there are no batteries, capacitors, or other connected power sources required. The energy from an NFC signal is all that’s needed to make the LEDs flash.

    These decorative nails are more proof that stick on circuits are the next trend, joining tattoos and medical sensors. Remember when make-up was the only thing you got in trouble for in school? Teachers are going to have a lot more to look at.


    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 9, 2014 - 06:16
    Sparklabs launching hardware-focused accelerator program #makerbusiness


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    Sparklabs launching hardware-focused accelerator program via The Next Web.

    Korea-based accelerator program and investment company SparkLabs is widening its stable further after revealing plans to run its first program dedicated to hardware startups.

    SparkLabs, which last year launched a $30 million fund to support seed stage companies worldwide, says its new program — dubbed Internet of ‘Things’ — will open its doors in Seoul in Winter 2014. The initiative will target a companies across a range of different sectors that are “improving how we live and work everywhere” — including the energy, education, transport, health, food verticals.

    Learn more @ Sparklabs.

  • Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 06:00
    The BB.Suit is a 3D knitted onesie that doubles as a Wi-Fi hotspot and music library #WearableWednesday


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    WANT has posted about this cool project that was shown at SXSW this year. Would you wear the BB.Suit?

    Welcome to the BB.Suit at SXSW 2014. This suit is to show that wearable technology will be the future. A future where people wearing hi-tech clothes is the most natural thing in the world. The concept is the result of a great collaboration between ByBorre (a fabric innovation brand), Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), 22Tracks (a music platform), CRISP, Daan Spangenberg Graphics and Want.nl (a Dutch online magazine about Technology and Gadgets). Together, we want to show the ideas and concepts we have about wearable technology. We think garments are one of the exciting futures for interface design, connecting the wearer to people and places, becoming the ideal interface for many new user experiences.

    It started with the health industry. We were making pillows for people with dementia to make conversation with them through vibration. This is because there other senses are not reacting very well anymore. From there we moved on. Byborre developed a new way of 3d knitting with imbedding the technology inside. The BB.Suit contains full Wifi, GPS, Bluetooth and NFC. The idea with this beautiful piece of wearable technology is that people can find the BB.Suit through GPS, so you can follow his way at SXSW. Stay up-to-date of all the great things at SXSW.

    Read more.

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    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 9, 2014 - 00:13
    IoT: Send email from arduino using adafruit CC3000 WiFi and the temboo service


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    IoT: Send email from arduino using adafruit CC3000 WiFi and the temboo service @ Biicode.

    In this post we will show how it is possible to send emails from your Arduino!

    We registered at the great temboo service which offers connection >100 services (gmail, twiter, github, and many more) and a library for Arduino. But the provided temboo library expects a reference to something implementing the Arduino SDK Client “interface”. In the setup we’re using an Arduino Mega2560 with the Adafruit CC3000 WiFi module. 

    If you ever need to connect the CC3000 module with another service, you can do it using thisArdunet block with network utilities for Arduino.

    Learn more.

  • Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 23:28
    Open source touch screens to the rescue @edncom #oshw


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    Open source touch screens to the rescue @ EDN

    I bought an Arduino Mega and started putting together the custom electronics in the form of a daughter board (Arduino calls them “shields”). However, it needed to be a standalone unit, so what could I do for user interfacing to the Mega that was flexible? Touch screens.

    Learn more.

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