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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 20:00
    Rippled Wood Boards Map The Sounds Of New York City

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    Rippled Wood Boards Map the Sounds of NYC. From psfk. And check out the video interview at bottom for some compelling questions about where this type of work is situated between art, industrial design, design for manufacture, and other points of perspective.

    Conceptual artist Erica Sellers latest work sees the perfect blend between art and technology and proves that the young, upcoming creative is definitely one to watch.

    Her new project titled The Grind comes in the form of a range of wooden boards that play host to New York City’s soundscapes through their rippled surfaces. To accomplish this, Sellers collected audio samples throughout various areas of the city over the course of a month. She then converted them into sound waves and transformed those waves into 3D surfaces using 3D modeling software. To complete the project, oscillations from the audio were ground into reclaimed local wood using CNC technology.

    Sellers explains, ‘A part of what makes New York City so astonishing is its vast variety of sounds. Sound creates vibrations which move into space and through other mediums. We cannot see or feel sound, yet we know it’s there. In an effort to combine sound with sight, and technology with biology, The Grind represents the sounds of New York City in three-dimensional form.’ …

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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 19:00
    STEM-tastic Saturday – STEM Alliance of Larchmont – Mamaroneck #makereducation

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    The STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck will hold STEM-Tastic Saturday, an interactive STEM event, on Saturday May, 4 2014.

    The STEM Alliance of Larchmont-Mamaroneck with generous support from the Mamaroneck Schools Foundationis launching a new, community-widecelebration of SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATH (STEM)

    Saturday, May 3, 2014 – 1pm to 5pm – Hommocks Middle School

    STEM-tastic Saturday will be an event that makes all STEM disciplines accessible, interactive and fun. Our goal is to spark the youthful imagination that’s in all of us by bringing STEM alive through play, conversation and even mental fitness challenges.

    Look for on-going announcements about speakers, workshop presenters, featured STEM professionals, exhibitors, vendors and more. Consider how you can get involved in advance and contact us now.

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    Adafruit_Learning_SystemEach Tuesday is EducationTuesday here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts about educators and all things STEM. Adafruit supports our educators and loves to spread the good word about educational STEM innovations!

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 18:00
    Incredibly detailed cut paper illustrations and sculptures from French duo Zim & Zou #ArtTuesday

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    Can you imagine how long this must take? These sculptures from French duo Zim & Zou are astonishingly detailed. Via Colossal.

    It’s been over two years since we last featured the work of French duo Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of Zim&Zou (previously here and here). The pair of graphic designers create paper sculpture, installations, and illustrations for leading luxury brands, books, magazines as well as their own edification. Collected here are a number of works from the last few years and you can explore much more over on their website and on Behance.

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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 17:17
    Learning Arduino with the Adafruit Arduino Starter Pack #ArduinoD14

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    Luis from OpenSource.com spent some time tinkering with the Adafruit Arduino Starter Pack and shared his thoughts with us.

    Are you new to Arduino? Open hardware like the Arduino Starter Pack from Adafruit is a great way to start tinkering with this small computer board. It is the ideal kit for beginners to open hardware or anyone looking to start a project using the Arduino microcontroller.


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    Celebrate Arduino Day 2014 with Massimo Banzi, the co-founder and CEO of Arduino and Adafruit on a special Saturday night 7pm ET March 29th, 2014 LIVE show!

    Arduino Day is a worldwide celebration of Arduino’s first 10 years. It’s 24 hours full of events – both official and independent, anywhere around the world – where people interested in Arduino can meet, share their experiences, and learn more.

    See you there!

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 16:30
    “Street-Fighting Mathematics” is NOT your normal math textbook #makereducation

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    Street-Fighting Mathematics: The art of educated guessing and opportunistic problem solving by Sanjoy Mahajan grew out of the author’s course at MIT. Mahajan encourages a hands-on, messy, creative approach to using mathematics to address real world situations. The book focuses less on complex problems with neat solutions and more on developing the right tools to make educated guesses and assessments. The full text is available to the public here.

    In problem solving, as in street fighting, rules are for fools: do whatever works—don’t just stand there! Yet we often fear an unjustified leap even though it may land us on a correct result. Traditional mathematics teaching is largely about solving exactly stated problems exactly, yet life often hands us partly defined problems needing only moderately accurate solutions. This engaging book is an antidote to the rigor mortis brought on by too much mathematical rigor, teaching us how to guess answers without needing a proof or an exact calculation.

    In Street-Fighting Mathematics, Sanjoy Mahajan builds, sharpens, and demonstrates tools for educated guessing and down-and-dirty, opportunistic problem solving across diverse fields of knowledge—from mathematics to management. Mahajan describes six tools: dimensional analysis, easy cases, lumping, picture proofs, successive approximation, and reasoning by analogy. Illustrating each tool with numerous examples, he carefully separates the tool—the general principle—from the particular application so that the reader can most easily grasp the tool itself to use on problems of particular interest.

    Street-Fighting Mathematics is available in print and online under a Creative Commons Noncommercial Share Alike license.

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    Adafruit_Learning_SystemEach Tuesday is EducationTuesday here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts about educators and all things STEM. Adafruit supports our educators and loves to spread the good word about educational STEM innovations!

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 16:00
    How to get interrupts through Linux GPIO with the #BeagleBoneBlack @TXInstruments @BeagleBoardOrg

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    Ben Martin shows us how to receive interrupts through Linux GPIO using the BeagleBone Black.

    A previous article looked at the differences between the Arduino and the BeagleBone Black in how you go about accessing chips over the SPI. This time around the focus will be on how to receive interrupts from your hardware on the BeagleBone Black.

    The header pins on each side of the BeagleBone Black can be used for General Purpose I/O (GPIO). This way you can set the voltage to high or low, or if you are reading you can see if the voltage is currently high or low on the pin. Generally, high might be 3.3 volts and low would be the common ground voltage. The GPIO support in Linux can optionally generate interrupts when the signal raises from ground to a high voltage, from the high voltage to ground, or if either of these cases occurs.

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    BeagleBone Adafruit Industries Unique fun DIY electronics and kitsEach Tuesday is BeagleBone Black Day here Adafruit! What is the BeagleBone? The BeagleBones are a line of affordable single-board Linux computers (SBCs) created by Texas Instruments. New to the Bone? Grab one of our Adafruit BeagleBone Black Starter Packs and check out our extensive resources available on the Adafruit Learning System including a guide to setting up the Adafruit BeagleBone IO Python Library. We have a number of Bone accessories including add-on shields (called “capes”) and USB devices to help you do even more with your SBC. Need a nice display to go along with your Bone? Check out our fine selection of HDMI displays, we’ve tested all of them with the Beagle Bone Black!

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 16:00
    The Human Body App is an Interactive and Educational App for Kids #makereducation

    This new educational app for kids from Tinybop helps kids explore the language and the visuals of human biology, via trendhunter.

    Tinybop is about to release a new set of educational apps, the first of which is called the Human Body app. Designed by Kelli Anderson, the app for children lets kids explore and learn about the human form. It will be released in 48 languages so kids all over the world can learn.

    The children’s app will have smart interactions and a beautiful design. Young users will not be exposed to any advertising or in-app purchases either in the Human Body app or any app from Tinybop.

    The educational series will be called the Explorer’s Library. These games are intended to “help children develop a foundational understanding of the world.” The objective of these apps is fun, interactivity and deep understanding and immersion.

    The Human Body will cover everything from animated brains to bones. Kids will be able to poke, probe and examine different systems. The app will also contain a recording tool so users can ask questions, interact and play with each other.

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    Adafruit_Learning_SystemEach Tuesday is EducationTuesday here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts about educators and all things STEM. Adafruit supports our educators and loves to spread the good word about educational STEM innovations!

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 15:00
    The Making of Unnumbered Sparks #ArtTuesday

    Gaze your eyes upon Unnumbered Sparks, the interactive artwork of artist Janet Echelman and Google’s Aaron Koblin.

    What’s not obvious to the public is when you look at the sculpture, you’re actually looking at a web browser. The interactive lighting is actually one giant Chrome window, stretched across the 300-foot long sculpture with the help of five high-definition projectors. To interact, visitors open a website using Chrome or other modern mobile browser on their smartphone or tablet. After selecting a color, they use their fingers to trace paths along the surface of their device, which are then projected onto the sculpture in real-time as colorful beams of light. The result is a crowd-controlled visual experiment on a giant, floating canvas.

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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 15:00
    National Geographic Education: Engineering Exploration Challenge #makereducation

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    Check out the National Geographic Education: Engineering Exploration Challenge for young engineers!

    Between now and May 1, 2014, develop a solution to a challenge below and you could be chosen to participate in a National Geographic Google+ Hangout. During the Hangout, your solution could be tested by National Geographic engineers in the top-secret Engineering Lab! The National Geographic Kids Engineering Exploration Challenge is open to all persons ages 6-18 worldwide.

    How to Participate

    1. Choose your challenge. Try one, two, or even all three!

    2. Think like an engineer.
    Check out the National Geographic Engineering Process. This is the same process that National Geographic explorers use to solve problems.

    3. Get busy!
    Now, follow the Engineering Process to design, build, and test your solution. Your solution probably won’t work the first time, and that’s OK—failure is part of the engineering process. Change it and try again!

    4. Tell us about your solution for a chance to have your solution tested by National Geographic Engineers during a live Google+ Hangout.
    Once you’re satisfied with your solution, failure or success, submit it to National Geographic using the instructions at the bottom of this page. We want to hear about solutions that work and ones that don’t!

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    Adafruit_Learning_SystemEach Tuesday is EducationTuesday here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts about educators and all things STEM. Adafruit supports our educators and loves to spread the good word about educational STEM innovations!

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 14:00
    Doc Ock Costume Will Grab Your Attention

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    Even if you’re not Spider-Man, one place you don’t want to find yourself is in Doc Ock’s grasp. Instructables user Eldjotnar spent about six weeks building his full-size Doc Ock costume and it only cost him about $50. The costume has reach! It’s about seven feet tall by six feet wide. It may not be ideal for a convention, but it would be great for any event with plenty of room to move – like a Halloween parade. He used everything from drainage pipes to plywood to craft the outfit; here’s how he started with the all important claws:

    1. Download the picture of the template [on Instructables] to cut out the claws. Don’t scale it down, when you print it out, each claw should be 4″ x 8″. Or design your own if you so desire. In any case, print it out for use.

    2. Trace 12 copies of the template onto the plywood, and cut them out with the jigsaw.

    3. If you used the jigsaw, more than likely, you have spit edges. Take a Dremel, or some sandpaper, and smooth down the edges to make the paint application easier.

    4. Apply a healthy dose of primer, and then paint all of the claws bright silver.

    5. Take the VEX bands, and use tin snips to cut them into 5 hole segments, cutting along the indents.

    6. Pre-drill 2 #3/16 holes into the side of the arms. Attach the VEX segments to the two holes with some wood screws.

    7. Cut a small slice in the ends of the exterior arms, just long enough for the VEX segment. Make sure that there’s one of the claws per third of the arm exterior.

    8. Slip one of the #8-32 bolts through the VEX segment and through the slit. Attach the nut on the inside of the exterior. Use a lot of locktite.

    9. Repeat until you have all 4 arms with claws attached.

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    Read more at Instructables.

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 13:00
    Reviving The Firebug Rover #beagleboneblack @TXInstruments @beagleboardorg

    Riving The Firebug Rover. via Flesh and Machines

    This rover was our robot in the competition of Magyarok a Marson 2011 (Hungarian on Mars). The competition was similar to a capture the flag game, with four rovers on the field at the same time.
    We weren’t that experienced that time (and our budge was low) so the project failed. We were good in the first round but unfortunately at the second round some smoke has been made and the motorcontroller went to the robo-heaven. Also we smoked an 25A car fuse, yeah something was very bad in our design. We didn’t have the automatic control in time so we used the manual version. In this case we had to use 15 sec delay between two command to follow the rules. We started the blog roughly after two months to the competition. Here is a picture of the rover at that time.

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    After some talk we took action, and used Bence’s motor controller. It’s double channel so we can control 2 different motors completely but we plugged each side (a pair of motors) to each control so this way we can use four motors instead of just two.

    The motors are 24V. The motorcontroller is from ebay you can check one of it’s successors on the link below:

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/High-Current-Stepper-Dual-DC-Motor-Driver-Module...

    The BeagleBone was above all: wifi support, motor control, web interface.

    The hardware consists of a lipo battery (5400 mah, 14,8v, serves a lot better than the 11.1V version), voltage stabilizator, motor controller, BeagleBone, wifi stick, usb hub, webcam.

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    BeagleBone Adafruit Industries Unique fun DIY electronics and kitsEach Tuesday is BeagleBone Black Day here Adafruit! What is the BeagleBone? The BeagleBones are a line of affordable single-board Linux computers (SBCs) created by Texas Instruments. New to the Bone? Grab one of our Adafruit BeagleBone Black Starter Packs and check out our extensive resources available on the Adafruit Learning System including a guide to setting up the Adafruit BeagleBone IO Python Library. We have a number of Bone accessories including add-on shields (called “capes”) and USB devices to help you do even more with your SBC. Need a nice display to go along with your Bone? Check out our fine selection of HDMI displays, we’ve tested all of them with the Beagle Bone Black!

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 12:00
    Bus Sculpture Made Powerful With Hydraulic Arms #ArtTuesday

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    Enjoy this photo of London bus turned robot sculpture with the addition of with hydraulic arms. Created by David Cerny

    The bus…does push-ups with the help of an engine powering a pair of robotic arms. The bus’ exertions are accompanied by a recording of sounds evoking tough physical effort.

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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 10:00
    STEM: the curriculum integration approach #makereducation

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    As opposed to pushing traditional science, math, technology, and engineering courses, some educators in the UK see subject integration as a viable strategy to increase the number of college graduates proficient in STEM fields, from telegraph.co.uk.

    How do we address the lack of STEM graduates and get more girls into STEM subjects? This is a question that provokes continued debate both in the UK and on a global stage.

    This Sunday the question was taken up by a panel at the Global Education and Skills Forum in Dubai, where “starting early at primary school” was the main argument to emerge.

    Speaking at the forum, Sir Michael Tomlinson, former chief inspector of schools for Ofsted called for “more and better physics teachers” and “improved advice and encouragement for pupils.”

    A recent report from the Institute of Physics found that, currently, four times as many boys are studying physics at A level than girls.

    During the discussion, Sir Michael highlighted the need for people with STEM skills in the UK, adding that there’s a “shortage of high quality subject teachers in these areas.”

    He said that starting STEM development in early years at primary school would help to challenge the current belief among schoolchildren that these subjects were difficult and only led down a specific career path such as “being a scientist”, when actually STEM subjects “open up a variety of career options.”

    Amanda Jenkins, advisory board member for the Varkey GEMS Foundation supported this statement saying: “This is a lifelong journey, which starts with parents then schools and universities, we have to work together.

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    Adafruit_Learning_SystemEach Tuesday is EducationTuesday here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts about educators and all things STEM. Adafruit supports our educators and loves to spread the good word about educational STEM innovations!

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:00
    “Simple Parts” – hacking generative design #arttuesday

    “Simple Parts,” a seminar conducted at the University of Calgary, encouraged students to experiment with self-generating design forms, via unlvmake..

    Self-organizing and self-assembling systems are trending topics in design, notable for their capacity to use simple parts and interactions to generate complex organizations. This seminar, conducted at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design allowed us to experiment with creating such systems in order to create forms and effects that are responsive and adaptable. We embarked on our experiments with the following framework:

    Creating fabrication and material studies to define basic components.
    Investigating relational interactions and systemic disturbances while prototyping with simple electrical and magnetic components.
    Generating organization from disorder through repetition.
    Examining scalar relationships between parts and aggregations, and between local and global behaviors.
    This was an opportunity for students to conduct bottom-up, generative design experiments and to develop a hands-on ethic of tinkering or hacking. The seminar culminated with the production of exhibited installations in the Kasian Gallery on the campus of the University of Calgary. The exhibition runs from 10 February – 7 March.

    Joshua Vermillion was the 2014 Visiting Taylor Seminar Lecturer at the University of Calgary. The seminar is directed and coordinated by Jason Johnson, assistant professor at Calgary’s Faculty of Environmental Design.

    Seminar Students: Mehrdad Amjadi, Michael Chu, Nic Dykstra, Meysam Ehsanian, Daniel Farid, Alyssa Haas, Kendra Kusick, Joanna Long-Tieu, Matt Marrotto, Jamie Lynne McFadyen, MacKenzie Nixon, Obinna Martins, Shane Oleksiuk, Sadaf Rabbani, Matt Stewart, Sabrina Vastag

    Prototyping in advance of seminar performed in collaboration with Ludwing Vaca, Graduate Assistant and MArch Candidate at UNLV’s School of Architecture.

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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 09:00
    Roll Your Own Beaglebone Black NAS #beagleboneblack @TXInstruments @beagleboardorg

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    Roll Your Own Beaglebone Black NAS:

    For some time I’ve wanted a NAS, but not just a regular one. I wanted something that I could configure to do exactly what I could with like a normal server, just without the massive power consumption.

    Besides the obvious function of a NAS I primarily wanted it to able to use ruTorrent via rTorrent to download torrents. Secondarily I wanted to setup a SQL server to use with XBMC’s media library across my home network.

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    I looked at the Raspberry Pi, and seen a lot of people use it this way, for some time and was ready to give it a try until I noticed the release of the Beaglebone Black.

    The specs for the Beaglebone Black, as I see it anyway, was all superior with the exception of video decoding and media outlets, which is irrelevant for my use. So I went with the BBB.

    As far as the storage for the NAS, I used an old external hard drive I had laying around. But the external hard drive’s power supply outputted 12 volts and the BBB only could handle 5 volts input. I examined the power supply of the external hard drive and concluded it could supply more than enough power to the hard drive as well as the BBB, so I bought a step-down converter (£2.90 on eBay), then I wouldn’t have to use two power supply’s.

    Since this was a low cost project (still studying) I found an aluminum box in a second hand store and used as a case.

    I think it worked out all right, but I’m thinking about making some sort of nice wooden box for it. But we’ll see if that ever happens…

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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 08:00
    De Graaf’s “Species of Illumination” robotic lamps follow humans and find darkness (VIDEO) #robotics

    De Graaf’s “Species of Illumination” robotic lamps follow humans and find darkness. From Dezeen:

    De Graaf‘s interactive lights, collectively called Species of Illumination, were given the ability to act like creatures via a series of sensors, motors and stretchable cables that allow them to freely determine their actions.

    The series consists of two lights. Wallace uses sensors to go in search of the darkest spot in a room and bring light to it. Once it has done that, the lamp works out where the next darkest point is and moves on to repeat the process.

    Wallace is affixed to the ceiling at one end and has three pieces of wire that support a head on the end of a long electrical cable, which is encircled by a series of rings with copper wire threaded through each one.

    Darwin, meanwhile, is a desk lamp that uses solar power to generate its electricity. During the day it trundles around on wheels seeking out sunlight to charge its battery, but in the evening it wonders around the house looking for movement and accompanying people with its beam of light.

    Sensors in Darwin’s head allow people to interact with it. When a hand is held directly in front of the light, it tracks the movement and follows. Take the hand away and the light stops moving.

    Darwin features two wheels made from tightly coiled wire, a black body with a solar panel on its back and a bulbous white head.

    “The interaction and emotional relationship Wallace and Darwin bring contribute to people’s wellbeing, in the same way that pets do,” explained de Graaf. “The movement of living creatures triggers sensations, emotions and communication.”

    “I think my lights are very much animate objects,” he continued. “At this point I’m still pretty sure they are not alive, but I think there will be a moment where the boundaries become more blurred.” …

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  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 06:00
    Interview with Jason Kridner, co-founder of BeagleBoard.org #beagleboneblack @TXInstruments @beagleboardorg

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    Opensource.com recently posted this interesting interview with Jason Kridner, one of the co-founders of BeagleBoard.org. We’ll post some excerpts here but you should check out the whole thing here.

    Jason Kridner is the co-founder of BeagleBoard.org, where he has helped create open source development tools such as BeagleBone Black, BeagleBone, BeagleBoard, and BeagleBoard-xM. Kridner is also a software architecture manager for embedded processors at Texas Instruments (TI).

    During his 20-year tenure with TI, Kridner has become an active leader in the open source community. He has engaged audiences at a variety of industry and hardware and software developer shows, including Maker Faire, Embedded Linux Conference, Android Builders Summit, OSCON, CES, Design West and Linux Collaboration Summit.

    The goal for BeagleBoard.org is to inspire anyone—from kindergarteners to Kickstarter developers—to learn about how computers can be used in an everyday ways to remove barriers to learning, prototyping, and production. Success is when even a child can plug in the board, intuit what he or she can build with it, and share his or her designs with the world.

    What are some of your best sellers?

    Thanks to the low retail sales price of $45, the BeagleBone Black is the best-selling board design from BeagleBoard.org. All boards continue to be available and continue to be sold every day, thanks greatly to the amount of educational materials built around them. Some people are particularly interested in the DSP capabilities and additional USB host ports of the BeagleBoard-xM. Some people are interested in the built-in low-level debug capabilities of the original BeagleBone. Still, BeagleBone Black has now outsold all of the other designs combined.

    What’s in store for BeagleBoard.org in 2014? What’s in store for open hardware in 2014?

    As I mentioned, I believe the trend toward more compelling online trainings for hardware development will accelerate in 2014. The snowball effect means that many people will be getting more than a superficial introduction to advancing the state of open hardware for all of us…

    For BeagleBoard.org and BeagleBone Black in particular, we are shifting the Linux distribution included on the board to Debian and upgrading our to version 3 of the Cloud9 IDE, which I see as a significant improvement with Python support, better shell capabilities, and improved debugging. We are also starting to include other libraries to program the board’s physical I/Os in Python, C/C++ and sketches. Upping board capacity and improving the software experience will be major focus items that our community of users should notice and help direct. Among the most visible and interesting development activities will be happening as part of the 2014 Google Summer of Code, for which the BeagleBoard.org Foundation is an approved mentoring organization and for which some number of students will get paid for their open source software development work. With at least half a dozen Beagle-related books coming out and popularity at an all-time high, 2014 could easily shape up to be the most exciting year for BeagleBoard.org yet!

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    BeagleBone Adafruit Industries Unique fun DIY electronics and kits

    Each Tuesday is BeagleBone Black Day here at Adafruit! What is the BeagleBone? The BeagleBones are a line of affordable single-board Linux computers (SBCs) created by Texas Instruments. New to the Bone? Grab one of our Adafruit BeagleBone Black Starter Packs and check out our extensive resources available on the Adafruit Learning System including a guide to setting up the Adafruit BeagleBone IO Python Library. We have a number of Bone accessories including add-on shields (called “capes”) and USB devices to help you do even more with your SBC. Need a nice display to go along with your Bone? Check out our fine selection of HDMI displays, we’ve tested all of them with the Beagle Bone Black!

  • Tuesday, March 25, 2014 - 05:00
    PYRAD: LED “Infinity” panels inspired by Enter the Void #ArtTuesday

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    Check out this sweet LED installation from gmunk, inspired by the film Enter the Void.

    The main inspiration for the creative came from the DMT-Delicious moments in the super-favorite film Enter the Void… Munko has been on a tunnel infinite-void kick for some years now and wanted to build a practical, LED installation driven by graphic sequencing, utilizing the techniques learned from the FOTB Titles and applying them into a more densely packed setup called the PYRADICAL… Once the Pyrad was constructed, the aim was to capture the visuals with both high-resolution Film and Still cameras, which would generate a vast library of content to pull from to produce the artwork for the Conference Package..

    He tapped super-friend and lighting genius Michael Fullman to help him execute the concept, which was to construct a triangular volume out of three LED panels, flanked on either end by a trio of Light Tubes that would complete the design. Once Munk and and Michael had the concept and build nailed down, he tapped frequent collaborators Kevin Gosselin and John Nguyen to capture the installation on the Arri Alexa and Nikon D800.

    In building the actual structure for the Pyrad there were some pretty unique challenges to attain the desired aesthetic. We needed to not only communicate forward and backward motion but also communicate negative space and scale.

    The structure itself is made up of two main elements. The LED Panels and the LED tubes. 3 LED panels were used to make up the walls, all controlled by video content from a control computer. This allowed us to have open ended control over the motion, color, and effects that were applied to the video content. In addition to the 3 LED panels, 6 LED tubes were used to border the structure at both the front and the back opening. These tubes were also controlled by a mapped video signal that corresponded with the content playing on the main panels. That way we could accomplish moments of punch and exclamation as the content traveled both toward and away from the camera. They also provided a really nice frame for the shot, showing us the beginning of the space and the end.

    The real challenge was to trick the viewer into not realizing the scale of the actual structure. Which is really about the camera position, lensing, and light control in the structure, using both the presence and absence of light.

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  • Monday, March 24, 2014 - 22:00
    Making Majora’s Mask

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    Majora’s Mask is one of the most recognizable things in all of the Legend of Zelda games. Instructables user magicman391 built one, and he began by making a computer model of the mask in Rhino just to get the placement of each section down. He did a clever thing and split the mask into three segments in Rhino so he could print a top view of each piece and put it on layers of pink foam. This allowed him to easily get the right shape. Here’s how he proceeded from there:

    Now most people know pink foam is good for doing rough shapes and has no real permanence especially with the introduction of solvents sooooooo I coated the foam with a layer of my favorite material of all time… epoxy putty, specifically in this case I used Apoxie Sculpt.

    Next came the fun part (I jest since bondoing and sanding takes a long time and is very repetitive) I apply a layer of bondo to the surface to even it out, followed by immense amounts of sanding, then repeated this process several times. I followed the final sanding step of bondo with spot putty to fill in the small gaps, then of course sanded that smooth.

    Read more at Instructables.

  • Monday, March 24, 2014 - 22:00
    Turn Your Phone Into A Photo Projector On The Cheap

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    How to turn your phone into a DIY photo projector. via photojojo

    A phone based projector is a great way to show off your mobile photos and your phone hack savvy. Just picture laying in bed browsing your feed or watching a movie on a ginormous screen.A projector provides a new way of looking at your shots, and for $1, who can afford not to try this project?

    THE INGREDIENTS:
    Shoebox
    Paperclip
    Smartphone
    Magnifying glass (get it for $1 at Dollar Tree), or a large aperture lens
    X-acto knife or similar
    Electrical or black duct tape
    Optional: Matte black spray paint or black paper

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    STEP 1: TRACE A HOLE ON THE BOX
    A shoebox or similar will work great for your new projector.If the inside walls of your box are a bright color, you may want to spray paint them black or tape up some black paper for best image quality.Once your box is ready, trace the outer edge of your lens or magnifying glass onto one of the short sides of the box.

    STEP 2: CUT A HOLE IN THAT BOX
    Cut out the inside of the circle you just traced. You don’t want light leaking around your lens so try not to cut too much. At the back of your box, cut a small hole for your phone’s power cord.

    STEP 3: ATTACH YOUR LENS
    Now you’ve got a porthole cut in your shoebox its time to stick on that lens. If your magnifying glass has a handle, you may want to remove it first. Line up your lens with the hole and apply tape around the entire edge of your lens. Make sure your lens is held securely and there are no holes between the tape for light to escape.

    STEP 4: TAKE A STAND
    We used this very helpful tutorial to make a stand for our phone out of a paper clip. Other stand ideas include this ultra-portable Tiltpod, this hand dandy Gorillapod, or this super creative lego stand from this cool tutorial.

    STEP 5: FLIP YOUR SCREEN
    When light passes though a lens (including the lenses in your eyes), it gets flipped, which means the picture from your projector will come out upside down. No fear though, we have a fix! For the iPhone go to Settings > General > Accessibility and turn on AssistiveTouch. Once activated, a little white orb will pop that you can drag around the screen. Click on the orb and go to Device > Rotate Screen. This will allow you to flip applications like the Photos app which would normally rotate itself right side up. Andriod users can download the app Ultimate Rotation Control. Or if all else fails you can just stand on your head.

    STEP 6: FINDING FOCUS
    If your walls are plastered with pics you will need to clear out a little space for your projection. For a screen you could use a white bed sheet, turn a poster around, project onto a shower or window curtain, or just use the bare wall. Without a focus ring on your magnifying glass you’re going to have to foot focus. Position your phone in its stand near the back of the box and walk forwards or backwards until your image starts to come into focus. Once you’ve found a good range you can fine tune focus by moving your phone forwards or backwards in the box. If you used a camera lens for your projector, you get the bonus of a focus ring that gives you some extra flexibility in terms of screen size and focus distance.

    STEP 7: DON’T FIGHT THE LIGHT
    It’s not the power of your projector. It’s how you use it! For best viewing, turn the screen brightness of your phone all the way up and turn the room lights down. Set your phone’s photo app to slide show mode for a hands free experience. Your power cord can go through the hole you cut in the back of the box and a little tape will seal the deal.

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