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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:44
    Women Techmakers: Make your passion – features @adafruit Ladyada!



    Women Techmakers: Make your passion (video).

    We’re all driven by passion. Hear from innovative women leaders as they share their personal stories, solutions, and impact on the technology industry. Featuring:

    Suzanne Xie (Founder and CEO of Hullabalu)

    Jeannie Yang (Chief Product and Design Officer at Smule)

    Kelly Ellis (Software Engineer at Google)

    Brynn Evans (Design Lead at Google)

    Limor Fried (Lead Engineer and Founder at Adafruit Industries)

    Ashley Gavin (Director of Curriculum at Girls Who Code)

    Shannon Spanhake (Deputy Innovation Officer for the City of San Francisco)

    Joanna Smith (Developer Programs Engineer at Google)

    Mary Lou Jepsen (Head of Display Division at Google[x])

    Megan Smith (Entrepreneur at Google[x])

    Jay Wong (UI Designer and Prototyper at Google)

    Bandana Malik (Student at The Flatiron School)

    Jenny Young (Owner of Brooklyn Robot Foundry)

    Heidi Zak Spector (Co-Founder at ThirdLove)

    Aminatou Sow (Founder of Tech LadyMafia)

    Cassandra Dixon (Support Engineer at Fastly)

    Natalie Gordon (CEO and Founder at BabyList)

    More @ Women Techmakers & Google+

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:30
    Iron Man Mk 3 by RoboGenius #eggbot


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    Iron Man Mk 3 by RoboGenius @ Thingiverse:

    Designed for The Original Egg-Bot Kit.

    Colors are Sharpie Ultra Fine unless otherwise noted.

    4 Color-Layer Plot

    1. Banana Clip Yellow
    2. Rose
    3. Red
    4. Black

    Read more.

    Source for Eggbot Trace

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:30
    What happens if you expose a Peep to vacuum?





    And now you know :)

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:10
    Updates – Alternatives to ULINE shipping supplies – shipping boxes, packing materials and mailing supplies #makerbusiness #manufacturing @uline


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    Some maker biz folks sent some suggestions for ULINE packaging alternatives, here are some more resources!

    Here are our reps for the companies we use.


    Cornell-Robbins Paper and Box Company
    http://www.cornellpaper.com/

    Phil Robbins
    probbins@cornellpaper.com


    Staples Industrial
    http://www.staplesindustrial.com/

    Joe Berardi
    Joe.Berardi@staples.com


    BagBarn
    http://www.bagbarn.com/

    1-800-720-1215


    Newark / element14
    http://www.newark.com/
    orders@newark.com

    1-800-463-9275


    Global Industrial
    http://www.globalindustrial.com/

    1-888-978-7759


    Do you have a favorite supplier? Remember, post up in the comments here or on Google+ !

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:00
    60 NeoPixel Ring Camera Mount


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    You can build this massive camera light with our 60 NeoPixel ring. This camera ring update works with ANY DLSR and ANY lens.
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    Perfect for macro photography, this light gives a signature ring around your eyes, making an awesome lighting effect.

    A 3d printed light ring adapter holds the electronics and mounts to any dslr hot shoe.

    Check out the circuit diagram and full tutorial on The Adafruit Learning System

    Macro Photography with Adafruit NeoPixel Ring

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:00
    Using Non-Crappy Software With The Da Vinci Printer

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    The Da Vinci printer from XYZprinting is turning out to be one of the best buys in the world of cheap, consumer printers. Sure, it uses chipped filament, but that’s an easy fix for anyone who knows what a .hex file is. And yes, the Da Vinci host software is a mess of proprietary garbage with limited functionality, but [Mark] has figured out a way around that.

    When [Mark] received his Da Vinci, he immediately started snooping around inside the printer’s guts, like any good tinkerer should. He found an SD card holding all the sample prints that ship with the printer, all in a convenient Gcode format. Inside these sample .STL files were all the calls you would expect – setting the temperature, changing the layer height, and all the other good stuff you’d find in any other RepRap.

    With a little bit of modification to .STL files generated by any slicing program, [Mark] isn’t limited any more by the terrible host software that ships with the Da Vinci. Combine this with the ability to reset the chip inside the filament cartridge, and [Mark] has a printer at least as functional as any open hardware model.

    Filed under: 3d Printer hacks

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 19:00
    3D Printed Frog Dissection Kit – Printed Curriculum Unit #3DxEducation #3DThursday #3DPrinting



    After the MakerBot Frog Dissection Kit launched on Thingiverse in early March, a number of variants were produced by the community including the Flexy-Frog (video above) printed by Gyrobot. It was printed at 80% scale in 1.75mm using Filaflex from Recreus. “Adds that extra bit of flexible realism.” Check out details from the original kit launch below!

    The MakerBot Frog Dissection Kit is the first 3D printable curriculum unit for teachers and their students to download and 3D print in the classroom. Now you can teach students about basic anatomy without having to deal with the yuck factor of dissecting a real frog!

    This Frog Dissection Kit includes a lesson plan for teachers, digital files to 3D print a large, life-size frog body, and six 3D printed organs that fit together like puzzle pieces. Download the files, let us know how it prints, and stay tuned for more enriching educational experiences from MakerBot Academy.

    Read More.

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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 18:30
    New Project: Vinyl Digitizer Phono Preamp

    Vinyl DigitizerWith the Vinyl Digitizer Phono Preamp, you can "dub" records onto your computer and convert the sound files for your phone, MP3 player, car, or anywhere else you need music.

    Read more on MAKE


  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 18:28
    OpenStack Study Group ( May 21 )

    Above is a photo of the building that OpenStack ( nova at least ) was born in. That’s node number 6 on the internet, and the home of E root server. The dishes while no longer in use, used to provide internet to places like scandanavia. I also used to work there, as part of the Nebula Project.

    Today the OpenStack foundation released their latest version of the software, code named Icehouse. Named for a street in Hong Kong ( where the last developers summit was held ). Many are just calling it Igloo because it’s easier. Anyways, to celebrate the new release of OpenStack, I’ll be trying to start up an OpenStack study group.

    That will be on May 21st starting at 6:00 PM ( 18:00 ).

    RSVP HERE

    Read on for more detailed information…

    About the event.

    This first meeting will be fairly informal. An introduction to the group and the world of developing for OpenStack. If it looks like we’ve got a solid group of folks, I figure we’ll get a better sense of what it is we want to do going forward. For me, I’d like to setup a once a month block of time to hang out with other OpenStack folks and share notes or just hack away on ‘all the things’. I’d love to also maybe setup a show and tell time as well. So that folks who want to show off some code, or some project can do so. But very informal. IE no vendor pitches =P

    Who should come?

    Please only rsvp if you intend to come and really are interested in getting your hands dirty. This is not a networking event, or a sales pitch, or a recruiting opportunity. This is hackery. Pure and simple.

    I figure you’ll need to have at least some rudimentary grasp of python and a pretty solid understanding of Linux operations and networking. I figure most people who would be interested would have exposure to OpenStack or similar software such as CloudStack, Eucalyptus or maybe even Ganeti.

    When?

    May 21, 2014, 6pm till we get tired ( 9:00 or so I would imagine )

    Where?

    At NYC Resistor. 87 3rd Ave 4th Floor ( no elevator we use stairs ) in Brooklyn NY. This is about three blocks from the Atlantic Pacific street station near the Barclays center.

    NYC Resistor is a somewhat famous hackerspace with a focus on learning, making, and sharing.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 18:26
    MakerBot Retail | Yale’s Eberhart to Speak in Greenwich

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    From Early Adopter to 3D Printing Master
    John Eberhart, a lecturer at the Yale School of Architecture, remembers a time when the only tools available to an architecture student were two hands and a lathe. Times have changed.

    Join us at the MakerBot Retail Store in Greenwich, CT this Thursday, April 24th and discover how Eberhart is using MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers to change the way students think about architecture. Eberhart will discuss his 15-year career as a professional architect and instructor at the Yale School of Architecture. Click here to register.

    Eberhart was always an early adopter. He began his career at Yale as a student of architecture and was the first in his class to use a 3D computer rendering to present his final project. Yale hired Eberhart right out of college, and he got to work making the architecture program one of the most technologically advanced in the country. He even purchased a high-end 3D printer in 1999. However, there was one big obstacle: cost.

    “Yale architecture students have to pay for their own building materials, and our earlier 3D printers ran students $200-400 per print,” Eberhart explains. Those prohibitive costs are a thing of the past and Eberhart’s students have made thousands of successful prints since he purchased his first MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printers last year.

    MakerBot Replicator 3D Printers Unleash Student Creativity
    The ability to 3D print early iterations of a design gives students the opportunity to incorporate greater personality, risk, and creativity into their conceptual drafts. Eberhart says that many students are taking advantage of the broader range of possibilities by letting their imaginations run wild. In the past few years, he’s seen more elaborate lattices, curvy Frank Gehry-esque designs, and far-out concepts than ever before.

    Don’t miss John Eberhart’s lecture and Q&A this Thursday at the MakerBot Retail Store located at 72 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT.

    Register here.

     

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 18:00
    A Viral Marketing Gag Uses 3-D Printers and Rubber Chickens #3DxMarketing #3DThursday #3DPrinting



    A Viral Marketing Gag Uses 3-D Printers and Rubber Chickens. From Wired:

    When was the last time you talked about your favorite cracker on Twitter? It’s a dry subject and the marketing team responsible for promoting Nabisco’s new Belvita brand crackers knew that their key selling point, “Nutritious sustained energy all morning,” wasn’t going to light the social web on fire without a little help. Instead of following their traditional strategy of minting coupons or, God forbid, coming up with a strategy involving QR codes, Belvita decided to embrace 3-D printing in a crassly commercial, and wildly successful, ad campaign.

    Creative agencies Droga5 and Fake Love took on the challenge of making this vision a reality by turning to Twitter and encouraging people to share their greatest morning accomplishments—say nailing the perfect pour-over or starting their commute just as a fist-pumping anthem came on the radio. Cracker enthusiasts the world over started responding with their stories, encouraged by celebrities like Jane Lynch and Mario Lopez, using the hashtag #MorningWin.

    The agencies hired actors, complete with props ranging from spatulas to rubber chickens, to act out the best scenarios. Each tableau was scanned, 3-D printed, spray painted gold, affixed to a trophy, and mailed to the person who inspired it. Virtual trophies were awarded on Facebook and people were delighted to receive validation of their life’s minutiae in miniature plastic form.

    Belvita’s brand managers imagined the printing happening on a sterile soundstage and shooting footage for a commercial, but the creatives at Fake Love had an idea that would expand the campaign’s reach into the real world. They rented a store front in New York City and set up a shop that was equal parts art gallery and bakery. Inside the store, visitors could observe actors clad in fluorescent green unitards pantomime tweets from followers across the globe. Passersby could watch a bank of printers transform the outlandish ideas into objects in the store’s window….

    Read more about the background to the campaign and how they executed it here.

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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:49
    NEW PRODUCT – Small Enclosed Piezo w/ Wires


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    NEW PRODUCT – Small Enclosed Piezo w/ Wires: This small (14mm diameter) piezo element is nicely enclosed so you can attach easily. Piezo elements convert vibration to voltage or voltage to vibration. That means you can use this as a buzzer for making beeps, tones and alerts AND you can use it as a sensor, to detect fast movements like knocks. You can also use it under a drum pad to make a drum/crash sensor

    It’s rated for up to 9Vpp use but you can also use 3V square waves and its plenty loud. For music use with an Arduino, check out the Tone tutorial. For sensing, the Knock tutorial is your guide! There are thin wires attached, we plugged them into a solderless breadboard, but they might too thin to plug in directly into the Arduino socket headers.

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    In stock and shipping now.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:00
    3D Printer Builds Ten Affordable Homes in 24 Hours #3DxArchitecture #3DThursday #3DPrinting


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    3D Printer Builds Ten Affordable Homes in 24 Hours:

    …in Shanghai, WinSun Decoration Design Engineering Co. has been using a monstrous printing device to build homes at a breakneck pace — 10 homes in 24 hours.

    Measuring out at roughly 105 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 21 feet tall, this clearly isn’t your average retail printer. Unlike most 3D printers, this printing giant is fed with cement rather than plastic, making it especially well-suited for home construction. The best part is the houses are super cheap to make and they’re made almost entirely of construction and other industrial waste.

    When it’s all said and done, the houses are roughly 650 square feet and cost only $4,800 to make, which is why they’re being considered as a housing solution for China’s poor. It’s not the first crack at 3D home building, but it is definitely the fastest, most economical, and environmentally friendly way we’ve seen to date….

    Read More.

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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 17:00
    New Project: Bricktronics Mini Tank

    IMG_8868Build this simple rolling Mini Tank to learn how to combine Arduino microcontrollers with Lego Mindstorms robotics.

    Read more on MAKE


  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 16:20
    Seige of Intelari Stronghold by Dan Hernandez


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    Dan Hernandez – Kim Foster Gallery.

    Seige of Intelari Stronghold, 2013. Mixed media on panel, 44 x 40 inches.

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 16:00
    Measuring Frequency Response with an RTL-SDR Dongle and a Diode

    [Hans] wanted to see the frequency response of a bandpass filter but didn’t have a lot of test equipment. Using an RTL-SDR dongle, some software and a quickly made noise generator, he still managed to get a rough idea of the filter’s characteristics.

    How did he do it? He ‘simply’ measured his noise generator frequency characteristics with and without the bandpass filter connected to its output and then subtracted one curve with the other. As you can see in the diagram above, the noise generator is based around a zener diode operating at the reverse breakdown voltage. DC blocking is then done with a simple capacitor.

    Given that a standard RTL-SDR dongle can only sample a 2-3MHz wide spectrum gap at a time, [Hans] used rtlsdr-scanner to sweep his region of interest. In his write-up, he also did a great job at describing the limitations of such an approach: for example, the dynamic range of the ADC is only 48dB.

    Filed under: hardware, wireless hacks

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 16:00
    Highend Custom Automotive Prototyping Using 3D Printing: Titanium, Carbon Fiber, & The One:1 @ KOENIGSEGG (VIDEO) #3DPMetal #3DThursday #3DPrinting



    Highend Custom Automotive Prototyping Using 3D Printing: Titanium, Carbon Fiber, & The One:1 @ KOENIGSEGG (VIDEO):

    The world of 3D prototyping and printing has changed the automotive industry. Christian von Koenigsegg explains how his company takes advantage of the new 3D Printing technology, with where he feels the future of the industry is going..

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  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:09
    Adafruit light painting with TRINKET!
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:01
    Holden Observatory – 3D Scanning a Full Size Building with Drones! by ibudmen #3DThursday #3DPrinting


    Holden Observatory 3D Scanning a Full Size Building

    Holden Observatory – 3D Scanning a Full Size Building! by ibudmen @ Thingiverse.com.

    After scanning a few people, some art, and even my cat I was approached by Arland Whitfield, founder of Skyworks, with the idea to put our heads together & scan something BIG.

    The building we decided on was Holden Observatory on Syracuse University’s campus, being one of the oldest buildings in the area and at a little over 2 stories tall it was the perfect sized challenge to try and bite off.

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    Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

    Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

    The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!

  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 15:00
    (Mind)Storms are Brewing in the Shed

    slide 20Think of the best pairing you know, be it chocolate and peanut butter, rainy days and good books, or the purr of an engine and the open road. Then, imagine pairing one of the best toys of your childhood, Legos, and the hobbyist toy of your adulthood, the Arduino microcontroller. Combined, these […]

    Read more on MAKE


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