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  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 10:01
    Web Interface for the FRAM LaunchPad

    webUILaunchpad The Internet of Things is here in full force. The first step when adding to the Internet of Things is obvious, adding a web interface to your project. [Jaspreet] wrote in to tell us about his project that adds a web interface to his MSP430 based project, making it easy to add any project to the internet of things.

    Creating a web interface can be a bit overwhelming if you have never done it before. This project makes it easy by using a dedicated computer running Linux to handle all of the web related tasks. The LaunchPad simply interfaces with the computer using USB and Python, and the computer hosts the webpage and updates it in real time using Node.js. The result is a very professional looking interface with an impressively responsive display that can control the on-board LEDs, read analog values from the integrated ADC, and stream accelerometer data. Be sure to see it in action after the break!

    We could see this project being expanded to run on the Raspberry Pi with a multitude of sensors. What will you add a web interface to next? Home automation? A weather station? Let us know!

    Filed under: internet hacks

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 07:01
    Robot Cage Fighting is Still a Thing!

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    Remember Battlebots? Turns out it is alive and well in Southern California at the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) Robotics League. That’s right — high school students are getting to build remote controlled weaponized robots to battle to the death inside a poly-carbonate octagon arena. Awesome.

    [Bradley Hanstad] wrote to us today to inform us of the 2014 Regional Competition — happening tomorrow at 10AM (PDT). We can’t make it there ourselves, but there is a live stream for everyone to see!

    The league started just this fall which currently consists of 15 area high schools, community colleges, and technical schools. The goal of the league is to spark an interest in engineering and manufacturing in young students, while at the same-time providing hands-on education on the applied side of the sciences. It’s sometimes tricky to get students engaged in engineering competitions — but as soon as you say fighting robots you will have most peoples’ attention.

    To see a teaser trailer for what is to come at these competitions, stick around after the break!

     

    Filed under: robots hacks

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 07:00
    There Are More Ways To Arrange a Deck of Cards Than Atoms on Earth #SaturdayMorningCartoons


    There Are More Ways To Arrange a Deck of Cards Than Atoms on Earth. via Andrew Liszewski

    When you’re shuffling a deck of cards, you’re trying your best to ensure everything gets as mixed up as possible. But it turns out you might not have to try so hard. In this wonderful TedEd animation, Yannay Khaikin outlines the staggering number of ways a deck of 52 cards can be arranged.

    But just how staggering are we talking? It turns out there are 80,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (67 zeros) ways to arrange a deck of 52 cards. And as Khaikin explains, “Any time you pick up a well shuffled deck, you are almost certainly holding an arrangement of cards that has never before existed and might not exist again.” Amazing.

    Read more


    Each Saturday Morning here at Adafruit is Saturday Morning Cartoons! Be sure to check our cartoon and animated posts both nostalgic and new that inspire makers of all ages! You’ll find how-tos for young makers, approaches to learning about science and engineering, and all sorts of comic strip and animated Saturday Morning fun! Be sure to check out our Adafruit products featuring comic book art while you’re at it!

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 06:00
    Tech Time Warp of the Week: Watch Intel Supercharge Homer Simpson’s Brain #SaturdayMorningCartoons


    One of the funniest marketing attempts by Intel involved the Simpsons. In this 1998 commercial Homer Simpson is made smarter with a Pentium II chip implant. via DANIELA HERNANDEZ at Wired

    Intel chips have run our desktop PCs and laptops for decades. They drive the hundreds of thousands of computer servers that underpin websites like Google and Facebook. And they’re now heading towards the new wave of wearable computers. But the chip maker’s greatest triumph was putting a microprocessor inside the head of Homer Simpson.

    It happened in November of 1998, during a commercial break mid-way through the season premiere of the The X-Files. You can see the footage above.

    For years, its technicians had been working to make PCs smarter, Intel told the world in this wonderfully funny TV spot, but now they were facing their greatest challenge yet. And then it cuts to Homer on the operating table, as bunny-suited Intel engineers prepare to implant a Pentium II chip in his brain.

    ‘No one messes with my brain — until I get sprinkles.’

    — Homer Simpson

    “No one messes with my brain,” Homer says. “Until I get sprinkles.” And then he whips out a doughnut. So one of the bunny techs fires some anesthetic into Homer’s favorite snack, and the operation commences. “Now anyone can have all the brain power they want,” says our narrator, that Simpsons mainstay, Harry Shearer.

    In just two weeks, the 7.5-million transistor Pentium II chip transforms Homer into a world-class expert in organic chemistry. And naturally, he uses his newfound smarts to engineer the world’s densest doughnut. Of course, Intel wants everyone to know what’s now powering his brain. As the ad pans to the back of his head, we see that familiar “Intel Inside” logo.

    The Silicon Valley chip giant unloaded so many “Intel Inside” ads over the years, but this is one of the best. It has part of a broad marketing blitz in support of the Pentium II, the 1997 follow-up to the hugely successful Pentium. As pointed out by Kevin Krewell, a principal analyst at TIRIAS Research and a member of the Computer History Museum’s Semiconductor Special Interest Group in Mountain View, California, the Pentium II was based on a beefy computer workstation chip called the Pentium Pro, but unlike the Pro, it was meant for mainstream desktop PCs. It was not meant for your brain. But we’re fine with Intel taking some poetic license — especially when the Simpsons are involved.

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    Each Saturday Morning here at Adafruit is Saturday Morning Cartoons! Be sure to check our cartoon and animated posts both nostalgic and new that inspire makers of all ages! You’ll find how-tos for young makers, approaches to learning about science and engineering, and all sorts of comic strip and animated Saturday Morning fun! Be sure to check out our Adafruit products featuring comic book art while you’re at it!

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 04:01
    Powering a RPi with Hydrogen

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    Looking for a new way to power your Raspberry Pi? The raspberryHy project aims to develop a small fuel cell designed for powering the credit card sized computer. It adds a proton exchange membrane (PEM) fuel cell, a battery, and custom control electronics to the Pi.

    The system takes hydrogen in from a compressed hydrogen cartridge and feeds it through a regulator. This passes the hydrogen into the PEM fuel cell at the correct pressure, and creates a potential. The control electronics boost that voltage up to the 5 V required on the Pi’s USB port. There’s also an electronically controlled purge valve which periodically exhausts the fuel cell.

    There’s a few reasons you might want to run your Pi with hydrogen. Run time of the fuel cell is limited only by the amount of hydrogen you can store. In theory, you could connect a large cylinder for very long run times. Combined with a battery, this could be quite useful for running Pis in remote locations, or for long-term backup power. The raspberryHy will be presented at Hannover Fair 2014 this month.

    Filed under: green hacks, Raspberry Pi

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 01:02
    NEW PRODUCT – Cupcade: the Raspberry Pi-Powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit – Beta


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    NEW PRODUCT – Cupcade: the Raspberry Pi-Powered Micro Arcade Cabinet Kit – Beta: Never be bored again with an adorable little arcade cabinet you can fit in your bag! This Raspberry Pi-powered kit combines our sharp PiTFT 2.8″ display, mini thumbstick, and mini arcade push buttons and a whole bunch of components to create the most adorable MAME cabinet in the known universe.

    Comes as a big kit with lots of parts including all electronic components, the laser cut case, power adapter, and a pre-burned SD card that is plug-and-play ready. You provide a Raspberry Pi model B, a soldering iron, solder, wire, basic electronic hand tools, tape, etc. This is the beta kit, which works great but is a little advanced and not good for beginners! We’ll be planning out a version with more of the circuitry pre-built in the future. For now we only recommend this project for people who have soldered before and even better, have a little Raspberry Pi/Linux hacking under their belt in case some configuration-file-editing is required. Give yourself a nice long Saturday afternoon to put together (about 4-6 hours altogether).

    We played a bunch of memorable old arcade games, like Ms Pacman, Galaga, Donkey Kong, Arkanoid, DigDug, etc with squee success but some games that are more advanced might be too slow even with overclocking the Pi. There are four buttons total, two next to the joystick for “fire” and “jump” and two in front for “coin” and “start”.

    Many details stand out here that show the love and care PaintYourDragon put into this kit.

    • First: you can configure it for either vertical (Ms Pac-man! Arkanoid!) or horizontal screen (Joust! Qix!). The controls can be set to either joystick-in-center or to the side. We include plastic for both configurations just pick which you want during construction.
    • Second: The SD card comes with a text-based MAME ROM selector screen that works in either V or H mode, with nicely printed out names and joystick/button selection.
    • Third: Pressing the two front buttons for three seconds simulates the Esc key, so you can quit games and safely shut down the Pi without use of a keyboard.
    • Fourth: To load new ROMs, simply plug in the SD card into any computer and drag the zipped up files into the directory, no need for WiFi, logging in or any other nonsense!
    • Fifth: What’s gaming without the noise? There’s a mono speaker and audio amp so you can relive all the bleeps

    Excited? You should be! And since you’re so interested, check out the ultra-detailed tutorial with build photos, instructions, and more!

    Don’t forget, a Raspberry Pi Model B is NOT included!

    In stock and shipping now!

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    1783 parts

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 01:01
    Building an Inductive Loop Vehicle Detector

    [Trax] was asked by a friend to build a device that could detect the presence of a car in front of his garage gate for it to open automatically. After searching the web for such a project and trying many of them, he decided to build his own detector based on an induction loop. As you may have guessed, this kind of detector works by detecting an inductance change in a wire loop (aka coil) buried in the road. Having a car pass several inches on top of it produces such an effect.

    [Trax]‘s write-up shows a very well thought and professional design. All the detector parameters can be adjusted using DIP switches and buttons: detection type (presence/pulse), signal filtering, main frequency and sensitivity. The wire loop is isolated from the main sensor electronics using a 1:1 isolation transformer and a Colpitts oscillator is used to drive the latter. Moreover, gas discharge tubes are also used for lightning protection.

    The change in inductance translates to a change in resonant frequency which is later detected by the main microcontroller. The board is 24V AC powered and a diode bridge + LM2596 SMPS step-down converter are in charge of generating the required +5V in an efficient way.

    As if this was not enough, [Trax] also made a PC-based tool that can change other platform settings using a serial connection. All the resources can be downloaded from his website and a few videos are embedded after the break.

    Filed under: hardware, transportation hacks

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 01:00
    A Splendid Day in Eindhoven

    Oculus Rift demos. Photographer Leo BakxA photo tour from last weekend's first Eindhoven Mini Maker Faire in the Netherlands.

    Read more on MAKE


  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 00:55
    Tutorial – Make your CupCade: the Raspberry Pi powered Micro Arcade Cabinet! @Raspberry_Pi #Raspberrypi #piday


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    Tutorial – Make your CupCade: the Raspberry Pi powered Micro Arcade Cabinet! @ The Adafruit Learning System. A tiny tribute to classic 1980s games.

    One of my Maker Faire displays once incorporated a Pac-Man theme “for the old-timers.” It was a surprise then to see young kids all recognized the characters too. How? Smartphones! Thanks to emulation — running old code byte-for-byte on modern hardware — these classic games are still played and relevant a generation later.

    Much of the mystique of the originals lied in the cabinets and controls. Anyone can load a game on a smartphone or tablet…but the physicality of the arcade machine and controls made them rare objects of desire back in the day. We wanted to capture a small taste of that, using the tiny Raspberry Pi computer. The result is a DIY kit we call Cupcade!

    Cupcade isn’t the first, but it’s notable for using the Adafruit PiTFT display. The direct digital interface delivers a pixel-perfect rendition of classic games with none of the blurriness you’d get with a composite screen.

    Learn more!

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 00:32
    NEW PRODUCT – Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank


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    NEW PRODUCT – Goldie Blox and the Dunk Tank: Goldie Blox is a fun combination of storybook and engineering. Follow the leading lady, Goldie, in her quest to solve problems with engineering skills!

    In GoldieBlox and the Dunk Tank, Goldie has to find a way to get Nacho clean. The only problem is: Nacho hates water and loves being a dirty dog. After many tries to get Nacho clean, Goldie finally comes up with the perfect contraption.

    • A book series plus construction set where Goldie and friends devise a plan to get Nacho clean in time for the carnival.
    • Builds spatial skills, engineering principles (hinges and levers), and confidence in problem-solving.
    • Comes equipped with 3 design ideas, and unlimited building possibilities.
    • Compatible with all other GoldieBlox toys.
    • Age range: 6+
    • Skill concept: Hinge and Lever
    • INCLUDES: Storybook, 1 animal figurine, 1 bouncy ball, 2 wheels, 9 short axles, 18 long axles, 12 blocks, 10 spacers, 2 targets, 3 design templates

    

In stock and shipping now!

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    http://www.adafruit.com/product/1765

  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 00:09
    Open Source Vehicles and Dancing Robots at Maker Faire Shenzhen

    Venue of Maker Faire (9)Maker Faire Shenzhen is bringing a whole new show to China's industrial city.

    Read more on MAKE


  • Saturday, April 5, 2014 - 00:09
    Open Source Vehicles and Dancing Robots at Maker Faire Shenzen

    Venue of Maker Faire (9)Maker Faire Shenzhen is bringing a whole new show to China's industrial city.

    Read more on MAKE


  • Friday, April 4, 2014 - 23:37
    NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit “Music Maker” MP3 Shield for Arduino – TWO VERSIONS with 3W Stereo Amp & without 3W Stereo Amp – v1.0


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    Adafruit “Music Maker” MP3 Shield for Arduino – TWO VERSIONS w/3W Stereo Amp and without 3W Stereo Amp (MP3/Ogg/WAV…) – v1.0

    Bend all audio files to your will with the Adafruit Music Maker shield for Arduino! This powerful shield features the VS1053, an encoding/decoding (codec) chip that can decode a wide variety of audio formats such as MP3, AAC, Ogg Vorbis, WMA, MIDI, FLAC, WAV (PCM and ADPCM). It can also be used to record audio in both PCM (WAV) and compressed Ogg Vorbis. You can do all sorts of stuff with the audio as well such as adjusting bass, treble, and volume digitally.

    All this functionality is implemented in a light-weight SPI interface so that any Arduino can play audio from an SD card. There’s also a special MIDI mode that you can boot the chip into that will read ‘classic’ 31250Kbaud MIDI data from an Arduino pin and act like a synth/drum machine – there are dozens of built-in drum and sample effects! But the chip is a pain to solder, and needs a lot of extras. That’s why we spun up the best shield, perfect for use with any Arduino Uno, Leonardo or Mega.

    We believe this is the best MP3 playing shield you can get, and at a great price too.

    Here are some specs:

    • Features the VS1053B codec chip – decodes Ogg Vorbis, MP3/MP2/MP1, MP4, AAC, WMA, FLAC, WAV/PCM, MIDI. Encodes Ogg or WAV/PCM
    • Stereo audio out with proper audio filter caps and ground reference so it can be safely connected directly to headphones, a stereo system or other powered speakers
    • 7 extra GPIO’s that can be written or read through the Arduino Library for reading buttons or lighting LEDs

      MicroSD card socket, for any FAT16/FAT32 formatted SD card from 64Mb or greater.
    • Full 3.3/5V level shifting for SD and MP3 chipsets
    • Works with Arduino Uno, Mega, or Leonardo
    • Built in MIDI synth/drum machine with dozens of instruments
    • Plenty of optional breakouts for pins like the card-detect and microphone input

    Each order comes with one fully-assembled and tested shield, 2 2-pin terminal blocks, a stick of 0.1″ male header and 2×3 female header for the ICSP connection. Some light soldering is required to attach the through-hole headers to the PCB for plugging into the Arduino as well as the terminal blocks for the speakers. Speakers, $1 headphones, SD card and Arduino not included!

    We’re wrapping up the full tutorial with photos of the shield, but for now we have a detailed tutorial with lots of information about the VS1053 as well as instructions for how to use our Arduino library that will get you playing sound effects in under 30 minutes.

    1788 with speakers

    Adafruit “Music Maker” MP3 Shield for Arduino w/3W Stereo Amp – v1.0: This version of the shield includes an onboard 3W/channel stereo audio amplifier that can drive 4 or 8 ohm speakers. It’s the same amplifier as in our TS2012 breakout, a great class D amplifier that sounds good and is power-conscious for portable/battery usage. Volume control is handled by the VS1053 chip. (read more)

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    Adafruit “Music Maker” MP3 Shield for Arduino (MP3/Ogg/WAV…) – v1.0: This version of the shield only has stereo line/headphone output. (read more)

    In stock and shipping now for with 3W Stereo Amp and without 3W Stereo Amp!

  • Friday, April 4, 2014 - 23:30
    Sci-Fi Contest: Source Universe Roundup

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    The Hackaday Sci-Fi contest has 36 entries so far. Since there are fifteen prizes available, you stand an excellent chance of winning; but you can’t win if you don’t play. It’s pretty easy to be considered for the contest. You simply need to hack together something Sci-Fi related and show off your work. Head over to the contest page and check out the details. Ten of the prizes are popularity-based, so posting early is the best bet! For those that were put-off by the team requirement, there’s a hack to get around that.

    Since this is a themed contest we thought we’d give you an update on where inspiration is coming from. Below is the break-down of each Sci-Fi universe that has been so-far adopted by the entrants. We’d like to point out that this isn’t limited to movies, as the bulk of inspiration is to be found in literature. Why don’t we get a comment thread going here to help brain-storm for people who want help locking onto an idea?

    Oh, and if you’re wondering about the banner images. These were taken from three of the contest projects. The upper left is a GLaDOS replica controlled by Google Glass (complete with Nerf dart gun) inspired by Portal. Bottom left is a pair of Peril-Sensitive sunglasses inspired by A Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. And the bottom right is a life-sign scanner inpired by Stargate Atlantis.

    • Unknown (genre or misc themes) 9
    • A Hitchhicker’s Guide to the Galaxy 4
    • Back to the Future 3
    • Star Wars 3
    • 2001 A Space Odyssey 2
    • Doctor Who 2
    • Stargate 2
    • Thor 2
    • Blade Runner 1
    • Demolition Man 1
    • ET: The Extra Terrestrial 1
    • Futurama 1
    • Harry Potter 1
    • Knight Rider 1
    • Portal 1
    • Prometheus 1
    • Start Trek 1

    Filed under: contests

  • Friday, April 4, 2014 - 23:03
    Sin City Welcomes Makers Tomorrow

    Screen Shot 2014-04-04 at 2.01.35 PMDoes what you make in Las Vegas stay in Las Vegas?

    Read more on MAKE


  • Friday, April 4, 2014 - 23:00
    Using Sintra To Make a Death Scythe from Soul Eater


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    The array of materials on the market that are suitable for making props and costumes is impressive, and Sintra is just one of the options. The plastic sheets can be heated and shaped, and DeviantArt user Foayasha used it to create a fantastic looking Death Scythe from Soul Eater. She put together a photo showing the progress from step to step and outlined the basics:

    You see my progress, starting with just flat sheets of sintra. I used several layers of both 1/4″ and 1/8″ sintra sheets to add depth. Once it was generally assembled I started filling in the gaps you notice along the blade with “bondo” (just body filler). I tried a new one this time, which was somewhat easier to use. I still hated it though…

    Anyways, after that was complete on both sides giving the scythe a nice clean look, I primered and sanded, and then painted and sanded. I added the little bits of painted detail, and then created the eyeballs with some heated up sintra I molded over a roundish shape… a wig head.

    soul eater death scythe in progress

    View the entire tutorial at DeviantArt.

    Via Cosplay Resources

  • Friday, April 4, 2014 - 23:00
    Raspberry Pi Announces the establishment of their Education Fund @Raspberry_Pi #piday #raspberrypi


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    Raspberry Pi announces the establishment of their Education Fund!

    We are pleased to announce the establishment of the Raspberry Pi Education Fund. The Raspberry Pi Education Fund is a worldwide fund of £1 million that seeks to foster and support projects that help advance the education and understanding of computing of children aged between 5 and 18 years of age.

    Successful applicants will be those who have demonstrated that their projects will enhance children’s understanding of computing; or show how knowledge of computing enhances learning in other subjects – particularly, but not exclusively, STEM and the creative arts. Project proposals can target either formal or informal education, and we welcome applications from voluntary organisation and clubs. We also welcome proposals that promote training and continued professional development of professional teaching staff as part of their overall project goals. Project proposals do not have to use or exploit Raspberry Pi technology: the emphasis of the fund is on the charitable mission. Overall, the Foundation seeks to support a range of projects: from those that increase participation, to those that target excellence.

    Given the charitable nature of the Foundation prioritisation will be given to organisations that have a not-for-profit ethos, and all applications should be able to demonstrate a credible plan of execution.

    In order to promote sustainability and wider community engagement, the fund will operate on a match funding basis, whereby the Foundation will provide up to 50% of the total projected costs. Successful applicants will have demonstrated they have the financial backing to fund the remainder of the projected costs. Co-funding may come from a variety of sources including other charitable foundations, government funding, private individuals, corporate donations or crowd-sourcing. We will only support project were we can adequately track and audit the use of the funds.

    Read more.

  • Friday, April 4, 2014 - 22:01
    Tube Headphones Rock Out While Keeping the Family Peace

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    It’s hard being a kid sometimes. [Young] likes his music, but his dad is an overnight trucker. With his dad sleeping during the day, [Young] has to keep the volume down to a reasonable level. He could have bought some commercial headphones, but he wanted something a bit more customized. Rather than give up on his tunes, he built a pair of headphones with an internal tube preamp amplifier. [German language link -- Google translate doesn't want to work with this one but Chrome's translate feature works].

    Two 1SH24B preamp tubes feed two LM386 amplifier chips, creating a hybrid amplifier. The 1SH24B tubes are designed to work on battery voltage, so a step up circuit wasn’t necessary. However, [Young] still needed to provide an 8 cell battery pack to run his amp. Speakers were a 3 way coaxial of [Young's] own design. He built the headphone frame using candy tins and cups from commercial headphones. A final touch was a window so everyone can see all that vacuum state goodness.  Considering that [Young] is only 16, we’re looking for some great things from him in the future.

    If you don’t want to strap the tubes to your skull there are other options. But you have to admit it makes for a cool look. Starbucks here we come.

    [Thanks Patrick]

    Filed under: musical hacks, news

  • Friday, April 4, 2014 - 22:00
    Kismet Pi Display #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi



    GitHub user ThaWeatherman made this project using our 16×2 LCD kit for Raspberry Pi.

    These scripts display information from a Kismet XML log file during a wardrive on the Adafruit LCD for the Raspberry Pi. The more mobile your wardriving setup the better, so why not use a Pi? Carrying around a monitor with your Pi is not ideal so we can use an LCD to display information about gathered networks during the wardrive.

    The script will start by displaying the total number of networks discovered thus far. By pressing the UP or DOWN buttons you can cycle between the other screens. The LEFT and RIGHT buttons scroll the text on the screen left or right. The other information that is displayed is the total number of networks using WPS, WPA, WEP, or no encryption.

    This code requires that Adafruit’s Raspberry Pi Python Code be installed in your home directory on the Raspberry Pi. It also requires you have Paul McMillan’s kismetclient installed in your home directory. Note that the script assumes your username is pi. If your username isn’t pi go into pi_kismet.py and on lines 2 and 3 change the pi in the strings to your username.

    You will also need the development version of Kismet.

    Read more.


    Featured Adafruit Product!

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    Adafruit RGB Positive 16×2 LCD+Keypad Kit for Raspberry Pi: This new Adafruit Pi Plate makes it easy to use an RGB 16×2 Character LCD. We really like the RGB Character LCDs we stock in the shop. (For RGB we have RGB negative and RGB positive.) Unfortunately, these LCDs do require quite a few digital pins, 6 to control the LCD and then another 3 to control the RGB backlight for a total of 9 pins. That’s nearly all the GPIO available on a Pi! Read more.


    998Each Friday is PiDay here at Adafruit! Be sure to check out our posts, tutorials and new Raspberry Pi related products. Adafruit has the largest and best selection of Raspberry Pi accessories and all the code & tutorials to get you up and running in no time!

  • Friday, April 4, 2014 - 21:26
    MakerBot Desktop | The Best Place to Keep Your 3D Models

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    We’ve already learned how MakerBot Desktop is easy to connect to and create 3D prints with, but it’s also the ideal space to collect, organize, and share your digital models. In this post, we’ll explore the amazing capabilities of the MakerBot Cloud Library, a secure, cloud-enabled system for managing your personal designs and collections of 3D printable files.

    Smart Storage
    Log into MakerBot Desktop with your MakerBot account and check out the Library tab. You’ll see four sections: All Things, Purchased Things, Thingiverse, and My Designs (Private). Let’s take a closer look at what we can use them for.

    All Things
    Just like it sounds. This folder will contain every model you’ve saved from MakerBot Thingiverse, purchased from the MakerBot Digital Store, and personal files you’ve uploaded from your computer.

    Purchased Things
    Every time you purchase content from the MakerBot Digital Store, your files will appear here. We’ve also given you two free Digital Store samples to get you started. They are in the Free Samples folder.

    Thingiverse
    When you are viewing a Thing page, click Collect to save the Thing file(s) to your Library. You’ll have the choice of saving it to the Things to Make folder, or creating a new folder. Any design you publish to Thingiverse will be filed in the My Designs folder.

    Note: A Thing is what you see in the list views in the Library, and can consist of multiple files that you can print or prepare.

    My Designs (Private)
    This is where you can store files you’ve uploaded from your own computer that did not originate from either Thingiverse or the MakerBot Digital Store. Click +New to either add a new Thing or new folder. When you add a new Thing, a dialog box will open allowing you to navigate to your file in order to upload it. Feel free to name it and add a description. You can also add files to your My Designs (Private) folder by adding a model from your computer to the Prepare Screen and then saving it.

    Note: These are designs you’ve chosen to not yet share on Thingiverse. If you decide to share any of them later, MakerBot Desktop makes public copies of them but keeps the private copies in the My Designs (Private) folder.

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    If you’re not sure where a particular Thing is filed, you can always use the keyword search function to find it.

    Once you’ve found the file you’re looking for, click on it for more detailed information, including (if it’s from Thingiverse) the designer’s username, the date it was published, and any other information the designer posted to the Thing page. Once you’ve sliced and saved the file, it will save to the My Layouts folder in this detailed view.

    Part of Your Workflow
    The MakerBot Cloud Library can also be central to your design and discovery process, and can be woven into your workflow in different ways.

    – If you’re just browsing Thingiverse for inspiration, or don’t want to start printing quite yet, collect Things now and they’ll be ready to print for later—all in one place in your Library.

    – Upload your personal files to your Library to keep those projects organized.

    – If you made some changes to a file and saved that layout, go back to that file within the Library and find your personalized layout ready for you to print again.

    That wraps it up for the MakerBot Desktop education series. We hope it’s the beginning of your exploration of this best-in-class software that runs MakerBot products, which are setting the standard in 3D printing and 3D scanning.
    Thanks for joining us. We can’t wait to see what you make!

     

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