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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:06
    29th of March Arduino Day: we are ready to celebrate with more than 240 events #ArduinoD14

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    Arduino is having a worldwide anniversary event on March 29th bringing together the people and projects that have helped it grow to where it is today. This celebration of Arduino and its community is a day of official and self-organised gatherings, encouraging people to meet and share their interest with neighbors and friends.

    More than 240 user groups, makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, schools, studios, and educators around the world have planned unique activities designed for a wide range of audiences and skillsets.

    We have created a map to identify all the community events going on throughout Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa, and Australia. Find an event near you at http://arduinoday.tv

    The official events

    Starting the evening of friday March 28th, IDEO New York is hosting PopUpMakers, a monthly event started in Milan that catalyzes connections and collaborations in the local Makers’ movement.

    On Saturday the official Arduino Day events are the following:

    Arduino Day will end with a special edition hangout on Air from Adafruit offices with Massimo Banzi, Arduino co-founder.

    Other online events:

    - Enter to Win the Maker Faire Rome Arduino Challenge at Make
    - Join the Arduino Anniversary “Give Me 10!” Contest & Win an Arduino Uno at Element14

    To make this event a truly connected experience share your pics and comments using the hashtag: #ArduinoD14

    UPDATED!

    Are you streaming from your Arduino Day Community event? Add the link in the comments!

    Community LiveStreams:
    - Portugal (Lisbon): MOSS – Mestrado em Open Source

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 16:00
    Whistle Dog Activity Monitor Teardown #WearableWednesday

    The Whistle is an activity monitor for dogs. It clips onto the collar and tracks your dog’s motion throughout the day. The Whistle joins your home wifi network to report stats to the iOS/Android app even when you’re not home.

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    The Whistle also has bluetooth, and reports on who your dog was spending time with if you’ve added multiple owners to the device. It’s also waterproof. So we wanted to get inside to see all the tech crammed into such a small space.

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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 15:30
    More information on Arduino Day 2014 #ArduinoD14 @mbanzi

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    Arduino Day 2014 is this Saturday March 29! Adafruit will be doing a LIVE hangout on air with Arduino co-founder and CEO Massimo Banzi so be sure to tune in here at 7 PM EST. Here’s a some more info on Arduino Day 2014:

    About Arduino Day

    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.

    Who can participate?

    Arduino invites all Arduino user groups, makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, associations, teachers, pros, and newbies to participate. Let’s make this the biggest birthday party yet!

    What can you do during Arduino Day?

    You can attend any event or organize one for your community.

    It doesn’t matter whether you are an expert or a newbie, an engineer, designer, crafter or maker: Arduino Day is open to anyone who wants to celebrate Arduino and all the things that have been done (or can be done!) with it.
    The events set up by independent organizers will offer different types of activities, tailored to local audiences all over the world.

    Visit the Arduino site here to see a map of all the events planned so far and to submit your organization’s event to the site.


    Arduino adafruit industries blog

    March 29th is Arduino Day 2014! Arduino day is “a worldwide event bringing together Arduino people and projects. 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.” Adafruit will be celebrating with 24 hours of Arduino posts on our blog as well as a special Saturday night LIVE show with Massimo Banzi, co-founder and CEO of Arduino. Join us Saturday, March 29th at 7 PM EST to celebrate Arduino Day 2014! Be sure to check out our extensive learning system tutorials on Arduino as well as our Arduino blog coverage and products.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 15:00
    The Mostly 3D Printed Violin

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    While Thingiverse is filled with Ocarinas, there’s little in the way of printable instruments for more serious musicians. [David Perry] hopes to change this with the F-F-Fiddle, the mostly 3D printed full-size electric violin.

    The F-F-Fiddle is an entry for the LulzBot March 3D Printing Challenge to make a functional, 3D printed musical instrument. Already there are a few very, very interesting submissions like this trombone, but [David]‘s project is by far the most mechanically complex; unlike the other wind and percussion instruments found in the contest, there are a log of stresses found in a violin, and printing a smooth, curved fingerboard is quite the challenge.

    While there are a few non-printed parts, namely the strings, a drill rod used as a truss rod, some awesome looking tuners, and of course the piezo pickups – the majority of this violin, including the bridge, is 3D printed. It’s an amazing piece of work, and after listening to the video (below), sounds pretty good too.

    You can grab all the files on Thingiverse and read up on the build at Openfab PDX.

     

    Filed under: 3d Printer hacks, musical hacks

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 15:00
    Out partying with my @adafruit ampli-tie! #WearableWednesday


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  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 14:54
    REMINDER – No LIVE shows this week! Wearable electronics with Becky Stern, Show-and-Tell and Ask an Engineer are all taking a 1 week break!

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    REMINDER – No LIVE shows this week! Wearable electronics with Becky Stern, Show-and-Tell and Ask an Engineer are all taking a 1 week break! We will be back on Wednesday, April 2nd at the usual times!

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 14:44
    Adafruit is at the APEX EXPO #adafruitAPEX @IPCShow #IPCshow #apexexpo

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    Adafruit is at the APEX EXPO, we’ll be doing live coverage from the event, what is APEX?

    Thousands of industry professionals from more than 50 countries attend this premier event— featuring advanced and emerging technologies in printed board design and manufacturing, electronics assembly, test and printed electronics! Find new suppliers with new solutions and connect with colleagues from around the world.

    There is even a hand soldering competition on Weds 1pm to 4pm at booth 2713 (more special events here).

    Last year we stopped in and picked up a pick and place and hung out with Pololu & Sparkfun!

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    This year’s show brochure is here follow along our coverage on Twitter @adafruit with the tag #adafruitAPEX here is the mobile version of the schedule, directory and more.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 14:00
    Arduino Microcontroller Transforms Man Into One Man Electrical Parade

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    If you’ve been to a Disney theme park over the last few decades, you probably know of the Main Street Electrical Parade. It’s filled with dazzling lights, floats, and infectious music. Instructables user brokenpipe decided to create a one man version of the parade in a costume, and he hacked it together in just three weeks. He used an Arduino Microcontroller, LEDs, ping pong balls, and more and then programmed away. Here’s how he began preparing the base for the LED matrix:

    In Illustrator, I made a template to mark out all of the holes that I’ll need to drill to mount each ball [ping pong ball]. The balls I ordered were 38mm in diameter. Apparently, in 2000 it was decided that the “official” size of a ping pong ball would increase from 38mm to 40mm. It doesn’t matter whick size you choose, as long as you know what you’ve got. In my template, I added an extra 2mm between each ball just to allow some room for error when mounting the balls.

    I needed a firm base which would be large enough for the matrix so I went a local Target to see what I could find. I ended up getting a black plastic drain board. As you can see from the image, the size worked pretty well.

    See it in action:

    Read more at Instructables.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 13:00
    Natalia’s Chameleon Scarf #WearableWednesday
  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:00
    Shapeoko 2 Mods: Dust Mitigation and Limit Switches

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    Not long ago the Shapeoko 2 came out. In case you missed it, the Shapeoko 2 is the 2nd generation bench-top CNC Router of the namesake. All axes roll on Makerslide and v-wheels. The X and Y axes are belt driven, power is transmitted to the Z axis by lead screw.

    As with most products, there will be people who must hack, mod or upgrade their as-received item.  If you are a regular Hackaday reader, you are probably one of those people. And as one of those people, you would expect there have been a few individuals that have not left this machine alone.

    CNC Machines are dumb, they do what you tell them. Sometimes us humans ask them to do things that result in the machine trying to travel past its physical limits. To protect his machine from human error, [Zorlack] decided to make limit switch brackets for his Shapeoko. They are 3D printed, accept standard limit switches and bolt directly onto the Makerslide rails of the machine. These types of switches are used as travel limits, where if triggered, the machine stops moving in that direction. If you’d like a set, they are available for download at the above link.

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    We’ve discussed recently how much dust a CNC Router creates and how to manage that dust on the cheap. [Jason] blew away the ‘on the cheap’ record with this Dust Shoe for his Shapeoko. It is made only from an old tennis ball can. The lid is removed and a hole is cut in it just a bit smaller than the outer diameter of the router. The lid is then press-fit onto the router. Next, the plastic portion of the can is trimmed to length and slits are cut into the plastic to create flaps similar to brush bristles. These flaps were straight when cut but [Jason] used some heat to create a permanent outward curve. The newly created skirt snaps into the lid previously installed on the router and can be removed easily for tool bit changes. We’d like to see the next version have an outlet for a vacuum to collect the contained dust.

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    Filed under: cnc hacks, how-to

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:00
    Open Source Soft Robots!

    softrobotsA new, open-source soft robot called the Glaucus Atlanticus.

    Read more on MAKE


  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 12:00
    Words of caution to wearable device startups from @BoltBoston

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    Words of caution to wearable device startups from @BoltBoston:

    We’re in the middle of a major surge of wearable consumer electronic products. Originally, these devices were purely for fitness: Nike, Fitbit, Jawbone, etc use basic sensors (like accelerometers) to track activity throughout the day and motivate healthy behaviour. As the wearables market matures, there are an increasing number of startups building wearable devices with more specific (and frankly, more useful) sensors and use cases. Bionym (Nymi), Quanttus, Ringly, Novasentis, Narrative (Memoto), Telepathy, etc are all seeking to differentiate themselves by addressing more specific problems.

    Wearables are a highly interesting new product category that will attract lots of new entrants. But young startups should proceed with caution. These products are exceptionally hard to build. I mean really, really hard.

    6. Business Dynamics
    In addition to all the technical challenges of wearable products, the business dynamics add a new element of complexity for young startups. Large, well-funded companies have entered the market with strong brands and experienced teams. Many of the existing products’ core technology is quite simple and has little to no protectable competitive advantage. For example, Apple’s new M7 motion co-processor could easily dislodge all existing fitness tracker products if the developer community embraces it. Companies like Nike have massive marketing caché, cash flow, and distribution networks. As a small, venture backed startup it’s exceedingly difficult to compete in this kind of business landscape.

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 11:00
    FLORA in @FastCompany Magazine #WearableWednesday

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    The FLORA plush game controller‘s getting some ink in this April’s issue of Fast Company magazine! Goes along nicely with the video story they did on the FLORA controller back in October.


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

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 10:00
    Great Goggles by Larry #WearableWednesday

    Larry Stouder is a big Adafruit fan and recently completed these goggles straight from our tutorial. In his own words, things went well.

    It wasn’t too difficult, except that you need to be comfortable soldering small connections and you are a bit on your own in figuring out how to route the wires in the goggles. The red coil across the front is purely decorative.

    He made them for his grandson, who will probably find some new inspiration for Halloween. What do you think he will be? We are thinking a Minion from Despicable Me. Larry’s next project? He’s shooting for our more recent tiara tutorial. This one is a beauty, but the real question is who will Larry be giving it to? Make sure you post a video with the wearer, Larry!!


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

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 09:01
    Copper Oxide Thermoelectric Generator Can Light An LED

    On Hackaday, we usually end up featuring projects using building blocks (components, platforms…) that can be bought on the market. We however don’t show many hacks that rely on basic physics principles like the one shown in the picture above.

    In the video embedded below, [nylesteiner] explains that copper oxide can be formed when heating a copper wire using a propane flame. When two oxidized wires are placed in contact with each other, an electrical current is produced when one wire is heated much hotter than the other. The trade-off is that the created thermocouple generates a small voltage but a ‘high’ current. However, when you cascade 16 junctions in series you can generate enough voltage to light up an LED. Even though the complete system isn’t particularly efficient at converting heat into electricity, the overall result is still quite impressive in our opinion. We advise our readers to give a look at [nylesteiner]‘s article and blog to discover his interesting adventures.

     

    Filed under: chemistry hacks

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 09:00
    Vote for which intense next-generation spacesuit you want NASA to make #WearableWednesday

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    NASA wants you to vote for which style of spacesuit they should build next. You can see a bunch of 2D Art of the suits as well as 3D models on their site here. Voting lasts until April 15th.

    The above picture is the “Biomimicry” option which “mirrors the bioluminescent qualities of aquatic creatures found at incredible depths, and the scaly skin of fish and reptiles found across the globe.” Here’s some more information on the vote:

    NASA’s Z-2 Suit is the newest prototype in its next-generation spacesuit platform, the Z-series. As a follow-up to the previous Z-1 suit, which was named one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012, the Z-2 takes the next step in fidelity approaching a final flight-capable design. Most exciting, the Z-2 marks several milestones for NASA:

    • First surface-specific planetary mobility suit to be tested in full vacuum
    • First use of 3D human laser scans and 3D-printed hardware for suit development and sizing
    • Most advanced use of impact resistant composite structures on a suit upper and lower torso system
    • First integration of the suit-port concept with a hard upper torso suit structure
    • Most conformal and re-sizeable hard upper torso suit built to date

    After the positive response to the Z-1 suit’s visual design we received, we wanted to take the opportunity to provide this new suit with an equally memorable appearance. The cover layer of a prototype suit is important as it serves to protect the suit against abrasion and snags during the rigors of testing. With the Z-2, we’re looking forward to employing cover layer design elements never used in a spacesuit before. The designs shown were produced in collaboration with ILC, the primary suit vendor and Philadelphia University. The designs were created with the intent to protect the suit and to highlight certain mobility features to aid suit testing. To take it a step further, we are leaving it up you, the public, to choose which of three candidates will be built.

    Here’s Option B called “Technology”

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    “Technology” pays homage to spacesuit achievements of the past while incorporating subtle elements of the future. By using Luminex wire and light-emitting patches, this design puts a new spin on spacewalking standards such as ways to identify crew members.

    The last option is called “Trends in Society”.

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    “Trends in Society” is based off of just that: being reflective of what every day clothes may look like in the not too distant future. This suit uses electroluminescent wire and a bright color scheme to mimic the appearance of sportswear and the emerging world of wearable technologies.

    Vote for your favorite option here.


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

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 08:00
    Blue Tooth Bangle Makes Sounds #WearableWednesday

    It might be targeted at kids, but don’t let this toy fool you; the adults are going to be fighting over it. Moff, seen on TechCrunch,  allows the wearer to transform make believe objects into sounds.

    The Moff wearable is a slap band — i.e. no need to fiddle with fastenings; you just slap it against your wrist and it wraps around. The band then links up to an iOS device via Bluetooth 4.0 to allow for different sound effects to be chosen via the corresponding Moff app. (An Android app is apparently also in the works).

    Some of the sounds include a guitar, toy gun and magic wand. Children can basically grab anything in the house and make it into a noise-making toy, thanks to accelerometers and gyros. The app allows for even more growth.

    They are also planning an SDK and an app store where developers will be able to sell apps for Moff users, or use its sensing platform by connecting it to an existing app to extend its functionality by adding a gesture interface.

    MoffAlthough this product is listed on Kickstarter, it has already doubled its goal, and future plans include cartoon content. Just think of all the cosplay fun to be had when your fave costumes have matching sound effects. This is going to make the old Lightsaber app obsolete.


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

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 07:00
    Narrative Clip: Photographic memory for everybody #WearableWednesday

    Wearable-technologies.com wrote up this piece on Narrative Clip- a new product that will let you visually remember almost everything that happens to you. You can pick one up here for $279.

    Narrative Clip is a lifelogging camera worn on your T-shirt, blouse or jacket that takes a picture of your surroundings every 30 seconds. Equipped with a 5 megapixel camera, a GPS and a compass, the Narrative collects contextual information for each shot such as location and cardinal directions, in order to make it easier to sort and view the pictures. This generates a personal lifelog of the places you visit, the people you meet and the situations you experience. In practice this works quite simply – the clip, which is about the size of an iPod nano, can be comfortably and inconspicuously attached to your clothing. To pause the lifelog, you can simply put the clip in your pocket or face it with the lens down.

    The pictures are transferred by connecting the Narrative Clip to a Mac or PC via a micro USB cable. The pictures are then transferred from the lifelogging camera to the computer and from there are uploaded to Narrative´s server. There, the pictures are sorted by quality and by setting. They can then be viewed on a smartphone app, which composes the pictures into so-called “moments” and where blurry, dark or otherwise qualitatively inferior pictures can be automatically rejected if desired. The pictures’ detour through the computer and Narrative´s server also has its technical reasons. Due to the sheer amount of data, a direct transfer to smartphones would be impracticable and even most computers cannot cope with the flood of pictures. With up to two gigabytes data each day and several terabytes a year, most users would soon be overwhelmed by saving and backing up their photos. Furthermore, Narrative is planning an online profile and an API in addition to the app that would allow integrating the recorded moments into other web-based applications.

    Read more.

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

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 06:00
    This Band Prevents Skin Cancer #WearableWednesday

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    This new band was unveiled at London’s Wearable Technology Conference and will prevent skin cancer, according to Engineering and Technology Magazine. This UVA/UVB alert system was created by Karin Edgett and her husband, Shahid Aslam, NASA scientist. Karin feels there are challenges computing SPF.

    “We feel like there isn’t a good tool for people to measure themselves in terms of how much sun is safe; it’s all a guessing game. If you use sunscreen there’s no correlation, according to the FDA, between SPF and how much time you should spend in the sun. So you’re guessing even if you use sunscreen”

    Considering most people visit a beach or hang out at a local pool and end up getting burned, it’s probably a wise investment.

    The device, expected to be released into the market in April, is equipped with a light sensor registering the amount of direct sunlight the skin receives. It combines the information with the knowledge of the user’s sensitivity level and triggers an alarm when the time spent on direct sunlight exceeds safe limits.

    This month we have already seen wristbands that detect pollutants. The trend seems to be growing, but how many bands are we willing to wear? Wouldn’t it be nice if one band could do it all?


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

  • Wednesday, March 26, 2014 - 06:00
    Facebook to Buy Oculus VR

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    Facebook has agreed to purchase Oculus VR. The press values the deal at about $2 Billion USD in cash and stock. This is great news for Oculus’ investors. The rest of the world has a decidedly different opinion. [Notch], the outspoken creator of Minecraft, was quick to tweet that a possible rift port has now been canceled, as Facebook creeps him out. He followed this up with a blog post.

    I did not chip in ten grand to seed a first investment round to build value for a Facebook acquisition.

    Here at Hackaday, we’ve been waiting a long time for affordable virtual reality. We’ve followed Oculus since the early days, all the way up through the recent open source hardware release of their latency tester. Our early opinion on the buyout is not very positive. Facebook isn’t exactly known for contributions to open source software or hardware, nor are they held in high regard for standardization in their games API. Only time will tell what this deal really means for the Rift.

    The news isn’t all dark though. While Oculus VR has been a major catalyst for virtual reality displays, there are other players. We’ve got our eggs in the castAR basket. [Jeri, Rick] and the rest of the Technical Illusions crew have been producing some great demos while preparing CastAR for manufacture. Sony is also preparing Project Morpheus. The VR ball is rolling. We just hope it keeps on rolling – right into our living rooms.

    Filed under: news, Virtual Reality

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