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  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 16:00
    “Going Places” by Paul A. Reynolds, Peter H. Reynolds #makereducation

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    Going Places by Paul A. Reynolds and Peter H. Reynolds, a book about a go-cart contest, comes out today from Simon & Schuster! The book looks like a great fit for young engineers who think both inside and outside the box.

    A go-cart contest inspires imagination to take flight in this picture book for creators of all ages, with art from New York Times bestselling illustrator Peter H. Reynolds.

    It’s time for this year’s Going Places contest! Finally. Time to build a go-cart, race it—and win. Each kid grabs an identical kit, and scrambles to build.

    Everyone but Maya. She sure doesn’t seem to be in a hurry…and that sure doesn’t look like anybody else’s go-cart!

    But who said it had to be a go-cart? And who said there’s only one way to cross the finish line?

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  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 15:01
    From Saw Dust to Stove Fuel

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    [Alois Schmid] is an avid woodworker, and as such, he makes a lot of saw dust. Unfortunately, saw dust is kind of wasteful — it doesn’t burn very well unless it is compressed… so he built his own wood briquette press!

    He originally looked at purchasing a machine designed for this, until he discovered they run upwards of 10,000 Euros. You could buy an amazing CNC mill for that! Needless to say, it was out of the question.

    He started by purchasing a new more efficient dust extractor and an electric log splitter, and then he built an ingenious feeder system. He’s replaced the log splitter blade with a long metal dowel with a protrusion at the end (helps keeps the briquettes in one piece), which is slightly smaller than the compression tube he’s built.

    The really cool part of this build is his home-made auger system. He’s cut out metal donuts from sheet metal and cut notches around the inside diameter — he then bent them into a semi-spiral, and welded a whole series of them onto a metal bar.

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    To prevent the wood chips from bridging over the auger, he’s also made wooden gears that simply follow the top of the auger — he’s really thought of everything! All in, the project cost a bit shy of 1000 Euros — still a pricey investment, but well worth it considering the amount of wood he goes through — and at 10% of the cost of a commercial offering, we think he’s done a pretty good job!

    The project is definitely worth a read, and you should also check out his drool-worthy workshop!

    [Thanks Joe!]

    Filed under: green hacks, tool hacks

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 15:00
    Google Summer of Code 2014 #makereducation

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    Student Application Deadline has been set for Google’s 10th Summer of Code – 2014: March 21 at 19:00 UTC

    Google Summer of Code 2014 has been announced! Please take a look at the Timeline for more information on deadlines.

    About Google Summer of Code

    Google Summer of Code is a global program that offers student developers stipends to write code for various open source software projects. We work with many open source, free software, and technology-related groups to identify and fund projects over a three month period. Since its inception in 2005, the program has brought together over 7,500 successful student participants from 97 countries and over 7,000 mentors from over 100 countries worldwide to produce over 50 million lines of code. Through Google Summer of Code, accepted student applicants are paired with a mentor or mentors from the participating projects, thus gaining exposure to real-world software development scenarios and the opportunity for employment in areas related to their academic pursuits. In turn, the participating projects are able to more easily identify and bring in new developers. Best of all, more source code is created and released for the use and benefit of all.

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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!

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 15:00
    Typographica’s Favorite Typefaces of 2013 #ArtTuesday

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    Typographica has chosen their 53 favorite typefaces for 2013. What’s your favorite?

    This year marks another step in the typographic diversi­fi­cation we observed in our previous annual. The global spread of independent font makers and the variety of new ideas in type design continues unabated.

    As evidence of that diversity, the 53 typefaces selected from 2013 were created by designers from at least 20 countries…

    This new phase of globalization and democratization of the font market began in earnest about a decade ago, propelled by newly accessible digital tools, online commerce, and post-graduate education in type design. It is a sea change. For centuries, places like Argentina, Brazil, Croatia, Lebanon, and New Zealand were vastly under­repre­sent­ed in a type design community that was dominated by western Europe and North America. (And this only goes for Latin-based type. The burg­eon­ing production of fonts in other scripts tells another fascinating story.) We will have much more detail about these changes in an upcoming report by Ruxandra Duru on the current state of typefounding around the world.

    The diversity of the contributors to our annual is also invig­orating. This year’s writers are almost as international as the typefaces they cover. More importantly, they represent a variety of perspectives from both sides of font making and using. Type designers, print and web designers, educators, writers, historians — we can all learn from the manifold ways that people from such divergent backgrounds perceive a typeface.

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  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 14:56
    Innovation Economy – 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream – Popular Mechanics @PopMech – Limor “Ladyada” Fried @adafruit

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    Innovation Economy – 25 Makers Who Are Reinventing the American Dream – Popular Mechanics @PopMech – Limor “Ladyada” Fried @adafruit.

    Now, as never before, DIYers are empowered to design, manufacture, and market their creations. Call it the maker movement, a fresh industrial revolution, or the new innovation economy. By any name, it’s a great time to be an innovator. And these visionaries are leading the way.

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    READ MORE – Our Ladyada is featured along with a whole bunch of awesome makers!


    While working on her master’s degree at MIT, Limor Fried used to relax at night by building synthesizers and other DIY electronics projects, then posting the instructions online. After fans started asking for help locating parts, she launched Adafruit. The company now sells electronics kits with open-source licenses, encouraging would-be inventors to experiment and have fun. The popular MintyBoost, for example, is a mobile-device charger housed in an Altoids-size tin. Fried’s site includes vibrant forums and video tutorials, and she awards badges for coding and welding. Her work is clearly making an impact: After watching the pink-haired engineer’s webcasts, one girl asked her father, “Are there any boy engineers?”

    Mission statement: Fried calls Adafruit “an educational company that just happens to have a gift shop at the end.”

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 14:00
    Forge Your Own Crysknife #Dune

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    You don’t have to travel to Arrakis and take down a sandworm to create a crysknife, but you do need to be willing to put in the time if you want it to look realistic. Instructables user Ginton Forge made a replica of the prop based on the design seen in David Lynch’s Dune from 1984 and won a medal in Instructables’ Makerlympics. He enjoyed making the weapon and wrote up a detailed how-to so we can all arm ourselves in the fashion of the Fremen. He used a crysknife mold carved from a soft wood, silcone rubber, resin, ivory toner, and plaster of paris. Here’s how he cast a rubber mold from the master one:

    Casting a rubber mould out of a master mould (also called the “male mould” or the “plug”) may be tedious and messy and time-consuming, but it’s certainly an important part of the process. You basically have to let the rubber capture the likeness of your plug (the wooden mould/model of a crysknife). The silicone rubber is initially liquid so it will flow over and around the plug and around into all its details.

    When the rubber sets and when you remove the plug you’ll then have a negative imprint of your plug made out of rubber. That’s why it’s critical that you do the rubber moulding process properly or you won’t get the details right and mistakes you make at this point will show up on your subsequent casts.

    I used a two part-mould for the crysknife, with each half backed with plaster of Paris for the rubber mould to retain its shape when the resin is poured in. Apply the same process for the sheath cast!

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    Read more at Instructables.

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 13:00
    Disorient Pyramid #beagleboneblack @TXInstruments @beagleboardorg

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    BeagleBone Black project spotlight:
    Disorient Pyramid by Tara Stratton

    When you think of Pyramids in the middle of the desert, you think of Egypt—not Nevada. The Disorient Pyramid, which was on display at Burning Man 2013 this year in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, is changing all that.

    This year at Burning Man, the Disorient Camp hosted a 23-foot tall pyramid with more than half a kilometer of LED strips. Several artists, including Disorient founder Leo Villareal and Fresno Idea Works’ Jacob Joaquin, designed patterns for the panel. Designs included the double helix of DNA, wiggling snakes and abstract patterns. The pyramid could be seen from almost everywhere on the playa, helping people find the camp and making it a popular place to gather.

    A Sitara-based BeagleBone Black open-source computer running LEDscape drove each face of the pyramid, slicing the images into individual panels. BeagleBone Black then sent each piece to four Teensy 3.0 USB development boards, which drove eight LED strips on each panel.

    A Toughbook ran the pyramidTransmitter code, which rendered the animation frames to 24-bit bitmaps and sent them to the network via USD.

    The pyramid’s tall panels were powered by 5V 40a power supplies, and the smaller panels were powered by 5V 30A power supplies. The heat and dust caused several of the power supplies to fail, leading the team to do some ad hoc maintenance during Burning Man. Nevertheless, the Disorient Pyramid and its 16,000 LEDs gave quite a show during Burning Man!

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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!

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 12:01
    Listening to Electromagnetic Interference with a RTLSDR Dongle

    Being curious by nature, [Marios] decided to see what kind of radio-frequency emissions may be generated by an Arduino connected to a simple breadboard wire, and more importantly try to pick them up using a RTLSDR dongle. Electromagnetic interferences are disturbances that affect electrical circuits due to either electromagnetic induction or electromagnetic radiation. Before going into the market, all electrical devices are thoroughly checked for unwanted electromagnetic emissions so they usually aren’t obvious suspects when such problems arise.

    Using the Arduino embedded PWM controller in fast PWM mode and by manipulating the duty cycle, he actually managed to create a primitive form of amplitude modulation and was able to transfer a very simple audible signal at several frequencies up to 1.75GHz. Embedded after the break here is video of the system at work.

    As a side note, did you know that during the solar storm of 1859 the EMI were so strong that the telegraph operators received several shocks? Pipelines maintenance systems also have to be aware of such events, that can lead sensors to provide inaccurate results.

    [via Dangerous Prototypes]

    Filed under: Arduino Hacks, hardware

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 12:00
    Solar-Powered Robot Structure May Be Roaming Toward a Park Near You #ArtTuesday

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    The whole robots-taking-over-the-world scenario comes to mind when describing Morphs, robotic and geometric sculptures that are to control their own movements, adapt to different surroundings and reshape how humans think about architecture. These solar-powered mechanical creatures are programmed to crawl between different locations and self-assemble in order to interact with humans.

    Morph creator William Bondin used his background in architecture to explore how social dialogue can be inspired by structures. He mixed in robotic capability to give these movable structures intelligence of their own.

    “Morphs are very low-level creatures in terms of computation, and have much less computational ability than a mobile phone. Instead, they rely on their environments in order to display a level of self autonomy. These playful robotic creatures will encourage the public to choreograph them into dance routines, assemble them into complex sculptural geometries or else play music at them, which they will play back over time,” Bondin told Mashable in an email.

    Morph stands for Mobile Reconfigurable Polyhedra; the latter word refers to the slime mold physarum polycephalum, the organism that inspired Morph’s environmental-behavior concept. The organism does not have a brain, but instead uses a cognitive process embodied within its environment. When foraging for food, the creature navigates and distinguishes between different locations by marking previously explored areas with slime.

    Not actually using slime, Morphs are programmed to avoid shady and watery areas to protect their electronics. Instead, they seek sunlight and dry areas, fueling their solar power. They also deposit data into a Bluetooth network that identifies their location, and whether or not they are actively used by a human.

    Bondin emphasized that Morphs are more than static sculptural forms; he said they are robotic structures able to change and respond to the natural landscape, and are meant to interact with humans and other architecture.

    By 2015, Bondin hopes to design a larger-scale Morph. Once its interactive capability and safety is tested, the mega-Morph will eventually be installed in a public park. The project is funded by the Government of Malta’s art-scholarship program.

    “The 2015 prototypes are meant to be a step closer, and let us observe and understand the next set of challenges, which mainly revolve around machine learning and human occupation,” Bondin told Mashable in an email.

    The latter refers to the interaction between humans and Morphs — the idea of friendly relations between robots and humans instead of a fight over who controls the world.

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  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 10:00
    Teaching Calculus to 5 year-olds Might Not be as Crazy as it Sounds #makereducation

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    Some educators are calling for reform in the way mathematics are taught in our schools. The goal? To capture a progression truer to how children think; to grow the big concepts throughout their education, rather than introducing them after most students have already abandoned an interest in mathematics as a subject, via The Atlantic.

    But this progression actually “has nothing to do with how people think, how children grow and learn, or how mathematics is built,” says pioneering math educator and curriculum designer Maria Droujkova. She echoes a number of voices from around the world that want to revolutionize the way math is taught, bringing it more in line with these principles.

    The current sequence is merely an entrenched historical accident that strips much of the fun out of what she describes as the “playful universe” of mathematics, with its more than 60 top-level disciplines, and its manifestations in everything from weaving to building, nature, music and art. Worse, the standard curriculum starts with arithmetic, which Droujkova says is much harder for young children than playful activities based on supposedly more advanced fields of mathematics.

    “Calculations kids are forced to do are often so developmentally inappropriate, the experience amounts to torture,” she says. They also miss the essential point—that mathematics is fundamentally about patterns and structures, rather than “little manipulations of numbers,” as she puts it. It’s akin to budding filmmakers learning first about costumes, lighting and other technical aspects, rather than about crafting meaningful stories…

    The idea isn’t to create a generation of baby geniuses but to layer the learning in a more integrated, natural way:

    “You can take any branch of mathematics and find things that are both complex and easy in it,” Droujkova says. “My quest, with several colleagues around the world, is to take the treasure of mathematics and find the accessible ways into all of it.”

    She started with algebra and calculus, because they’re “pattern-drafter tools, designer tools, maker tools—they support cool free play.” So “Moebius Noodles” includes activities such as making fractals (to foster an appreciation of the ideas of recursion and infinitesimals) and “mirror books” (mirrors that are taped to each other like the covers of a book and can be angled in different ways around an object to introduce the concepts of infinity and transformations). (Another book in this genre is “Calculus by and for Young People,” by Don Cohen.)

    “It’s not the subject of calculus as formally taught in college,” Droujkova notes. “But before we get there, we want to have hands-on, grounded, metaphoric play. At the free play level, you are learning in a very fundamental way—you really own your concept, mentally, physically, emotionally, culturally.” This approach “gives you deep roots, so the canopy of the high abstraction does not wither. What is learned without play is qualitatively different. It helps with test taking and mundane exercises, but it does nothing for logical thinking and problem solving. These things are separate, and you can’t get here from there.”

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  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 09:01
    Handheld Tetris is Retro and We Love It

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    [Eduardo Zola] has been playing around with Arduinos, and ever since he started, he wanted to try making a game. Having fond memories of playing Tetris back on Windows 3.1, he decided to try giving a handheld version of it a shot.

    He started with two 8×8 Neopixel Matrices due to their simplicity — not to mention the massive library of code available! To make it truly portable, he’s also included a 3.7v 4400mAh lithium ion battery which will keep him gaming for hours. He found a 5-way navigation switch on eBay which makes up the joystick. A small LED bar display tells you what level you’re on, and he’s even included a smaller speaker for music, and a vibrating motor for successfully completed lines in the game!

    He borrowed the Tetris algorithm (and added some improvements) from the source code by [Valentin Ivanov], who completed a similar project last fall. Stick around to see a demonstration video of it in action.

    We’re still pretty fond of this Tetris playing LED necktie though…

    Filed under: Arduino Hacks, led hacks

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 09:00
    Light Painting Machine #arttuesday

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    This light painting machine lets you light paint from a remote location! All you need is an internet connection. From embedded aesthetics.

    This “thing” is a machine that allows anyone, anywhere to light paint. It works like this (see image below for reference):

    You submit an image file (jpg, png, etc.) to our Interactive webpage

    Our website takes your submitted photo and saves it

    Your photo then travels through the Interwebs to our local light painting machine

    The brains of our light painting machine, a microcontroller called the Parallax Propeller (similar to Arduino), receives information about the photo

    The Propeller then choreographs motor movement, DSLR camera triggering, and LED pattern timing

    A light-painted photo of your submitted image is then uploaded to our website, and delivered back to you for you to enjoy

    Motivation

    We wanted to give the awesomeness of light painting to everyone (*who has some Internet

    We hoped that having the ability to automate light painting would allow us to push light painting to places it hasn’t been

    We thought that our last project, the LED Paint Brush, was really fun so we wanted to see what other ways we could use light painting
    Because it’s flippin’ sweet

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  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 09:00
    MTA style subway countdown clock built with LEDscape on a BeagleBone Plack #beagleboneblack @TXInstruments @beagleboardorg

    Trammell Hudson shared a recent display project created with the LEDscape:
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  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 08:00
    Colour Injector lamp by Taras Sgibnev: Syringes Inject Ink for “Analog RGB Color Mixing” #arduino

    Colour Injector lamp by Taras Sgibnev:

    The colour of light emitted by this lamp can be controlled using syringes filled with red, green and blue ink (+ movie).

    Russian designer Taras Sgibnev developed the interactive product as a physical expression of the way red, green and blue light are used in digital interfaces to create a full spectrum of different hues.

    “The project represents the process of analogue to digital conversion of colours,” said Sgibnev. “As a result any colour can be generated through the RGB-based mixing system.”

    Syringes suspended below the lamp are connected to another set inside the body using clear tubes so the ink can be seen moving towards or away from the lamp.

    The handles of the syringes inside the lamp are attached to sliding switches connected to an Arduino microprocessor that controls the colour output of rings of RGB LEDs.

    “The syringes allow people to gradually change the colour of the lamp light in an unconventional way by providing a simple and intuitive interface,” explained Sgibnev….

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  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 07:00
    Hacker-in-Residence: Environment-responsive Electronics

    It seems like only yesterday we were high-fiving resident hacker Matthew Burmeister for joining us to work on his weather station, and now it’s new hacker time already! So let’s give the proverbial welcoming cake shaped like a basket of kittens to Kathryn Shroyer, who is joining us from Boston to work on responsive electronics!

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    Hi Kathryn!

    Kathryn’s favorite fictional character is Ms. Frizzle (heck yes, space dress) from The Magic School Bus series, and her favorite snacks are ricotta pie, kale chips and kettle corn. In other words she is the perfect person to bring along on a road trip, particularly if it’s in an enchanted mass transit situation.

    Can you share your background, interests and some favorite past projects? What do you do now?

    I grew up in Texas, but was whisked away to the Boston area for school. I completed my undergraduate education at MIT – B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a B.S. in Music (yes, MIT has music majors) – and for the past four years I’ve been designing and implementing engineering education programs at the MIT Sea Grant College Program.

    Sea Grant is a national program that aims to promote the conservation and sustainable development of our marine resources through research, education and outreach. The MIT program tends to focus on Ocean Engineering (who’s surprised?). What does this mean for me? It means I get to build underwater vehicles with middle school students, high school students and teachers. Yay! More or less, I design, implement and evaluate a variety of ocean engineering and marine science programming focused on teaching open-ended problem solving to K-12 teachers and students.

    What are my interests…. um, all of the things. My friends joke that my hobby is collecting other hobbies, because really my hobby is learning. Does learning count as a hobby? The primary things that seem to interest me are problem solving, design/construction, music, education (particularly learning by doing), and visual communication. When I find pretty or interesting things in the world I immediately want to learn to construct them myself, so I’m always designing and building new things, often with fabric – fabric seems to be my interesting material of choice.

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    There are two projects of note that I think represent in general what I do. Ocean Engineering Experience (OEX). OEX was a residential summer program at MIT for 16 rising high school seniors and juniors. Students were introduced to engineering through a two-week, project-based design curriculum, where they designed and constructed a ROV (remote operated underwater vehicle) in teams of four to solve a marine science challenge for a client. The program is of particular interest to me as it takes a different approach than most summer programs. Rather than having a lecture/homework model similar to high school coursework, the course is project-based, and modeled to have students working in design teams like they might at an engineering company.

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    A seriously impressive Audrey II puppet

    Puppets. I became a member of music theater group as a pit musician (I play the oh so lovely but difficult French horn). Over time I have slowly been roped into design roles, like costume designer, and most recently designing and constructing puppets. Last summer the group took on Avenue Q and I adopted the new skill of hand puppet building. This past January I designed and constructed two man-eating plant puppets for Little Shop of Horrors.

    How and why did you get involved in SparkFun’s hacker-in-residence program?

    I was introduced to SparkFun through my current position. Many of your products are created for introducing students to electrical engineering and computer science. I’m frequently poking around the website for new products and noticed the hacker-in-residence program. I love the DIY/maker movement, and the empowerment that comes from sharing information, so I was excited by the opportunity to contribute a project that could serve as an education tutorial. I am always juggling many projects, so I felt this opportunity would be a great chance to get away and concentrate on one thing.

    What is the project you’ll be working on at SparkFun, and why did you choose it?

    I will be at SparkFun for two weeks working on e-textile synthetic flowers that will respond to their environment. Think “Martha Stewart found an Arduino and some cool electronics components to play with.” I’m sure the project will evolve over the course of my stay, but the current idea is fabric (or paper) flowers in vase that will bloom and light up in response to light and noise. My hope is that this can serve as an DIY introductory project for young women to begin exploring electronics.

    I’m not sure exactly where the flowers came from, but in general I have strong interest in teaching and encouraging creativity by doing. I am mechanically inclined and love problem solving, but I design and learn through fabric and paper crafts, not the typical engineering topics like robotics. So in general I’m interested in designing projects that other people like me can use to explore electronics and hand-on learning.

    Thanks Kathryn - we can’t wait to see the results!

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  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 06:01
    Cute Tilt Beam Flashlight Adds Some Fun Interaction to Your Patio Table

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    Here’s a cute little LED hack for your next soiree, it’s a solar charged piece of wood… with a motion controlled light in it!

    [Zach DeBord] decided to try building his own version of this after seeing a commercial offering. He took a piece of oak and sliced off the top edge, and then laser cut the exact profile of the solar panel out of that slice. This allowed him to drill a nice big sloppy hole in the middle of it to fit the circuitry.

    He’s using a nice big 8mm LED with a small 0.09V-5V DC boost circuit, a mercury tilt switch, a 4.5V solar cell, and a 2.7V 10MF super capacitor — plus a diode and 100ohm resistor. He’s glued the top slice of wood back in place, and sealed the entire thing with resin — you can hardly see the cut mark!

    Leave the light with the solar panel facing up during the day, and when evening comes around, simply flip it on its edge to light up your table. And since it’s a super-capacitor, the circuit will likely last longer than you do. We’re not too sure how long the light lasts after a charge though.

    Or if you really want to impress your guests, why not make a solar powered remote controlled lawn mower?

    Filed under: led hacks, solar hacks

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 05:45
    Design Nori: Laser Cut Seaweed for Sushi #ArtTuesday

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    Design milk posted these incredible photos from Design Nori. You can read more about them on their Facebook page here.

    Umino Hiroyuki of Umino Seaweed Shop paired up with foreign advertising agency I&S BBDO to create laser-cut, designer seaweed with intricate and detailed patterns. Hiroyuki has a strong family history in creating seaweed (his grandfather founded Umino Seaweed Shop), which is what inspired the idea for the Design Nori– it was a response to the decline in seaweed consumption in Japan.

    While Umino Seaweed Shop sells all sorts of seaweed, Design Nori is made using seaweed sourced from the Sanriku area of Miyagu. It’s thicker, so it won’t crumble under the laser-cutting, has a nice luster, and doesn’t stick to other ingredients.

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    This reminded us of Phil’s MAKE:sushi post from back in 2006!

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    Read more about Design Nori here and MAKE:sushi here.

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 05:30
    Adafruit visits The (UN)FAIR, a DIY response to the Armory Show #ArtTuesday

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    Last week, Adafruit visited the 2014 Armory show and on our way back to the subway we stopped by the (UN)FAIR, a free guerilla-style art show that was open to the public. We wound up receiving a personalized tour of the space from a team member and learned more about this awesome show, now in its second year running.

    Amidst the bustle of Armory Arts Week, THE(UN)FAIR rekindles the guerilla-style art show; a carefully curated exhibit made possible by the cooperation and collaboration of cutting-edge artists, supportive space owners, keen-eyed curators and supportive sponsors.

    In contrast to the maze of cookie-cutter, white-booth art fairs, THE(UN)FAIR lets participants take a breather from the fair frenzy to have the most memorable and fun art experience of this art-filled week…

    The curatorial theme for 2014 is “Exploring the Divide”. Mindful of the current climate of political and social polarization, THE(UN)FAIR will pull together art and people with disparate views to create an environment to consider what connects and divides us.

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    The show featured a ton of cool pieces by artists ranging from conceptual artist Aaron Taylor Kuffner, whose Balinese gongs, shown in the back in the above photo, resonated through the space to Marilyn Manson, whose watercolors hung in the “Museum Room”.

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    There were many works using unusual mediums, like the above by Jason Kronenwald, called Gum Blonde LXXII, a portrait of Justin Bieber which was made from chewed bubblegum. Below is Max Zorn’s incredible work titled It Has Been a While, which was made using brown packing tape on acrylic glass.

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    There were lots of glowy pieces there as well. We love the sparkly LED frame on the piece below by NYC artist Zezziou who also did the piece at the very top of this post. Fun fact about the artist- he lived on a deserted island for 74 years and was found and brought to live with his grandniece in NYC. ; )

    There were lots of little pieces like the one below scattered around the show. This one is called Drift Liquors by artist Tracy Snelling and featured some sweet looking EL wire.

    The event was sponsored by Ben & Jerry’s and there was free ice cream, which made the whole experience even sweeter. The team at the show was so welcoming and warm to us and we loved the DIY spirit of the show. We had a great time and will definitely be going back next year! Read more about the show here.

  • Mardi, Mars 18, 2014 - 05:19
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    Micah Elizabeth Scotts’ Unconventional Light Up Art #ArtTuesday

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    One of CODAME‘s featured artists is Micah Elizabeth Scott, who blends technology with art in surprising and interesting ways.

    Micah Elizabeth Scott has been doing unconventional things with technology for her whole life, often exploring the boundaries between hardware and software. She’s built satellites, robots, virtual machines, graphics drivers, CPU emulators, networking stacks, USB controllers, reverse engineering tools, and pretty much everything in between.

    Recently she’s been exploring the interactions between technology and art, with projects like Zen Photon Garden and the Ardent Mobile Cloud Platform. Her current work explores light, perception, and human interconnectedness. Her interests include interactive sculpture, control loops, emergent behavior, unconventional human interfaces, and using technology to help illuminate what makes us human.

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