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NEW PRODUCT – 2.9″ Flexible Monochrome eInk / ePaper Display – 296×128 Monochrome

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 22:30, modified at 22:27

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NEW PRODUCT – 2.9″ Flexible Monochrome eInk / ePaper Display – 296×128 Monochrome


Woah, the cyber-future is here! Flexible E-Ink has been demo’d at high tech events for years but now you can actually get your paws on it. This display is true E-Ink / E-Paper, once an image is displayed it will stay even once you remove all power. The image is also high contrast and very daylight readable. It really does look just like printed paper!

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This flexible display sports a 2.9″ monochrome (black and white) display. It has 296×128 black ink pixels on a white-ish background. The monochrome displays also take a lot less time to update, only a couple seconds instead of 15 seconds.

Please note: this display is flexible but that doesn’t mean you can constantly flex it. 

  • These displays should not be flexed/moved during a display update, you’ll get odd effects.
  • Continuously flexing it will eventually damage the display.
  • There’s no specification for how many times it can be flexed, so keep it minimal!
  • We recommend affixing the display to a stable backing to reduce stresses. E.g. it can be attached to a stiff curved bracelet to make a watch.

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Using our CircuitPython or Arduino libraries, you can create a ‘frame buffer’ with what pixels you want to have activated and then write that out to the display. Most simple breakouts leave it at that. But if you do the math, 296 x 128 pixels = 4.7 KBytes. Which won’t fit into many microcontroller memories. Heck, even if you do have 32KB of RAM, why waste 5KB?

The library we wrote does all the work for you, you can just interface with it as if it were an Adafruit_GFX compatible display.

Note: This is just the display. You’ll want your own eInk Breakout Friend too!

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In stock and shipping now!


4H & Google Introduce Students to Computer Science @google @googleorg @4H #GrowWithGoogle #4HCS #InspireKidstoDo @JSirangelo

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 21:58, modified at 22:24

4H & Google Introduce Students to Computer Science (video).

“National 4‑H Council announced a new $6 million collaboration with Google to bring computer science (CS) education to underserved youth across the country. The collaboration will expand the 4‑H Computer Science (CS) Career Pathway to reach more than one million youth over the next three years, with a focus on rural youth and populations that have traditionally had limited access to CS education.”

Read more.


“RYOR, Okla. (AP) — Google has announced a $600 million expansion project at a data center in Pryor, Oklahoma, and a $6 million grant for computer science education for students in 4-H chapters in rural areas of 20 states. The announcement was made Thursday outside the data center. The expansion project is expected to add about 100 jobs to the more than 400 now employed at the center that opened in 2011. National 4-H Council President Jennifer Sirangelo said the grant through Google.org will focus on computer science training for an estimated 1 million children in rural areas that have limited access to computer science education. Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the grant will be used to teach coding and leadership skills to students.”

Read more.

Google’s funding will expand 4-H’s Computer Science Career Pathway (PDF) to reach more than one million youth over the next three years.


Related

  • Google and 4‑H Work Together to Provide the Opportunity to Learn Computer Science – 4-h.
  • 4‑H & Google Expand Access to Free Computer Science Education to One Million Youth Across the Country – 4-H.
  • Google makes $6 million grant to bring computer science education to underserved youth – FOX News.
  • Google announces Oklahoma expansion, computer science grant – Houston Chronicle.

Previous:

  • Adafruit Circuit Playground Express 4-H edition approved! – Adafruit.
  • National 4-H Youth Maker Summit uses Adafruit Circuit Playground Express – Adafruit.
  • The Circuit Playground Express Base Kit is now available through 4-H! – Adafruit.
  • Microsoft teams with Brown County 4-H to inspire a local digital revolution – Adafruit.
  • 4-H, electronics, makers, holland lops, silkie chickens & more… – Adafruit.

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Circuit Playground Express for 4-H & 4-H Circuit Playground Express – Base Kit now available.

Circuit Playground is one of the best ways to inspire, teach coding, and provide computer science training. Circuit Playground is high-performance, sensor-filled, low-cost, comes from the woman-owned, open-source, USA-company, Adafruit and can be coded with: Python / CircuitPython, C, Arduino, TinyGo, Rust, Javascript, MakeCode, CS Discoveries / code.org, and more! The 4-H edition was approved by 4-H and is shipping now!

We look forward to helping 4-H in the efforts and thank Google.org for an amazing grant to 4-H!


Festival / Playa Bike Build Tutorial

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Festival season is upon us! And I just got a new bike. That means it’s time to take my old Trek mountain bike to the next level and turn it into a fancy, pretty, silly mermaid bike with blinky lights and lots of style, so I can stand out this summer while I’m getting where I need to go.

It’s already mid June, so I’m already feeling behind. I want to have this bike ready by late July at the very latest, which gives me a month to plan, paint, decorate, build, program, and stress-test. It’s definitely time to get started.

My focus is going to be on durability first and style second. I do not want to have to repair any LED strips while camping, but I’m going to put together a repair kit anyway just in case. But my mantra for the build is going to be all about robust-ness.  I’ve made a light-up mermaid tail that swims underwater, so I’ll be using some of the same techniques to get this bike as break-proof as possible.

Playa Bike

I’m creating a tutorial on the Adafruit learning system as I go. Follow along with the process as you start dreaming about your own ultimate Playa Bike!


left! right! forward! turtle power! Python Turtle with CircuitPython

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 21:10, modified at 20:53

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left! right! forward! turtle power! Python Turtle with CircuitPython (video) and code.

What is turtle? For Python it is

Turtle graphics is a popular way for introducing programming to kids. It was part of the original Logo programming language developed by Wally Feurzig and Seymour Papert in 1966.

And from Wikipedia

Turtle graphics are often associated with the Logo programming language. Seymour Papert added support for turtle graphics to Logo in the late 1960s to support his version of the turtle robot, a simple robot controlled from the user’s workstation that is designed to carry out the drawing functions assigned to it using a small retractable pen set into or attached to the robot’s body. Turtle geometry works somewhat differently from (x,y) addressed Cartesian geometry, being primarily vector-based (i.e. relative direction and distance from a starting point) in comparison to coordinate-addressed systems such as PostScript. As a practical matter, the use of turtle geometry instead of a more traditional model mimics the actual movement logic of the turtle robot. The turtle is traditionally and most often represented pictorially either as a triangle or a turtle icon (though it can be represented by any icon).

Today, the Python programming language’s standard library includes a Turtle graphics module. Like its Logo predecessor, the Python implementation of turtle allows programmers to control one or more turtles in a two-dimensional space. Since the standard Python syntax, control flow, and data structures can be used alongside the turtle module, turtle has become a popular way for programmers learning Python to familiarize themselves with the basics of the language.


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3D Scans Help Preserve History, But Who Should Own Them?

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Via All things considered

War, natural disasters and climate change are destroying some of the world’s most precious cultural sites. Google is trying to help preserve these archaeological wonders by allowing users access to 3D images of these treasures through its site.

But the project is raising questions about Google’s motivations and about who should own the digital copyrights. Some critics call it a form of “digital colonialism.”

When it comes to archaeological treasures, the losses have been mounting. ISIS blew up parts of the ancient city of Palmyra in Syria and an earthquake hit Bagan, an ancient city in Myanmar, damaging dozens of temples, in 2016. In the past, all archaeologists and historians had for restoration and research were photos, drawings, remnants and intuition.

But that’s changing. Before the earthquake at Bagan, many of the temples on the site were scanned. One of them, Ananda ok Kyaung, stands out for Chance Coughenour, a manager at Google Arts & Culture. “This is a temple that has incredible murals, floor to ceiling across the inter-passageways and the inter-chamber of the temple,” he says.

Learn more!


NEW GUIDE: Adding Nitro Boost to your Discord Account @Discordapp @Adafruit

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 20:38, modified at 20:31

A new guide in the Adafruit Learning System: Adding Nitro Boost to your Discord Account shows you how to subscribe to Nitro Boost to add additional features to your Discord account for a monthly or yearly fee.

Wait! One of the best things you, as a Discord Nitro Boost subscriber, can do is boost the Adafruit Discord Server:

With 10 or more boosts from Nitro Boost individuals, Discord will unlock additional capability for the whole Adafruit Server community!

Adafruit would like to have this capability for their community support Discord Server. If you can, please boost the Adafruit Server and Adafruit will provide the whole community increased capabilities.

Find out more in this brief guide > > >

Join the Adafruit Discord Server here

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John Park’s Workshop — LIVE! Thursday 6/20/19 @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit @msmakecode

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 20:05

JOHN PARK’S WORKSHOP — LIVE! Coming up at 4pm ET / 1pm PT this THURSDAY! LIVE TEXT CHAT IS HERE in the Adafruit Discord chat!

Tune in for:

  • Weekly Project Build
  • MakeCode Minute
  • Product of the Week
  • Tools & Techniques, and more.

The live video will be on Youtube LIVE, Twitch, Periscope (Twitter) and Facebook.

Join maker John Park in his workshop each week as he builds, demos, hacks, and mods projects live on air! “John Park’s Workshop — LIVE” is the place to see creative projects come to life, as John uses a wide variety of tools and techniques to make everything from mystery boxes to pinball controllers to drink robots, using digital fabrication, hand and power tools, microcontrollers, and more. Come on into the chat to participate in the fun! Every Thursday @ 4pm ET/1pm PT!


LogoLounge’s 2019 Logo Trend Report #ArtTuesday

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 20:00, modified on 2019-06-11 19:42


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Absolutely fascinating report from LogoLounge via Fast Company:

Another year older, but the logo design industry shows no signs of old age. Like an unruly kid ripping through a stack of unopened presents, I eagerly dive into each annual report knowing an experience awaits.

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Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!


Microsoft Garage Survey – Interested in Python or programming microcontrollers with Python? @MSFTGarage @nnja #PythonHardware @code

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Interested in Python or programming microcontrollers with Python? If you can spare a few minutes, the interns at Microsoft Garage in Vancouver need your input for a user testing a new Adafruit Python Hardware Visual Studio Code plugin –

Microsoft Garage Survey

Hello there, we’re a group of interns at Microsoft Vancouver, working in The Garage! We’re looking for insights into your experience around physical computing projects. As well as your interest in trying out a new method of development for your project – say goodbye to waiting for your code to build and compile inside Arduino IDE with C/C++, Python is here to help!

This survey will only take 3 – 5 minutes and your insights are very valuable to us!

Currently we are also recruiting participants for user testing and interview sessions. If you are as excited about the project as us and hope to participate in our user testing sessions, please leave your contact information at the end of this survey.

Take the survey here! No personal information is required, and this will help us a lot with getting more Python on Hardware to more people using VS Code (and more!).


<em>Brazilian Modern: The Living Art of Roberto Burle Marx</em> at NYBG

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 19:00, modified on 2019-06-10 20:53

Strolling through this garden wide Roberto Burle Marx show at NYBG sounds like the perfect Thursday afternoon in June. From NYBG:

Roberto Burle Marx (1909–94) was a force of nature in Brazil—through his bold landscapes, vibrant art, and passionate commitment to plant conservation. His powerful modernist vision produced thousands of gardens and landscapes, including the famous curving mosaic walkways at Copacabana Beach in Rio and the beautiful rooftop garden at Banco Safra in São Paulo. Feel his artistic energy and love of plants during our Garden-wide exhibition of lush gardens; paintings, drawings, and textiles; and the sights and sounds of Brazil that inspired his life and work.

Read more and see more on YouTube


Fun Golf Course at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 18:00, modified on 2019-06-13 15:28

If you mastered the local course, stop by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art to play golf with an artistic twist.

via Smithsonian

It could be said that the art of miniature golf design reached its pinnacle when some crafty individual decided to plop a windmill on a course, challenging players to sink a hole-in-one past its rotating blades. Over time windmills have become synonymous with the miniaturized sport, so leave it to a museum to shake up mini golf course design for the first time in years (insert golf clap here).

Taking inspiration from its vast collection of artworks, the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, Missouri, has created a nine-hole golf course that changes how we view not just mini golf, but also art. Appropriately titled “Art Course,” each hole reinterprets a piece of art in the museum’s permanent collection. And the best part: It’s completely interactive.

Read more and go visit!


TRUCKLA – Simone Giertz turns a Tesla 3 into a truck #Tesla @SimoneGiertz @Tesla @ElonMusk

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 17:20, modified at 17:12

Maker of many things (including “crappy robots”) Simone Giertz teamed up with an incredible Maker crew to turn a Tesla 3 into a mini pickup truck!  The “commercial” is above and the build video (31 minutes) is below.

 


Photographer Asked to Babysit a Cat Turns It into a Glamorous Photo Shoot #ArtTuesday

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 17:00, modified on 2019-06-14 16:36

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Purrfect prom pics of a furry friend! Everyone should get glamour-shots of their pets. Via My Modern Met:

When you’re a pet parent and have someone else taking care of your furry friend, the best you can hope for is that they feed them on time and clean up after them. But when actor and photographer Josell Mariano’s friend asked him to “babysit” her beloved feline Jade, Mariano surprised her with something a little extra. He used his Canon 6D camera and a strobe light to snap a series of striking portraits of the all-gray shorthair. Set against a dark gray background, Jade looks pawsitively distinguished—even when she’s making goofy faces.

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See more!

See the original reddit thread

And follow Jade (the star) on Instagram @heyjadebutt


Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!


Over 30 years of hardware development – An interview with Parallax, Inc. #makerbusiness

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 16:00, modified on 2019-06-14 18:42

Parallax has the hardware origin story that many dream of. Chip Gracey was selling self developed hardware at 15, bailed on college, and started his own company first building expansion cards for the Apple IIGS. Parallax hit the map with their BASIC Stamp microcontroller, which was one of the early and now most prevalent microcontrollers on the market, really before “maker” electronics were even a thing.

The Gracey brothers recently joined the MacroFab podcast recounting these early days, and talked a lot about the intricacies and challenges of manufacturing, especially with regards to integrated circuit development. It’s been 32 years since Parallax was founded, and they are on the cusp of launching their latest self developed chip as a part of their Propeller 2 board (coming later this year).

The Propeller 2 cost hundreds of thousands of dollars up front, and their last design change cost $82,000! The host, Parker Dillman, commented with a hyperbolic but enlightening bit of wisdom from his earlier hardware days:

You want 1 custom chip? It’s a $100,000 dollars. You want 100,000 custom chips? It’s $100,00 dollars.

The upfront cost is huge. There needs to be a ton of research and modeling done before production even begins. Designers of the latest cutting edge chips are looking at hundreds of millions in costs to just get their first manufacturing run going. This really narrows the field on who can design new chips. With the Propeller 2, Parallax is turning away from this, sticking to their roots of accessibility and less arcane functionality.

Listen to the whole show here, there is a lot to take away and with the Propeller 2 nearly at launch, there is a lot to look forward to.


Apple’s HyperCard – history and a possible remake #HyperCard #IoT #InternetOfThings #CircuitPython @Adafruit

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 15:22, modified at 15:14

HyperCard was a software application and development kit for Apple Macintosh and Apple IIGS computers. It was among the first successful hypermedia systems predating the World Wide Web. Could this model be resurrected to run on modern IoT handhelds?

Information & History

HyperCard combines a flat-file database with a graphical, flexible, user-modifiable interface. HyperCard includes a built-in programming language called HyperTalk for manipulating data and the user interface.

This combination of features – a database with simple form layout, flexible support for graphics, and ease of programming – suits HyperCard for many different projects such as rapid application development of applications and databases, interactive applications with no database requirements, command and control systems, and many examples in the demoscene.

HyperCard was originally released in 1987 for $49.95 and was then included for free with all new Macs sold. It was withdrawn from sale in March 2004, having received its final update in 1998 upon the return of Steve Jobs to Apple. HyperCard runs in the Classic Environment, but was not ported to Mac OS X.

Video

Below is an introduction to Apple’s Hypercard from 1987 for context.

Influence

HyperCard influenced the development of the Web in late 1990 through its influence on Robert Cailliau, who assisted in developing Tim Berners-Lee’s first Web browser. Javascript was inspired by HyperTalk.

Microcontrollers Today

With the advent of other software, HyperCard was no longer sold with Macs by the turn of the century. The software can run in computer emulators but that is an extra layer of software and hardly portable.

It would be a natural fit for bringing together the current breed of microcontrollers, like the Microchip SAMD51 and increasingly cheaper LCD displays to implement a hypercard-like program on hardware. Microsoft MakeCode Arcade is spawning a new generation of Internet of Things devices with a strong microcontroller coupled with an LCD screen. These devices run CircuitPython, a natural language for applications development, with strong graphical capabilities, access to storage like the Macs of old, and now Internet connectivity, if desired.

Adafruit Industries is leading the technology industry in hardware integration. Starting with their PyPortal IoT Screen, they’ve subsequently introduced the PyBadge series and the PyGamer series. These low cost, high performance devices would be a natural fit for hypercard-like software.

Keep an eye on the Adafruit Blog for additional details.

Reference:

There are still learning materials available online for knowing how to use HyperCard. See this Adafruit Blog post for details.

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These Data Populated Maps Show Local and Tourist Hot Spots #ArtTuesday

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 15:00, modified on 2019-06-10 20:53

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Have to agree with Lifehacker on this one – we were super surprised to see such a small amount of activity in Central Park ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Regardless, we had quite a bit of fun exploring NYC with Eric Fischer’s map:

With the power of MapBox and Twitter data from Gnip, data artist Eric Fischer worked with the Gnip team to create a fully-browsable worldwide map of local allegiances.

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Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!


SparkFun capacitive touch night light runs #CircuitPython #Making #3DPrinting @SparkFun @CircuitPython

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 14:02, modified at 13:54

Via the SparkFun blog, Elias needed a night light for their newborn baby’s room. A perfect fit for the SparkFun LumiDrive board, a capacitive touch module and a ring of NeoPixels.

The case was 3D printed with the shell made such that it would trigger the capacitive touch.

The LumiDrive is programmable with just a few lines of CircuitPython, Python for microcontrollers.

The result is an available warm glow whenever getting up with the baby at night. Great work!

 


A Crew of VFX Artists Take on the CGI of the Star Wars Prequels

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 14:00, modified on 2019-06-17 16:25

Before you read the article, I ask you to look at The Phantom Menace trailer.

via GIZMODO

Even a couple decades later, a lot of it is very impressive.

The people at the Corridor Crew production studio run a series of YouTube videos called “VFX Artists React,” where their artists dissect, respond to, and try to understand the effects work in TV and film. This weekend, they tackled the harbinger of modern VFX: the Star Wars prequels, which pioneered and heavily used many techniques and styles that would define visual effects work in the 21st century.

Read more!


Adding USB-C and a larger battery to a Logitech MX Master Mouse @Hackaday @Logitech @Adafruit

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 13:48, modified at 13:42

A retrofit by cmot17 of a Logitech MX Master upgrades the battery and USB-C. The battery was upgraded from 500 mAh to 950 mAh. The USB micro B connector was carefully cut away and an Adafruit USB-C breakout board trimmed to fit in its place. Delicate work to ensure nothing vital was cut.

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From Hackaday:

Since [cmot17] didn’t change the mouse’s original electronics, the newly upgraded Logitech MX Master won’t actually benefit from the faster charging offered by USB-C. If anything, it’s actually going to charge slower thanks to the beefier battery. But considering how infrequently it will need to be charged with the upgraded capacity (Logitech advertised 40 days with the original 500 mAh battery), we don’t think it will be a problem.

See the whole build via a great set of pictures on imgur and a review on Hackaday. Great work!

 


Using Adafruit.IO with Particle Photon #IoTuesday #AdafruitIO #Particle @Digikey @MakerIO @Particle

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 13:28

Digikey’s project-based site, MakerIO, posted a new guide about using the Particle Photon board with Adafruit IO.

While the Particle Photon “is a very useful prototyping IoT platform”, you won’t be able use it as an IoT device without rolling out your own IoT service or using a paid service such as Azure IoT, AWS IoT, or Google Cloud IoT.

Luckily, adafruit.io is a free Internet-of-Things data and visualization platform (with upgraded and boosted plans available) capable of connecting with your Particle Photon. Digikey’s guide is robust and takes you through the process of connecting your Photon to Adafruit IO – from installing a prebuilt Adafruit IO Particle library to programming an example which can send from your device to Adafruit IO.

Read more…


The new WiFiBoy OK:D51 Arcade: SAMD51 game controller runs #CircuitPython #MakeCodeArcade #GameDev #Gaming @wifiboy_org @MSMakeCode @MicrochipMakes

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 13:10, modified at 13:04

A new Microchip SAMD51 programmable MakeCode controller demonstrated running CircuitPython. The WiFiBoy OK:D51 Arcade is designed to be programmable with Microsoft MakeCode Arcade, a game-centric version of the graphical block language, as well as CircuitPython, Python on microcontrollers.

WiFiBoy.Org has released a video of the controller running CircuitPython 4 (below). The board can make a connection to their WiFiBoy Python Playground environment.

More on their website and Twitter Account.


MURMUR: kinetic sculpture with a mixed-reality holographic experience #ArtTuesday

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 12:00, modified on 2019-06-14 19:39

Murmur is an installation that holographically places visitors within an Arctic landscape, Via John Grade Studio

Murmur was fabricated over a six-month period beginning in the summer of 2017 with the full studio team of 20 in the Seattle studio along with 8 interns. Henry Cowdery led with CAD. Steve Coulter designed the fluid movement system. Gary Gill consulted for structural engineering. Brandon Aleson designed the control system. Chris McMullen and Thomas York fabricated the steel ribs and base with parts cut by Art and Industrial (laser cutting). Patina applied to the steel by the studio team. Riley Donovan designed the mixed reality experience employing Microsoft’s Hololens as well as designing a tablet application.

Learn more!

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The Monstrous Paintings of Davor Gromilović #ArtTuesday

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 11:00, modified on 2019-06-12 17:57

If the AD&D Monster Manual could be turned into fine art, it would look like the amazing work of Davor Gromilović. We’d  like a museum full of this work. via Hi-FRUCTOSE

Davor Gromilović continues to craft lush fantasy worlds in his drawings and paintings, with both massive scenes and intimate looks at his monsters. The artist is constantly experimenting in his works, toying with perspective in odes to NES games or blending textures. Gromilović last appeared on our site here.

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Dissect a Flower #MakerEducation

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Lovely, educational activity from Scientific American.

Springtime is when nature appears to come back to life after winter. Trees grow leaves, grass gets green, and flowers sprout, displaying beautiful colors and sometimes spreading a delightful scent. But have you ever looked at a flower in more detail? What parts do flowers consist of? Are all flowers alike? In this activity you will find out by dissecting, or taking apart, a flower piece by piece. How many plant parts do you think you can identify?

Read more.


RGB LEDs Shines Through a Rainbow-Tinted Geometric Panel Installation #ArtTuesday

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 08:00, modified on 2019-06-11 18:55

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Chicago-based art duo Luftwerk recently opened a site-specific exhibition titled Parallel Perspectives inside of the McCormick House, the Elmhurst Art Museum’s contemporary art center and historic house designed by Mies van der Rohe. Petra Bachmaier and Sean Gallero installed acrylic panels, RGB LEDs, and diffusers that interact with the light in the space to create a kaleidoscope of colors and geometric shapes that respond to Mies’ architecture.

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Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!


Hidden Patterns of Infrastructure Revealed in a Hypnotic Video #ArtTuesday

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 07:00, modified on 2019-06-11 18:52

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Another dizzying video by Páraic Mc Gloughlin (previously) pairs shots of architecture and infrastructure with electronic music. Mc Gloughlin’s latest work is for the band Weval’s track “Someday,” and features the filmmaker’s signature fusion of geometric shapes found in historical domes, skyscraper facades, and farmland irrigation systems. The tightly edited video shows quickly-passing frames that shift in time with the music, visually quaking or smoothly transitioning depending on the percussive and melodic elements of the song. Macro shots of escalator stairs and grates are interspersed with far-away aerial views of landscapes and forests, for a fast-paced tour of the patterns around us, hidden in plain sight. You can see more from Mc Gloughlin on Vimeo and Instagram.

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Páraic Mc Gloughlin


Screenshot 4 2 14 11 48 AMEvery Tuesday is Art Tuesday here at Adafruit! Today we celebrate artists and makers from around the world who are designing innovative and creative works using technology, science, electronics and more. You can start your own career as an artist today with Adafruit’s conductive paints, art-related electronics kits, LEDs, wearables, 3D printers and more! Make your most imaginative designs come to life with our helpful tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System. And don’t forget to check in every Art Tuesday for more artistic inspiration here on the Adafruit Blog!


How a Black Psychiatrist Shaped “Sesame Street” As a Tool Against Racism #MakerEducation

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 06:00, modified on 2019-06-11 16:22

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Wonderful story about how Dr. Chester Pierce helped build the world of Sesame Street, from Mother Jones.

Sesame Street is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. The rush of stories and social posts about the iconic children’s TV show has inspired numerous stories about Muppets and cast members.

Few, however, noted the role of Dr. Chester Pierce, a psychiatrist and Harvard Medical School professor who was instrumental to the show’s early development and vision.

In 1969, Pierce signed up to be a senior adviser to Sesame Street creators Joan Ganz Cooney and Lloyd Morrisett. The founding president of the Black Psychiatrists of America, Pierce blamed television for furthering racist tropes, but also saw the medium as an opportunity to break those stereotypes, according to Undark Magazine.

Read more.


AI robot Ai-Da presents her original artworks in University of Oxford exhibition

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Via DeZeen

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and sculpture made by Ai-Da, a humanoid robot with artificial intelligence, has been unveiled at a gallery in the UK.

Ai-Da, who is named after pioneering scientist Ada Lovelace, was revealed along with her creations at St John’s College at the University of Oxford.

See more!


After StoneWall 50 Years Of Black & Brown Resistance #Pride2019

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50 years after the riots at Stonewall, the Schomburg is celebrating the black and latinx LGBTQIA+ community and their resistance against homophobia, transphobia, and racism.

via the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

In anticipation of the historic 50th year anniversary of the Stonewall Riots (the landmark black and brown-led 1969 rebellion that gave birth to the modern LGBT rights movement)—the Baldwin Hansberry Project will partner with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture to host a special one day symposium entitled “After Stonewall: 50 Years of Black and Brown Resistance.”

The keynote event of this symposium will be a staged public intergenerational dialogue between leading black LGBT activists reflecting on the various “lessons” that Stonewall teach contemporary activists (i.e. the importance of letting Transwomen lead; the political effectiveness of disruptive direct action; and the power of multiracial organizing). During the symposium, we will launch the hashtag #BlackStonewall50 as a public awareness campaign that highlights the black and brown roots of Stonewall.

Read more and attend the event!


What are the chances that Bigfoot is real?

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-18 04:00, modified on 2019-06-17 16:13

Regardless of how you feel about BigFoot or the Sasquatch, the FBI just released files on their investigation.

via SyFy

Byrne first wrote to the FBI in August of 1976, writing that his institute had been working for six years to uncover the truth, whatever that may be, about Bigfoot. Byrne had recently discovered a tissue sample containing fifteen hairs and some skin which he was unsuccessful in identifying. Working under the assumption that the FBI had previously examined purported Sasquatch hairs — information reported in the 1975 publication of the Washington Environmental Atlas — Byrne requested the FBI take a look at his sample. Byrne further clarified in his letter, “Please understand that our research here is serious. That this is a serious question that needs answering.”

On September 10th of the same year, Byrne received a response from Jay Cochran Jr., Assistant Director of the Scientific and Technical Services Division at the FBI. Cochran stated that the agency had received several inquiries as to the Bureau’s activities in examining evidence of Bigfoot, since the publication of the Washington Environmental Atlas, “However, we have been unable to locate any references to such examinations in our files.”

Read more and if you still need more answers, look over the FBI’s full documents.


REVIEW! Savage Builds – Adam Savage, Building Iron Man @Discovery @donttrythis #savagebuilds @chac_attack

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Savage Builds @ – Discovery & the YouTube trailer will give you an idea what the next in the “MythBuster-like series” Discovery and Adam Savage is up to:

SAVAGE BUILDS
Building Iron Man
SEASON 1, EPISODE 1
Adam Savage teams up with a daredevil inventor to build an authentic Iron Man suit that flies and stops bullets just like Tony Stark’s.
41 min
TV-PG
Premiered
06/14/2019

Savage Builds is on Fridays at 10p E/P on the Discovery Channel (following the new Battlebots).

Learn more, watch online for the next 13-ish days.


On to the review, is it worth watching? YES. Everyone is busy, the competition for 41 minutes in our lives is street brawl with no rules. If you like making things, how things are made, how they are “unmade” with explosives, this show has it all. The show premiered Friday night, however Limor and I watched it Sunday night since Friday to Sunday afternoon was electronics, coding, and prototyping. Our cable provider does on-demand now, so we were able to watch it any time, and skip (some of) the commercials. It’s also online. I feel this is important, it was not hard to watch this when we had the time.

Savage Builds to me seems like an evolution of Mythbusters: and then some… Mythbusters: tested something that may or may not be true, where Savage Builds celebrates the builder, the maker, the super-advance technologies that can make a Tony Stark functional Iron Man suit come to life, get shot (no damage), blown up, and fly.

What sparks any of us to decide to make something, or a kid who decides to take the life long journey of being an engineer? For some, it might be this show. Can we (humans, 2019) make something we see in the movies like an Iron Man suit? Yes, and wow – the build is as impressive as any special effects and CGI. The 3D printing of titanium, the flying, it’s all possible, just gotta have the skills which are obtainable with smarts, dedication, and working with other talented people.

If you are a young person now, watch this show, you can do this, you can make this, while it’s technically impressive, it’s not magic, or movie magic. It’s engineering. There has never been a better time to jump in. Imagine what you’ll be able to make in less than 10 years if this is possible now.

3D printing with titanium, about 250 parts! It must have taken MONTHS of print time.
Riveting titanium plates with Clecos. Handy tip!
Craig Brice, professor of mechanical engineering at Colorado School of Mines, helped Adam Savage design and build the suit.
Seeing the challenges of learning to fly with a Gravity Jet Suit in hours. Richard Browning of course makes it look easy.

It was also great to see Jen Schachter‘s work on the show builds as well.

Savage Builds is off to a perfect start, we’re looking forward to the rest of the episodes. Congrats Adam and team.


Moment : The Oura Ring Meditation Feature

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In late May of 2019 Oura the company that makes an excellent sleep tracking ring added a meditation feature to their iOS App. This new meditation feature is called “Moment” and it collects heart rate data while providing various add-ons to your daily meditation in the form of a timer, voice guided experience and background noises. Researchers and studies have shown that a mindfulness practice can have a positive effect on sleep. Being able to look back at each meditation and compare your initial stress level to the final resulting relaxation level can help develop the best routine for your meditation practice.

How It Works


The Oura ring tracks your blood volume pulse directly from the palmar arteries of the finger with infrared LED sensors. We deliberately designed Oura as a ring (rather than a watch) because the arterial pulse at the finger delivers a significantly more accurate reading than what can be collected from the wrist. From that data, Oura’s algorithms calculate your resting heart rate and heart rate variability (HRV).

How to Use Moment


  • You need an Oura Ring and the iOS App installed
  • Thing ring must be reachable by the App
  • Turn off AirPlane Mode
    • place the ring on the charger for a few second with the Oura App open on your iOS device
  • Select the ‘+’ sign in Oura Apps bottom right corner to begin a meditation
  • Moment Options
    • session length
    • soundscape
    • additional apps for guided meditation
      • Oak
      • Waking Up
      • Calm
      • Headspace
  • Be still
  • Increasing the HRV value is the goal. Higher indicates a strong heart.
  • At the end you can rate your session and review your heart rate charts.

Experiments


The HRV value can help answer the following questions to optimize meditation sessions:
  • What time of day should I meditate?
  • How long should I meditate?
  • What type of meditation works best for me (guided, open collector, soundscape, emotional labeling, etc.)
  • Which environment should I meditate in?
  • What type of breathing exercise (pranayama) should I be doing?
  • Does  caffeine help my practice?
  • Which part of my meditation has the strongest HRV?

Oura provides some guidance for getting started. This will help you focus your attention and let go of the distractions. Also of some importance is obtaining a full report of RHR and HRV data from the meditation sessions which requires a minimum of five minutes in duration. The goal with resting heart rate is to get it as close to your night time low which indicates how relaxed you are. This page also recommends ways to use the Moment feature for staying present, boosting recovery, mastering the power nap, preparing for bed and general relaxation.


Daring Fireball’s John Gruber on Playdate, Arduboy … @gruber @playdate @panic @bateskecom #arduboy

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Daring Fireball on Playdate from Panic

“…Playdate, the most amazing and exciting product announcement, for me, since the original iPhone.” – John Gruber

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I’ve read John’s site for years and probably still will, even with this comment to his 371,000 Twitter followers about Kevin’s open-source product, the Arduboy.

I suppose this is one way to get developers (or anyone) interested in Playdate since John is one of the first high-profile, super-vocal promoters of Playdate. Putting this post up here to see what type of game development community emerges from Playdate as it gets closer to shipping, and if it’s going to be welcoming or as the person who tweeted back said, “snooty.”

There’s enough room for all types of hardware in gaming, everyone plays games, just like everyone “makes” something.

We signed up for the Playdate SDK/dev stuff, we’ll be picking one up and trying to make games for it and maybe some hardware accessories too.


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What is Arduboy?

Arduboy is a miniature game system the size of a credit card. Installed with a classic 8-bit game and can be reprogrammed from a library of open source games available online. Arduboy is open source so you can learn to code and create your own games.

Read more. It’s $49, shipping now, games are black and white, there are a lot of things that are like the Playdate, and if you’ve made games for the Arduboy, you might want to check out Playdate too.

Disclosure: Adafruit sells the Arduboy, we also have released multiple gaming devices, including ones with cranks 🙂


MakeCode Minute: Arcade Button Combos @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit @MSMakeCode

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-17 21:02

In this week’s MakeCode Minute: Arcade Button Combos @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit @MSMakeCode. Add button combinations to the controller input. HADOUKEN !

To learn more about MakeCode, check out this guide.


Weekly Editorial Round-Up: NYC trivia, CircuitPython 4.1.0 Beta, AdaBox012, & more!

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ADAFRUIT WEEKLY EDITORIAL ROUND-UP


We’ve got so much happening here at Adafruit that it’s not always easy to keep up! Don’t fret, we’ve got you covered. Each week we’ll be posting a handy round-up of what we’ve been up to, ranging from learn guides to blog articles, videos, and more.


BLOG

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Mike Barela posted about how the NYC subway system runs on OS/2, IBM’s old PC operating system.

More BLOG:


LEARN

Adabox 012 sheet

Our AdaBox012 guide is here!

More LEARN

Browse all that’s new in the Adafruit Learning System here!


VH Home Insurance on Drone Home Inspection for Insurance Pros and Cons #drone #droneday

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From VH Home Insurance:

Originally intended chiefly for military operations, drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) are increasingly being used for commercial, scientific, recreational, agricultural and other purposes. When it comes to usage in real estate and for home inspection, the ability of drones to capture spectacular aerial views through cameras attached to the device is what separates them from any other technology.

Read more


Welcome to drone day on the Adafruit blog. Every Monday we deliver the latest news, products and more from the Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV), quadcopter and drone communities. Drones can be used for video & photography (dronies), civil applications, policing, farming, firefighting, military and non-military security work, such as surveillance of pipelines. Previous posts can be found via the #drone tag and our drone / UAV categories.


NEW PRODUCT – USB C Powered Soldering Iron – Adjustable Temperature Pen-Style – TS80

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NEW PRODUCT – USB C Powered Soldering Iron – Adjustable Temperature Pen-Style – TS80


The TS80 is a chic and smart soldering iron powered by USB Type-C and QC3.0 standard input. Normally we’d scoff at trying to power a soldering iron off of USB, but thanks to the new USB C standard, the power plug that’s included is a 9V 2A so you get a reasonable ~20 Watts of power. So, this is the first USB iron we would feel comfortable stocking, it’s a nice iron, good enough for every-day use. We dig the slim pen iron (so comfortable to hold), adjustable temperature (oooh there’s a OLED screen!), durable grounding cord, and fast heat-up (about 22 seconds)!

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Comes equipped with an OLED screen, so you can keep an eye on the temperature. With a built-in STM32 chip, it can control the rise and fall of tip temperature, and it features sleep, automatic power-off, and other modes. The code application layer is open source; you can develop firmware for the soldering iron. You can even customize the boot up screen with your own 96×16 pixel BMP image!

When you don’t need a full soldering ‘battle station’, this pen-type iron will work well, either on a bench-top or in a tool box. It can handle any task you throw at it, and the handy buttons set the temperature. Once the soldering is complete and the iron has cooled off, you can easily coil it up to keep your work space clean and tidy.

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This soldering iron has an adjustable temperature range from 100ºC to 400ºC. For most lead-free soldering, try 400°C. For lead-based solder, 350°C will do. Adjust as necessary! It may not be as powerful or easy-to-use as the full stand-up Hakko, but it is a lot more portable. We also carry a soldering iron stand (and a deluxe model as well) in case you want to keep it from rolling around your desk.

The soldering tip is connected via a 3.5mm push-in plug, making replacing tips super easy. The tip it comes with is a nice general-purpose D25 screwdriver tip for all through-hole and larger-SMT work, it’s got plenty of metal behind it so it retains and transfers heat well. Note that the tip is not Hakko-compatible!

Kit also includes USB C power supply, the tiniest Allen wrench for attaching the optional grounding clip, and said grounding clip.

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In stock and shipping now!


NEW PRODUCT – 3.2″ TFT Display with Resistive Touchscreen

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NEW PRODUCT – 3.2″ TFT Display with Resistive Touchscreen


This is a screen for advanced hackers who like the look of the TFT screen we’ve put into the PyPortalPiTFT Plus, and TFT breakout. This display has 320×240 pixels and is driven with the ILI9341 chipset. This is just the display module! No PCB is included! You can talk to this chip with SPI (4 or 3 wire), 8 bit parallel, or 16 bit parallel. It also can be put into “dot clock mode” for raw TTL signal in but we have never done this ourselves so there’s no example code for that.

We’re selling this module bare for those who want to integrate it into their own project. If this is your first time working with this TFT we suggest our breakout board which makes it easy to use SPI or 8-bit interfacing and also has mounting holes, level shifting, etc.. Otherwise you can pick up one of our 50-pin FPC breakouts and an 50-pin FPC connector and solder it up by hand. For the TFT command set, the data sheet is very complete, but we also have some Arduino code you can refer to here to get started.

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A 50-pin, 0.5mm pitch, top-contact FPC connector is required to connect to this screen. You cannot solder this connector directly to a PCB – a matching connector is required, you can pick one up here.

The resistive touch screen is a classic ‘analog’ touch screen which requires either a micro controller with analog inputs OR the use of a touch screen controller, such as this one.

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In stock and shipping now!


This gorgeous golden tapestry is actually a functional computer

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Via Fast Company:

That’s the idea behind The Embroidered Computer, an artwork that looks like an embroidered tapestry but is actually an electromechanical computer that is similar in power to the eight-bit computers of the 1950s. Those mainframe computers filled entire rooms with their wiring, but this computer was made with handmade copper coils, a magnetic bead, and gold and silver conductive thread.

Using traditional embroidery methods, the Vienna-based designers Ebru Kurbak and artist Irene Posch hand-stitched electromechanical switches out of these conductive materials. As with any computer, when an electrical current passes through the copper coil, it creates a magnetic field that causes the magnetic bead to flip to an “on” or an “off” position based on the direction of the current. The entire art piece has a total of 369 switches, which makes up an eight-bit computer that can perform simple calculations.

Read more!


NEW GUIDE: AdaBox 012 Main Guide @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit @digikey

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It’s here! AdaBox 012 has started shipping and if you’re a subscriber, it’ll be heading to your mailbox soon!

Can’t wait to see what’s inside? Dying to know about the great projects you’ll build with it? Then look no further, because the AdaBox 012 Learn Guide is here!

Have a look to see what’s in the box, how to put it together, and better yet, see what you’ll be able to do with it all!

We won’t spoil it here in this post if you like surprises, but if you’re the kind who MUST KNOW RIGHT NOW then head on over to the Learn Guide for all the details.


CircuitPython Libraries on Linux and Odroid C2 @OdroidH @armbian @circuitpython #circuitpython

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CircuitPython Libraries on Linux and Odroid C2 @ The Adafruit Learning System.

We’ve got tons of projects, libraries and example code for CircuitPython on microcontrollers, and thanks to the flexibility and power of Python its pretty easy to get it working with micro-computers like Odroid or other ‘Linux with GPIO pins available’ single board computers.

We’re adding new boards to Blinka all the time. If there’s a board you would like to have added to Blinka, please file it as an issue on the Blinka Repository on Github or even better, submit a Pull Request.

Read More.


What Counts As The Steepest Street In The World?

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Super fun video from Tom Scott, as a part of his ‘Amazing Places’ series.

Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand, has the Guinness World Record for “steepest paved road over a continuous distance of more than ten metres”. Which is enough to bring in quite a few tourists. What’s the history? And what counts as “steepest street”?


NEW GUIDE: John Park’s Trash Panda Game @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit @msmakecode

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-17 16:51

Trash Panda is everyone’s favorite button mashing, brick dodging, crow avoiding, building climbing, pizza snarfing raccoon game! Find out how to make Trash Panda in MakeCode Arcade with this new Learn Guide! You can even play it on your PyGamer or PyBadge handheld system.

OK, we just made it, so maybe it isn’t everyone’s favorite just yet, but we think soon it will be!

Learn to create your own exciting action game based on actual real-life events. You’ll use MakeCode Arcade to craft the game, learning how to center the camera using null locators, spawn randomly timed obstacles, pizza power-ups, and set up button mashing input.

Get Lynn the Trash Panda to the top of the building as fast as you can to save the day!


NEW GUIDE: Py Hunter a Re-MakeCode Arcade Game @adafruit @johnedgarpark #adafruit @msmakecode

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In this guide, we’ll Re-MakeCode the thrilling car-chase arcade game classic, Spy Hunter! But since its on a PyBadge or PyGamer we’ll rename it (and tweak the design a bit) to create Py Hunter

We’ll learn how to create an endless road level, high speed enemies, car bumping mechanics, smoke screens, freeze rays, a custom health meter, and more!

Check out the Py Hunter Learn Guide!


Ghost Pianos: Generative Music and Accessibility with Ólafur Arnalds #MusicMonday

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-17 16:00, modified on 2019-06-14 16:12

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Following nerve damage, [the] Icelandic composer/producer/musician was unable to play the piano. With his ‘Ghost Pianos’, he gets that ability back, through intelligent custom software and mechanical pianos.

This frames accessibility in terms any of us can understand. Our bodies are fragile, and indeed piano history is replete with musicians who lost the original use of their two hands and had to adapt. Here, an accident caused him to lose left hand dexterity, so he needed a way to connect one hand to more parts.

Hear and learn more!


Cleaning the Selective Solder Pumps #ManufacturingMonday (video)

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It’s Manufacturing Monday at Adafruit!

The pumps on our selective solder machine are built to handle molten tin, but even they need a little TLC now and again. This video shows us removing the pumps from our KISS 102 selective solder machine for maintenance.


KB-IDE Open Source IDE Supports ESP-IDF, Arduino, and Visual Programming for #ESP32 Boards @ESP32net @cnxsoft

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-17 15:57, modified at 15:49

Via CNX Software blog comes news of KB IDE, a development environment for ESP32 boards. You can code in block or text programming with a colorful, intuitive IDE. The code in either mode is C/C++ so programs should be very speedy.

Block programming

Easy coding for beginners.
  • 100% no hardcoding, just drag & drop with block connection.
  • Easy and Intuitive.
  • Basic & Advance block coverage 99% of the code that you write.
  • Various helping blocks, Images, Music, Text-to-speech.
  • Have fun in exploring with your creativity.
  • Speed up text-coding, all blocks are 100% convertible ready-compile C/C++.

Text Programming

Themed editor for programmers.
  • Speed up coding by converting C/C++ from block.
  • Line error hint, indicate and report lines with error.
  • 50+ editor themes, dark/light, select your personal preference.
  • Fast switch block & code mode.
  • External package, add a more powerful tool.

The board manager makes selecting the target board easy with clear pictures.

The MIT licensed code is on GitHub and you can find ready-made executables for Windows/mac/Linux in the releases page here.

  • The IDE is made with Vuejs combined with various tools, such as VuetifyVue Material AdminWebpackElectronBlocklyCodeMirrorKidbright-IDE and more. Basically, this IDE is 100% Open Source, you can browse sources and find more modules that we use in our GITHUB KBIDE.
  • This is a Hackable IDE, you can integrate by using Package, add Board, Plugin and many other ways. We provide a powerful and ready documented template.

See the project home page for more as well as their Facebook group.


Comcast’s latest accessibility feature lets customers change TV channels with their eyes

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Comcast is introducing eye control to its X1 cable platform, a new effort that the company says will improve the experience of watching TV for millions of people with physical disabilities. Eye control lets customers change channels, pull up the X1 programming guide, set DVR recordings, and navigate through other menus of the cable box using only their eyes.

Comcast says it’s supporting basically all popular eye gaze hardware and software on the market to make the feature as accessible as possible — including devices from Tobii — plus “Sip-and-Puff switches and other assistive technologies.” Tobii president Tara Rudnicki said, “we are pleased to see how Comcast continues to make their products and solutions accessible.”

For details see the above YouTube video and the complete article from The Verge linked here.


New Learn Guide! PyGamer Snapfit Case #3DPrinting

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This enclosure is designed to secure the PyGamer PCB without any hardware screws. The PCB rests on bottom half with built-in standoffs. The top half features cutouts for the thumb stick, buttons and display. The two halves snap fit together and clamp shut. Features on the edges of the snap allow the case to firmly stay shut but also allow it to re-open!

Download or edit the 3d files on: https://learn.adafruit.com/pygamer-snapfit-case


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

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


Monitor Rivers and Lakes with WaterAid

Permalink - Posted on 2019-06-17 15:00, modified on 2019-06-05 19:29


From Andrei Florian on Hackster.io:

By collecting water temperature, pH and humidity as well as atmospheric temperature and humidity, WaterAid is packed with all the sensors you would need to monitor the pollution of the river.

Read more and see more on YouTube