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There are people making amazing things around the world, are you one of them? Join the 48,638 strong! And check out scores of projects they shared this week after the jump!
Featured on Adafruit’s Weekly Electronics Show and Tell!
A Scrolling Twitter Display for a Wedding Using LED Matrix Link: Will Garrido shared more about his LED Matrix Link Tindie project. “The main driving force to develop the LED Matrix Link was to display messages at my wedding in May. The idea was to have guests be able to send messages to it during the reception. I decided to use Twitter since most people use it and there are plenty of code examples to get me started.” (read more) Featured: 4/13/2013
Adafruit Products Out In the Wild!
Joe (“Fwonkas“) wrote in to share with us: “Here’s something I made that I wanted to share… I made an Atari arcade joystick using some parts purchased from Adafruit. It was a very easy project, but I definitely prefer it to the original joysticks. I also put up a step-by-step on instructables: Make Your Own Atari Joystick.” (read more)
Adafruit’s Circuit Playground!
— DIYgirls (@DIYGirls) April 14, 2013
Adafruit 6 Second Electronics Film Festival!
The Adafruit 6 second electronics film festival is ON! #adafruit6secs (more details here). The first entries are showing up with the tag, make sure to enter your 6 second entry and win up to $600 in the Adafruit store!
Here’s a fun one that came in from DarylRobot! with a RT by ChiefRobot:
— ChiefRobot (@ChiefRobot) April 19, 2013
Oh there’s more, check out the Tyopmatic!
From the Google+ Community
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David Buhler shared his CRA Wireless Launch System: “Starting to get near completion of a wireless launch system for high power rocketry, A point to multi-point system (1 launch controller to multiple range boxes) with each range box designed with four ignition ports plus the ability to control up to four hybrid solenoids (Nitrous Oxide).” (read more)
Dave Pentecost shared some photos from the process of “construction and hanging of the dome for our planetarium. 30 feet in diameter, 6 years in the planning, 3 years since building construction began. The long hack.” (read more)
And a day later…
He also shared a video demonstrating a 24v solenoid!
William Foster shared his Arduino robot collision detection and avoidance robot: “i’m thinking about replacing the ping sensor with two light sensors, and making a light seeking robot … any advice on the programming to do that?” (read more)
Baka Chan shared a project that is a few “firsts”:
1 my first avr programming nightmare
2 my first all from scratch build
3 my first arduino experience, which was a mostly pleasant one once I figured out what the heck I was doing
Community Projects from the Adafruit Blog
Building a Tardis-Light: maker “The Mechatronics Guy” grabbed some Digital RGB LED Weatherproof Strip 32 LED and example code and used it to rig up a light for a very special box: “A friend of mine, Alex, is building his own Tardis, and needed a hand with the light on top. I cobbled this together in a couple of hours and thought I’d share it.” (read more)
Pebble Smart Watch Class/Hackathon at NYC Resistor: Trammell Hudson let us know he will be offering a class on how to “write custom watch faces that work with the official Pebble SDK.” Tickets for the class are on sale for $125. The hackathon afterwards is free! (read more)
Our Geeky Wedding – Wedding Circuit Ceremony: Bill Porter shared about some wedding vows that the Adafruit crowd can really get behind: soldering a project together that lights up to say “I DO” as a metaphor for the marriage contract. “Yes, we really did solder some wires together in the middle of our wedding, with a Weller soldering iron Mara bought me for a past birthday no less.” (read more)
Projects from the #3DThursday Blog Series
Replicating a 19th Century Statue with 21st Century Tech: art hacker David Huerta shared about using stereophotogrammetry for the Brooklyn Museum’s efforts to hack for accessibility, to offer scaled, touchable versions of items from their collection — and some of the challenges he faced. (read more)
3D printing store turns your ideas into real objects: Chicago makers Mike Moceri and Tom Burtonwood alerted us that they are opening a very unusual type of store centered around 3D printing. “The end goal is to have people develop projects independently, then come work with us to print them,” Moceri said, adding that creating a collaborative learning space is more important to the store’s founders than making any sales. (read more)
Raspberry Pi Projects from the #Piday Blog Series
Measuring Lobbyists With a Custom RasPi Meter:
Tom Lee from the Sunlight Foundation used Adafruit gear and tutorials to help him create an unusual sort of meter: “Every few minutes a Python script running on the Pi fills out a form on the Senate Office of Public Records website, and counts how many new registrations have shown up this week.” (read more)
Deimos: Pi Remote Rover: Doug Roberts shared his RasPi remote rover project, Deimos. He said: “I thought I would share my project, as most of the components come from Adafruit… My project is almost finished, just waiting for the Pi’s Camera Module.” Really cool mod project, thanks for sharing! (read more)
The Cloud Lamp Project:
Thomas Mardis shared his RasPi circular LED display project tutorial — The Cloud Lamp Project: “After getting my home somewhat automated with a z-wave network and a few other custom devices, I thought I’d like to have a simple way to see the status of my home, the weather, surf report, etc, easily visible from my bed.” (read more)
End robocaller, solicitation, and hangup calls with Asterisk & Raspberry Pi: Bill Bishop sent in a link to his well-documented Asterisk + Raspberry Pi project tutorial to help you build a tool with your RasPi to eliminate unwanted calls. (read more)
Turn your Raspberry Pi into a Scan-To-Cloud Device: Frederik Granna expanded upon a scan-to-cloud RasPi project created by Eduardo Luís to add an Adafruit Blue&White 16×2 LCD+Keypad Kit for display. (read more)
Raspberry Pi E-Mail + LCD Tutorial Mashup: user “bfesser” from the the Adafruit Forums read two tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System to create a handy RasPi project. “I combined the 16×2 LCD tutorial with the email LED tutorial to get the LCD to display the RasPi’s IP (I was running headless) and how many unread emails I had in my Gmail inbox.” (read more)
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