Time travel Tuesday #timetravel a look back at the Adafruit, maker, science, technology and engineering world
Road? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads. – Dr. Emmett Brown.
Here’s a look back at the maker world and beyond!
Lucite, more commonly known today as plexiglass, began commercial production seventy-seven years ago today at a Dupont chemical plant.
Williamina Fleming, part of Edward Pickering’s infamous “harem,” (really a group of women who performed calculations for his research) was the first to identify “white dwarves” and died 102 years ago today. Starting out as a maid at Pickering’s house, she gradually moved up to clerk, then to performing mathematical calculations for his work, and finally conducting research in her own right. She also notably discovered the Horsehead Nebula in 1888.
In 1819 the first bicycle was seen on the street of New York City. Officials were quick to ban these dangerous “velocipedes” from “public places and on the sidewalks of the city.”
Eink, E-paper, Think Ink – Collin shares six segments pondering the unusual low-power display technology that somehow still seems a bit sci-fi – http://adafruit.com/thinkink
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.