Community Corner: Solar Outdoor Pi, Back to the Future Clock, a Cardboard RasPi Internet Radio, and More Treats from the Adafruit Community

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Jay Doscher shared his latest weekend solar project “Summer of Solar Solar Powered, Outdoor Raspberry Pi”: “We’re a big fan of solar technology, and even bigger fans of the Raspberry Pi. So when we found that Adafruit had some cool parts that would let us run a solar-powered Raspberry Pi, we got to work! The idea is simple, a Raspberry Pi that can safely and happily live outside without any wires that would keep it close to home. We re-used several parts we had on hand, and we’ll link to them below. Feel free to use whatever you have laying around….” (read more)
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There are people making amazing things around the world, are you one of them? Join the 57,383 strong! And check out scores of projects they shared this week after the jump!

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Daniel Turing shared: “A quick hack that just wanted to be done: QR Clock using using Arduino Nano v3, Nokia 5110 LCD and Adafruit DS1307 RTC (the PS2 Connector is for another hack). Hacked by molecular on August 6, 2013″ (read more)

Matt Heilman shared: “Improved Solder Vacuum Rev.3. Final revision and permanent build.” (read more)


pssst, click the above link to see his great animated gif!

Don Smiley shared: “I’m in the process of designing a machine for CNC use, and here is some of my effort modelling the possible configurations. ” (read more)

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Json Marruffo shared: “Finished the design in our kiddos school room.”(read more)

Andrew Hodel shared: “RichRap’s geared peristaltic pump printed on Ultimaker” (read more)

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Jason Clark shared: “Cheap drop down cable organizer. I bought a cast off mini blind from home depot, a cheap curtain rod and then took the slats off. Has been working for several years now.” (read more)

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limpfish shared on flickr a: “Cardboard Raspberry Pi wifi internet radio” (read more)

And for another treat, check out lumpfish’s videos for Star Wars and Nyan Cat at 1 bit playing back on a RasPi and Adafruit red negative LCD over here.

Chris Fane shared: “So here we have a couple of things I’ve been experimenting with recently, in the shape of an MPU6050. The MPU6050 is a combined gyroscope and accelerometer, which I’ve combined with an Adafruit 2.2” tft display to make a rudimentary g-meter. Head over to Rasathus’s Raspberry Ramblings for more details.” (read more)


Check out this pneumatic target range – using a Pi, Arduino and our 16 channel PWM breakout, with photos from Maker Faire Detroit! Shared on the Adafruit Forums: “The project was a pneumatic target range using recycled materials and some common hardware from local stores (mostly PVC pipe and fittings.) The gun uses a 12 amp motor from a discarded Bissell vacuum cleaner to generate the air pressure. The ammo is ping pong balls that have some additional weight added to them. We stuffed them with cotton to give them a little more punch and accuracy. (All of the cotton had fallen out by the end of the Faire though so accuracy got worse as the event progressed.) The balls are loaded into the gun via a venturi tube and they are collected into a bucket after they are shot. Another vacuum cleaner motor loads them into a hopper over the gun for re-use….” (read more)

meoWorkShop shared their Reign in Awesome project: “What you see is a fluorescent light bulb being lit up wirelessly by the Slayer Exciter. A Slayer Exciter is essentially a transformer that steps up the primary voltage from the driver circuit (in this case, a high frequency oscillator) and creates a varying electric field that can light up fluorescent light bulbs….” (read more)

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Trammell Hudson and Matt Mets from NYCResistor shared: “Are you building a giant LED display for your hackerspace or Burning Man and need a way to control multiple kilometers of LED strips? Are you tired of running massive USB hubs of Teensys for each row? Then you might be interested in my LEDscape code for the BeagleBone Black to drive up to 500 meters of WS2811 RGB LED strips at 30fps….” (read more)

Eduardo Zola shared his Back to the Future Alarm Clock built with Adafruit gear: “Hello Adafruit Team! This is my new Alarm Clock Toy. I built it with some adafruit components. Regards, Eduardo” (read more)

EternalCore shared a NeoPixel Strip Larson Scanner project on the Adafruit Forums! “Since there are no tutorials for the NeoPixel Strip’s and I’m finally getting the hang of coding it…..I thought I’d share this example I made of a scrolling Cylon eye!!!” (read more)

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