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!
1914 – Explorer Makes First Trip, Leaves Mother’s Womb
Thor Heyerdahl, anthropologist, naturalist and adventurer was born was born 99 years ago this week, making his first of many explorations when he clamored out of his mother’s womb. He became famous in 1947 when he crossed the South Pacific aboard the Kon-tiki, setting out to prove that Easter Islanders and Polynesians were able to cross the ocean on small raft-boats that may have originated from South America. Further explorations later in life led him to Egypt, Azerbaijan, the Canary Islands and Turkey (among many other places).
Charles Cros, an often forgotten inventor (since he’s not credited for much), contributed many important elements that led to the invention of, among other things, recorded sound/the phonograph, color photography and improvements in the telegraph. He was a well-regarded poet and writer, and astronomer. Later in life, he also attempted to convince the French government to build a giant mirror to communicate with what he believed was life on Venus and Mars from the spots of light he could see from his night observations. The mirror was never built, but he died believing that life on other planets must exist, a thoroughly radical idea at the time.
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.