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!
1992 – Oldest “homebrew” comes of age
In 1992 archeologists uncovered the oldest chemical evidence of beermaking known to man in Godin Tepe, in the Zagros Mountains, in present-day Iran. And today that evidence just turned 21 year old (at least 21 years uncovered), meaning it’s old enough for consumption! Too bad alcohol is now entirely illegal in the land where it was invented. The earliest known archeological and chemical evidence of wine production was also found nearby in the Zagros Mountains.
1884 – Greenwich Mean Time is Standardized, 129th Anniversary of Springing Forward/Falling Back
On November 1st 1884, the International Meridian Conference in Washington D.C. agreed to designate an International Date Line and establish Greenwich Mean Time, thereby establishing the first international time-keeping system to which all nation-states adhered (or most). Some rogue counties, cows and states don’t adhere, but generally if you want to catch a plane anywhere, you’d better set your watch. Time zones have changed little since the map was first created 129 years ago.
1879 – Oskar Barnack inventor of first
Oskar Barnack would have turned 134 on the first of this month, if medicine and snake oil ever fulfilled its long-term promises. At any rate, in 1912, while the head of development for the German camera company Ernst Leitz Optische Werke (often shortened to Leitz) in Wetzlar, Germany, he was able to develop the first fully portable, 35mm camera. World War I stymied Leitz’s ability to manufacture or distribute Barnack’s invention, though, and it wasn’t until 1925 that the first Leica (an abbreviation of “Leitz Camera) was available to the public. Intended as a portable camera for outdoor photography. Instead of exposure plates, the Leica borrowed from film reels, using 35mm strips that could be enlarged to full size in a dark room. An immediate success, the Leica transformed photography as we know it.
iRobot CEO talks about the Kinect (hacks) for robots. “The second is the video gaming industry. The Xbox game sensor made by PrimeSense is an incredibly disruptive sensor because now for a very low cost–under $100–your robot can have a gestural interface. The multibillion-dollar game industry is investing in gestural interfaces at a scale of investment inaccessible to the robot industry at this point.”
Our Kinect arrived and we proceeded to hack it. “Microsoft does not condone the modification of its products”…
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
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.