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Here’s a simple soft circuit for beginners! Susan wrote in to share her light-up raven pin. Light up the the raven pin when you apply pressure– would make a great plush ornament for the holidays. (read more)
There are people making amazing things around the world, are you one of them? Join the 66,848 strong! And check out scores of projects they shared this week after the jump!
From the Google+ Community
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arkadi rafalovich shared: “First prototype of wheely, a concept test for a 2 wheels platform capable of high maneuverability and jumping. Presented open loop control via android phone using Bluetooth, next step is integrating control loop using the on board sensor, MPU-6050 for better performance, and actual jumping capabilities.” (read more)
Daniel Would shared: “Custom Nexus 4 dock, as finished as I’m going to make it. Got the electronics in, used hot melt glue to secure stuff. At this point it is very usable as a dock. I’ve not spent too much time sanding the pieces to get a nice finish. I made the front panel reasonably nice but the rest has lots of visible scratch lines. But at this point I think I’ll probably evolve the design and build a mk III version. Happy with the general fit for my phone in it’s case, less happy with how the whole tabs thing worked out.” (read more)
Kris Kortright shared: “The goal of the rig is really quite simple: provide all of the computing power and functionality that I need in my office, but without the horrid noise that these systems make when in their “normal” (cased) configuration that you would buy at a store. Based on my experiences with these kinds of systems, serviceability was important as I’m also sick and tired of twirling screwdrivers and pulling massive metal cases off things, and torquing my wrists to install/augment my computers in their “normal” cases. The result is shown, and less impressive than some of the comments, but the hardware your seeing is…” (read more)
Jovan Isakovic shared: “This is why you shouldn’t finish up work at 2am! I made a 1L cappuccino mug by accident! This is how it looks like compared to normal sized cup (2.5dl). Normal sized fat cat mug ceramic print is available on Shapeways.” (read more)
Community Projects from the Adafruit Blog
Rupert shared: “After Purchasing a Trinket to experiment with and Adafruit having a great mentality for Open Source Hardware, I decided to modify my own Attiny85 volume control PCB to make it compatible with the Trinkets 5Volt firmware (flash_me_hv_5volt.hex)! (which is Arduino compatible) This gives access to direct programming without the need for a separate programmer from the Arduino IDE. Its also nice to support the hard work done at Adafruit by purchasing one of their Trinkets….” (read more)
Jon of jonshouse.co.uk shared: “This is a 128×32 pixel LED display built from 8 “P10″ LED Panels and a Raspberry Pi board. The code its running is takes UDP data from another computer and displays the pixels in either one or two bits per pixel. The sign is pictured here being driven from an empeg mp3 player. It can be driven by anything with ethernet (a network port).” (read more)
canida shared an incredible Dune Giant Sandworm Shai Hulud Costume: “The giant sandworms of Dune can grow to over 400 meters long, and are equipped with an incredible array of crystalline teeth. They dwell in the deep desert on the planet Arrakis, sole source of the prescience-inducing spice drug melange, and are known to native Fremen as Shai-Hulud. The worms create the spice, and he who controls the spice controls the universe…..” (read more)
Bonnie Eisenman shared a Piano Stairs Project she created at HackPrinceton last weekend on the Adafruit Forums! “So, I pulled off my Piano Stairs hack this past weekend using parts from Adafruit! Specifically, a Raspberry Pi, an Arduino Uno, and a bunch of photoresistors. I used flashlights on each stair, across from the photoresistors, in order to up the contrast and make it way more robust. (Without flashlights, you get effects like people casting shadows on stairs they’re not actually standing on, etc.)” (read more)
Instructables user TheGreatS shared a shirt with a flexible screen that can play a game of pong: “This is my Halloween costume for the year 2013. It’s been in the works for about a year and has taken quite a few man hours to create. The screen is 14 by 15 pixels, so, pretty low resolution but it can still do some fun things. It is physically flexible in all directions, although it cannot be folded without damage. It has a controller consisting of a single button and slide pot, connected to a pro mega via USB. To keep it alive for a long time it employs two monstrous 2200 mAh batteries wired in series to get the necessary voltage, and then a 5 Volt regulator to make it usable. All the electronics are place in pockets on the inside of the shirt so they can be removed and so the shirt can be washed.” (read more)
MikeHandidate shared: “I’ve finally fulfilled my lifelong dream of becoming a Gameboy. Happy Halloween! The screen is 16::10, so GBA games look a little better than GBC. But a GBA costume wouldn’t have fit through doors…” (read more)
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