Community Corner: This Week in Adafruit’s Community – March 7, 2014

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caitlinsdad shared on Instructables :

We “heart” Adafruit. Just like there are legions of iblers that are fans of instructables, for the loyal fans of Adafruit (gee, what do you call them, adafruits?) make your own Adafruit Adabot Robot Heart Plushie. Everyone needs a hug. This derivative of the IKEA FAMNIG HJÄRTA red heart cushion was Inspired by Adafruit’s own robot Adabot, star of Circuit Playground. Of course, we also have the Instructables Robot Robo-Heart Plushie too. (read more)

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Mark Miller shared: “Programming a Pic microcontroller with a teach pendant(PS2 joysticks). This mess brought to you by a scrounging maker who is using what he has available in the parts bins to hack together a joystick teach system for machine programming. The joystick(I can use two if necessary) is used to move the X Y axis in real time and the homemade 4 bit computer made of all 74LS series of microchips turns the movement into hex code. The A to D converter values are processed and added after a move is made and stored in 4X4 registers. With the press of a button, the hex file is sent to the Pic chip. When finished the Pic now can reproduce all the moves made and copy the original part.” (read more)

Demonstration of the Torggler

Jaidyn Edwards shared: “My newest creation, the Torggler Box.Based on the amazing Torggler Door I designed a box that used the same amazing mechanism. I call it the Torggler Box in appreciation of Klemens Torggler’s amazing creation.” (read more)

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Rifle Creek shared: “hexagonal chain mail” (read more)

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Daniele Alberti shared: “A Complete tutorial to build your own arduino powered ironman mask!” (read more)

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Shawna Davey shared: “My sister (red) made a wire belt and I added coin battery and a strung if LED wire. Then we attended the #makefashion show at West jet campus!!! Awesome!! #wearable tech” (read more)


Jaye Sudar shared: “While normally my sewing talents are used to make clothing for SCA events, I’ve been working with conductive fabric for the last few weeks. I’m making ground planes for satellite antennas. These are 7 inches in diameter. The thread is conductive as well. We are using plastic canvas as a back support.” (read more)

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Mark Topham shared: “Using 2 74hc595, one for the digit, one for selecting the position. Rapidly cycling the position for each digit.” (read more)

Community Projects from the Adafruit Blog

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William Phelps created a Virtual Keyboard for the PiTFT and shared it on the Adafruit Forums! “I needed a touch keyboard for some projects using the most excellent Adafruit PiTFT. I found Tony Maro’s Virtual Keyboard project, originally for a Nokia tablet, and modified it to work on the Adafruit PiTFT display. This is specifically for the PiTFT – the sizes and display support are all set for the PiTFT in landscape mode….It’s fully open source under GNU V3. It’s up on my Github repo.” (read more)

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Pete Prodoehl over at Make came up with this cool project using a Raspberry Pi to track “likes” from Facebook: “For this project I’m going to share how to build a Raspberry Pi-based kiosk that will show how many ‘Likes’ your Facebook page has. When you get a new Like it will show you and alert you with a sound. I won’t cover setting up a Raspberry Pi from scratch, but I recommend you read the book “Getting Started With Raspberry Pi” by Matt Richardson and Shawn Wallace.” (read more)

gbaman built his Panobot using a Raspberry Pi and Lego: “I have just finshed work on version 1 of my Pi powered Panobot. It is a robot designed to take panoramas with the official raspberry pi camera board. It is built out of lego and uses the same motors and motor controller as my Lego Pibot. It runs a python script which allows me to program how wide a panorama I want and how many levels. Once the images are taken I copy them over to my laptop and stitch them together into one image using Hugin. The Pi camera is very good for its price but compared to my DSLR has a smaller dynamic range and also a smaller HFOV (Horizontal Field Of View) so to get a panorama, it requires a few more pictures. I found to allow enough overlap that 10 pictures wide was sufficient by 3 pictures tall. This totaled to 30 pictures per panorama compared to my normal 25 pictures for my DSLR. I have to stitch them on my laptop instead of the pi due to massive amount of processing power to find the control points” (read more) is on the hunt for the maker of this incredibly cool Gameboy Cosplay made with a Raspberry Pi. You can even switch the games out with giant game cartridges! “We have no details about this other than the video below. (A picture appeared on Reddit last August, but there’s been absolutely no other information: we do not know who these people are, what the event they’re at is, how many worked on the outfit, or where they’re from.) But it’s magnificent, so we had to share. Great job, shady-looking guy! Get in touch with us if you see this: we’d like to know who you are, and what other superpowers you have.” (read more)

Kevin Bates shared with us his interactive digital business card project: “It is completely flush with the circuit board. I love your site I have learned virtually everything I know about micro controllers from you! Thanks!” (read more)

Dancing SpiderBot! “The E.L.F. robot dances to the beat of any song it hears. One of the coolest things about this project is that its creator, John Jensen, had no previous hardware building experience prior to this project. This quick learner made the SpiderBot while deployed to Iraq. He chose the BeagleBoard to give the spider plenty of speed and well-defined dance moves.” (read more)

Rachel Ciavarella made this interesting project using, among other things, an arduino. “This experimental piece was designed to facilitate experimentation with music. The user is allowed to manipulate sounds through an interface that responds to changes with haptic feedback. This is meant to make sound manipulation more familiar and less intimidating to “nonmusical” people. By pairing visual and tactile cues to sound qualities I hope to bring a new understanding to sound experience and experimentation.” (read more)

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