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How Becky Stern Works @lifehacker #WearableWednesday

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Is Becky Stern an artist or engineer or designer? At Adafruit Industries, it’s all of the above. As Director of Wearable Electronics, Becky combines her DIY skills with crafting talents to build cool gizmos that utilize all sorts of electronic components.

You might recognize Becky from her work at MAKE, her Youtube videos, or her Adafruit tutorials where she shown how to make everything from RFID rings to pixel hearts. How does Becky pull it all off? We caught up with her to learn about Becky’s favorite gear and work habits.

Location: Work in west SoHo, NYC, live in Brooklyn
Current Gig: Director of Wearable Electronics, Adafruit
One word that best describes how you work: Speedboat
Current mobile device: Nexus 4 running CyanogenMod
Current computer: 27″ iMac

What apps/software/tools can’t you live without? Why?

  • Arduino IDE—I use this software every day to prototype new wearable electronics projects run by the Adafruit FLORA or GEMMA. It’s a code editor that communicates with the microcontroller boards, and we’ve made our own mods to it for working with our more eccentric hardware.
  • Final Cut Pro X—I’m a recent convert from Final Cut Pro 7. I use Final Cut to edit my weekly wearables tutorial videos!P
    Manfrotto Magic Arm—I use this to cantilever my camera over my desk for straight-down shots in build videos.
  • Hakko soldering iron—I use it every day to put together electronics like my LED birthday tiara, and one of my teammates put googly eyes on it.


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