If there’s any one piece of pop culture that has sort of propelled us toward our high tech future, it would have to be the Star Trek franchise. What is Google Glass if not Geordi LaForge’s visor in TNG? What is Oculus Rift if not an attempt to finally get the holodeck? From potential tricorders to universal translators, the list goes on and on. One of the tentpole technologies seen in Star Trek, however, is the humble chest-worn communicator, usually woven into a Federation pin. This technology shouldn’t be too hard to implement, given we’ve been living in a world with walkie-based cell phones for seven years or so. As it turns out, no, it’s not too hard to make happen and it’s coming soon to a chest near you.
OnBeep just unveiled their Onyx chest-worn communication system. It’s a Star Trek communicator in all but name and shape. That pesky Federation logo is owned by Paramount, unfortunately. It works by connecting to your phone wirelessly via Bluebooth and then allowing you to press a button to quickly message people on your approved list. It works with both iOS and Android so, unless you are a Windows phone user, you won’t be left out in the cold void of space with nobody to talk to.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.