Community Corner – December 4, 2015: The Featured Projects from this Week
Featured Adafruit Google+ Community Project
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Wonderful Remote Controlled Video Player for Disabled Person project posted this week in our Community by Graham Jones, who customized the player for his son!
Our disabled son is very short sighted, but likes watching videos on a tablet computer. The problem is he holds it so close to his face that his nose keeps operating the touch screen and pausing the video, which he finds annoying.
His school (Catcote Academy) came up with the idea of putting it in a case so he does not operate the touch screen by accident and my Dad has made one for him to use at home by shaping a piece of clear plastic that covers the screen and grips the computer (see photos below).
The problem is that someone has to take the device out of the case to set it up for him. I have got around this by writing an Android App that runs on the video player device that can be controlled from a second android device – you pre-program the second device with the list of YouTube videos that Benjamin likes, then when you select one from the App, it wakes up Benjamin’s tablet and plays the video on it.(read more)
Featured Community Project from the Adafruit Blog
This week on th blog, we shared this Headbanging Flora Fedora AKA “Gangsta Headbang” project from Anna Xambó from Vimeo.
Demo of a wearable presented at the Barcelona Music Hack Day 2015 developed by Gerard Roma and Anna Xambó.
A fedora hat triggers chords when you follow the rhythm with your head. Inspired by rude boy fashion in Jamaican music and augmented with wearable technology.
We are using Adafruit Flora, Flora accelerometer/compass sensor LSM303, neopixels, conductive thread, and a fedora hat.
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