Happy Pi Day! From wind turbines to CT scanners to jet engines, our brilliant scientists use pi to build badass machines and solve real problems every day. But you don’t have to be an expert engineer to innovate with pi. Which is why, this year, we’re partnering with pro skier and Centriphone Inventor, Nico Vuignier, to explore the real-world applications of pi – from the ski slopes to the research center.
What’s a Centriphone? It’s a simple smartphone mount that, when swung above your head, can capture awe-inspiring 360° video. Nico, being a pro freeskier and all, developed it for use on the slopes, but we have a feeling that’s just the beginning.
In celebration of Pi Day, we collaborated with Nico to create a limited-edition Centriphone, which means you too can hack 360° video with just your phone. So, give it a try, add your own design tweaks to the open source file and discover new, unexpected ways to use it. But act quick. The exclusive Pi Day design will self destruct in exactly 314 hours.
Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!
Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.