0

A Short History of the GIF #ArtTuesday

Short, witty, this short history of the GIF drops some of the highlights – via HUH.

Directed by Sean Pecknold in association with SmartWater and Vimeo, A Short History of the GIF is exactly what it says on the tin, taking us all the way back to 1987 when Compuserve released an image format called 87A, which allowed up to 256 colours and let people create basic animated loops, such as the famous dancing baby. 25 years on (with the file name changing to GIF somewhere along the line), the format is more popular than ever before, with Tumblr’s the world over decorated with strange, funny, and amazing animations.

Sean Pecknold

Read more


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.

Join 7,500+ makers on Adafruit’s Discord channels and be part of the community! http://adafru.it/discord

CircuitPython in 2018 – Python on Microcontrollers is here!

Have an amazing project to share? Join the SHOW-AND-TELL every Wednesday night at 7:30pm ET on Google+ Hangouts.

Join us every Wednesday night at 8pm ET for Ask an Engineer!

Follow Adafruit on Instagram for top secret new products, behinds the scenes and more https://www.instagram.com/adafruit/


Maker Business — Despite multiple bankruptcies, RadioShack continues to find ways to keep the lights on

Wearables — Molding with glue

Electronics — A few words on inductor resistance

Biohacking — Running Blades

Python for Microcontrollers — Help bring CircuitPython to other languages!

Get the only spam-free daily newsletter about wearables, running a "maker business", electronic tips and more! Subscribe at AdafruitDaily.com !



1 Comment

  1. This video is funny, but does not reflect reality at all.

    I still remember the big confusion in 90s, when GIF was probably the first introduction with software patents for many people… A lot of new versions of freeware software was released just to remove GIF save support, etc.

    It survived to this days only because Microsoft Internet Exploder was such shitty browser with bad PNG support, but with huge market share.

    GIF should follow MSIE to the scrapyard of stupid SW technologies and remains there forever 🙂

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.