Many college students receive over one hundred push notifications per day. With a constant barrage of notifications flooding the screens of our computers and smartphones, it has become increasingly difficult to cultivate a work environment conducive to productivity.
Working at a desk cluttered with various electronics and papers is a challenge on its own, so we set out to reduce the interruptions from smartphone, tablet, and desktop notifications by consolidating the information and delivering it in an attractive, unobtrusive way.
The FlipperFlapper, a retro, flip clock inspired desktop notification center, combines practical functionality with elegant, exposed mechanical design.
On the technical end, continuous-rotation SG90 servos work in tandem with limit switches to create a closed feedback-control loop, allowing software on the internet-connected ESP32 microcontroller to flip the flaps to the appropriate location upon receipt of a notification.
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!
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.