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Submission + - Arduino announces NYC, USA based Adafruit will manufacture Arduino->

coop0030 writes: At Maker Faire Bay Area on Saturday it was announced that Limor Fried “Ladyada” and Adafruit are now going to be the USA manufacturer of the open-source Arduino. Adafruit has grown from a 1 person company out Ladyada’s apartment to over 50+ employees and a 50,000 sq. foot factory in Manhattan. Adafruit is currently shipping the Arduino GEMMA, a wearable open-source micro-controller platform.
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Submission + - The Art of Electronics, 3rd Edition, to be released April 2015->

coop0030 writes: At long last, here is the thoroughly revised and updated third edition of the hugely successful Art of Electronics. It is widely accepted as the best single authoritative book on electronic circuit design. In addition to new or enhanced coverage of many topics, the Third Edition includes: 90 oscilloscope screenshots illustrating the behavior of working circuits; dozens of graphs giving highly useful measured data of the sort that's often buried or omitted in datasheets but which you need when designing circuits; 80 tables (listing some 1650 active components), enabling intelligent choice of circuit components by listing essential characteristics (both specified and measured) of available parts. The new Art of Electronics retains the feeling of informality and easy access that helped make the earlier editions so successful and popular. It is an indispensable reference and the gold standard for anyone, student or researcher, professional or amateur, who works with electronic circuits. Limor "Ladyada" Fried, "If you think electrical engineering is magical then you must pick up this tome!" Adafruit will have early copies available.
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Submission + - What is this "Linux", anyhow?-> 2

coop0030 writes: If you're starting down the path to learning about electronics or computers, you may have noticed or heard about "Linux" — as in "this dev board is linux-based" or "this wearable runs linux" or "I wrote a linux script to control the barcode scanner" And you might be wondering Well, what is this "Linux" anyhow? Does it matter to me? and then maybe you asked someone and you got a long rant about stuff called kernels and bashed shells and now you're wondering if its corn-related or is some sort of crab. Being that this question and confusion is inevitable, and we're getting so many people asking about this mysterious Linux, we at Adafruit thought we'd write up a series of tutorials to help you understand what linux is, when you want linux and how to use it when you do.
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Submission + - Heathkit – The electronic history mystery->

coop0030 writes: In 2013 there was a lot of buzz in the electronics communities about Heathkit returning in some way, however it’s been exactly one year and there has not been any updates. Heathkit “came back” in 2011 too, but nothing materialized then either. Here is our attempt to help piece together some of the puzzle of what has become of Heathkit.
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Submission + - Winners of Raspberry Pi Photography Award Contest 2014->

coop0030 writes: Adafruit held a 2014 Raspberry Pi Photography contest that has completed with the winners selected. You can see the winning photographs as well as all of the entries. Andrew Mulholland, using a Raspberry Pi powered LEGO panobot, is the winning photographer. He's also provided a video of how his winning photographs were put together.
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Submission + - 3D Printed PiGRRL - Raspberry Pi Gameboy

coop0030 writes: Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the classic gaming device, Game Boy, by building your own with 3d printing and DIY electronics. This project uses a Raspberry Pi and TFT touch screen to make an epic DIY Game Girl. The 3d printed enclosure houses all of the components and can be printed in your favorite color. It's controlled with SNES gaming controller components, reusing the printed circuit board, buttons and elastomers. The 3D files can be found on Thingiverse, and a video of the finished product is provided as well.

Submission + - Unlock Your Android Phone with Open Source Wearable NFC->

coop0030 writes: Beck Stern at Adafruit has created a guide on how to create an open source NFC ring or other wearable to mod and unlock your Android phone. From the tutorial:

Unlock your phone by just picking it up! No more pesky password or gesture PIN, just scan an NFC tag! This guide covers creating an NFC ring, putting an NFC tag in your nail polish, modding your Android installation to read tags from the lockscreen, and creating an automation toolchain to unlock the phone when the desired tag is scanned.

There is also a video that demonstrates how it works.
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Submission + - GlassLight - Google Glass Voice-Controlled Flashlight

coop0030 writes: The Google Glass voice-controlled flashlight accessory might be one of the first hardware accessories for the Google Glass, and the software controlling it is open sourced. It can be plugged into the USB port of Google Glass and stay there. Then you can use your voice command to control this little gadget to give some extra light in a dark environment. Deging Sun at Adafruit has a write-up about how to set it up, and get everything configured.

Submission + - DIY Wearable Pi with Near-Eye Video Glasses->

coop0030 writes: Noe & Pedro Ruiz at Adafruit have created a pair of open source near-eye video glasses combined with a Raspberry Pi. Their 3D Printed design turns a pair of 'private display glasses' into a "google glass"-like form factor. It easily clips to your prescription glasses, and can display any kind of device with Composite Video like a Raspberry Pi. They have a video demonstrating the glasses, a tutorial on how to build them, along with the 3d files required to print it out.
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Submission + - How to make an open source soft quadruped walking robot->

coop0030 writes: The Glaucus, named after the Blue Sea Slug (Glaucus Atlanticus), is an open source soft robotic quadruped from Super-Releaser. It is a proof of concept for a method developed at Super-Releaser that can reproduce nearly any geometry modeled on the computer as a seamless silicone skin. The company hopes to apply these same techniques to practical problems in medicine and engineering as the technology develops.

The quadruped has hollow interior chambers that interdigitate with one another. When either of these chambers is pressurized it deforms and bends the structure of the robot. This bending produces the walking motion. It is similar to how a salamander walks, by balancing itself on one pair of legs diagonal from one another while moving the opposite pair forward.

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Submission + - Adafruit now accepts Bitcoin for purchases->

coop0030 writes: Adafruit, an open source hardware company, now accepts Bitcoin. They successfully soft-launched over the weekend and are now using BitPay as a payment processor. BitPay is an electronic payment processing system for the bitcoin currency. BitPay enables online merchants to accept bitcoins, as a form of payment like payments from Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Google Wallet and Paypal.
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Submission + - Hardware is now open (sourced) for business->

coop0030 writes: An article out of CNBC discusses the state of open source hardware based businesses. "Few hardware companies would dream of giving up their design secrets, but for a growing niche of entrepreneurs, doing just that is a pillar of their business. The open-source hardware movement is migrating from the garage to the marketplace. Companies that follow an open-source philosophy make their physical designs and software code available to the public. By doing so, these companies engage a wave of makers, hobbyists and designers who don't just want to buy products, but have a hand in developing them."
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Submission + - Announcing Hangout for Make the World: Prosthetics – Friday 10/4/2013 8pm ->

coop0030 writes: Make The World: Prosthetics is a one month program on Google+ aimed at crowdsourcing the manufacturing and delivery of the Robohand prosthetic to people in need. The program will be hosted by Adafruit’s Limor Fried, Matt Griffin and Phillip Torrone. Key partners on the program include Robohand, MakerBot, The Open Hand Project, Anthromod, Prosthetics for Prosperity, eNABLE, The Lucky Fin Project and Hands for Africa.
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