Staff Picks for June 2015!

Each month our staff handpicks awesome projects from the shared pages, sent directly to our email, and crowdfunding sites. June’s picks feature a sensor packed Teensy shield, Z273 Programmer, IoT lamp, and an HP5328 OCXO Upgrade.

 

This Teensy shield.v01 by PeskyProducts features an MPU6500 6-axis motion sensor plus AK8963C magnetometer plus BMP280 pressure sensor with the SENtral EM7180 sensor fusion hub with M24512 DFC EEPROM to store the SENtral configuration file. SENtral takes 9-axis accel/gyro/mag data from MPU6500 and AK8963C and performs hardware sensor fusion returning raw data, quaternions, linear acceleration, and heading, etc. This pcb can also serve as a breakout board using the SENtral with jumpers to take power from edge pins for breadboard use or to mount directly on the Teensy 3.1 for comparison between open-source software sensor fusion and the hardware sensor fusion provided by the SENtral. SENtral can act as master to BMP280 pressure sensor and in the future include the pressure data in the sensor fusion.

 

DonBindner‘s Z273 Programmer enables you to read and program Midland radio Z-273 memory modules.
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FamiLamp by LEDAero is an IoT lamp based on John Harrison’s Filimin networked RGB lights. This circuit board enables you to make an inter-networked series of lamps using an Arduino Pro Mini (or Teensy) and an ESP8266. The lamps communicate by syncing across the internet using a mix of mqtt and twitter. The lamp is able to create its own AP for configuring the local SSID and password, once the parameters are set, it reboots, joins the local network with a DHCP address and registers itself with the server. The subsequent web page interrogates the server and populates itself with your ‘network’ of lamps, allowing you to send to a specific lamp. All lamps in the network interrogate and retain the lamp data.

 

The HP5328 OCXO Upgrade by tomcircuit supports the common 8663HS OCXO, and provides precision 10 MHz reference for an HP5328 frequency counter. See this project on Hackaday and GitHub.

 


Want us to shine the spotlight on your project or do you want to nominate a project not found in the shared pages? Email a short description, a picture, and a link to any project documentation to Cat!

 


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Photo Credit: Sarah Giffrow, Upswept Creative

#OSB15 is Fin!

In early May, I received an email from Lauren requesting I teach an introduction to soldering workshop during the Open Source Bridge 2015 party. Within a week, Jonan took the reigns, helping gather the materials, tools, and communicating with the OSB volunteers.

I reached out to Eric at Low Voltage Labs, requesting the use of his flashlight kit design. It’s the perfect 15-20min project, which we were able to do inexpensively and with people completely new to soldering.

During the party, a couple hundred people filtered through activities ranging from lock picking to calligraphy. Approximately fifty of them are now proud owners of DIY flashlights, or in the words of one attendee “the nerdiest bus signaling system”!

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Special thanks to:

Eric, from Low Voltage Labs, for graciously allowing us to use his pcb design. The additional kits, stickers, and cards were also a huge hit!

Kelly and Tyler for your assistance answering questions from attendees and helping them assemble the kits.

Dan for braving the heat in rush hour traffic to retrieve the pcbs from our office.

OSBridge volunteers for making certain we had everything we needed, including help with set up and cleanup.

 

Photo credit: Sarah Giffrow, Upswept Creative

Tyler assembled the ghost kit from Low Voltage Labs. Per his son’s request, this ghost resides on his nightstand from which it watches over his room and keeps him safe.

 

Shannon was our first workshop attendee!

Shannon was our first workshop attendee!

 

Our super shipping manager, Kelly, was an awesome assistant

Our super shipping manager, Kelly, was an awesome assistant. Dan and Jenner  answer support tickets in the background.

 

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Monthly Maker Meetup- Update

Make it here! Have some projects you’d like to work on, but could benefit from a creative atmosphere? OSH Park and CymaSpace team up on the first Tuesday of each month to offer just the space!

We will supply wifi, and a place to share ideas and collaborate with an all ages community of fellow creators and makers. We’ll share tips and tricks, and support your creative endeavors! The goal for the meetup is to support the local creative scene while providing an opportunity for people to build a network with people of varied skills. Makers, crafters, and creators of all ages, skill levels, and backgrounds are encouraged to bring your projects, supplies, and ideas.

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From sewing to electronics to art projects, this will be an incubator for interesting collaborations. For example, if someone comes in to work on an embroidery project, another could show them how to incorporate conductive thread and LEDs to make that project light up. Tips and tricks that can be shared varied depending on who comes to the event. Things shared at previous events include working with Arduino, programming, sculpting, knitting, hand sewing, misc hobbyist electronics tips from component suppliers to soldering tricks.

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Next meetup is July 7th from 6-9pm.

CymaSpace is located at 931 SE 6th Ave Portland, OR 97214 (Google Maps)

 

A few important things to note:

  • This is a free event with a suggested donation of $5 to help CymaSpace cover their expenses.
  • By attending this event, you agree to follow the Code of Conduct
  • Be prepared to show your ID. While Cymaspace does not sell alcohol, participants may bring some to share. Due to this possible presence of alcohol, Cymaspace may have a representative checking identification at the door.

 

Questions? Comments? Concerns?

About the event, please email them to Cat.

About Cymaspace, please direct them to Myles.

 

OSBridge 2015 Is Nearly Here!

Next week, Open Source Bridge attendees will again fill the halls and rooms of the Eliot Center with lively discussions, sharing experiences and working on projects.

The entirely volunteer-run event is a fantastic community building and supportive experience for developers and people interested in learning about open source technologies and projects. Content is presented in a manner focusing on shared community experiences and similarities between projects

Open Source Bridge is intended as a call to action to become better citizens, by sharing our knowledge with each other. (source)

What should attendees expect?

 

OSBridge Official Party? Yes! While I can’t tell you everything on the schedule Thursday night, I can tell you that three of the awesome team from OSH Park will be hosting an Intro to Soldering workshop! Thanks to Eric from Low Voltage Labs, we’ll be using a slightly modified version of the circuit board in this flashlight kit, available on Tindie for $6!

Speaking of OSH Park staff involvement, a member of our support team is leading the  Open Source your Circuit Design with KiCAD session on Tuesday, June 23rd, from 11:00 – 11:45am in B301!

Let’s talk about why KiCAD might be the CAD program you’re looking for and do a whirlwind tour of the current state of KiCAD tools and community.

Jenner will review the current state of the KiCAD ecosystem, demo Peter Jansen’s DIY Tricorder project that he’ll convert from Eagle,  and share resources.

 

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Photo taken by OSH Park's Kelly during Bay Area Maker Faire 2015.

Behind The Scenes of Modulo

Co-written with Erin Tomson

 

I met Erin Tomson at her lovely purple Maker Faire booth shortly after the kickstarter launch for Modulo, a set of tiny modular circuit boards that enables you to create custom electronics projects without the hassle of designing and assembling circuits from scratch!

Photo taken by OSH Park's Kelly during Bay Area Maker Faire 2015.

Photo taken of Modulo module by OSH Park’s Kelly during Bay Area Maker Faire 2015.

The inspiration for Modulo was a direct result of Erin trying to learn about control systems and actively balanced robots, by teaching herself how to make a small two wheeled “segway style” balancing robot.

She had a grasp of the necessary electronics: an IMU (accelerometer/gyro), motor driver, and microcontroller. So, she thought it’d only take a few minutes to connect those components and she’d have her robot. The reality became more an exercise in electronics design than control theory and robotics. Before she had a working robot, she found herself devoting a large amount of time to researching and studying datasheets, designing a circuit, and breadboarding it, making mistakes that damaged components, then finally transferring it to a robust soldered proto board.

She determined that this aspect of designing an assembling electronics has lagged far behind the powerful easy to use microcontrollers and single board computers that we have to today, and decided to do something about it. That something is now known as Modulo.

Unfortunately, there’s no magical wand for instantly transforming an idea into a product. However, there are methods that help the process. For example, Erin explained that setting the launch date for the kickstarter campaign, a week and a half before Maker Faire, set the entire schedule for the project. Fortunately, her team was able to stick to that schedule, and we didn’t slip even by a day. I’m sure I’d still be tweaking if I hadn’t drawn that line in the sand. Bringing the project to fruition in time was also guided by the principle: Done is more important than perfect.

While discussing her process, Erin commented that she views Modulo as a software engineering approach to hardware. She has taken successful concepts from the world of programming, such as object oriented design, separation of concerns, and abstraction, and applied them to hardware. This is evident in the way each module is literally a separate object, dealing with one particular function and handling the low level operation, exposing only a high level API.

Erin explains, Modulo has some really interesting features that go far beyond just breaking out pins of a microcontroller. Devices communicate using the well known I2C protocol, but on top of that we’ve added some fantastic new capabilities. Those new capabilities are what make Modulo the perfect hardware/ software combination for someone first learning about making, educators, and established makers too busy to complete all the necessary tasks for what they’d like to be a quick and easy weekend project.

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For starters, Modulo devices are discoverable. This means the controller can efficiently find every device that’s connected to the bus, and determine such things as manufacturer, device firmware version, and what capabilities the device supports.

Secondly, the modules support dynamic addressing. Usually with I2C devices, you need to solder address jumpers when using more than one of the same type of device. Even then, you may be limited to just a few. With Modulo, you can connect any number of the same device and the controller will automatically assign I2C slave addresses to them.

Third, the modulo protocol uses error correction, allowing you to use longer cables than would normally be advisable with I2C. If a transmission fails due to electrical noise, the controller will detect that and retransmit.

Finally, one of the best built-in features of Modulo, is it has a higher level serial protocol that makes devices controllable over USB. This means a program running on your computer (perhaps a script or a program with a UI) can use convenient APIs to control the hardware you build.

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When describing her favorite and most difficult experiences when breathing life into the project, Erin shared the most difficult obstacle was communicating her vision behind the project to the rest of the world. As an engineer at heart, she’s found sales, marketing, and advertising are not her strongest talents. If I just did what came naturally, I’d probably never tell anyone about Modulo. That doesn’t make for a very good business plan, though. Her background is in developing very large, proprietary software for a huge organization. So as you can imagine, she’s found switching to running a tiny company, doing lean open hardware, a major shift with a steep learning curve. With manufacturing, the challenge is designing for someone else to make thousands of something. And unlike software, she’s confronting the tough realities regarding inventory, supply chain, and volume pricing.

With a lot of help from talented friends, Erin was able to overcome this. They have all done really incredible work and I’m fairly certain the project would have flopped without them. Brandon Smith and Tim McLoone, who run the design/marketing boutique tinymill.com, designed the Modulo logo, website, and materials for Maker Faire. They also helped establish a social media presence on facebook and twitter. Another friend, Jason Kim, lent his filming and editing talents to create the kickstarter video.

The kickstarter ends soon, and more backers are needed to release the amazing Modulo modules currently ready for manufacture but trapped in the land of stretch goals.  Perhaps more importantly, the kickstarter needs to hit stretch goals for Modulo to become a viable company.  Therefore, supporters waiting until after the campaign to buy a module or kit may leave Modulo in a difficult spot.

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If you wish to support the campaign, you should go to kickstarter project page at www.modulo.co/kickstarter and make a pledge before the campaign closes on Tuesday at 8pm PDT.

Additional credit:

This post contains some content Erin shared from her interview with Rob Reilly. The article written from that interview can be found here.

Staff Picks for May 2015

So many purple projects graced our shared pages this month! Here is a collection of projects hand picked by our staff.

 

Spikey‘s breakout board adds a barometer, magnetometer, GPS, OLED, and I2C to the OpenPilot Copter Control 3D board on Cleanflight. This board mirrors the following features of the CC3D: board size, hole placement, and pinouts for jsts, MAIN, and FLEXI.

 

Sparky 1.1 by peabody124 is a Tau Labs target that uses an STM32F3 processor and MPU9150 sensor plus an MS5611 pressure sensor. It is capable of altitude hold, position hold, RTH, gimbal control, and more. Assembly information and BOM are available on GitHub. If you like this flight controller board, check out the Sparky 2.0!

 

VEML6070.v01 from PeskyProducts. Vishay’s new UV (355 nm peak) light sensor communicating via I2C protocol with an interrupt to alert the microcontroller to user-set thresholds. Very low power (100 microAmps) operation means the board can be powered from digitalWrite(HIGH) from any GPIO pin on a Teensy 3.x. 16-bit output in lux and UV index. You can check out the other projects from Pesky Products on Tindie.

 

This ILI9431 Display from PaulStoffregen is the 320×240 color TFT display recommended for those wanting high resolution color graphics using the Teensy 3.1. It can be used with the Adafruit_ILI9341 library or Optimized ILI9341 library. A word of caution: only use with display with the Teensy 3.1 and 3.3V signals.

 


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And The Winners Are…

Congratulations to the winners of the Maker Faire Purple Board Scavenger Hunt: Not_Beta_NinjaLowVoltageLabs,  DocProfSky,  NWSayer,  and GeorgeIoak!

Prizes included $100 codes and priority access to swift upgrades when available.

 

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Highlights From Bay Area Maker Faire 2015- Part 1

There was too much awesome at the Bay Area Maker Faire for a single post. So, for now, we’ll share some highlights. Stay tuned for more detail on the purple powered projects, pictures, and our brilliant community members!

We had a wonderful time talking with Eric from Kijani Grows. He’s developed kits for indoor and outdoor aquaponics gardens that provide food for individuals and families, and are wonderful for young students learning about ecosystems. Their new program, One School One Garden, is brilliant. The program uses web-based aquaponic gardens that the students build from a kit as a means to promote STEM learning, environmental education, and provide sustainable sources for healthier eating around the globe.

We were excited to find out that the Bionic Galileo Hand, developed by students at the Galileo University in Guatemala City, is currently being used by a few people in physical rehabilitation facilities! The hand features an ARM M4 powered microcontroller, touchscreen, battery Pack, muscle sensors.For more information, please visit Turing Research Lab.

As always, it was a blast to see Sarah and Mark with their LightPlay Robot Army, and chatting with Chris Gammell of Contextual Electronics, and the folks behind Fried Circuits.

Anouk showed off her fabulous, personal-space saving Spider Dress.

Steamy Tech and Nick Sayer of Geppetto Electronics team up to offer awesome wood creations that light up with a variety of effects. During the Faire, Nick soldered components in a custom pattern onto boards that you could pair with a kit from Steamy Tech to create blinky earrings with your choice of wood stain!

I finally got to see the QuickDrawBot in action.

 

Currently on Kickstarter:
Erin Tomson’s project Modulo is nearing the end of its kickstarter campaign. It is currently reaching towards the stretch goal of $75,000 USD!

Arduboy has a few fun rewards once certain stretch goals are reached. Back the project before 20 June 2015, and the unlocked achievements could include: Arduboy’s pcb can be offered in an array of colors that is seen through the clear polycarbonate case, a gold backing for the Arduboy, and Kevin legally changing his name to Arduboy.

 

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Announcing The First Annual Maker Faire Purple Board Scavenger Hunt

If you’re attending the Bay Area Maker Faire this weekend, we are excited to invite you to participate in our first official contest for a chance to win prizes!

 

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Contest Rules:

  • Take pictures of projects you find at Maker Faire featuring OSH Park’s fabulous purple circuit boards. Be sure the circuit board is visible!
  • Send the image via Twitter to @oshpark using the #PurpleFaire hashtag
  • No purchase necessary

Winners will be notified via twitter by Wednesday, May 20th.

Staff Picks for April 2015

We really love projects! Here’s a selection from our shared projects pages that you may have missed.

 

N6480 by mikejmoffitt is a Nintendo 64 480 Scaler. It digitally and double-scans the 15Khz video signal to produce a 480p signal compatible with a VGA monitor.

 

The BNO055+BMP280BreakoutBoard.v02 by PeskyProducts can also function as a Teensy 3.1 shield.

 

PITInfo by hallard is a Shield Teleinfo for Raspberry PI for recovering tele frames. More details are available in the forum.

 

W5KPM‘s Kelduino 5v Only is an arduino clone with a 2.1 mm barrel pcb as power input, regulated 5v supply, and a capacitor in the DTR line allowing for in project programming. A 5v test port serves as a 5v source for other sensors.

 

ESP8266 Plug was designed by Josip Medved, and posted to our shared projects pages by Probebot. The ESP8266 Plug is a USB to serial bridge that enables debugging of a ESP8266 WiFi serial transceiver.

 


Want us to shine the spotlight on your project or do you want to nominate a project not found in the shared pages? Email a short description, a picture, and a link to any project documentation to Cat!

Staff Picks for March 2015

Welcome to our now monthly edition of Staff Picks! We’ve reviewed the projects submitted to the Shared Projects pages and selected five to showcase for you here.

 

This accurately named HeadlightRelayControl board controls automotive headlight relays. It was designed by Jason Pepas and posted on the shared projects pages by BillyPrefect. A circuit board to control automotive headlight relays.

 

Learn to Solder blinking badge submitted to our shared project pages by mkanoap for Hive13.

 

Afterhoursengineering designed this ESP8266 Daughterboard to be a versatile board for use in embedded projects with the requisite power supply and connections to the ESP8266 module.

 

The handheld chiptune player sidstick-gadgetgangster by danringer is a remake of this sidstick, and features the SIDcog v1.3, an emulation of the Commodore 64 sound chip.

 

ildo‘s ATX Breakout Board has dual USB Charging capability. The top and bottom ground layers are stitched together for better heat transfer and reduced noise. The USB bottom port is powered by 5VSB, while the top port is powered by a regular 5V rail fused to 3A. This board is based on ATX PSU Distributor from eMAKERshop, and ATX Breakout Board designed by Francesco Truzzi. EDIT: This is revision A. For revision B of this project, click here.

 

 


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Staff Picks for February 2015

This Arduino Laser Cat Turret, by stuthedew, is an Arduino-based laser automatic cat toy that uses a pan-tilt rig and laser diode. Engage your favorite meowbeast the random laser path, where speed and pauses determined by homebrew Markov chain algorithm. Click the image for to find it on GitHub, or order a pcb from the shared projects page to start making a turret of your very own.

 

 

Willf-j helps meet the need for an accurate, reliable reflow tool, with his cleverly named project “The Reflow Château.” If it looks familiar, that could be because other members in our community recognized its awesomeness and featured it on Hackaday. For a behind the scenes look at bringing this project to life, visit Will’s blog by clicking the image above. You can also click here to find it in our shared projects.

 

The INMP441 I2S Digital Microphone by Pesky Products is a breadboard friendly breakout board for Invensense’s INMP441, a bottom-ported digital microphone that outputs I2S audio as a stream of 24-bit serial words that can be directly read by a Teensy 3.X microcontroller or any microprocessor with an I2S port. Click here to view the shared project page, or click the image above to support this project on Tindie.

 

 

OpenEVSE II HV + Contactor v0.5 by nsayer is a re-designed OpenEVSE. This board connects to an external two-pole 208/240 volt contactor, adjustable to the current you need your charging station to support, bearing in mind that the relay board is only rated for up to 24A of charging current. If you’re a fan of the OpenEVSE project, we recommend reading through the wiki, clicking the image to check out this project over on Tindie, browsing the OpenEVSE store, and/or visiting the shared projects page.

 

 

This Pinguino 45K50 was submitted by MijailR. The Pinguino makes PICs more accessible for project development. This version is based on the PIC18F45K50, which is pin to pin compatible with the older 4550 series, and capable of operating at 5V. Other features include a USB precision integrated oscillator that enables the maker to build USB projects without an external oscillator, and a CTMU unit for measurement applications. Check out the board on our shared projects page by clicking the image above.

 

 

 

 


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Staff Picks For January 2015

Welcome to our first selection of Staff Picks for 2015!

In this edition: netChimes joins the ranks of our top-notch community on the shared project pages, L-Train helps make it possible for you to make your own 96 kHz SNES soundtracks, Rogers Gomez opens the door for beginners into the world of audio projects, and Duncan Lowder does a beautiful job improving his computer’s audio.

 

NetChimes is a worldwide distributed collection of wind actuated instruments capable of sending and receiving state information via Open Sound Control over wide area networks. As individual chimes are struck locally, the action is reported to the network and repeated on a similar set of chimes at a different location, creating a meshnetwork. At the center of the meshnetwork is a single, much larger, set of mother chimes mirroring the action of the entire network with a complementary element for visualizing the information.

 

L-Train designed a shield for the Super Nintendo to output upsampled 96 kHz/24-bit digital audio over SPDIF.

 

Rogers Gomez designed this NP-100v12 hybrid headphone amplifier, which allows “an entry level builder” experience “assembling and listening to their own creation.”

 

This is a very well done USB DAC, upgrade for built-in computer audio uses a TI PCM2707 and has “two LED’s that light up when the DAC is plugged in, one signifying power from the USB bus and another when it has been detected by the computer.”

 

 

 


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Staff Picks

Welcome to our first picks for the new year! From ARM dev to ESC to clocks to soft circuits and embedded projects, our community is filled with wonderful, busy makers  actively creating new projects that we’re excited to shine a purple light on.

 

ARM Pro Mini Ver 1B by zapta helps make ARM development easier with a fully featured IDE, Mac OSX, Linux, and Windows support and eliminating the need for any other programmers and adapters.

 

This Binary Epoch Clock by ManiacalLabs is battery powered and has a relatively simple to assemble design that uses through hole components.

 

VESC – Open Source Electric Speed Controller from Benjamin’s Robotics is safe from 8 volts to 60 volts, allows for sensored or sensorless operation, enables seamless four quadrant motor control, and an increasing number of other useful features. Click the image above for more details on this project.

 

 

Tacuino is a low-cost, modular, Arduino-compatible educational platform from MakersBox. The design allows for you to easily test a working microcontroller circuit with basic inputs and outputs using standard through-hole components prior to snapping it apart and sewing the boards into your soft circuit project.

 

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Staff Picks for 19 December 2014

Welcome back to another edition of Staff Picks! Once again, our extremely creative community develops interesting, beautiful, and useful projects. We’re honored to present a few of them to you here.

The Human Harp attaches the user to the structure via retractable strings, allowing them to play it like a giant instrument. By extending, plucking and moving with these musical strings, the movician can adjust various characteristics of the structure’s voice. Human Harp was initiated by London artist Di Mainstone and is now a global collaboration connecting engineers, dancers, musicians and bridge lovers from around the world

The Human Harp attaches the user to the structure via retractable strings, allowing them to play it like a giant instrument. “By extending, plucking and moving with these musical strings, the movician can adjust various characteristics of the structure’s voice. Human Harp was initiated by London artist Di Mainstone and is now a global collaboration connecting engineers, dancers, musicians and bridge lovers from around the world”. Click here to see it in action.

 

M41T62RTC+MS5637+M24512DFM.v01x by PeskyProducts features an ultra-low-power real time clock combined with a pressure and temperature sensor and EEPROM in a 17.93×7.75mm add-on board for Teensy 3.1!

 

433MHz transmitter add-on by TheAirBoard for The AirBoard, a “thumb-size, Arduino compatible, wireless, ubiquitous computer designed to sketch Internet-of-Things, fast!”

 

DGP – Vox Treble Booster V1.0 by diyguitarpedals is verified! Check out the build kit PDF.

 

Powered by Intel Edison and featuring a splash of purple, Anouk Wipprecht‘s 3D printed Synapse dress and headpiece communicate the wearer’s emotions via lights.

“The dress’s headpiece is fitted with a sensor that track the wearer’s attention level and focus to monitor fluctuations in the wearer’s “internal” mode – where attention level is usually high (around 80%). This functions internally to train your attention span, but also communicates externally by telling others that you are in a high state of focus and “do not disturb” while concentrated on a difficult task…One of the other sensors embedded in the dress monitors proximity: if the wearer feels like someone is invading her personal space, the lights in the dress can give off up to 120 watts of brightness, telling the other person to back off. The dress has a camera on the front that can capture a picture whenever the subject feels either most tense or most relaxed so she can later track what was making her feel that way”

 


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Make, Mod, Create

Every day, millions of people are working individually and together to make, mold, and mod the world into a better, more enjoyable place. Crafting the details of Oracle‘s glowing armor, rebuilding a Yak, collecting environmental data, and developing new technology are just a few of the many forms of making. Whether you recognize it or not, dear reader, you are one of them.

Everyone is a maker and our world is what we make it.” – Dale Dougherty

No one is too old to learn a new skill, and breathing life into almost any creation you can imagine is becoming easier. Supplies are more affordable, new tools are more user friendly, websites such as youtube and Instructables bring lessons into your home, and D.I.Y. communities are sprouting like explosive polymerization eliminating the need to be the reclusive tinkerer.

If you are having trouble seeing yourself as a maker, or are toying with the idea of making, but uncertain where to start, try following Adam Savage’s Ten Commandments of Making:

  1. Make something, anything. Getting started can be the most difficult part.
  2. Make something useful.
  3. Start right now. Do a mock up with the tools you currently have available. Never underestimate the versatility of everyday items.
  4. Find a project. Always pick a project that will get you interested in learning a new skill.
  5. Ask for help, advice, and feedback.
  6. Share. Share your techniques, your sources. What are you hiding?
  7. Recognize what you find discouraging, so you can work through it. Acknowledge failure is (usually) part of the project, and an incredibly useful learning tool.
  8. Measure carefully. You can always trim a little more, putting it back can be tricky.
  9. Make things for other people.
  10. Use more cooling fluid. Caring for your tools and using them properly will help them last longer and make using them easier.

 

If you identify as a creative type and want to hang out with other creative types, you might try checking out your local chapter of Dorkbot, drop in for an open house at a makerspace, or if you’re in the Portland area, drop by our Monthly Maker Meetup!

 

Further reading:
What I Wish I Knew About Creativity When I was 20
Adam Savage on Becoming a Maker

Staff Picks for the Week of 1 December 2014

Laser safety, GPS tracking, and more! Our community has been busy. Below are a few of our favorite projects from the past couple of weeks.

 

If we had a “Best Safety Feature” award, it would go to Cereal_Killer for this 17mm Laser contact board. It prevents people from hurting themselves with a laser by reversing the bias, preventing the current from flowing if the battery is inserted + end forward (like how you normally would in a flashlight). 

 

dbtayl‘s Runner’s GPS shows the current distance traveled and the time taken to travel that distance. It was sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s ECE Envision Fund. Recently, this awesome project was featured on Hackaday!

 

Max‘s electronic compass with tilt compensation features 36 blue LEDs and 4 red LEDs that are individually controlled from GPIO on the AVR microcontroller. The project also has a 3-axis accelerometer and 3-axis magnetometer.

 

P-MOSFET PWD Shield by SmittyHalibut enables you to switch to the common cathode instead of the common anode. Rather than using a N-Channel MOSFETs like most FET shields, this shield uses P-Channel MOSFETs which switch the positive. This allows it to work with loads that have a common ground (like this aquarium light )

 

 


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Hackaday in Purple

After a brief browsing of project pages at Hackaday, it’s easy to lose count of the amazing number of purple circuit boards! So, we decided to make a link roundup highlighting this outstanding overlap of our communities.

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While extensive, we found it impossible to list all the projects shared. Did we miss yours? Please leave a link to it in the comment section below.

Daniel Taylor:

Henrik Alexandersson:

Rjpope42:

  • AM/FM Transmitter Pair– A pair of Altoids-tin sized transmitters, designed to be a cheap way to get music to an old device with no audio input.

Fyber Labs: The following projects are largely for their Flex modules, which are “Standard low-cost rigid PCB modules with 2.54mm castellations for breadboard and direct implementation on flexible PCB for wearable projects.”

spetku:

Kevin Krieger:

  • CAN-obd2 started as a way to display and save information from my 2008 Honda Civic’s OBD2 port.

Peter Ogden:

DaveDarko:

  • fixietube clock– 30ml jam jars hopefully turned into beautiful LED displays – nixietube like looking without the higher voltage fuzz – fake LED nixietubes
  • Sonic Screwdriver

i.abdalkader:

  • OpenMV, Python-powered machine vision modules

Peter Jansen:

Mathieu Stephan:

Luke Weston:

  • Simple, low-cost FMCW radar– A basic radar system makes radar accessible at low cost for experiments with range finding & navigation of autonomous aircraft or spacecraft.

Nathaniel VerLee:

Kevin Neubauer:

Paul Stoffregen:

Meizhu:

Thomas Wilson:

Digital Corpus:

askoog89:

  • A Watch, PCB LED Tilt activated watch
  • Tilt Touch Time– A tilt and touch activated wristwatch using a “retro” style bubble 7 segment display.

Ceady:


Jac Goudsmit:

Andreas Dahlberg:

RasmusB:

  • CANPi– CANBUS adapter for the Raspberry Pi

Benchoff:

  • Unhappy Hacking Keyboard– Why have a Happy Hacking Keyboard when you can have an Unhappy Hacking Keyboard. Real programmers only need a 1 and 0 key. Perfect for trying out Cherry MX switches.

Pure Engineering:

Radu Constantin:

  • NANDfarm => RFarmer– Small, easy to use, cheap ZigBee developement board for the internet of things.

Eric Evenchick:

  • seCANt– Hardware to connect to a car’s CAN buses.

DatanoiseTV:

Neven Boyanov:

  • The Tinusaur– The Tinusaur is a small board with ATtiny85 microcontroller and the minimum components to run properly plus shield headers and a battery


Tim Wilkinson:

tshen2:

ehughes:

Fabricate.IO:

Neil Movva:

Johan Lans:

  • MIDI2VC– Connects a MIDI keyboard to an analogue synthesizer

tomcircuit:

Pierce Nichols:

  • MultiSpork– A wireless analog/digital multitool & data recorder

akupila:

  • Captain Pugsley – Smart motion sensor, Smart wifi connected motion tracker & iOS app with a personality!


gamaral:

shimniok:

  • PIPduino, a ‘duino especially for putting in projects.

AndyTallack:

Don Smith:

  • PASS– (personal ambient space sensor) humidity, pressure and temperature logger

Rodmg:

mpare:

megahercas6:

Mandy Zheng:

  • Adapative Nodes– Instant prototyping without a single line of microcontroller code

kd8ssf:

  • ATX-Pi– An unholy marriage of an Arduino, an ATX power supply and a Raspberry Pi.


facelessloser:

  • One button TV remote– A TV remote with one button that cycles thought a list of preset channels based on a attiny85

duanebenson:

JamesW_001:

Staff Picks for the Week of 23 November 2014

From data recording for realistic, repeatable experimentation from energy-harvesting sensors to a D89/USB converter and ESC to affordable hearing assistance, the OSH Park community has you covered!

 

Ekho FEB v2.0 by siahman is the the analog front end pcb for Ekho, “an emulator capable of recording energy harvesting conditions and accurately recreating those conditions in the lab.”

 

Stairs Lights Controller v1.2 by androng uses an ATmega328P to control LED strips to add illumination to your stairs rather than the walls or overhead.

 

CardosoTech.com Uniden DB9 to USB Converter v0.1L by BlitzKriegBR enables users of the Uniden BCD396XT to connect their HTs to a standard USB port without needing  an official Uniden data cable.

 

Use WarHawk-AVG‘s Open BLDC Hardware – Power_Driver board v0.3 for a completely open source brushless DC motor controller.

 

Designed to be worn around the neck with an earphone connected to the 3.5mm barrel jack, Earassistible by Blueberry is an inexpensive, open source, battery powered amplifier that takes a signal from a condenser microphone and drives an earphone.

 


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Staff Picks

Thank you to our wonderful community members, who share their projects! This week’s favorites range from a VGA converter, USB charge booster and juice jacker preventer, optically isolated 4-channel ARD

 

This Charge Booster – DCP Enumerator/USB Wrapper by WarHawk-AVG acts as a USB Wrapper, preventing juice-jacking since the data connection does not connect to the charging port data pins.

 

nslogan‘s ARD4 v1.0 is an optically-isolated 4-channel automotive relay driver, with 1A output possible per channel. Use a jumper to select between active-high and active-low inputs, and between DB9 or external power for the input side. Also featured is reverse-protection on both the  logic and relay side power. There is a LED across relay driver output that indicates if the relay is getting power. Test points exit for logic and relay power, and for each channel on the logic side. The pcb fits Sick of Beige DP8049 form factor, but should be used with 10mm stand-offs between board and top panel.

 

This RGB2VGA for Altera DE0-Nano by lfantoniosi, is “a FPGA implementation of a RGB to VGA converter using the Altera DE0-Nano board.”

 

x-io has designed a helpful breakboard for the Redpine Signals RS9110-N-11-22 Wi-Fi module, which features pull-down resistors in the design.

 


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