Designing a PCB Ornament

Liz from Blitz City DIY wrote about the process of designing a PCB ornament:

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Designing a PCB Ornament

As the holidays approached this year, I felt a need to create a DIY gift for my family and friends. I struggled at first to find a medium. Should I 3D print something? Should I knit? But then it hit me: everyone loves blinky LEDs and I want to keep getting better at PCB design. I’ll do a PCB ornament!

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If you don’t have a traditional electronics background PCB design can seem scary, overwhelming and something that’s meant for more experienced people that have “real skills”. If you start simple and slowly add-in new methods and design features to your boards you’ll soon realize it isn’t so scary and that much like everything else in life it just takes practice and patience to learn. And once you have your first project on a custom PCB instead of a piece of perf board you’ll be hooked.

Designing a PCB Ornament

BadgeLove contest on Hackster.io

We are excited to announce this new contest with Hackster.io and Autodesk:

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BadgeLove!

BadgeLove by Hackster: The Blinkiest Badge Challenge on Earth! 

Win up to $5,000+ in prizes!

#BadgeLife is the new electronic graffiti. This form of art is in a league of its own, first popularized by DEFCON hackers, now boasts serious technical sophistication, a wicked artistic flair, peppered with political, cryptography, social, cultural and comical narratives, flashing LEDs and screens with add-ons galore.

You are invited to join our first, and certainly not last, BadgeLove challenge, sponsored by OSH ParkAutodesk EAGLE & Fusion 360, and Hackster.

Share your unique design with 700,000+ Hacksters and we will reward badge fanatics for their beautiful, weird, cool contributions.

BadgeLove contest on Hackster.io

New Charmware PCBs by Alex Glow

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Alex Glow from Hackster posted an update on the Charmware modular tech jewelry system:

New Charmware PCBs from OSH Park! (Pt. 1)

Sweet, a package from OSH Park! Time for an unboxing! Plus, see how to upload and order your own boards.

New Charmware PCBs from OSH Park! (Pt. 2)

Visit Hackster.io for more information on the project:

Charmware // Modular Tech Jewelry System

These mini PCB beads (PCBeads?) help you build wearable electronic circuits!

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New Charmware PCBs by Alex Glow

Google Android Things Meetup

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Hackster.io is organizing a Google Android Things Meetup in San Francisco on Thursday, January 18th:

Android Things Meetup (with Google)

Thursday, Jan 18, 2018, 6:00 PM

HAX San Francisco
479 Jessie Street San Francisco, CA

12 Hacksters Attending

GOOGLE AND HACKSTER PRESENT: Android Things – San Francisco: bit.ly/sf-thingsGoogle and Hackster have teamed up to host a night dedicated to Google’s Android Things in downtown San Francisco.Make sure to visit the Eventbrite page to register and save your spot for this event! bit.ly/sf-thingsHave you ever wanted to design and develop your own p…

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Be sure to register on the Eventbrite page:

Google Android Things Meetup

Have you ever wanted to design and develop your own products? Android Things lets you build professional, mass-market products on a trusted platform without previous knowledge of embedded system design. With an easy-to-use software development platform based on Android Studio and access to the Android SDK you’ll be on your way to developing the next big IoT product.

Wayne Piekarski, a Developer Advocate from Google will be showcasing the capabilities of Android Things and how you can get started building your product with this platform.

Here’s a talk with Wayne Piekarski earlier this year at Google I/O:

From Prototype to Production Devices with Android Things (Google I/O ’17)

 

Google Android Things Meetup

OSHWi Octopus Badge by Gustavo Reynaga

Alex Glow of Hackster.io takes a look at the OSHWi octopus badge designed by Gustavo Reynaga:

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The design files and source code are available on GitHub:

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GReynaga has shared the board on OSH Park:

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Oshwi Badge HACKSTER Version Rev 1

 

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Order from OSH Park

OSHWi Octopus Badge by Gustavo Reynaga

Light-Up Poker Chip

Exciting project by Alex Wulff on Hackster.io:

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Light-Up Poker Chip

This whole circuit is the same size as a regular poker chip, but with an added surprise: lights!

Spice up your poker games with these cool blinking chips. They can be programmed on the fly to have a certain number of the LEDs illuminated to indicate value, or you can have the lights blink in a cool pattern. They make great playing chips for championships or great prizes to hand out to the winners.

Video of the board in action:

AlexWulff has shared the board on OSH Park:

Light Up Poker Chip Rev. 1

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Order from OSH Park

Light-Up Poker Chip