Friday, February 24, 2017

On YouTube: SparkFun Simultaneous RFID Tag Reader


Watch YouTube: SparkFun Simultaneous RFID Tag Reader

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Noted: Portable Raspberry Pi PC Fits Into Empty Altoids Tin - Geek.com

It is truly amazing what can be done with today’s electronics. Practical? Maybe in some very specific cases, but what an amazing project. — Douglas

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Noted: Electronic Foldable Prototyping Workbench

What a great, simple, DIY solution. I have similar issues myself. Desk space isn’t always available when I want to work on my Raspberry Pi and Arduino projects and I sometimes need to put them away between sessions. I might need to make something like this for myself — Douglas

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Noted: Learning Python: using While and For loops #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi

Time to learn a little programming and Python is a great place to start. I found it confusing when I first started, but I think I just had to let go of my previous programming experiences and languages. It is very powerful on a Raspberry PI, too, allowing you manipulate the outside world through its I/O pins. — Douglas

Read Learning Python: using While and For loops #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi via Raspberry Pi – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!


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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Noted: PiE-Ink is a Raspberry Pi name tag that uses an e ink display

Very cool! I'd love to have one of these for myself. I wonder if you could drive one of these with a smaller Arduino unit to reduce the overall size? -- Douglas


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Friday, January 20, 2017

Noted: Belkin WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug review via C|Net

I recently purchased a set of RF Remote power switches which can be retrofitted in to smart switches to work with Siri and Alexa, but it is good to know that these types of switches are coming down in price and can be used to retrofit older homes on an ad hoc basis. — Douglas

Belkin WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug review via C|Net

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GOOD

At $35, the new WeMo Mini is competitively priced, and the smaller design won't block adjacent outlets. Native compatibility with IFTTT, Google Home, and Amazon's Alexa make it one of the most well-connected smart plugs you can buy.

THE BAD

WeMo gear won't work with Apple HomeKit (or with Siri), and the WeMo app is still woefully glitchy at times.

THE BOTTOM LINE

WeMo's always been a solid smart home starting point, and at just $35, the WeMo Mini is the line's best offering yet.

Read the complete review — Belkin WeMo Mini Wi-Fi Smart Plug review via C|Net

Wemo Mini Smart Plug, Wi-Fi Enabled, Works with Amazon Alexa

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Noted: Cayenne for Arduino Beta

Easily and quickly connect your Arduino boards and manage your projects with the Cayenne web dashboard (mobile app support coming soon).

Features Include:

  • Drag and drop widgets to create a customized project dashboard
  • Create widgets for any connected sensor or actuator
  • Sketch files provided to quickly get started with minimal effort
  • Visualize Arduino sensor data
  • Create triggers & alerts between Arduinos and Raspberry Pi’s

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Noted: 3 Robots That Help Kids Learn to Code

Give gives the power of the future but letting them learn about robotics and programming in friendly and fun environments.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Noted: Slack adds threaded messages to take the clutter out of public channels

I use Slack for several communities and threaded comments has been a feature I have really been waiting for. 

Good to see Slack adding this this week. I know I will make great use of it. — Douglas

Read Slack adds threaded messages to take the clutter out of public channels via The Verge


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