Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Libraries across the U.S. are Ready to Code via The Official Google Blog

Not everyone wants or needs to be a programmer, but programming can help you learn other skills like organization, problem solving, critical thinking and more! Check out this program from Google and see if your local library is involved. — Douglas

Emily Zorea is not a computer scientist. She’s a Youth Services Librarian at the Brewer Public Library in Richland Center, Wisconsin, but when she noticed that local students were showing an interest in computer science (CS), she started a coding program at the library. Though she didn’t have a CS background, she understood that coding, collaboration and creativity were  critical skills for students to approach complex problems and improve the world around them. Because of Emily’s work, the Brewer Public Library is now Ready to Code. At the American Library Association, we want to give librarians like Emily the opportunity to teach these skills, which is why we are thrilled to partner with Google on the next phase of the Libraries Ready to Code initiative—a $500,000 sponsorship from Google to develop a coding toolkit and make critical skills more accessible for students across 120,000 libraries in the U.S.

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Monday, January 08, 2018

Real Time Face Tracking using ArduinoIn this project, the... via Circuit Digest

In this project, the mobile camera will move along with your face with the help of servos. The advantage of using the Android Mobile Phone here is that you do not need to invest on a camera module and the whole image detection work can be done in the phone itself, you do not need your Arduino connected to your computer for this to work. Here we have used Bluetooth Module with Arduino to communicate with Mobile wirelessly.

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Wednesday, December 27, 2017

On My iPhone/Android: Kanopy - Experience the world’s finest cinema for free, brought to you by your library

 
On My iPhone/Android: Kanopy - Experience the world’s finest cinema for free, brought to you by your library
 
 
I am a big fan of my local library, especially when it is the size and has the collection of the Los Angeles Public Library. Kanopy is just one more way to make the best use of my library card by bringing movies and television shows right to my iPhone or computer and also to my TV using Chromecast, Apple Airplay or Apple TV. 
 
Unlike some other services, Kanopy’s collection is quite deep and actually contains movies you want to watch instead of just random, unknown offerings. 
 
Link your Kanopy app to your local library account (if they have subscribed to the service) and start enjoying another source of entertainment today.
 
On My iPhone/Android: Kanopy - Experience the world’s finest cinema for free, brought to you by your libraryOn My iPhone/Android: Kanopy - Experience the world’s finest cinema for free, brought to you by your library
 
From the iTunes App Store...

Watch classic films, indulge in festival indie, world cinema and acclaimed documentaries sourced from award-winning filmmakers globally or learn about every subject imaginable from The Great Courses and PBS. Kanopy is an on-demand streaming video service with an unrivaled collection of over 30,000 films. 

Free access for any member of a partner college or public library. No commercials. No fees. Your library has it covered for you.

 

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"On my iPhone…" is a new series from TechnologyIQ, sharing real world examples of how I use my iPhone, interesting apps and more

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Arduino Set to Introduce 3-D printer in October 2018

it’s interesting to see Arduino getting into this line of hardware after basically founding and developing the Internet of Things market with their various micro controllers. This is definitely something to look forward to in the coming year, though. — Douglas

Arduino MATERIA 101: simplifying access to the world of 3D printing

Arduino Set to Introduce 3-D printer in October 2018

After the sneak peak of some days ago, we are happy to officially announce the Arduino 3d printer . Completely open source and affordable, Arduino Materia 101 (more pics) is a device aiming at simplifying access to the world of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

Materia 101 is a precision 3D printer running on Arduino Mega, designed and developed in Italy, thanks to the collaboration of Arduino and Sharebot, two companies working with a similar approach to technology. It is ideal for beginners, makers and education.

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Monday, December 18, 2017

Free MIT video lecture series: Introduction to Python via Boing Boing

Interested in learning Python? You can watch all 38 videos for MIT 6.0001 Introduction to Computer Science and Programming in Python from Fall 2016, for free on YouTube.

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Sunday, November 26, 2017

18 BOOM 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker and others | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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18 BOOM 2 Wireless Bluetooth Speaker and other

I have a smaller bluetooth speaker that I specifically was gifted for kitchen use. I love listening to podcasts and music while I cook and the little speaker did a perfectly good job. That said, due to the noise of running water, food processors and others, it would be nice to have a speaker with a bit more oomph. The BOOM 2 series of speakers is just one such speaker, but it was included in many other gift guides on the internet and will likely be my, more powerful, replacement for the kitchen and garden.

 Boom 2 speaker

  • Insanely good, loud 360degree sound with deep bass
  • Portable design so you can bring the music anywhere
  • Waterproof*, shockproof, designed for adventure (* IPX7 rated waterproof up to 30 minutes and a depth of one meter)
  • 15hour battery life and 100 ft. Bluetooth wireless range (Actual battery life will vary with use, settings and environmental conditions. Rechargeable batteries have a limited number of charge cycles)
  • Maximum Sound Level: 90dBA. Frequency Range: 90Hz – 20kHz. Drivers: two 45mm (1 3/4") active drivers and two 45mm X 80mm (1 3/4" x 3") passive radiators.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

16 CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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16 CanaKit Raspberry Pi 3 Complete Starter Kit | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

For the technology lovers in your life — whether young or old — give them the power of exploring programming and computers in many forms. This kit gives you everything you need to get started with your Raspberry Pi today! Want to create your own interactive Internet of Things devices? Add-on the SunFounder 37 Modules Sensor Kit V2.0 to give you temperature/humidity sensors, LEDs, components and detectors of all types.

Raspi kit

  • Includes Made in UK Raspberry Pi 3 (RPi3) Model B Quad-Core 1.2 GHz 1 GB RAM
  • On-board WiFi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • 32 GB Micro SD Card (Class 10) - Raspberry Pi Recommended Micro SD Card pre-loaded with NOOBS, USB MicroSD Card Reader
  • CanaKit 2.5A USB Power Supply with Micro USB Cable and Noise Filter - Specially designed for the Raspberry Pi 3 (UL Listed)
  • High Quality Raspberry Pi 3 Case, Premium Quality HDMI Cable, 2 x Heat Sinks, GPIO Quick Reference Card, CanaKit Full Color Quick-Start Guide

Add on these products to give you even more options

 
SunFounder 37 Modules Sensor Kit V2.0 Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

09 Amazon Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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While I was intrigued by the Amazon Echo, I couldn't really make a case for buying one. That said, when a friend offered me their Echo Dot, which they didn't want, I quickly jumped for it. I had been wanting to play around with the technology and see what it could do.

So far, for me, the Echo Dot has been used for listening to music from Pandora.com, providing weather and commute traffic info for my wife and sun each morning, game playing with Jeopardy, Lie Swatter, Sing Quiz and Screen Test Movie Quote Quiz and it also interferes with the Etekcity switches and Hook I mentioned earlier in the Gift Guide. I have been very happy with my Dot and, knowing what I know now, I probably would spend my own money to get one -- perhaps to expand Alexa into other parts of the home.

The new Echo Plus looks neat due to its added capabilities as a smart home hub for many available systems.

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You can save a few dollars if you want to buy a couple of Echo units or by buying factory refurbished units.

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Sunday, November 12, 2017

Maker Update: Hakko FX-901 cordless soldering iron via Cool Tools

This week in Maker Update, a zoetrope and a fidget spinner make a baby, an SLS printer from Formlabs, a Raspberry Pi weather chamber, component carnage, and a tiny OLED Pi screen. Our featured Cool Tool is the Hakko FX-901 cordless soldering iron.

This is the Hakko FX-901 portable soldering iron. It runs off 4 AA batteries that you can swap out really fast with this removable cartridge design. I use rechargeables in mine and I get over an hour of use out of it before I notice the temperature drops. Alkaline batteries will run hotter, but not last as long.

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07 Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch and Hook Automation Hub | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

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07 Etekcity Wireless Remote Control Electrical Outlet Switch and Hook Automation Hubhook-hub

I added these RF remote-control switches to our house a few months ago and been very happy with my choice. They install easily, work well even between rooms with many walls separating them and helped me clean up a lot of clutter that had sort of grown organically in the family room. We had several light switches that were connected, replaced, moved, and hard to access, but these outlets provide a handy remote interface to everything now. You can even connect these outlets to your network and use your phone or Amazon Echo to control them, if you add a wifi-to-rf bridge to the network. That might just be the next step for me.

In fact, using the Hook device below, I can now control any of these outlets via my voice through my Echo Dot, via my iPhone using the Hook app, programmatically via IFTTT or programs I have written myself. Very cool and very useful — Douglas

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

03 Anker PowerCore 10000 | Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017

Since so many people order their gifts online and ahead of time, I’ve decided to start my annual Gift Guide fairly early this year. This should allow you to find your favorite gifts — and perhaps recommend a few of your own wish list items to your friends and family — with enough lead time to assure they arrive in time for your holiday celebration, whichever holiday it might be!

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Anker PowerCore 10000

This is the external battery I have carried in my bag for almost 2 years now. I don’t think I have ever completely ran out of power unless sharing between my son and I when we are traveling together. This battery is a great peace of mind when you aren’t sure when you might see a power outlet again and can make some quick friends when their phone has gone dead at a critical moment. A tool I would not be without! — Douglas

03 Anker PowerCore 10000 - - Douglas E. Welch Holiday Gift Guide 2017 

  • The Anker Advantage: Join the 10 million+ powered by our leading technology.
  • Remarkably Compact: One of the smallest and lightest 10000mAh portable charger. Provides almost three-and-a-half iPhone 6s charges or two-and-a-half Galaxy S6 charges.
  • High-speed-Charging Technology: Anker's exclusive PowerIQ and VoltageBoost combine to deliver the fastest possible charge for any device. Qualcomm Quick Charge not supported.
  • Certified Safe: Anker's MultiProtect safety system ensures complete protection for you and your devices.
  • What You Get: Anker PowerCore 10000 portable charger, Micro USB cable, travel pouch, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service. Lightning cable for iPhone / iPad sold separately — Amazon

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Simple Environmental Monitoring via Explore all projects

My version of a similar, first project, with an Arduino Yun used a local OLED display to show the information, but having a Blynk dashboard would be pretty cool, too. I did have something like this using Ubidots, but haven’t played around with it much. Perhaps I can modify it to work this way. — Douglas

This story began 2 years ago when I originally backed a Kickstarter project called WeatherPoint - a circuit which plugged into your android phone and displays various atmospheric variables such as temperature, pressure and humidity. After waiting far too long for the project to materialise and deciding that I still wanted this functionality on my phone, I set out to design my own.

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