Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This App is Fire: GIF Toaster via Lifehacker

Animated GIFS are everywhere these day, so you might as well have an easy way to make them. I am in the middle of checking out this app today! — Douglas

iOS: Making GIFs yourself has always been a pretty involved process either made too simple to suit my desires or too complicated to be intuitive. GIF Toaster blends the best of both worlds, offering more than enough control over the GIFs you’re trying to create in an interface that’s simple to use and unobscured by ads (if you pay). It’s a must have app on your iOS device and has been praised by users familiar with the apps available for GIF-building. If you ever want to make a GIF with some pro-level tools, or desire more flexibility to customize your creation just the way you want it, GIF Toaster is a more than capable tool.

Read This App is Fire: GIF Toaster via Lifehacker


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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

If you want to learn about Arduino, this is the book to get via Boing Boing

Arduino is on open-source electronics prototyping platform that lets you make interactive stuff without having a degree in electrical engineering.

For about $25 you can buy a credit card sized circuit board that has input connections (for buttons, knobs, light sensors, microphones, humidity sensors, fart detectors, Internet signals, etc) and output connections (for servo motors, LEDs, buzzers, speakers, stepper motors, vibrators, etc). You write programs on your computer to tell the Arduino how to process the input signals and how to activate the output components. This program is uploaded to the Arduino's microprocessor, making it self-contained.

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Monday, February 05, 2018

Hack an old typewriter with Arduino for digital input via Arduino Blog

A demanding and yet really, really cool project. There is something special about the retro sound of an old school typewriter and to see it being used as a modern input device is mind-blowing. — Douglas

I modified a vintage type writer to function as a USB keyboard using an Arduino and 50 phototransistors. The typewriter is a German Olympia Monica that I bought at a local flea market. For this project I created a simple PCB that carries the phototransistors and several multiplexers and decoders. The PCB is connected to the Arduino through a ribbon cable. I used an Arduino Leonardo, which can function as a USB input device.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Sony KOOV Robotics Kit Review: Hands on with the Robots via Technabob

Every generation’s kids seem to know much more about technology than the prior generation. I grew up as part of the first wave of kids to use desktop computers, and now the little ones are using smartphones and tablets like they were born with them as appendages. Today’s youngsters are picking up science and technology at a faster pace than ever before. Now, kids can learn how to create their own robots at home or in the classroom. Developed by Sony Electronics and Sony Global Education, the KOOV building system aims to teach kids to do just that.

Read Sony KOOV Robotics Kit Review: Hands on with the Robots - Technabob via Technabob


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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Simple Battery Holder For Coin Cells via Instructables

Great idea for school projects or any event where you have a lot of attendees who want to power their projects. You could even make the manufacture of these holders a project for more experienced makers in your group. — Douglas


Small coin cell batteries are inexpensive and useful, with one big problem, how do you connect to them? You can purchase holders for cylindrical that are complete with wires to make it easy to connect to your project, but not so for coin cells. Here is a very simple solution for using coin cell batteries to power small projects. The holder will work with almost any coin or button cell, even tiny hearing aid batteries. Since the cost is so low, this method is ideal for Maker Camps and other kid activities.

Read Simple Battery Holder For Coin Cells via Instructables

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Most Viewed Pages on Technology IQ for 2017

Most Viewed Pages on Technology IQ for 2017

Here are the Most Viewed Pages for 2017 on Technology IQ

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TechnologyIQ: Noted: 50 of the most important Raspberry Pi Senors and Components
TechnologyIQ: Noted: 50 of the most important Raspberry Pi Senors and Components
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Amazing Binary Clock using LED Matrix Module
TechnologyIQ: Arduino Life 4: Visualizing Your Project's Data with Ubidots
TechnologyIQ: Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners - Tutorial via Core Electronics
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Kano - a Raspberry Pi computer kit now has a screen
TechnologyIQ: New Kano Computer Kit (Based on Raspberry Pi) Now Available $150 USD
TechnologyIQ: 64 Online Resources to Learn to Code for Free via Business Insider
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Electronic Foldable Prototyping Workbench
TechnologyIQ: Raspberry Pi Workshop for Beginners - Tutorial via Core Electronics
TechnologyIQ: Codebender - An Online Code Editor for Arduino: Write Code & Program Your Arduino In Your Browser [Updated]
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Margaret Hamilton: Software Engineering Pioneer
TechnologyIQ: littleBits Electronics Premium Kit | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #9
TechnologyIQ: Live Out Your Astronaut Dreams With Lego's Meter-Tall NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket via Gizmodo
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Running Breadboard
TechnologyIQ: iPhone Wallets - NEW from Douglas E. Welch and created using my photography
TechnologyIQ: 64 Online Resources to Learn to Code for Free via Business Insider
TechnologyIQ: Noted: You Can Now Easily Connect to Your Raspberry Pi From Anywhere In World With VNC Connect
TechnologyIQ: Arduino Life 5: Arduino Yun and ftp client/server
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Kano - a Raspberry Pi computer kit now has a screen
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Electronic Foldable Prototyping Workbench
TechnologyIQ: Rasperry Pi Gaming System Built Without Any Soldering (video) via Geeky Gadgets
TechnologyIQ: Noted: You Can Now Easily Connect to Your Raspberry Pi From Anywhere In World With VNC Connect
TechnologyIQ: Live Out Your Astronaut Dreams With Lego's Meter-Tall NASA Apollo Saturn V Rocket via Gizmodo
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Arduino + Geometry + Bicycle = Speedometer
TechnologyIQ: littleBits Electronics Premium Kit | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #9
TechnologyIQ: Codebender - An Online Code Editor for Arduino: Write Code & Program Your Arduino In Your Browser [Updated]
TechnologyIQ: BreatheDot: A Portable Meditation Aid via HackaDay
TechnologyIQ: Noted: 6 Ways to Repair Broken Plastic
TechnologyIQ: Rasperry Pi Gaming System Built Without Any Soldering (video) via Geeky Gadgets
TechnologyIQ: Google Earth Gets a Huge Redesign with Guided Tours, 3D View, and More via Lifehacker
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Giphy made 2,000 GIFs to help you learn sign language
TechnologyIQ: Arduino parts start to arrive via Instagram [Photo]
TechnologyIQ: Onion Pi makes your web traffic anonymous via Open Electronics
TechnologyIQ: Noted: How to Make Awkward Electronics Stitchable #WearableWednesday #Wearabletech #DIY
TechnologyIQ: FREE Raspberry Pi "Hacking and Making with Minecraft" Book now available from MagPI
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Learning and STEM toys we love
TechnologyIQ: Noted: Arduino + Geometry + Bicycle = Speedometer
TechnologyIQ: Industrial Indicator Makes the Move from PLC to FPGA via hack a day


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.

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


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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
 
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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.

Read the entire blog post — Arduino MATERIA 101: simplifying access to the world of 3D printing

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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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