Friday, December 09, 2016

Noted: Simple Rotary Tool Lathe #3DThursday #3DPrinting

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Monday, December 05, 2016

Noted: Feature design versus trolling

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Noted: Give the Gift of a Unified Home Theater Remote, Just $50 Today

Read Give the Gift of a Unified Home Theater Remote, Just $50 Today via Kotaku


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iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide #35

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I have started to disassemble old technology like printers and such to harvest parts for my Arduino projects. My first foray into this, though, left me a bit disappointed, as many of the screws used in assembling these products are specialized pieces, designed to prevent disassembling them. 
Enter the iFixit 64 Bit Driver Kit, something I have known about for a long time, but never actually purchased. It comes with a host of specialized bits and drivers used to build a lot of today's technology. While this kit is truly designed to help you repair your own technology, as you might imagine, it also helps a lot in tearing apart older, non-functional tech to get at the good bits!

 

iFixit Pro Tech Toolkit

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Saturday, November 26, 2016

300 LED Color Changing Kit | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide #26

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From Douglas...

I was first introduced to these addressable Led light strips when I began to work with the Arduino micro controllers, but I soon found that you could also get complete standalone kits with power supply and a remote control that you could easily install and control in your home. I have been looking a wide variety of these kits for some installations here in my own house and I thought you — or your friends and family — might be interested, too. You can make color washes in over 256 colors or animated effects spanning the entire strand.

 

300 LED Color Changing Kit

 

300 LED Color Changing Kit 

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Friday, November 18, 2016

Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #18

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From Douglas...

We recently had a great demo of Makey Makey at the Hackerspace LA and it was a great hit. Who knew you could interface nearly anything — including bananas - to your PC and make your own crazy contraptions? (LAUGH)

From Makey Makey...

What is Makey Makey?

Turn the whole world into a keyboard. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners or Experts doing art, engineering, and everything in between.

How Does it Work?

Alligator Clip two objects to the Makey Makey. For example, you and a banana (or an ice cube, or a kitty cat). When you touch the banana, the computer just thinks a keyboard key is being pressed, so you can type a letter, jump in a video game, take a picture, or play some music.

Who is Makey Makey For?

Kids, Artists, Educators, Engineers, Inventors, Makers. Really it is for everyone.

What materials work with Makey Makey?
Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Fruits, Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Pets, Aluminum, Rain, and hundreds more. Really any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity.

What can I create?

Make a banana piano, play Mario on a play dough game pad, take a selfie of your cat every time she drinks water. How? First, load up a computer program or any webpage. Let's say you load up a piano.
Then, instead of using the computer keyboard buttons to play the piano, you can hook the Makey Makey to something fun, like bananas, and the bananas become your piano keys.

Hundreds more of examples can be found at MakeyMakey.com


Makey Makey - An Invention Kit for Everyone

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Noted: This Gadget Can Help Save You Big Bucks On Your Power Bill - Sense Home Energy Monitor by John Patrick Pullen

Noted: This Gadget Can Help Save You Big Bucks On Your Power Bill - Sense Home Energy Monitor by John Patrick Pullen

This Gadget Can Help Save You Big Bucks On Your Power Bill

The Sense monitor helps show you which appliances are using the most energy
My electrician had his doubts — and I have to admit that I did, too. As he looped a pair of clamps around my home’s main electrical lines, he told me the smart home gadget I hired him to install inside my breaker box wasn’t anything more than a voltage meter.

“I could get you one of these for a fraction of the price,” he said. “And it would have an LCD display, too.”

In hindsight, his lack of faith in this newfangled device was misplaced. A small, orange brick with a white antenna sticking out of it, the $249 Sense home energy monitor doesn’t look all that special. But it differs from conventional voltage meters in two ways. First, it connects to your home’s Wi-Fi network, meaning it can relay your home’s energy usage data into the cloud for some pretty heady number crunching. And second, that information is then relayed to apps on your Android or iOS device, where you can get a comprehensive view of your home’s electrical activity.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Noted: Raspberry Pi joins the Particle Cloud!

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Read Raspberry Pi joins the Particle Cloud! via Raspberry Pi – Adafruit Industries – Makers, hackers, artists, designers and engineers!


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Noted: Google incorporates neural machine translation into Google Translate app for eight languages, increasing accuracy and allowing for entire sentence translation (Richard Nieva/CNET)

Read Google incorporates neural machine translation into Google Translate app for eight languages, increasing accuracy and allowing for entire sentence translation (Richard Nieva/CNET) via Techmeme


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Noted: An Open-Source, Low-Cost Personal Airborne Particle Counter

Read An Open-Source, Low-Cost Personal Airborne Particle Counter via Hackster’s Blog - Medium


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Monday, November 14, 2016

Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #14

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From Douglas...

This battery pack has become an essential part of my daily carry since I bought it last February. I live and work on my iPhone 6 and there are times when I need to be powered up, no matter where I might be. This Anker Powercore has so much power I don’t think I have ever actually ran it flat out of power. It is a great peace of mind to have power available no matter where I might be or what I need to do.

I have also used this power pack to run Arduino microcontroller projects and help my GoPro camera through a long time-lapse or other filming. It is so versatile and can power anything that takes a USB connector. 

Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger

Anker PowerCore 10000 Portable Charger | Douglas E. Welch Gift Guide 2016 #14

 

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