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Happy Presidents Day – Adafruit Not Shipping USPS Orders February 15
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/11/happy-presidents-day-adafruit-not-shipping-usps-orders-february-15/

Adafruit will not be shipping USPS orders Monday February 15, 2016 for the federal holiday, Presidents Day.

Any USPS orders placed after 11am EST Friday February 12 will go out Tuesday February 16.

All UPS orders will go out as normal.

Read more: https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/11/happy-presidents-day-adafruit-not-shipping-usps-orders-february-15/
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Otis Boykin – African American History Month 2016 #BlackHistoryMonth
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/13/otis-boykin-african-american-history-month-2016-blackhistorymonth/

Celebrating Otis Boykin’s accomplishments, Via Bio

Boykin, who took a special interest in working with resistors, began researching and inventing on his own. He sought and received a patent for a wire precision resistor on June 16, 1959. This resistor would later be used in radios and televisions. Two years later, he created a breakthrough device that could withstand extreme changes in temperature and pressure. The device, which was cheaper and more reliable than others on the market, came in great demand by the United States military for guided missles and IBM for computers.

In 1964, Boykin moved to Paris, creating electronic innovations for a new market of customers. His most famous invention was a control unit for the pacemaker. Ironically, Boykin died in Chicago in 1982 as a result of heart failure. Upon his death, he had 26 patents to his name.

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"Black history month" ... that sounds racist.
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What if Iconic Designers made Light Sabers ?
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/13/what-if-iconic-designers-made-light-sabers/

DesignXSaber is a Y studios project inspired by Star Wars. Six of their designers tried their hand at creating a unique lightsaber, Via Designxsaber

It envisions what a saber would look like if Y Studios and our design heroes designed it. All sabers featured in DESIGN X SABER are designed by Y Studios.


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NEW PRODUCT - NeoPixel Sticks - 8 x 5050 RGBW LEDs - Warm White - ~3000K / Natural White - ~4500K / Cool White - ~6000K

https://www.adafruit.com/new

What is better than smart RGB LEDs? Smart RGB+White LEDs! These NeoPixel sticks now have 4 LEDs in them (red, green, blue and white) for excellent lighting effects. These are fun and glowy, and you can control each LED individually! Make your own little LED arrangement with this stick of NeoPixel LEDs.

The NeoPixel is 'split', one half is the RGB you know and love, the other half is a white LED with a yellow phosphor. Unlit, it resembles an egg yolk. Lit up these are insanely bright (like ow my eye hurts) and can be controlled with 8-bit PWM per channel (8 x 4 channels = 32-bit color overall). Great for adding lots of colorful + white dots to your project!

We crammed 8 of the tiny 5050 (5mm x 5mm) smart RGBW LEDs onto a PCB with mounting holes and a chainable design. Use only one microcontroller pin to control as many as you can chain together! Each LED is addressable as the driver chip is inside the LED. Each one has ~18mA constant current drive so the color will be very consistent even if the voltage varies, and no external choke resistors are required making the design slim. Power the whole thing with 5VDC (4-7V works) and you're ready to rock.

NeoPixel LEDs use 800 KHz protocol so specific timing is required. On NeoPixels, the PWM rate is ~400 Hz, which works well but is noticable if the LED is moving. In comparison, DotStars have a 20 KHz PWM rate, so even when moving the LED around, you won't see the pixelation, the blending is very smooth. (we recommend DotStars if you can use them)

The LEDs are 'chainable' by connecting the output of one stick into the input of another. There is a single data line with a very timing-specific protocol. Since the protocol is very sensitive to timing, it requires a real-time microcontroller such as an AVR, Arduino, PIC, mbed, etc. It cannot be used with a Linux-based microcomputer or interpreted microcontroller such as the netduino or Basic Stamp. Our wonderfully-written Neopixel library for Arduino supports these pixels! As it requires hand-tuned assembly it is only for AVR cores but others may have ported this chip driver code so please google around. An 8MHz or faster processor is required.

We have a tutorial showing wiring, power usage calculations, example code for usage, etc. for NeoPixel Please check it out! Please note you will need a NeoPixel library with RGBW support which is not always available. If you try to control these with a plain 'RGB' NeoPixel library, you'll get very weird results. Our Adafruit NeoPixel library does support RGBW but if you're using something else, just be aware that it might require some hacking.

Comes as a single stick with 8 individually addressable RGBW LEDs assembled and tested.

Our detailed NeoPixel Uberguide has everything you need to use NeoPixels in any shape and size. Including ready-to-go library & example code for the Arduino UNO/Duemilanove/Diecimila, Flora/Micro/Leonardo, Trinket/Gemma, Arduino Due & Arduino Mega/ADK (all versions)

This is the Warm White RGBW version  https://www.adafruit.com/products/2867

This is the Natural White RGBW version 
https://www.adafruit.com/products/2868

This is the Cool White RGBW version 
https://www.adafruit.com/products/2869

In stock and shipping now!

https://www.adafruit.com/new


#neopixels   #leds   #rgbwleds   #lights   #neonlights   #light  
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I wish so much that you would make these in dotstar.
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Make a Radio Stream Recorder #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/12/make-a-radio-stream-recorder-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/

Make a radio stream recorder with Raspberry Pi. via hackaday

Implemented a radio stream recorder with a Raspberry Pi. Show how to find stations, schedule recordings, move files and edit audio files.

Read more https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/12/make-a-radio-stream-recorder-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/
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New Products 2/10/2016 (video)

https://www.adafruit.com/new

2-pin JST SM Plug + Receptacle Cable Set (0:04) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2880

A/V and RCA (Composite Video, Audio) Cable for Raspberry Pi (1:08) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2881

Tiny OTG Adapter - USB Micro to USB (2:18) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2910

Latching 5-Compartment Storage Box (4:10) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2938

Make: Bluetooth LE Projects for Arduino, RasPi, and Smartphones (5:17) https://www.adafruit.com/products/3029

Arduino 101 with Intel Curie (7:06) https://www.adafruit.com/products/3033

Seeeduino Cloud - Compatible with Arduino Yun (8:28) https://www.adafruit.com/products/3034

Hakko FX-600 50-Watt Adjustable Soldering Iron (12:01) https://www.adafruit.com/products/3037

Micro NFC/RFID Transponder - NTAG203 13.56MHz (13:31) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2800

RFID / NFC Smart Rings - Multiple Sizes - NTAG213 (15:15) https://www.adafruit.com/products/3041

RFID / NFC Smart Ring - 17mm Diameter - NTAG213 (15:15) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2801

RFID / NFC Smart Ring - 18mm Diameter - NTAG213 (15:15) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2802

RFID / NFC Smart Ring - 19mm Diameter - NTAG213 (15:15) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2803

RFID / NFC Smart Ring - 20mm Diameter - NTAG213 (15:15) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2804

RFID / NFC Smart Ring - 21mm Diameter - NTAG213 (15:15) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2805

RFID / NFC Smart Ring - 22mm Diameter - NTAG213 (15:15) https://www.adafruit.com/products/2806

Adafruit Feather 32u4 FONA (18:45) https://www.adafruit.com/products/3027

In stock at shipping now! 

https://www.adafruit.com/new

#video   #new   #adafruitfeather   #hakko   #soldering   #electronics   #makers   #engineers   #transponders   #rings   #jewelry   #NFC  
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Agreed. Best release yet.. Gonna get the new Fona for sure. Can't wait for the RTC+SD Wing and GPS Wing. Any idea when those will be available??
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Maroesjka Lavigne’s Land of Nothingness #celebratephotography
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/13/maroesjka-lavignes-land-of-nothingness-celebratephotography/

We’re loving the solemn feeling evoked by Maroesjka Lavigne‘s usage of muted colors and framing in this series.

From My Modern Met:

In her series Land of Nothingness, Belgian photographer Maroesjka Lavigne reveals solitude and stillness in the stark, pale landscape of Namibia. Depicting the arid desert in delicately muted colors, she draws attention to surprising signs of life on the vast, empty land—a herd of wild animals here, a tiny figure and his shadow there, the gnarled branches of crooked trees emerging from the earth.

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Have your cake and 3D-print its topping too!
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3D systems introduced a 3D food printer prototype in Las Vegas last month, Via Cnet

The 3D printer maker… introduced the ChefJet series, a new type of 3D printer entirely. They don’t build plastic 3D objects — instead, they make things you can eat. It’s like a Star Trek replicator, if Star Fleet lived entirely off candy.

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There is an interesting article on porting smbus to python 3 at http://jtecheng.com/?p=959
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Make a Laser Tripwire with a Raspberry Pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/12/make-a-laser-tripwire-with-a-raspberry-pi-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/

A great educational tutorial on making your own laser tripwire with Raspberry Pi. via raspberry.org

In this resource you will make a laser tripwire, using a laser pointer and a Raspberry Pi.

What You Will Learn

By creating a laser tripwire with your Raspberry Pi, you will learn:

How to use GPIO pins
How to create a circuit on a breadboard
Controlling GPIO pins with Python code and GPIO Zero
How to use a capacitor to get readings from analogue sensors

Read more https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/12/make-a-laser-tripwire-with-a-raspberry-pi-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/
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Make a Laser Tripwire with a Raspberry Pi #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/12/make-a-laser-tripwire-with-a-raspberry-pi-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/

A great educational tutorial on making your own laser tripwire with Raspberry Pi. via raspberry.org

In this resource you will make a laser tripwire, using a laser pointer and a Raspberry Pi.

What You Will Learn

By creating a laser tripwire with your Raspberry Pi, you will learn:

How to use GPIO pins
How to create a circuit on a breadboard
Controlling GPIO pins with Python code and GPIO Zero
How to use a capacitor to get readings from analogue sensors

Read more https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/12/make-a-laser-tripwire-with-a-raspberry-pi-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/
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Celebrating Charles Darwin #DarwinDay
https://blog.adafruit.com/2016/02/12/celebrating-charles-darwin-darwinday/

Charles Darwin hugely impacted biology, cosmology and the scientific process. His theory of natural selection greatly contributed to the theory of evolution. Happy birthday Charles Darwin and thank you! via wikipedia

Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors,and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern of evolution resulted from a process that he called natural selection, in which the struggle for existence has a similar effect to the artificial selection involved in selective breeding.

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Limor Fried (ladyada) is the founder & engineer of Adafruit Industries. Adafruit makes all-original DIY electronics kits - is a New York City based company that sells kits and parts for original, open source hardware electronics projects featured on www.adafruit.com as well as other cool open source tronix' that we think are interesting and well-made. Limor was on the cover of WIRED and was an EFF pioneer award winner for open-source hardware.
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