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Adafruit Not Shipping Orders May 29, Memorial Day
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/22/adafruit-not-shipping-orders-may-29-memorial-day/

Adafruit will not be shipping orders Monday May 29, 2017 for the federal holiday Memorial Day.

Any orders placed after 11am EST Friday May 26 will go out Tuesday May 30.

See more shipping info:
https://www.adafruit.com/shippinginfo

Read more about Adafruit’s holiday shipping: https://www.adafruit.com/holiday
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Fitbits for Elephants #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/fitbits-for-elephants-wearablewednesday/

Via All About Circuits

Putting tags on animals to help track and observe them is nothing new, particularly if the species is endangered or threatened. Scientists have even used GPS trackers to chart migratory patterns of everything from eagles to giant tortoises.

Recently, though, a team from South Africa, Botswana, and UCLA implanted an Actiwatch Spectrum into the trunks of two wild African elephants for about a month. The watches use a piezoaccelerometer to track motion. In this case, the motion of the elephant’s trunk, and from that, make estimates about the elephant’s sleep cycles. This data was complemented with an accelerometer and GPS on a collar, as well as a stationary weather station. Their specific goal is to study the sleeping patterns of the animals, and to try and understand better how sleep in general works.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/fitbits-for-elephants-wearablewednesday/

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Homemade HD Projector with Nexus 7 Screen, Field View Camera Lens, Arduino Keystoning
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/homemade-hd-projector-with-nexus-7-screen-field-view-camera-lens-arduino-keystoning/

Having assembled exactly one semi-complex optical-based project from scratch in my life I can verifiably say it’s something you could potentially pull your own hair out over! But patience is a virtue, exemplified in this video from YouTuber HAMMERLAND who appears to improvise solutions on the fly and modify the HD projector design accordingly. This includes some interesting ideas along the way, like the long threaded bolt for adjusting the position of the lens, and the Arduino circuit for articulating the vertical keystoning of the fresnel lens (horizontal keystoning is done manually).

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/homemade-hd-projector-with-nexus-7-screen-field-view-camera-lens-arduino-keystoning/
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Feeling Stressed? You Need the Social Escape Dress #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/feeling-stressed-you-need-the-social-escape-dress-wearablewednesday/

It has been way too long since I checked in on artist Kathleen McDermott, but I was reminded of her wonderful wearables thanks to a post in Racked. She has been growing her Urban Armor projects and is now on #7— The Social Escape Dress. This dress emits fog when the wearer is stressed, creating a tunnel of wispy smoke that blends with the white funnel shape of the fabric. Here’s the artist’s description:

The Social Escape Dress stands in contrast to commercial wearable technologies, which aim to facilitate self-optimization, dealing with stress by trying to create more efficient humans. The Social Escape Dress aims to make feelings of stress visible, a gesture than can be seen as one of protest, playfulness, or simply as a diversion tactic to defuse the stressful situation.

The dress uses a Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensor connected to an Arduino to trigger nine mini fog machines. That’s what I call an interesting piece of wearable tech!

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/feeling-stressed-you-need-the-social-escape-dress-wearablewednesday/

#wearabletech #tech #Arduino #art #fashion




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Feeling Stressed? You Need the Social Escape Dress #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/feeling-stressed-you-need-the-social-escape-dress-wearablewednesday/

It has been way too long since I checked in on artist Kathleen McDermott, but I was reminded of her wonderful wearables thanks to a post in Racked. She has been growing her Urban Armor projects and is now on #7— The Social Escape Dress. This dress emits fog when the wearer is stressed, creating a tunnel of wispy smoke that blends with the white funnel shape of the fabric. Here’s the artist’s description:

The Social Escape Dress stands in contrast to commercial wearable technologies, which aim to facilitate self-optimization, dealing with stress by trying to create more efficient humans. The Social Escape Dress aims to make feelings of stress visible, a gesture than can be seen as one of protest, playfulness, or simply as a diversion tactic to defuse the stressful situation.

The dress uses a Galvanic Skin Response (GSR) sensor connected to an Arduino to trigger nine mini fog machines. That’s what I call an interesting piece of wearable tech!

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/feeling-stressed-you-need-the-social-escape-dress-wearablewednesday/

#wearabletech #tech #Arduino #art #fashion




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This Innovative Hair Clip May One Day Help Deaf People #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/this-innovative-hair-clip-may-one-day-help-deaf-people-wearablewednesday/

The last time I got excited about a wearable for accessibility it was Dot —a Braille smartwatch. However, thanks to a lead from Wired UK I’ve got a new project to appreciate, Ontenna, a vibrating hairclip. Haptic devices can be helpful for notifications, but some deaf people find them a bit overwhelming on a wristband or clothing. That’s why Fujitsu has embraced the hairclip, which actually got its start a few years ago according to the company.

A prototype of Ontenna was first shown in 2016, though the technology started as a university research project by current Fujitsu user interface designer Tatuya Honda.

There’s some biomimicry going on here with the hairclip sending vibrations through hair, much like whiskers on a cat. Currently the model can create vibrations based on intervals of sound, but the hope is to develop a product that can differentiate tones. The idea is simple, but it could add a lot of value to someone who is deaf. Imagine events happening behind you that you are unaware of, but suddenly through some minor buzzing you realize there is a reason to look. Not only is it handy, but it may add safety.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/this-innovative-hair-clip-may-one-day-help-deaf-people-wearablewednesday/

#wearabletech #Arduino #tech #accessibility #deaf




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This Innovative Hair Clip May One Day Help Deaf People #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/this-innovative-hair-clip-may-one-day-help-deaf-people-wearablewednesday/

The last time I got excited about a wearable for accessibility it was Dot —a Braille smartwatch. However, thanks to a lead from Wired UK I’ve got a new project to appreciate, Ontenna, a vibrating hairclip. Haptic devices can be helpful for notifications, but some deaf people find them a bit overwhelming on a wristband or clothing. That’s why Fujitsu has embraced the hairclip, which actually got its start a few years ago according to the company.

A prototype of Ontenna was first shown in 2016, though the technology started as a university research project by current Fujitsu user interface designer Tatuya Honda.

There’s some biomimicry going on here with the hairclip sending vibrations through hair, much like whiskers on a cat. Currently the model can create vibrations based on intervals of sound, but the hope is to develop a product that can differentiate tones. The idea is simple, but it could add a lot of value to someone who is deaf. Imagine events happening behind you that you are unaware of, but suddenly through some minor buzzing you realize there is a reason to look. Not only is it handy, but it may add safety.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/this-innovative-hair-clip-may-one-day-help-deaf-people-wearablewednesday/

#wearabletech #Arduino #tech #accessibility #deaf




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How to Surprise People with a Crazy Lapel Flower #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/how-to-surprise-people-with-a-crazy-lapel-flower-wearablewednesday/

When I was a kid my dad used to surprise me with silly magic tricks. His favorite included palming a coin and pulling it out of an ear or nose, which wasn’t necessarily my favorite since it was easy to tell it was a fake. However, it did lead me to eventually buy those “advertised on TV” magic cards, the snake in the peanut can and other gags. Call me a geek, but I still enjoy magic, which is why I bust out laughing when I saw this Magic Lapel Flower by maker Saksham Sabharwal. Yes, the flower can show emotion while tucked in a pocket thanks to the magic of Arduino. This appears to be hack of a Sparkfun project with a flex sensor used as a switch. The sensor could be utilized in a glove, making it the perfect magician’s assistant. Another fun hack would be to have the servo react to a certain sound with a mic, making the flower truly mysterious.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/how-to-surprise-people-with-a-crazy-lapel-flower-wearablewednesday/

#wearabletech #tech #magic #Arduino #DIY #STEM

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How to Surprise People with a Crazy Lapel Flower #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/how-to-surprise-people-with-a-crazy-lapel-flower-wearablewednesday/

When I was a kid my dad used to surprise me with silly magic tricks. His favorite included palming a coin and pulling it out of an ear or nose, which wasn’t necessarily my favorite since it was easy to tell it was a fake. However, it did lead me to eventually buy those “advertised on TV” magic cards, the snake in the peanut can and other gags. Call me a geek, but I still enjoy magic, which is why I bust out laughing when I saw this Magic Lapel Flower by maker Saksham Sabharwal. Yes, the flower can show emotion while tucked in a pocket thanks to the magic of Arduino. This appears to be hack of a Sparkfun project with a flex sensor used as a switch. The sensor could be utilized in a glove, making it the perfect magician’s assistant. Another fun hack would be to have the servo react to a certain sound with a mic, making the flower truly mysterious.

Read More
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/05/24/how-to-surprise-people-with-a-crazy-lapel-flower-wearablewednesday/

#wearabletech #tech #magic #Arduino #DIY #STEM
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