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Angèle Etoundi Essamba “The Makers” #celebratephotography
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/18/angele-etoundi-essamba-the-makers-celebratephotography/

Angèle Etoundi Essamba was born in Douala and grew-up in Yaoundé. As a young girl, she went to Paris where she received her education. Later on she moved to the Netherlands where she trained at the Nederlandse Fotovakschool (Netherlands professional school of photography). She is a committed artist involved in her creative practice, in a reflection on the identity of the woman, in the respect of the individual, in the struggle for humanity. 

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Make an Automated Slide Film Scanner with LEGOs #celebratephotography
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/18/make-an-automated-slide-film-scanner-with-legos-celebratephotography/

This is pretty impressive: photographer Pascal Kulcsar needed to digitize some old slide film left behind by his grandfather. Rather than purchase a film scanner, Kulcsar decided to combine his technical ingenuity and love for LEGOs to create a DIY slide film scanner using LEGO pieces.
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Build a Raspberry Pi heart rate sensor that streams and blinks #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/17/build-a-raspberry-pi-heart-rate-sensor-that-streams-and-blinks-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/

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Wearables are absolutely blowing up right now. From smart watches and jewelry to devices implanted in your clothes to armbands that allow you to navigate your computer, everything will soon be loaded with sensors. A big application of these wearables that has become very popular is fitness tracking, so I figured I’d talk about putting together and customizing your own heart rate monitor using a Raspberry Pi!

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+Adafruit Industries Couldn't the neopixels (and other RGB LEDs) have a white element as well as the red, green and blue elements?
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How To Create Your Very Own Raspberry Pi “Harry Potter Sorting Hat” #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/17/how-to-create-your-very-own-raspberry-pi-harry-potter-sorting-hat-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/

A tutorial for students to make their own Sorting Hat with Raspberry Pi. via teachwithict

In this lesson, students will create a Raspberry Pi powered Harry Potter style sorting hat. Students will also learn how to connect a physical button to the Pibrella and program it to control the sorting hat.

Note: Although I have written this as a lesson, it would probably work better as a project for a small group / after-school club.

Learning Objectives:

• Understand and use sequence in an algorithm
• Understand and use iteration in an algorithm (FOR and WHILE loops)
• Understand and use selection in an algorithm (IF, Else and Else if)
_• Understand how to control Input & Output devices _

Curriculum Mapping:

KS2:
• Design, write and debug programs that accomplish specific goals; solve problems by breaking them into smaller parts. Select, use and combine a variety of software on a range of digital devices to design and create a range of programs.
• Use sequence, selection and repetition in programs; work with variables and various forms of input and output
• Use logical reasoning to explain how some simple algorithms work; detect and correct errors in algorithms and programs

KS3:
_• Use two or more programming languages, at least one of which is textual, to solve a variety of computational problems. _

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Make an Automated Slide Film Scanner with LEGOs #celebratephotography
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/18/make-an-automated-slide-film-scanner-with-legos-celebratephotography/

This is pretty impressive: photographer Pascal Kulcsar needed to digitize some old slide film left behind by his grandfather. Rather than purchase a film scanner, Kulcsar decided to combine his technical ingenuity and love for LEGOs to create a DIY slide film scanner using LEGO pieces.
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How Sugar Effects The Brain #SaturdayMorningCartoons
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/18/how-sugar-effects-the-brain-saturdaymorningcartoons/

When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation.
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NEW PRODUCTS - Analog RGBW LED Strips - RGB + Warm White / RGB + Cool White - 60/m

Analog RGBW LED Strip - RGB plus Warm White - 60 LED/m - ~3000Khttps://www.adafruit.com/products/2439

Analog RGBW LED Strip - RGB plus Cool White - 60 LED/m - ~6000Khttps://www.adafruit.com/products/2440

A dream come true…an analog LED strip with both RGB and either Warm or Cool White LEDs…It’s so……..bbbeeeaaaaauuuttttiiiifuuulllll!!!

These LED strips are fun and glowy. There are 60 RGB and Warm or Cool White LEDs per meter – you can control the entire strip at once with any microcontroller and three transistors. The way they are wired, you will need a 9-12VDC power supply and then ground the R/G/B/W pins to turn on the colors. Use any NPN or N-channel MOSFET (although the big powerful kind is good for a large strip) and PWM the inputs for color-mixing.

For powering, a good 12V supply is key. The one we carry will do well for fixed installations. For portable use, we suggest a 8xAA battery holder.

They come in 4 meter reels, and are sold by the meter! If you buy 4m at a time, you’ll get full reels. If you buy less than 4m, you’ll get a single strip, but it will be a cut piece from a reel which may or may not have a connector on it.

Check the product pages for more information!

Analog RGBW LED Strip - RGB plus Warm White - 60 LED/m - ~3000K - https://www.adafruit.com/products/2439

Analog RGBW LED Strip - RGB plus Cool White - 60 LED/m - ~6000K - https://www.adafruit.com/products/2440

Both are in stock and shipping now!
#newproducts   #ledstrips   #rgbw  
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When can we get bare minimum material, waterproof, grow-light strips for the lowest commercialization cost?
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DIY Home Alert System #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/17/diy-home-alert-system-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/

DIY home alert system with Raspberry Pi. via raspberrypi

Last year Andre Pawlowski started work on a home security project. A friend of his had been burgled, and he thought an open-source client/server DIY home alarm system would be a good idea.
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Accessing the Raspberry Pi Camera with OpenCV and Python #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/17/accessing-the-raspberry-pi-camera-with-opencv-and-python-piday-raspberrypi-raspberry_pi/

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Over the past year the PyImageSearch blog has had a lot of popular blog posts. Using k-means clustering to find the dominant colors in an image was (and still is) hugely popular. One of my personal favorites, building a kick-ass mobile document scanner has been the most popular PyImageSearch article for months. And the first (big) tutorial I ever wrote, Hobbits and Histograms, an article on building a simple image search engine, still gets a lot of hits today.

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Raspberry Pi Case Fan @Raspberry_Pi#piday #raspberrypi
https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/04/17/raspberry-pi-case-fan-raspberry_pi-piday-raspberrypi/

Neat idea and build in this tutorial from scd on instructables!

I purchased an inexpensive snap-together acrylic case for my Raspberry Pi from a seller on eBay. Overall I was happy with the case, but although this case has holes for passive air circulation I noticed that after running the Pi in the case that some of the chips were running a bit warm (even with heat sinks installed). Since this Pi will be running a web server 24/7, I decided to design a new top which accommodates a small (quiet and low air flow) cooling fan.

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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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