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Learn to code Python on hardware! Join our CircuitPython BETA!
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Learn to code Python on hardware! Join our CircuitPython BETA!
https://adafru.it/tCy/
https://github.com/adafruit/circuitpython/

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Today we’ve released the first beta version of CircuitPython! CircuitPython is based on the open-source MicroPython which brings the popular Python language to microcontrollers. The goal of Circuit…
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Wind power now runs all electric passenger trains in the Netherlands
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/18/wind-power-now-runs-all-electric-passenger-trains-in-the-netherlands/

Via Inhabitat

All of the electric passenger trains running in the Netherlands are now powered entirely by wind. One year ahead of schedule, Dutch railway company NS announced its entire electric train fleet is running on 100-percent wind power as of January 1, 2017, ushering in a new era of green transportation. Renewable energy advocates hope the early success will inspire planners to incorporate wind-powered trains in other high-speed rail projects around the world, including some proposed in the United States.

In late 2015, the Dutch government announced its goal to power the country’s electric trains entirely with wind power by 2018. However, early successes in rolling out the clean energy program resulted in 75 percent wind power for the trains in 2016, so the initiative made a final push and achieved 100 percent effect January 1, 2017. One of the Netherlands’ largest railway companies, known as NS, partnered with the Eneco energy company in 2015 to funnel renewable energy into its fleet of electric trains, which carry 600,000 people per day.

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And yet a single day of autumn or winter stops them dead in their tracks....
I guess the use of wind power explains why they are always late.

Btw they still run diesel electric trains.
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NEW PRODUCT - Adafruit LED Sequins - Multicolor Pack of 5
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3377

Sew a little sparkle into your wearable project with an Adafruit LED Sequin. These are the kid-sister to our popular Flora NeoPixel, they only show a single color and they don't have digital control, but that makes them smaller easier to use for many projects.

Simply connect 3 to 6VDC to the + pin and ground to the - pin, and the LED on the board will light up. You can make the LEDs fade and twinkle by using the PWM (a.k.a. analogWrite) functionality of your Gemma or Flora, or just connect directly to a digital I/O pin of a microcontroller to turn on and off. Or even skip the micro altogether, and power directly from a LiPoly or coin battery.

This order comes with 5 different color "1206 size" LEDs, matched with a resistor. There's one of each of the following colors: warm white, ruby red, royal blue, emerald green, and rose pink. When powered from 3.3V they draw about 5mA so you can put up to 4 or 5 in parallel on a single microcontroller pin. We also have these sequins in single-color packs of 5 in warm white, ruby red, royal blue, emerald green, and rose pink.

In stock and shipping now!
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3377 #newproducts #leds #bareleds #sequins #diyelectonics #adafruit
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Timelapse Slider for Action Cameras #3DThursday #3DPrinting
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/19/timelapse-slider-for-action-cameras-3dthursday-3dprinting/

Helpful time-lapse tool print from ondiiik on Thingiverse:

As next part of accessories for my Sony FDR 3000 I decided to make slider for timelapse movies.

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NEW PRODUCT – Espressif ESP32 WROVER KIT
https://www.adafruit.com/product/3384

The ESP-WROVER-KIT from Espressif supports the most distinguishing features of the ESP32. Whether you need external SRAM for IoT applications, or an LCD+camera interface, it has you covered!

The ESP-WROVER-KIT is a newly-launched development board built around ESP32. This board is compatible with ESP32 modules, including the ESP-WROOM-32 and ESP32-WROVER. The ESP-WROVER-KIT features support for an LCD and MicroSD card. The I/O pins have been led out from the ESP32 module for easy extension. The board carries an advanced multi-protocol USB bridge (the FTDI FT2232HL), enabling developers to use JTAG directly to debug the ESP32 through the USB interface. The development board makes secondary development easy and cost-effective.

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ESP32 is engineered to be fast, smart and versatile. The ESP-WROVER-KIT complements these characteristics by offering on-board high speed Micro SD card interface, VGA camera interface, as well as 3.2” SPI LCD panel and I/O expansion capabilities.

Bogged down by bugs? The ESP32 supports JTAG debugging, while the ESP-WROVER-KIT integrates a USB debugger as well. This makes debugging and tracing complex applications very easy, without the need for any additional hardware.

Have you been developing your applications around the ESP-WROOM-32 module? Not only does the ESP-WROVER-KIT support the popular ESP-WROOM-32 module, but it also supports the new ESP32-WROVER module, which is coming soon!

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https://www.adafruit.com/product/3384
#newproduct #wifi #internetofthings #IoT #breakoutboard #espressif #esp32
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Programmable Scalp Massager #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/18/programmable-scalp-massager-wearablewednesday/

From David Held on Hackster.io:

Finally, I completed version 1 of my scalp massager. It consists of 15 programmable 12mm vibration motors mounted on to a BraiNet Placement Cap.

The vibration motors are soldered and hot glued onto an Adafruit JST-PH 2-Pin SMT Right Angle Breakout Board which is then connected to a JST extension cable and hot glued onto the Brainet Cap.

The heart of the massager is an Adafruit Metro Mini Arduino processor. The JST extension cable is wired to a protoboard and wired to the Metro Mini. All the ground cables are soldered to the ground rail and the positive (red) wires are mounted to the output pins. I ended up wiring the motors to pins 2-13 and used pins A0-A2 as output pins for a total of 15. By avoiding pins 0 and 1, I’m able to program the Metro Mini without conflict.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/18/programmable-scalp-massager-wearablewednesday/
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Open Call for Futuretech Art – #VirtualReality, Surveillance, Machine Learning, A.I. & More
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/18/open-call-for-futuretech-art-virtualreality-surveillance-machine-learning-a-i-more/

Flux Factory in Queens, NYC have announced an open call for artistic submissions for an upcoming exhibition titled ‘We Have Always Lived in the Future’ (described below).

I’ve personally always appreciated artists who dabble in making and makers who dabble in artistic expression – somewhere in the middle is the sweet spot for contemporary life.

If you’re interested in either exhibiting or talking on a range of topics you can find more details here – applications are due February 15th.

Flux Factory invites artists, performers, and researchers to submit work for our upcoming exhibition We Have Always Lived in the Future. This exhibition examines the presence of marginalized groups within the global Silicon Valley and its prevailing visions of future technologies. We are looking for works that address these representations——or lack thereof——in areas including but not limited to: accessibility, virtual reality, surveillance, machine learning, and artificial intelligence.

As part of the exhibition, we will host a series called Silicon Flux where we will have a panel discussion for each of the following topics as it relates to the exhibition’s theme: disability and accessibility, virtual reality, wearables, and environment. Proposals for additional topics are welcome.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/18/open-call-for-futuretech-art-virtualreality-surveillance-machine-learning-a-i-more/
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Teardown of 1970s Casio personal-mini Electronic Calculator with Vacuum Fluorescent Display
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/19/teardown-of-1970s-casio-personal-mini-electronic-calculator-with-vacuum-fluorescent-display/

Old consumer tech is supposedly obsolete but can also be incredibly rewarding to open up and explore – you might find some intriguing, or even head-scratching engineering decisions inside. KuzyaTech tore down this 1970s-era calculator and found a little bit of both:

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I have one of them old calculators, but haven't took it apart yet. 
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3D Printable Fidget Cube #3DThursday #3DPrinting
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/01/19/3d-printable-fidget-cube-3dthursday-3dprinting/

Fun print from drjames on Thingiverse:

This is my version of a printable fidget Cube. It is fully printable excluding the five buttons.

Full credit for the Fidget Cube-idea goes to Antsy Labs (https://www.antsylabs.com/) who ran a very successful kickstarter campaign.

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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.