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Episode 2 of Women in Hardware: The Interview Series Featuring Heather Kerrick and Alex Glow +autodesk +Hackster.io
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/11/episode-2-of-women-in-hardware-the-interview-series-featuring-heather-kerrick-and-alex-glow-autodesk-hacksterio/

For the second episode of Women in Hardware, join Autodesk's Heather Kerrick, Hackster's Alex Glow, and Adafruit's Jessica Califano at Autodesk's Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco as they talk about Autodesk's Applied Research Team, robotics, software, product design, and more. Hear their take on the intersection of engineering and design and what that means for the future of making things.

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SHOW AND TELL is LIVE NOW #showandtell https://youtu.be/56FhHaasGH4

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SHOW AND TELL is LIVE NOW #showandtell https://youtu.be/56FhHaasGH4

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SHOW-AND-TELL LIVE VIDEO! 9/20/17 (video) @adafruit #adafruit

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https://plus.google.com/+adafruit
LIVE CHAT IS HERE - http://adafru.it/discord

1) Add +Adafruit Industries to your circles
2) Post a message/comment HERE and say you want to show off a project and we will add you the “Show and Tell” circle.

Then just look for the hangout announcement on the very same page later for your invite. There’s an 8 to 10 (at the same time) people limit per hangout, so if it’s full try later or just pop by next week same time. Some weeks are packed!

At 7:30pm ET you will see a link to the hangout. Just keep your mics muted until we call on you and have your project ready.

For those who just want to watch, you’ll be able to watch it live on Google+ ‘s broadcast feature on Adafruit’s page AND it will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube automatically.

Want to join the #showandtell Here’s how:
https://learn.adafruit.com/how-to-get-added-to-the-adafruit-google-plus-show-and-tell-circle/about-show-and-tell

How to video:
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#adafruit #arduino #electronics #hardware #opensource #projects #raspberry #computer #raspberrypi #microcontrollers #LEDs #LED #gemma #flora #bluetooth #bluefruit #neopixel #neopixels #wearables #art #askanengineer #showandtell #madewithcode #teamarduinocc #WHChamps #NationOfMakers #micropython #circuitpython
https://plus.google.com/+adafruit
LIVE CHAT IS HERE - http://adafru.it/discord

1) Add +Adafruit Industries to your circles
2) Post a message/comment HERE and say you want to show off a project and we will add you the “Show and Tell” circle.

Then just look for the hangout announcement on the very same page later for your invite. There’s an 8 to 10 (at the same time) people limit per hangout, so if it’s full try later or just pop by next week same time. Some weeks are packed!

At 7:30pm ET you will see a link to the hangout. Just keep your mics muted until we call on you and have your project ready.

For those who just want to watch, you’ll be able to watch it live on Google+ ‘s broadcast feature on Adafruit’s page AND it will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube automatically.

Want to join the #showandtell Here’s how:
https://learn.adafruit.com/how-to-get-added-to-the-adafruit-google-plus-show-and-tell-circle/about-show-and-tell

How to video:
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#adafruit #arduino #electronics #hardware #opensource #projects #raspberry #computer #raspberrypi #microcontrollers #LEDs #LED #gemma #flora #bluetooth #bluefruit #neopixel #neopixels #wearables #art #askanengineer #showandtell #madewithcode #teamarduinocc #WHChamps #NationOfMakers #micropython #circuitpython

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https://plus.google.com/+adafruit
LIVE CHAT IS HERE - http://adafru.it/discord

1) Add +Adafruit Industries to your circles
2) Post a message/comment HERE and say you want to show off a project and we will add you the “Show and Tell” circle.

Then just look for the hangout announcement on the very same page later for your invite. There’s an 8 to 10 (at the same time) people limit per hangout, so if it’s full try later or just pop by next week same time. Some weeks are packed!

At 7:30pm ET you will see a link to the hangout. Just keep your mics muted until we call on you and have your project ready.

For those who just want to watch, you’ll be able to watch it live on Google+ ‘s broadcast feature on Adafruit’s page AND it will be recorded and uploaded to YouTube automatically.

Want to join the #showandtell Here’s how:
https://learn.adafruit.com/how-to-get-added-to-the-adafruit-google-plus-show-and-tell-circle/about-show-and-tell

How to video:
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#adafruit #arduino #electronics #hardware #opensource #projects #raspberry #computer #raspberrypi #microcontrollers #LEDs #LED #gemma #flora #bluetooth #bluefruit #neopixel #neopixels #wearables #art #askanengineer #showandtell #madewithcode #teamarduinocc #WHChamps #NationOfMakers #micropython #circuitpython

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This Is What It’s Like Flying a Drone in the Eye of a Hurricane
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/20/this-is-what-its-like-flying-a-drone-in-the-eye-of-a-hurricane/

Via Discover Magazine

Brian Emfinger is a lifelong storm chaser, and as a photojournalist and drone pilot for KATV in Little Rock, Arkansas, his work takes him places other people would flee.

He was in Rockport, Texas, when Harvey came onshore. He flew his drone after the eye passed overhead, gathering gripping shots of the aftermath across the region.

But as Emfinger geared up to chase Hurricane Irma into Florida, he knew he wanted to capture a drone perspective like no other. He wanted to fly his DJI Mavic Pro drone in the eye of the hurricane.

I caught him by phone as he waited for a gas station to open its pumps outside Tallahassee.

“The plan from before I left Arkansas was to try to get in the eye and put the drone up,” Emfinger says. “I thought that would be really cool.”

Battling Wind and Rain

Most drone pilots don’t fly in winds over 15 mph as avoiding trees is tough enough in normal conditions. And even pilots who tempt high winds would never consider flying in rain — electronics and water don’t mix.

But Emfinger is obviously not most pilots. He was flying as heavy rain bands approached. Instead of some beast of a drone — an Inspire 2, perhaps — his quad of choice is the tiny Mavic Pro.

“I put it up right before the hurricane core came over yesterday, and winds were gusting to 50 mph,” Emfinger says.

If he felt a gust coming, he’d fly closer to the ground where the winds dropped off. But there was one particular gust where he had to fly around a building for cover. And at one point, he ended up with the drone out 10 feet over the ocean battling to fly it home. And it’s certainly not listed in the manufacturer’s specs, but Emfinger says the Mavic is surprisingly water resistant.

“I have flown it in ever increasingly worse conditions,” he says. “I started flying it in light rain without worries. Then I started flying it in moderate rain without worry. I’ve gotten to the point now where I’ll even fly it — at least for a short time — in heavy rains.”

He does make sure his camera has its protective bubble on. You can see the proof in some of his videos from Hurricane Irma, where water spots trickle down the drone camera. His trick: He tries not to actually fly around. He puts it straight up in the air and uses the drone as a skycam. And afterward, he leaves it on in the car while the heater runs.

The Eye Arrives

As he’d planned, Emfinger sheltered from the eyewall in his car next to a sturdy structure and a concrete wall. Many storm chasers ride out hurricanes in parking garages.

“The winds were very, very severe,” he says. “There was debris flying around — pieces of roofing that were literally landing next to me.”

Winds on either side of Irma’s eye were gusting from 50 to 100 mph at his location near Marco Island. And with the eye approaching, he had the Mavic on his dash ready to go.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/20/this-is-what-its-like-flying-a-drone-in-the-eye-of-a-hurricane/
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Blinky Fish Head #WearableWednesday
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/20/blinky-fish-head-wearablewednesday/

From dtengineering on YouTube:

This video describes how to attach WS2812B “Neopixel” strips to an old bicycle helmet in order to add unique lighting effects for a “Bike the Night” ride. A similar technique can be used to attach strips to other rigid headgear or helmets.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/20/blinky-fish-head-wearablewednesday/

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We’re All a Little Plastic on the Inside
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/20/were-all-a-little-plastic-on-the-inside/

Via Discover Magazine

You’re made of water, bone, blood, muscle and fat; you’re also a few parts plastic.

That is, if you prefer sea salt on your meal. Or honey, shellfish, beer or tap water. Recent studies have found microplastics, tiny shards of degraded plastic, in them all. Even the air is filled with the minuscule plastic bits.

Plastic Not-So-Fantastic

Hold off on the panic though; it’s still too early for researchers to say what the effects of microplastic consumption are, although preliminary studies in animals suggest that they can certainly cause harm. In humans, though, it’s a bit harder to study because nearly everyone has microplastics in their bodies, so there’s no control group for comparison.

The pieces themselves seem relatively benign — they’re just tiny bits of plastic, looking in large quantities like so much sand, created as larger plastic objects gradually degrade. NOAA defines a microplastic as anything plastic under 5 millimeters — large enough to see easily with the human eye, although many can be microscopic. Most are small enough to pass through the digestive system without causing harm, but they can also hold on to and deliver pollutants inside our bodies, something the animal studies supported.

There’s been evidence that microplastics have been infiltrating our bodies for a few years now: A 2013 study found them in German honey and sugar, 2014 saw them pop up in some shellfish and beer, and in 2015 they were found in Chinese table salt and took to the air in Paris. The latest such research also examines salt — an April study found microplastic particles in 16 of 17 brands of sea salt, and a recent Guardian article details more work in the same vein.

Here and Gone

In most cases, the levels of microplastics were quite low — with the notable exception of shellfish. Regular and even excessive consumers of salt, beer and honey will only ingest a few thousand particles a year at most from those sources, and we’ll never notice their fleeting passage. The point though, is that these products come from very different places, which is an indication that microplastics are far more pervasive than we might think. Plastic in the air brings new concerns as well, as it can enter the lungs and spread through the environment more readily.

And those shellfish? The study found the average European could consume up to 11,000 pieces of microplastic from them annually.

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/20/were-all-a-little-plastic-on-the-inside/
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12 Wizard-Like Tricks for Using @GitHub | #TipsAndTricks #tips @hackernoon
https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/20/12-wizard-like-tricks-for-using-github-tipsandtricks-tips-hackernoon/

David Gilbertson always seems to come through with some really interesting listicle-like articles on Hacker Noon. After 10 React mini-patterns and then 11 things I learned reading the flexbox spec he’s moving on to 12: 12 cool things you can do with GitHub. From linking to a specific code line’s permalink to creating lists & project boards, some of these could potentially revolutionize (or at least improve) the way you use GitHub. (Oh yeah and dark theme ftw yeahhh!)

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https://blog.adafruit.com/2017/09/20/12-wizard-like-tricks-for-using-github-tipsandtricks-tips-hackernoon/
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