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Cheshire Grin Mask #WearableWednesday

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 06:00

Great mask from Cheshire Schrödinger for EDC Las Vegas on YouTube.

3 strands of 13 Neopixels (WS2812b SMD RGB LEDs). Powered by 3x AAA batteries and uses the Adafruit FLORA for a micro-controler.

Code sourced from https://learn.adafruit.com/led-ampli-…

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Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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The future of makeup? Makeup Lamps: Live Augmentation of Human Faces via Projection

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 05:00

Disney’s Research Hub shared this video on Youtube!

We propose the first system for live dynamic augmentation of human faces. Using projector-based illumination, we alter the appearance of human performers during novel performances. The key challenge of live augmentation is latency — an image is generated according to a specific pose, but is displayed on a different facial configuration by the time it is projected. Therefore, our system aims at reducing latency during every step of the process, from capture, through processing, to projection. Using infrared illumination, an optically and computationally aligned high-speed camera detects facial orientation as well as expression. The estimated expression blendshapes are mapped onto a lower dimensional space, and the facial motion and non-rigid deformation are estimated, smoothed and predicted through adaptive Kalman filtering. Finally, the desired appearance is generated interpolating precomputed offset textures according to time, global position, and expression.

We have evaluated our system through an optimized CPU and GPU prototype, and demonstrated successful low latency augmentation for different performers and performances with varying facial play and motion speed. In contrast to existing methods, the presented system is the first method which fully supports dynamic facial projection mapping without the requirement of any physical tracking markers and incorporates facial expressions.

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The Morning After: Wednesday, April 26th 2017

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 05:00
In case you missed it yesterday, one Google cofounder is making a flying (kinda) car, while the other has a secret blimp, Uber is having a pretty awful year (already), and there's a for-real tricorder. The makers of it reckon it's better than the Sta...
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Sergey Brin Is Reportedly Building 'Massive Airship' In NASA Research Center

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 05:00
Google co-founder Sergey Brin is secretly building a "massive airship" inside of Hangar 2 at the NASA Ames Research Center, according to a report from Bloomberg. "It's unclear whether the craft, which looks like a zeppelin, is a hobby or something Brin hopes to turn into a business," reports Bloomberg. When asked about further details, Brin wrote in an email: "Sorry, I don't have anything to say about this topic right now." From the report: The people familiar with the project said Brin has long been fascinated by airships. His interest in the crafts started when Brin would visit Ames, which is located next to Google parent Alphabet Inc.'s headquarters in Mountain View, California. In the 1930s, Ames was home to the USS Macon, a huge airship built by the U.S. Navy. About three years ago, Brin decided to build one of his own after ogling old photos of the Macon. In 2015, Google unit Planetary Ventures took over the large hangars at Ames from NASA and turned them into laboratories for the company. Brin's airship, which isn't an Alphabet project, is already taking shape inside one. Engineers have constructed a metal skeleton of the craft, and it fills up much of the enormous hangar. Alan Weston, the former director of programs at NASA Ames, is leading Brin's airship project, according to the people, who asked not to be named discussing the secretive plans. Weston didn't respond to requests for comment.

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Twitter plans to broadcast live videos all day, every day

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 04:09
Twitter wants to air more live videos on its platform, and it wants to air them all day every day. In an interview with Buzzfeed News, the company's COO and CFO Anthony Noto said Twitter plans to show live sports, news and entertainment videos in its...
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How to Make a Sensational Animatronic Tail #WearableWednesday #Wearabletech #3Dprinting #Arduino

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 04:00

Last year I remember being mesmerized by enormous mechanical wings, but this year my fascination is animatronic tails. I found this delightful version on Hackster.io created by the team at Circuito.io. Before you start to worry that you may never have a tail this grand, just relax—they’ve created a tutorial on the project. It turns out the team created this piece for a live stage performance (although they don’t indicate the lucky performer). Here’s what makes their tail so special:

We placed three servos on the tail, which allow it to move in a close-to-natural way: once one servo pulls the other releases tension and vice versa. The top servo allows the up and down movement. We also added an option to toggle between the MPU and a joystick through the joystick’s push-button, so you can also manually control the tail’s movement.

The tail is controlled with an Arduino Uno and has a MPU 6050 triple axis accelerometer and gyro combo. So, it is highly reactive to movement, adding to its realistic response.

The project gives the 3D print files and code detail, but you’ll need to check out Circuito in order to get the parts and sample code break-outs. The beauty of this build is that you can easily add your own mods like LEDs, Bluetooth or other gadgets. I’m looking forward to seeing how someone integrates this tail into a costume. If you like the idea of a tail, but are searching for a mini version, you can always check out our Really Simple Tail, perfect for everyday use. You’ll just need to figure out the pattern of your fur. Make sure you send us a picture of your furry creation!

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Man arrested after knocking over a 300-pound security robot

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 03:20
Sure, the K5 isn't the cutest robot making its first steps into human society, but that doesn't mean drunks get to knock it over. One of the five-foot droids took a tumble last week in Mountain View, when a drunk man took umbrage to its whistlin', pa...
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Sound Activated LEDs in Embroidery Using an ATtiny85 #WearableWednesday

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 03:00

Via Jessica Hogan on Medium

I love embroidery and electronics! This project’s goal was to create sound activated, embroidery embedded LEDs using an ATtiny85! My first step was to find a schematic and code that worked! I found on Technoblogy, a great resource for Arduino & AVR projects. I tested it out on a breadboard, successfully! I like to use ATtinys because you can program them with Arduino code and Sparkfun’s AVR programmer make it very easy!

Then I decided on an image to stitch. I figured a ferris wheel with ten seats worked perfectly, as the project uses ten LEDs. I digitize my images using SewArt, by S&S Computing. SewArt is awesome because it allows me to design unique embroidery files (PES for Brother machines) that incorporates textures.

Once my image was stitched with my Brother SE-400, I pressed it into an embroidery hoop so the fabric was taught and ready for placing components. Prior to hooking everything up I milled little PCBs for the resistors and ATtiny to sit on, making connections more secure and easy to solder. The end result looks a little messy. As much as I love sewing with conductive thread, wiring and soldering is much faster!

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Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Verizon's $80 prepaid plan is unlimited but not perfect

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 02:02
Verizon has launched a new prepaid plan that sounds more enticing than many of its competitors'. At $80 a month, it offers unlimited data, talk and text in the country. The carrier also tacked on unlimited text to 200 other international destinations...
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How to Make Tech Gloves That Keep You Warm #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #Arduino #tech

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 02:00

I’m one of those people that always has cold hands, so this project Hands on Warm definitely has my interests at heart. Designer, Maria Julia Guimaraes created a glove prototype as a project for Concordia University, Canada that is especially designed for people that suffer from Raynaud’s Disease. Here is the focus of the project as stated on her blog:

Heating garments are already available on the market, but the differentiator to these gloves is the heating feature be responsible to the user needs. Generally heating garments have on/off buttons triggered by user when in need. However these triggers happen to late – turning on when user is already feeling cold, turning off when user is already overheated. What if the garment itself is able to predict the needs before user gets aware?

A neoprene wrap utilizes a LilyPad Arduino, a LilyPad Temperature Sensor and a heating pad. So, once a minimum temperature is reached, the pad kicks on to keep hands warm, and then switches off once the optimum temperature is achieved.

Another goal for the project was to have the tech appear more fashionable, so the glove has been through a few iterations to get it to the point where it is easy to slip on, yet still flexible. Stitchable microcontrollers are great for these situations. Once the electronic sleeve is wrapped on with velcro, it is covered with a textured knit fingerless glove in a neutral color that works with most outfits.

While working on the project, Maria won a grant from her university to help with funding, which hopefully has given her the encouragement to continue in wearable tech. One of the nice surprises I discovered in Maria’s documentation of the project was a mention of some code testing help from Make: Wearable Electronics by Kate Hartman. It’s a great book with interesting projects since Kate is fascinated by the role of wearables in non-verbal communication. So, if  you are interested in pursuing some wearables, make sure you check it out in our shop. There are many practical ways electronics can help physical problems.

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Uber Must Provide Waymo With Data Regarding Its Otto Acquisition, Rules Court

Slashdot - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 02:00
An appeals court today has ruled that Anthony Levandowski, the Uber executive accused of taking documents from Google's Waymo, can't use the Fifth Amendment to prevent Uber from turning over documents in the case. "The court has now directed Uber to provide data associated with its Otto acquisition to Waymo," reports The Tech Portal. From the report: Following the case, Levandowski invoked the fifth amendment, so as to prevent any other information which could implicate him from coming to the surface. Meanwhile, Waymo has been claiming that Levandowski and Uber signed an agreement with each other just a few days after the former quit his job at Google. The company has also asked Uber to provide it with a log containing details of the cab aggregator's legal involvement with Levandowski. Levandowski has been opposing the motion, stating that it would violate his fifth amendment. However, a new court ruling has quashed these hopes. With this ruling, Waymo can technically also request Uber for a copy of the due diligence report. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit said: "Mr. Levandowski argues that he is entitled to relief under the Fifth Amendment because production of the unredacted privilege log could potentially incriminate him. We are not persuaded that the district court erred in its ruling requiring defendants to produce an unredacted privilege log."

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LED light-up hoodie #WearableWednesday

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 01:00

Via EE Genius Jen on YouTube

This is REV 2 of a personal project–a wearable electronics hoodie that I devised and assembled in February 2017. Construction of each element is not yet polished; I need to invent a better-looking power cabling solution (perhaps a fabric cable harness or fabric conduit), get a more flexible solar panel or affix the panel to the jacket more securely, etc. Digital voltage rail (for the Flora MCU and “NeoPixels”) is 3.7V, using a LiPo battery with 4400mAh capacity.

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FLORA – Wearable electronic platform: Arduino-compatible – v3: FLORA is Adafruit’s fully-featured wearable electronics platform. It’s a round, sewable, Arduino-compatible microcontroller designed to empower amazing wearables projects.FLORA comes with Adafruit’s support, tutorials and projects. Check out dozens of FLORA tutorials on the Adafruit Learning System, with more added all the time! Read more.

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Adafruit Gift Guide: Mother’s Day 2017 #MothersDay #giftguide

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:30

Mothers Day is right around the corner (Sunday, May 14). Show mom your appreciation with a project from the Adafruit Learning System!


This fun pin tracks the orbit of the ISS around everyone’s mother, Mother Earth.


You could use an Adafruit IO Basics: Temperature & Humidity project to help mom monitor the health of house plants or set it up in your own room to let her know you aren’t living like a lizard.


Here is a simple project to put a twist on the classic mothers day gift.

Another flower option, this project pairs two bouquets that light up when near.


The camera LED ring light is a great 3D printing project to add light to photo projects or just brighten up a FaceTime session.

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Bloomberg: Google co-founder Sergey Brin has a 'secret airship'

Engadget - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:28
A couple of days ago we got a good look at a "flying car" backed by Google's Larry Page, and now Bloomberg reports that Sergey Brin has a project too -- it's a zeppelin. The airship "which isn't an Alphabet project" is being built in a leased hangar...
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When You Want a Hat That Will Auto-Protect #WearableWednesday #wearabletech #tech #Arduino #DIY

AdaFruit - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

When you are outside, a little bit of sunlight feels great, but sometimes you just want the sun out of your eyes without switching to a different style of hat. This Shade Bug by maker Mark Vrahas demonstrates a fun hat with insect style that morphs from cap to brimmed hat in a few seconds. An Arduino with a motor is most likely reacting to a photo cell in order to trigger the motion. Of course the bug style gets bonus points, but what I like about this piece are the inexpensive materials used. It looks like pieces of cardboard with coated paper placed on a frame of wooden dowels or straws. The pipe cleaners create levers for the brim and add a child-like quality to the piece. Although a photoresistor is nice, I’d be curious if a UV sensor might even be a better choice. If you want to try making your own hat that reacts to sunlight, check out our learning guide for the Sunscreen Reminder Hat. It plays a Super Mario tune when the UV rays reach a certain level, so you’ll know when to reapply your sunscreen. It’s maker fun that makes good sense. Get hacking!

Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Woot This Week

Woot Blog - Wed, 04/26/2017 - 00:00

Welcome to Woot This Week, where every week we count down five of the coolest/weirdest/craziest items currently for sale on Woot!

And now, without further ado, the top five cool things I found on Woot this week:

5. Adeptus Twelve Drawer Taboret Cabinet Medium Pine, $79,99

"An empty cabinet is full of possibilities." That's not actually an old saying, but it probably should be.

4. Touch Of ECO Rock & Roll Solar Dancing Flowers, $9.99

If you can look at this dancing flower and still feel sad, then I feel sorry for you.

3. French Bull Super Cooker 1.9 Quart, $19.99

Food is the most beautiful sight of all, but now your cookware can be the second prettiest thing in your kitchen.

2. Versonel Freestanding Kegerator, $419.99

Just because you're old doesn't mean you have to stop throwing keggers! You just have to stop storing the keg in your bathtub and switch over to a more dignified setup.

1. Petzi PET0025 Treat Cam: Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser, $134.99

We here at Woot are lucky enough to be able to bring our dogs to work with us, but if you're not so lucky then this pet treat dispenser is a great way to stay connected to your pets at home.

Those are my finds for this week, friends! Did you find something weird and cool on Woot this week? Don't be selfish! Post it here!

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World Intellectual Property Day #WorldIPDay

AdaFruit - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 23:30

World Intellectual Property Day was established in 2000 with the goal to raise awareness of how patents, copyright, trademarks and industrial designs impact our daily life! Celebrate WIPD by attending an event near you! Via WIPO

Every April 26, we celebrate World Intellectual Property Day to learn about the role that intellectual property rights (patents, trademarks, industrial designs, copyright) play in encouraging innovation and creativity.

This year, we’ll explore how innovation is making our lives healthier, safer, and more comfortable, turning problems into progress. We’ll look at how the intellectual property system supports innovation by attracting investment, rewarding creators, encouraging them to develop their ideas, and ensuring that their new knowledge is freely available so that tomorrow’s innovators can build on today’s new technology.

Learn more and find an event near you on this map!

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Research Leads To A Golden Discovery For Wearable Technology #WearableWednesday

AdaFruit - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 23:00

Via WT Vox

Some day, your smartphone might completely conform to your wrist, and when it does, it might be covered in pure gold, thanks to researchers at Missouri S&T.

Writing in the March 17 issue of the journal Science, the S&T researchers say they have developed a way to “grow” thin layers of gold on single crystal wafers of silicon, remove the gold foils, and use them as substrates on which to grow other electronic materials. The research team’s discovery could revolutionise wearable or “flexible” technology research, greatly improving the versatility of such electronics in the future.

According to lead researcher Jay A. Switzer, the majority of research into wearable technology has been done using polymer substrates, or substrates made up of multiple crystals. “And then they put some typically organic semiconductor on there that ends up being flexible, but you lose the order that (silicon) has,” says Switzer, Donald L. Castleman/FCR Endowed Professor of Discovery in Chemistry at S&T.

Because the polymer substrates are made up of multiple crystals, they have what are called grain boundaries, says Switzer. These grain boundaries can significantly limit the performance of an electronic device.

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Every Wednesday is Wearable Wednesday here at Adafruit! We’re bringing you the blinkiest, most fashionable, innovative, and useful wearables from around the web and in our own original projects featuring our wearable Arduino-compatible platform, FLORA. Be sure to post up your wearables projects in the forums or send us a link and you might be featured here on Wearable Wednesday!

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Chrome casting tweak streams all videos directly to your TV

Engadget - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:44
As a general rule, you send an entire Chrome browser tab to your Chromecast (or other Cast-ready devices) as a last resort. The quality is lousy enough that you only really want to use it when a service doesn't have native casting support, like Amaz...
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An Artificial Womb Successfully Grew Baby Sheep -- and Humans Could Be Next

Slashdot - Tue, 04/25/2017 - 22:30
An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Inside what look like oversized ziplock bags strewn with tubes of blood and fluid, eight fetal lambs continued to develop -- much like they would have inside their mothers. Over four weeks, their lungs and brains grew, they sprouted wool, opened their eyes, wriggled around, and learned to swallow, according to a new study that takes the first step toward an artificial womb. One day, this device could help to bring premature human babies to term outside the uterus -- but right now, it has only been tested on sheep. The Biobag may not look much like a womb, but it contains the same key parts: a clear plastic bag that encloses the fetal lamb and protects it from the outside world, like the uterus would; an electrolyte solution that bathes the lamb similarly to the amniotic fluid in the uterus; and a way for the fetus to circulate its blood and exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen. Flake and his colleagues published their results today in the journal Nature Communications.

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