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Retro Gaming With Raspberry Pi

coop0030 GPIO to USB library as well (106 comments)

Not mentioned in the summary is a useful open source library to convert GPIO button presses to USB keyboard commands for the emulators. It uses minimal system resources, which is always good when working with the Raspberry Pi. You should be able to easily modify it to support more than the joystick and two buttons. https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-Retrogame

about a year ago
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Open Source Raspberry Pi WebIDE Alpha Released

coop0030 Re:This was stupid the first time... (26 comments)

This kind of response was certainly expected, thank you for the feedback though!

We built this because we thought that we could help people start quickly to get up and running with programs to blink LED's with their Raspberry Pi, or read temperatures with sensors attached to the GPIO pins (oh, and learn a little python, ruby or what have you, in the process!). We want it to be the easiest editing environment to use and setup on the Raspberry PI (low barrier to entry). We haven't built the guided experience yet, but you can kind of see which area of programming we're focusing on by looking at the following github repository:
https://github.com/adafruit/Adafruit-Raspberry-Pi-Python-Code

Also, you have to start somewhere with someone just starting out in this quite complex, and layered environment. What better way than to have an editor that is pre-loaded with some basic scripts that will blink an LED, or read temperature and humidity off a sensor breakout, on their Raspberry Pi with little effort in an environment they're already comfortable with (a browser)?

Sure, they could start by first learning basic unix command line, then their editor of choice, and git, and python, and then interfacing with the RPi's GPIO pins, and on and on. We're just trying to remove some of these barriers.

An expert developer with loads of experience may not need this editor (but it is pretty convenient to just plug the pi into an ethernet port, and start hacking away in your browser...). But for someone that isn't sure how to navigate directories in a command line environment...well, this might help them out a bit (we even include a pretty powerful terminal emulator that may help them learn this!).

We're hoping to keep adding more advanced features as we go. We're releasing quite early in order to gather feedback to make it better suited for more people earlier in the process.

about a year and a half ago
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Samsung May Try To Block Next iPhone In Europe Too

coop0030 Re:The cliche practically coined for this occasion (271 comments)

And yet Apple's competitors are having a difficult time matching the price of the iPad, and the Macbook Air (with comparable quality). Maybe they're just a much more efficient company? Maybe it's a better run business to generate higher profits than their competitors? Nah, has to be 'fanbois' giving away their money...

more than 2 years ago
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Google Announces Chrome OS, For Release Mid-2010

coop0030 Re:Automatically or automagically? (1089 comments)

Depends on your definition of "automatically". From what I hear, there is this little prerequisite called "internet access".

If I had to take a guess, I'd imagine Google has already thought of this obvious issue. In fact, I bet Google Gears would fit in quite nicely in the Chrome OS. It seems to work well enough for offline access for a few of their apps already.

more than 4 years ago
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A Look At Successful Game Mods

coop0030 Re:Money (287 comments)

Let's further assume slashdot drove 2 million unique's to the article.

Ha! You forget that we pride ourselves in not reading the articles.

I even prefer using a simple greasemonkey script to remove the links in the summary to prevent clicking temptation.

more than 5 years ago

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How to make an open source soft quadruped walking robot

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about a month ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "The Glaucus, named after the Blue Sea Slug (Glaucus Atlanticus), is an open source soft robotic quadruped from Super-Releaser. It is a proof of concept for a method developed at Super-Releaser that can reproduce nearly any geometry modeled on the computer as a seamless silicone skin. The company hopes to apply these same techniques to practical problems in medicine and engineering as the technology develops.

The quadruped has hollow interior chambers that interdigitate with one another. When either of these chambers is pressurized it deforms and bends the structure of the robot. This bending produces the walking motion. It is similar to how a salamander walks, by balancing itself on one pair of legs diagonal from one another while moving the opposite pair forward."

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Adafruit now accepts Bitcoin for purchases

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about 5 months ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "Adafruit, an open source hardware company, now accepts Bitcoin. They successfully soft-launched over the weekend and are now using BitPay as a payment processor. BitPay is an electronic payment processing system for the bitcoin currency. BitPay enables online merchants to accept bitcoins, as a form of payment like payments from Visa, Mastercard, Amex, Google Wallet and Paypal."
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Hardware is now open (sourced) for business

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about 6 months ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "An article out of CNBC discusses the state of open source hardware based businesses. "Few hardware companies would dream of giving up their design secrets, but for a growing niche of entrepreneurs, doing just that is a pillar of their business. The open-source hardware movement is migrating from the garage to the marketplace. Companies that follow an open-source philosophy make their physical designs and software code available to the public. By doing so, these companies engage a wave of makers, hobbyists and designers who don't just want to buy products, but have a hand in developing them.""
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Announcing Hangout for Make the World: Prosthetics – Friday 10/4/2013 8pm

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about 7 months ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "Make The World: Prosthetics is a one month program on Google+ aimed at crowdsourcing the manufacturing and delivery of the Robohand prosthetic to people in need. The program will be hosted by Adafruit’s Limor Fried, Matt Griffin and Phillip Torrone. Key partners on the program include Robohand, MakerBot, The Open Hand Project, Anthromod, Prosthetics for Prosperity, eNABLE, The Lucky Fin Project and Hands for Africa."
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DIY Open Source LED GPS Watch Project

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about 7 months ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "Make your own open source LED timepiece! Use an Adafruit FLORA and its GPS module to tell time with a ring of pixels. A leather cuff holds the circuit and hides the battery. The watch is chunky but still looks and feels great on tiny wrists! The circuit sandwich becomes the face of the watch, and you'll use a tactile switch to make a mode selector. The watch has timekeeping (one LED for hours and one for minutes), GPS navigation (customize your waypoint in the provided Arduino sketch), and compass modes."
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Raspberry Pi as an Ad Blocking Access Point

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about 7 months ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "Adafruit has a new tutorial that will show you how to use your Raspberry Pi as a WiFi access point that blocks ads by default for any devices using it. This is really neat in that it would work for your Android or iOS device, your Xbox 360, TiVo, laptop, and more without needing to customize any of those devices other than to use your Raspberry Pi as the access point for WiFi. Using an ad-blocker can be useful for conserving bandwidth, helping out low-power devices, or for keeping your sanity while browsing the web!"
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Citi Bike "Smart" Helmet Navigates to the Nearest Station by Adafruit

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about 10 months ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "Add GPS, compass navigation & visibility with LEDs to a helmet that helps you find your way to the closest Citi Bike station in New York City. Powered by Adafruit's FLORA, a wearable electronics platform. With a detailed tutorial, you can build the helmet, and customize it to work in most cities with a bike share as well."
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How To Start A Hackerspace: The Essential Hackerspace Checklist

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about 10 months ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "Eric Michaud, co-founder of PSOne and HacDC has created “The List” – it is the direct result of the overwhelming interest in starting Hackerspaces that hit his inbox. When so many people asked for help with the very basics of starting and running a successful Hackerspace, he compiled this list to make it as easy as possible for potential Hackerspace founders to hit the ground running (and not forget anything important). Since then, “the list” has been distributed and shared within Hackerspace culture. It has helped with structuring the success of many Hackerspaces – and hopefully with this update and public release, it will serve as a handy go-to checklist for your awesome Hackerspace-to-be."
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Retro Gaming with Raspberry Pi

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about a year ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "Thanks to the affordable Raspberry Pi and some clever software, anyone can re-create the classic arcade experience at home. Adafruit brings the genuine “clicky” arcade controls, you bring the game files and a little crafting skill to build it. Classic game emulation used to require a well-specced PC and specialized adapters for the controls, so it’s exciting to see this trickle down to a $40 system. Also, a video of the game system is on youtube."
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Glowing Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about a year ago

coop0030 (263345) writes "Becky Stern, at Adafruit, has created a tutorial on how to modify a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers to make them glow. All you need is EL panel and an inverter tucked into the tongue of your shoe to get the stars in your Chuck Taylors glowing. Two styles! Watch the video on YouTube (please subscribe!), and catch the complete tutorial on the Adafruit Learning System."
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Makerbot and Adafruit team up for a special limited edition MakerBot

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about a year ago

coop0030 writes "MakerBot and Adafruit have joined together to bring the latest technology to electronic and 3D printing enthusiasts with a partnership offering a Limited Edition MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer with special Adafruit kits inside. It will come with three of Adafruit’s most popular kits – the Timesquare DIY Watch Kit, the MintyBoost Kit, and Adafruit’s most popular Raspberry Pi. The Limited Edition Adafruit MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will be available beginning March 14, 2013, online at Adafruit.com and the MakerBot Store in New York City will offer the three Adafruit kits as companion accessories."
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Wearable open-source VU meter LED tie

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about a year ago

coop0030 writes "Becky Stern, of Adafruit Industries, has created a necktie that lights up like a VU meter. A Volume Unit (VU) meter or Standard Volume Indicator (SVI) is a device displaying a representation of the signal level in audio equipment. The project that uses an Electret Microphone Amplifier to trigger 16 Flora NeoPixels sewn with conductive thread along the length of a tie. The NeoPixels are controlled by a Flora running an Atmega32u4 chip."
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Hardware Hacker Ladyada to talk with the President today at 4:50pm EST

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about a year ago

coop0030 writes "Open source hardware hacker, Limor Fried of Adafruit Industries, was selected to join President Obama in a Fireside Hangout this Thursday 2/14 at 4:50pm EST on Google+. Limor will be talking to the President live about manufacturing and education. You can submit your questions to youtube.com/whitehouse and the President will answer questions that are voted to the top."
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Announcing Adafruit Gemma – Miniature wearable electronic platform

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about a year ago

coop0030 writes "Open source hardware company, Adafruit, has announced a new tiny wearable electronics platform board called the Gemma. The Gemma is a tiny 1 inch diameter, and 4mm thick package. It's powered by an Attiny85 and programmable with an Arduino IDE over USB. There are 3 available I/O pins, one of which is also an analog input and two which can do PWM output. Gemma is currently wrapping up development, but should be available soon."
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Circuit Playground plushies a perfect post-Xmas toy for hacker kids

coop0030 coop0030 writes  |  about a year ago

coop0030 writes "CNET writes: It's a little late for Christmas presents, but if you throw a little time-machine action into the mix, this might be the perfect gift for the hacker kid in your life: Circuit Playground plushies. The plushies are the newest product from Adafruit Industries, a leader in the open-source hardware world and the maker of a wide range of products for hackers young and old. As Adafruit wrote about the new plushies on its Web site, "We know it's hard to figure exactly what will spark a young mind on to the journey towards science, technology, engineering, art, math and more — we wish we had these when were young.""
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