Category: Arduino

Adafruit wearables electronics videos and adafruit daily mails

The other day I bumped into this video on youtube and thought it’s worth spreading it. In these videos Beck Stern walks through some recent news on wearable electronics, in this episode her co-host is Collin, who’s always funny 🙂

Other than this, Adafruit has started the daily mail programme, where you can subscribe for a “one-liner note along with an image per topic”-sort of mails. It goes well with the morning cup of tea (or coffee). If this got you interested, go check it out:

https://www.adafruitdaily.com

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Clay skull figure with electronics inside! Part 2

Last time we made a clay figure with electronics embedded. This post includes the wiring layout to animate the figure with an Arduino + code.

The idea

So since the skull I made in part 1 had electronics inside but without any means of actual control, I had to do something about that. Needless to say, this skull needs some effects. Let’s see what we can cook with:

Outputs: left eye LED, right eye LED

Inputs: micro pushbutton, potentiometer

Not much…

What should this skull do?

  1. LEDs glow with fixed intensity (intensity should be configurable)
  2. LEDs fade in and out (speed and max intensity should be configurable)
  3. LEDs blink in an  alternating fashion (speed and max intensity should be configurable)

How about something like this?
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Clay skull figure with electronics inside! Part 1

You know I love simple electronics.

Unfortunately the biggest dilemma faced with these projects is about the case, at least for me. Seeing my girlfriend make very nice artistic clay figures I wondered how I could give them a little bit of life, alas the idea of embedding electronics emerged!

I included some LEDs, a potentiometer and a small pushbutton within this clay figure to make cool effects and to serve as an unusual control device for something.

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Ingredients:

  • air drying modelling clay
  • 2 orange LEDs
  • 1 mini pushbutton
  • 1 potentiometer (I got mine from the infinite servo post)
  • female pin header
  • scrap ethernet cable (available at your nearest System Administrator)

Directions:

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