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Happy Thanksgiving from Seeed Studio

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving from Seeed Studio! Thanksgiving is just around the corner. We would LOVE to thank our families and friends for always standing by our sides. And we would LOVE to take this opportunity to give our special thanks to our dear customers, distributors, cooperated designers, to show our gratitude...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 22nd, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving to all our USA friends from DangerousPrototypes!

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Flickering pumpkin LED designed in KiCAD

Monday, October 15th, 2012

Add some LED goodness to this year's Halloween pumpkins. This flickering LED design on a pumpkin shaped PCB was drawn up in KiCAD. Grab the design files from the low voltage labs site. It's a simple schematic with just a switch, resistor, battery holder and 10mm LED. But makes for...

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Easy to build spirit detector

Monday, October 1st, 2012

Halloween is just a few weeks away so why not be prepared with your own easy to build spirit detector! The simple circuit described in this post by fritsl from Let's Make Robots uses only three BC517 transistors and three resistors connected to an LED, antenna and 6-volt power source...

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May 25: National Geek Day

Friday, May 25th, 2012

It's National Geek Day / Geek Pride Day! According to Wikipedia, "Geek Pride Day is an initiative to promote geek culture, celebrated on 25 May. The date was chosen as to commemorate the release of the first Star Wars film, A New Hope on 25 May 1977 (a/k/a Star Wars...

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International Women’s Day

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Happy International Women's Day. Our community can only benefit from diversity and the involvement of anyone who wears the label engineer, hacker, or maker. Ada Lovelace, Adafruit's namesake, is considered to be the world's first computer programmer.

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A President in favor of open source

Monday, February 20th, 2012

"''He who receives an idea from me receives it without lessening me, as he who lights his candle at mine receives light without darkening me.''" - Thomas Jefferson Happy President's Day!

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Happy New Year 2012 from Dangerous Prototypes

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Happy New Year! Thank you for reading the blog and being part of our community in 2011. We're looking forward to more open hardware projects, more how-tos, more videos, more free PCBs, and more hacking in 2012.

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Christmas 2011 geek gifts. What did you get?

Monday, December 26th, 2011

What geek gifts did you get? We liked these gloves that work on capacitive touch screens like iPods, phones, etc. Silver threads in the fabric stimulate the screen. Now we don't have to take off our gloves to reply in the forum.

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Merry Christmas!

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

Santa's got some help delivering these toys! Merry Christmas to All! Remember, support is available on Christmas. Just give us a shout in the forum.

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DIY Santa Claus Singer with Flyport

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Stefano has completed work on a holiday project known as the DIY Santa Claus Singer with Flyport. It is built around an animated Santa Claus decoration with the control switch bypassed with an NPN transistor. The switch is controlled over the internet via the Arduino/ethernet shield combo which responds to...

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Christmas Tree email alert

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

Matt Richardson from MAKE presents his take on the traditional CHristmas tree email notifier utilizing the Arduino and the Ethernet Shield. He says: "On a set interval, the Arduino will connect to a PHP-enabled web server which will, in turn, check for new email. The PHP web server will return...

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ATtiny13 controlled LED Christmas lights

Monday, December 19th, 2011

A simple example of a Christmas light project using store bought LED lights and components you probably have lying around the shop. Mark VandeWettering found a set of battery powered LED Christmas lights and decided to combine this this an ATtiny13 to make an MCU controlled lighting display. He explains:...

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How to make a CheerLights controller with Arduino and ioBridge

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

CheerLights is an ioBridge Labs project that allows people's lights all across the world to synchronize, stay linked based on social networking trends. It's a way to connect physical things with social networking experiences and spread cheer at the same time. We are all connected. The Arduino is used to...

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving to all from DangerousPrototypes!

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Colornode holiday lighting microcontroller board

Saturday, November 19th, 2011

ColorNode is a wireless Arduino-compatible microcontroller board designed to replace the stock controller board on GE Color Effects light strings. It's a project designed by digitalmisery and was inspired by deep darc's Hacking Christmas Lights project last year. The schematic and photos are available, and they promise to post the...

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Arduino controlled flamethrowing Jack-O’-Lantern

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Randofo published the details on this flamethrowing Jack-O'-Lantern on Instructables. This bad boy is designed for remote control via Squidbee RF modules so you can shoot a one-second burst of flame on command. (As randofo observes, you should be able to substitute any Arduino/XBee combo for the SquidBee.) This definitely...

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Arduino sound-responsive Halloween skull

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Boris presents this project just in time for Halloween. It's a simple Halloween skull which employs an Arduino to read the level from sound sensors and controls a servo connected to the skull's mandible. You can see more project details and get the source code from the Open-Electronics website. Via...

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70 LED matrix in a jack-o-lantern

Friday, October 29th, 2010

Hack a Day made a Jack-o-lantern that shows animations on a LED matrix. Mike shows you how to design and run a multiplexed display with an AVR. Then he guts a pumpkin and installs 70 LEDs with power tools. Gourds, LEDs, and power tools, what's not to love? We're big...

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Hackable Christmas card build time-lapse

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

[embed]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQvesYe2ed8[/embed] Piotr got a hackable Christmas card PCB on free PCB Sunday, and made this time-lapse video of his build. Excellent use of tweezers, a key tool for surface mount soldering.

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