RadioShack used to make pre-recorded answering machine messages, and they’re awesome – We just changed our voice mail message to the one at 1:45 of cassette side A.
Hot off the kit presses! We just put in another batch of Arduino starter packs, they’re in stock and shipping!
Heard about Arduino but not sure how to start? Want to learn how to work with electronics and microcontrollers but need a little help? You’ve come to the right place! This bundle is designed to get you started quickly and easily on your path of learning electronics. Once you’ve received your starter pack you can follow the introductory tutorials here on my site, designed for everyone, even people with little or no electronics and programming experience. The starter pack
has everything you need (except tools) for all lessons.
- Arduino Duemilanove w/Atmega328 – The latest and greatest Arduino revision, assembled and ready to go, including 4 rubber feet
- 3′ USB cable – Perfect for connecting your Arduino to a computer
- Protoshield Kit - One of my designs, its got everything you need to make prototype designs using an Arduino. Note that this comes unassembled
- Tiny Breadboard – Fits on top of the protoshield, easy to use
- 9V DC regulated wall adapter – You can power your Arduino from any wall socket. This switching regulator is efficient and small and works with US (110V) and European (220V) power.
- 9V Battery case with switch and a 2.1mm plug- so you can power your arduino using a 9V battery. This case is much sturdier than just a battery clip and it has an on/off switch too! Note that this comes unassembled
- We’re out of stock of cases, so instead we’re shipping with 9V battery clip with 2.1mm plug
- Tutorial starter pack parts – Includes a 10K potentiometer, 1K potentiometer, 2 small pushbuttons, 5 red diffused bright LEDs, one each of red, green and blue ultra-bright LED, 5 100 ohm resistors, 5 1K resistors, 5 10K resistors, and a CdS photocell sensor.
- Also includes 75 flexible breadboard wires in 8 colors, perfect for use with the solderless breadboard.
Get one today!
May 1809 – Mary Kies, first woman to receive U.S. patent – thanks Travis!
Today in History – May 5, 1809 – Mary Kies is the first woman to receive a U.S. patent. Prior to the U.S. Patent Act of 1790, only men could author a patent. Even after the federal law was passed, women couldn’t patent as most states did not allow women to legally own property. For example, there is much speculation that the authorship of the cotton gin patent of 1794 should have included Catherine Greene on the patent, as well as that of the African American slaves who also were not allowed to patent.
Mary Kies’ invention was a process for weaving straw with silk or thread. Alas the patent file was destroyed in the great Patent Office fire in 1836 and an exact copy of the patent is no longer available. Kies invention has been credited for boosting the U.S. hat industry. Even First Lady, Dolley Madison praised her contributions. Until about 1840, most of the other 20 patents issued to women concerned applications that women saw in their everyday work: apparel, tools, cook stoves, and fire places.
Arduino 1.0 notes from the Arduino uno meeting, good stuff and interesting to see what’s ahead.
At Adafruit, we have a few “site promises” with the goal of being the best open source hardware site on the web…
- We do not sell blinking Christmas trees
- We will never have ads on Adafruit.com, ladyada.net, etc
- We have never and will never do any affiliate programs, or “sponsored projects”
- We will not use intrusive privacy violating social networking features malware on Adafruit (see above)
We think hundreds of pixels worth of share buttons, screen real estate blocked out for weird malware Facebook apps and all of that nonsense would take away from your experience here at Adafruit, so we will not be adding any buttons, connects, “Likes”, “Diggs” or “Tweet this” on our site. You’re here to have a great time on your electronics journey! Traffic is going great, over 1m page views a month consistently and growing 10% or so per month – we do not want to ruin a good a things and we respect your privacy. Perhaps this isn’t the ideal choice for everyone, but we think it’s the right one for us and our customers. You have a lot of choices when it comes to where you get your electronics we hope small things like this help you decide where to get them – if you like what we’re doing we hope you’ll let your friends know without all of those intrusive buttons and social graph thingies
Here’s a post on MAKE about how to get rid of “Facebook malware” on all sites.