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September 20, 2013 AT 11:30 pm

Community Corner: Arduino Gmail Lamps, A Tour of Electronics Tools, a Great Use for Toilet Paper Tubes – 15 Projects from this Week in Adafruit’s Community


Featured Adafruit Community Project

GmailLampProj

Stefano Guglielmetti shared: “Gmail Lamp Project with an Arduino Yún. The task is pretty simple, and I believe it will be very useful to many people: I need to be alerted in real time when I receive some important emails. Not all the emails: we provide customer care for many clients, with different SLAs, and I need to be alerted only for the most important ones. Moreover, sometimes I look forward to receiving a precise email… a shipment confirmation, a mail from a special someone… I need something flexible, eye catching, that doesn’t depend on my computer or my cellphone (that always has only 1% battery) So I decided to build a GMail Lamp and Arduino Yún was the perfect choice (and now that I built it, I can confirm that.)” (read more)

There are people making amazing things around the world, are you one of them? Join the 61,568 strong! And check out scores of projects they shared this week after the jump!



From the Google+ Community

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100 Rifle Creek

Rifle Creek shared: “This is a sketchup variation of the InMoov 3D printable prothsetic hand. This one would also have interchanging finger tips, but with only two fingers and a thumb. Here is a link to the InMoov STL files. The goal? Prothsetic hand for the lowest cost possible…” (read more)


Mark Miller shared: “More of my experimenting with the linear slides I am making. This machine drills holes around a circumference for making matching flanges. I am demo-ing in Styrofoam (still testing for bugs).Standard X table with a rotary Y, and a traditional Z. The Android in the background? seemed like a good idea at the time, but probably won’t do it again.(Dazy is an oldie that has been around a decade or more). I have also made another drilling machine-posting soon. It drills mostly plastics, but also works on micarda and fiberglass.” (read more)


Matt Heilman shared his favorite electronics tools! (read more)


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Benny Malengier shared: “A simple, cheap and yet elegant storage solution. I’m proud of the idea! Find the stl files here.” (read more)


MatthewHillis

Matthew Hillis shared: “Emma and My first wearable project. We are currently working on a larger project called the Catching Fire Dress. We are combining the Tron EL wire project with the Sparkle Skirt Flora. We plan to have it ready for Halloween.” (read more)


Jas Strong shared: “PixelPusher Turbomode in action!” (read more)


JimCummings

Jim Cummings shared: “Need some shelving? Check out this piece which I designed recently. Its strong enough to hold together solid pine panels. You can get the model from the download tab on my website. Build guide to follow soon!” (read more)


Community Projects from the Adafruit Blog

Attiny2313VUSBMediaVolumeControl

Rupert Hirst shared: “My most rewarding projects are the ones which i actually use. I like my audio gear so, this was the perfect companion project! On my desk i have a headphone amplifier for my AKG K702′s headphones, below it i have my self built Onixia integrated amplifier for my bookshelf speakers. I have been thinking about making a global volume control for both devices for quite some time… here is the results of my efforts.” (read more)


i.m. klif shared the classic Rutt Etra video synthesizer re-imagined for Kinect: “Couple a days ago I started working on a MaxMSP+Jitter patch that allowed me to create a classic Rutt Etra vector rescanned video on analog oscilloscope using only laptop and a multichannel soundcard. Soon, I realised how perfect it would be to add Kinect to it. Few hours later I got what you see here. This is only a brief demontration of the basic functionality. Kinect is used as a hand held camera operated by adorable Miss Adriatica. At 1:00 I’m picking up a MIDI controller to modulate some parameters.” (read more)


HaloCostumeSword

Adafruit Forum member JoshuaKane shared: “I have always been a fan of fantasy, sci-fi and comics. A few months ago I started working on an Orbital Drop Shock Trooper (ODST) costume and weapon. I wanted to make the sword something that would literally make folks stop in their tracks and take notice at a convention. For this I turned to the Arduino Microprocessor and some of the accessories developed at Adafruit. The full idea is to give the impression of a pulsing energy sword. The perfect item to light this sword are the NeoPixel strips (60 LEDs per meter). The complete package is a sword that would light up when you turned it on, and play a sound indicating that it was switched on.…think Star Wars light saber. Once lit the NeoPixels would pulse from blue to purple to red, and back to blue. What weapon would be complete without sounds? To give the sword a more realistic look and sound we used the ADXL345 to be able to detect motion, this would trigger a sound event via the VS1053 breakout….” (read more)


RPiBoomBox

Eok Gnah shared “lautsprecherle, a RPi powered boombox”! (read more)


AndyWordClock

Andy from Adafruit shared:
“I built this word clock using parts from Adafruit. …I was inspired by Doug Jackson’s Wordclock, who in turn seems to have been inspired by German design firm Biegert & Funk’s Qlocktwo. There are a couple of different ways of creating the faceplate. Doug’s Wordclock uses a cut vinyl sticker, while Cello62 and Scottbez1 both use a stack of printed acetate sheets. I used the laser cutter here at Adafruit to create a black acrylic faceplate, which required creating the design with a vector graphics editor….” (read more)


ElectricImpSolar

Michael Nilsson and Marcus Olsson of slickstreamer shared a “Electric Imp Solar Powered Temperature Logger” project: “The first hack I did with the imp was a solar powered temperature logger using a TMP36 sensor and send the data to ThingSpeak” (read more)


The folks at Manifold shared: “A PIR (passive infra-red) sensor detects when a bird lands at the table to feed, and triggers the camera. Photographs are then uploaded to Twitter. PIR’s a great choice here because it only responds to warm-body heat; if a leaf blows in front of the assembly, nothing will trigger, but if a toasty-warm little bird stops by for some seed, the sensor will detect it, and set off the camera.”
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