After months of development, Adafruit Industries ushers in a new era of Arduino with the ground-breaking High Performance Computing (HPC) Shield!
The HPC Shield consists of 16 Arduino Unos connected together in a 4-dimensional “HyperCube” topology. Interprocessor communications are accomplished via high-speed hardware SPI.
Programming the HPC Shield is supported through a new version of the standard Arduino IDE that was specially developed using the open-source ParallelProcessing language.
The memory of each individual Uno is shared across the entire Shield through Adafruit’s new “Parallel Arduino Synchronous Shared Global Address Space” (PASSGAS) technology. This revolutionary technology breaks the Arduino memory barrier, and gives the HPC Shield programmer full access to a whopping 32K of combined SRAM!
Adafruit’s testing shows that a single HPC Shield can achieve an astounding throughput of 17.8MBops (millions of LED blink operations per second) using standard Arduino benchmarks. For truly mind-blowing performance, up to 128 HPC Shields can be connected in a variety of topologies via I2C.
In a prepared statement, Adafruit Founder ladyada notes that “the already modular nature of the Arduino platform made it surprisingly easy for us to bring this project together. The only real problem we had was getting the Adafruit_Hadoop library installed in the right place”.
The HPC Shield is sold as a kit, including all necessary cables. A nifty laser-cut clear acrylic case is available separately.
The Adafruit HPC Shield is now available for order directly through the Adafruit Store at a retail price of $379.95, and is scheduled to begin shipping April 1*.
*A Special Overnight shipping rate is available to anywhere in the Continental US for an additional $21.18.
Since we started Makers I’ve made it a priority to try to visit Adafruit Industries, the amazing Manhattan-based electronics shop run by Limor Fried. Fried started her company out of her dorm room at MIT, building cool electronics kits for her friends. She slowly expanded into other hobbyist realms including Arduino add-ons, how-to books, and cases. Now her store is bustling with 1,302 items for sale with about 600 orders per day…
We had the unique opportunity to tour her brand new Manhattan warehouse/design center/factory in Soho where she and her team create amazing gizmos and gadgets. They are also working on student outreach via their superfun Circuit Playground in order to convince kids that STEM is actually cool.
This visit we saw Adafruit’s mini-fabrication line, their amazing, home-grown CRM system, and, most important, Adabot, the company’s robotic mascot.
Limor Fried is one of the world’s best-known “Makers.” She has created one of the largest collections of free electronics tutorials, open-source hardware and software in the world. And she founded +Adafruit Industries to create products for makers of all ages & skill levels. Post your questions on the hangout page. Then come to this Field Trip Friday Hangout On Air to see the cool stuff at Adafruit, and find out how you can become a maker too!
MakerBot® Partners with Adafruit
Limited Edition MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer Offers Custom Build-Plate and three Adafruit Kits – Available Through Adafruit.com and Adafruit kits at the MakerBot Store
Brooklyn, N.Y., March 7, 2013 – MakerBot and Adafruit have joined together to bring the latest technology to electronic and 3D printing enthusiasts throughout the United States with a unique partnership offering a Limited Edition MakerBot® Replicator® 2 Desktop 3D Printer with special Adafruit kits inside. The Limited Edition MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer 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.
“Adafruit has always been a company that offers creative and engaging products and we are excited to be able to partner with them to offer the Limited Edition MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer,” noted Bre Pettis, CEO of MakerBot. “To be able to create this very cool offer with some of Adafruit’s most popular products, is so cool for me. It’s like coming full circle, as I’ve been a big fan of Adafruit products for a long time, but this makes it even more awesome than I could have originally imagined.”
“Adafruit is thrilled to be able to partner with MakerBot and 3D printing with this Limited Edition offering,” said Limor “Ladyada” Fried, Adafruit Industries founder. “We were one of the first early adopters of 3D printing and it’s exciting to now be able to partner with a growing company like MakerBot and provide both of our customers a product they can explore, build, print, and have fun with.”
The Limited Edition MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will be sold on Adafruit.com and will come with a custom Adafruit MakerBot build-plate and three of Adafruit’s most popular kits including: Tiimesquare DIY Watch Kit ($29.95); MintyBoost® Kit ($19.50); and the Raspberry Pi ($39.95). These three kits are perfect companions to the MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer, as they all require custom items to hold the electronics, which can all be 3D printed on a MakerBot. The price for the special Limited Edition Adafruit MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will be $2,296.00.
“You can design and 3D print your own cool watch band or watch face holder for the Timesquare Watch; 3D print a cool case for the MintyBoost phone charger; and 3D print a really fun and personalized holder for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer,” noted Pettis.
Founded in 2009, Brooklyn-based MakerBot has grown to be a global leader in desktop 3D printing. MakerBot had 16 percent market share of all 3D printers (industrial and personal) made from 2009 to the end of 2011. In 2011, MakerBot had 21.6 percent market share. In 2012, MakerBot estimates that it now has a 25 percent market share of the 3D printer market. There are more than 15,000 MakerBot Desktop 3D Printers in use by engineers, designers, researchers, and people who just like to make things. The MakerBot Replicator Desktop 3D Printer has been named Popular Mechanics “Overall Winner” for best 3D printer and was honored as one of Time Magazine’s Best Inventions of 2012. In addition, MakerBot was named “Best Emerging Tech” at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show, won Popular Mechanics Editor’s Choice Award, the Popular Science Product of the Year, and recently was awarded the Fast Company 2012 Innovation by Design Award as well as being named by Fast Company as “One of the World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Consumer Electronics.” And MakerBot was recently awarded a TechCrunch Crunchies Award for best hardware start-up. The company has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Economist, Wired, The Colbert Report, Fast Company, Engadget, Make: Magazine, Rolling Stone, Time.com, IEEE Spectrum, CNN, Financial Times, NPR, Vogue Italia and many others.
Adafruit was founded in 2005 by MIT engineer, Limor “Ladyada” Fried. Her goal was to create the best place online for learning electronics and making the best-designed products for makers of all ages and skill levels. During the past 6 years Adafruit has grown to more than 45 employees in the heart of NYC. Adafruit has expanded offerings to include tools, equipment and electronics that Limor personally selects, tests and approves before going in to the Adafruit store. Limor was the first female engineer on the cover of WIRED magazine and was recently awarded Entrepreneur magazine’s Entrepreneur of the year.
Mary Jungman joins Adafruit – Director of Manufacturing and Procurement, please give her a warm welcome!
Hi all, my name is Mary Jungman and I am thrilled to be joining Adafruit as Director of Manufacturing and Procurement. While white smoke and crowds did not mark the occasion for me, I could not have received a warmer welcome from the team.
A few years ago, my boss at chumby industries, bunnie Huang, introduced me to the world of DIY electronics, the maker movement, hacking, open source hardware/software and to Adafruit, who became a chumby customer. Prior to chumby, I worked in contract manufacturing, building circuit cards for San Diego customers, from the time when SMT was a new technology and 1206 components were considered tiny. At chumby I was a hardware girl living in a software world.
After chumby and for the last 15 months I was back in a hardware-centric world, working at littleBits Electronics, where I have been inspired by Ayah Bdeir, and become passionate about bringing change to our failing education system.
I believe all roads have led me to Adafruit where I will have the opportunity to help make products that will get kids excited about science and technology.
When I am not buying parts or building boards, I am hanging out with my family. With an engi-nerd for a husband, four boys (9, 10, 11 & 12 yrs), and two dogs (2 years and a 4 month old puppy), there is never a dull moment.
NEW PRODUCT – Adafruit IoT Pi Printer Project Pack – Includes Raspberry Pi.Think this would be fun to build? Sign up to get notified when we have these kits in stock! Build an “Internet of Things” connected mini printer that will do your bidding! This is a fun weekend project that comes with a beautiful laser cut case. Once assembled, the little printer connects wirelessly to get Internet data for printing onto 2 1/4″ wide receipt paper. Based on a Raspberry Pi computer, this is a powerful mini Linux machine. We have example python code for a few different printouts including a daily weather forecast report, sudoku puzzles, image printer and a tweeter printer that connects Twitter’s search API and retrieve and print tweets according to your requests: you can have it print out tweets from a person, a hashtag, mentioning a word, etc! All the code is open source so its easy to adapt and write your own custom printer software
The project is based on Raspberry Pi, and while its not a very complex project soldering-wise it does require some soldering and assembly work. It is also recommended that the user has some Linux experience or help: we have a lot of tutorials to help you through the process but we don’t have any specific Linux tutorials so knowing how to move around directories, ssh, and create and save text files is a good idea!
Hi everybody! This is Mike Stone. Please feel free to call me Mike in the forums.
I’m a geek of diverse history: I trained as a draftsman just before CAD made that trade obsolete, learned CAD, then became a computer programmer, actor, dancer, street mime, and stagehand, with occasional gigs working in machine shops. I’ve run industrial CNC machinery, written back-end software for web-based businesses, run spotlights for KISS and Les Miserables, run roller coasters, and robbed trains.
On the electronics side, I think microcontrollers are way cool, but my true love is for analog circuits. It’s an area where individual Makers have significant advantages over corporations that crank products out by the thousand. Closely related to that is my fascination with construction techniques. It’s amazing how many options are available when you stop thinking fully-routed PCBs are the ‘right’ way to do it.
Washington’s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and concurrent with Presidents’ Day. Washington’s Birthday is commonly referred to as Presidents’ Day (sometimes spelled President’s Day). Presidents’ Day was started by President Nixon, to honor all past presidents of the United States, and set on the day when Washington’s Birthday was celebrated. Both Lincoln’s and Washington’s birthdays are in February.
Ladyada on the #firesidehangout with the President. She suggested:
Education – National effort to make learning a computer programming language a requirement for high schoolers.
Patent reform – Stopping patent trolls, specifically software patents and limiting software patents to 5 years.
For the “get to know the prez question” She asked if the President’s daughters have thought about a career in science / engineering.
Thank you everyone for the support and kind words for our Ladyada. We’re all exhausted here and are going to take the night off, what a fantastic Valentine’s day Once the video is posted we’ll post it up here and on the Adafruit Industries blog. It should be on the Whitehouse YouTube video page shortly.
Today is the big day! Ladyada (Limor Fried) 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, patents, education and more (hopefully!). Don’t forget to RSVP here for a reminder to tune in on Thursday- http://goo.gl/7pxfM.
This is big news! Our Ladyada, Limor Fried, was selected to join President Obama in a Fireside Hangout this Thursday 2/14 at 4:50pm EST on Google+! We’ll discuss issues that are top of mind for citizens, and we’d love you all to help shape this conversation. Submit your questions to youtube.com/whitehouse and the President will answer questions that are voted to the top.
Limor will be talking to the President LIVE about manufacturing and education!
Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. In China, it is also known as the Spring Festival, the literal translation of the modern Chinese name. Chinese New Year celebrations traditionally ran from Chinese New Year’s Day itself, the first day of the first month of the Chinese calendar, to the Lantern Festival on the 15th day of the first month, making the festival the longest in the Chinese calendar. Because theChinese calendar is lunisolar, the Chinese New Year is often referred to as the “Lunar New Year”.
Within China, regional customs and traditions concerning the celebration of the Chinese new year vary widely. Often, the evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day is an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annualreunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly cleanse the house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for good incoming luck. Windows and doors will be decorated with red colour paper-cuts and couplets with popular themes of “good fortune” or “happiness”, “wealth”, and “longevity.” Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.
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Love Flora but want a bite-sized version? Look no further, Gemma is a tiny wearable platform board with a lot of might in a 1″ diameter package. Powered by a Attiny85 and programmable with an Arduino IDE over USB, you’ll be able to realize any wearable project!
Gemma is still wrapping up development, sign up to get first crack when Gemma is released.
Powered by the ATtiny85 with 3 available I/O pins, one of which is also an analog input and two which can do PWM output
Progammable over the micro USB connection
Onboard 3.3v Regulator and power LED
Works with our Flora NeoPixels (can drive about a dozen – not much RAM!)
Super tiny design, only 1″ (25mm) diameter & 4mm thick
The Raspberry Pi® is a single-board computer developed in the UK by the Raspberry Pi Foundation with the intention of stimulating the teaching of basic computer science in schools. The Raspberry Pi is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into your TV and a keyboard. It’s a capable little PC which can be used for many of the things that your desktop PC does, like spreadsheets, word-processing and games. It also plays high-definition video. The design is based around a Broadcom BCM2835 SoC, which includes an ARM1176JZF-S 700 MHz processor, VideoCore IV GPU, and 128 or 256 Megabytes of RAM. The design does not include a built-in hard disk or solid-state drive, instead relying on an SD card for booting and long-term storage. This board is intended to run Linux kernel based operating systems.
This is the Raspberry Pi Model B 512MB RAM model with two USB ports and a 10/100 Ethernet controller. Please note some boards are made in the UK, some in China. WE DO NOT KNOW IN ADVANCE WHICH ONES YOU MAY RECEIVE!
As typical of modern computers, generic USB keyboards and mice are compatible with the Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi use Linux-kernel based operating systems. The Raspberry Pi does not come with a real-time clock, so an OS must use a network time server, or ask the user for time information at boot time to get access to time and date info for file time and date stamping. However a real time clock (such as the DS1307) with battery backup can be easily added via the I2C interface.
Raspberry Pi® is a trademark of the Raspberry Pi Foundation.
Adafruit is a proud donor to the Raspberry Pi Foundation!
We have a limit of 10 per customer, but if you buy 9 you’ll get one free since we’re still keeping our FREE Pi for orders over $350 special.The $350 does not include shipping and this is just for online customers (not resellers/distributors/hackerspaces or purchase orders).