Your electronics can now see in dazzling color with this lovely color light sensor. We found the best color sensor on the market, the TCS34725, which has RGB and Clear light sensing elements. An IR blocking filter, integrated on-chip and localized to the color sensing photodiodes, minimizes the IR spectral component of the incoming light and allows color measurements to be made accurately. The filter means you’ll get much truer color than most sensors, since humans don’t see IR. The sensor also has an incredible 3,800,000:1 dynamic range with adjustable integration time and gain so it is suited for use behind darkened glass.
We add supporting circuitry as well, such as a 3.3V regulator so you can power the breakout with 3-5VDC safely and level shifting for the I2C pins so they can be used with 3.3V or 5V logic. Finally, we specified a nice neutral 4150°K temperature LED with a MOSFET driver onboard to illuminate what you’re trying to sense. The LED can be easily turned on or off by any logic level output.
For more flexibility, we’ve made two different versions of this board: A breadboard-friendly breakout, and a wearable version designed to work with the Flora wearable platform.
Stay tuned, on Wearable Wednesday we’re going to have an amazing project you can build these color sensors and FLORA!
The Adafruit forums are a great place to get help with your projects– and we just added a wearables board! Folks are building so many FLORA projects that we decided customers needed a special place to post (and ask questions about) wearables projects and techniques! Post your queries about any of the tutorials in our FLORA section on the Adafruit Learning System, and build the wearable electronics project of your dreams! Then post pictures of it. See you in the forums!
Recon Jet is an activity specific heads-up display with a truly open platform that delivers information instantly, effortlessly and unobtrusively direct to the user’s eye via a microcomputer and high-resolution widescreen display. Jet has a dual core processor, dedicated graphics, Wi-Fi, ANT+, Bluetooth, GPS, HD camera, and a comprehensive suite of sensors. All of this is mounted on a precision-engineered, fashionable pair of sunglasses on par with the best in the world.
NEW PRODUCT – Fabric Ribbon 4-Channel Wire – 1 yard – This lightweight, flexible fabric ribbon channel contains four individual wires, perfect for wiring up wearables where flexibility is key. This ribbon has 4 x 28AWG stranded-core wires, easy to solder but also quite flexible. There’s no risk of accidental shorts since each wire is sleeved, and you can also pass a fair bit of current.
This ribbon is ideal for when you’d like to make soldered connections, a rugged sewable data bus or pass higher current than is possible with stainless thread. This ribbon can handle 250mA continuous load & spikes of 1A.
Ultra-low resistance: ~0.25 Ω / m
4 Conductor connections
Power and data applications
Sewable – we suggest straight-stitching on the edges
Washable and dryable
Foldable onto itself without shorting
100% Nylon: Black color with two red & white pinstripes
There’s a good chance that you, like us, enjoyed a certain Saturday Night Live sketch recently in which Weekend Update’s newly branded tech correspondent Randall Meeks gave his raw impressions of Google Glass — using a prop made of plastic and attached to a pair of sunglasses. There was a lot of shouting, twitching and, for us at least, laughing. Meeks is played by the incredibly talented Fred Armisen, also well-known for IFC’s surreally hilarious Portlandia. In reality, we learned, Armisen had never used Google Glass. That was a situation we were happy to fix.
Deirdre’s new Lioness/Cat costume using Adafruit FLORA electronics to light it up! We’re still in testing, the whiskers and eyes will be aligned and have additional electronics to make the eyes and ears move, and the whiskers twitch. Only so many hours after work to put into it, hoping we’re 100% done for the next Show & Tell!
See a behind the glasses view of APX Labs’ Northstar technology, which enables hands free interaction with digital content. They are using a custom modified version of the Moverio BT-100 to power the demo.
Adafruit Ohm Sweet Ohm Cross-Stitch Kit – A cross-stitch kit that’s also a resistor chart! Not only is this kit fun to make (and good for beginner stitchers), when it’s all done it functions as a handy resistor reference chart. This Adafruit original kit comes complete with everything you need to get started.
That elegant aluminum disc on her right wrist: that’s Shine, the “personal activity tracker” created by Misfit Wearables. Kalmar is the company’s data scientist.
Shine enters the crowded health monitoring field with a design centered around a simple question: Are you moving enough? It measures your activity and syncs with an iPhone app (with Android coming soon).
The 40-person company is based in Daly City, California, but has significant operations in Vietnam.
Shine, coming in June from Misfit Wearables.
Earlier this year, Shine completed a spectacularly successful crowdsourcing campaign on Indiegogo, raising $846k, more than eight times its original $100k goal. This was in addition to $7.6 million in VC funding the company raised in April, 2012. Now Misfit Wearables has 10,000 pre-orders to fill for a promised June delivery date. Retail price will be $99.
Like the rest of the company, Kalmar is focused on fulfillment. But she is also wondering what will happen after 10,000+ Shines are collecting and transmitting data from people’s wrists, necklaces, and pockets.
“My question is: What should we be doing with all this data?” she asks. “And how do we make it useful?”
Learn the basics and possibilities of digital fabrication from NYC design experts! As part of Eyebeam’s Computational Fashion program, this workshop will demonstrate some of today’s most disruptive, innovative, and thought provoking technologies. Join Arthur Young-Spivey, Sabine Seymour, and Francis Bitonti to explore 3D software, scanning, and printing tools, and consider how they can be used, combined, and pushed in new directions.
Workshop participants will gain exposure to digital fabrication and its potential use within fashion, developing new ways to think about it as both a prototyping process and a creative medium. Presentations – including designer Francis Bitonti discussing his work on a fully articulated 3D printed gown – will be followed by hands-on demonstrations, where participants will be able to try out various aspects of the digital fabrication process using a selection of 3D printers, scanners, and software.