Learn how to DIY your own Raspberry PI portable snap camera in this tutorial from the Adafruit Learning System!
Make your very own open-source, Raspberry Pi linux-powered digital snappy camera with built in rechargeable battery! The SnapPiCam Raspberry Pi Digital Camera is a cool project showing what you can be done with a Raspberry Pi, PiTFT and acrylic enclosure. This is a fairly advanced project, for people who are very comfortable with soldering, assembly, Raspberry Pi hacking, etc!
Inside is the 5 megapixel Raspberry Pi camera, this can be either the standard version or the Noir Infrared-sensitive edition. Power comes from a rechargeable 1200mAh LiPo battery. The battery is recharged via a Mini-B USB cable plugged into the built-in LiPo charger. A 2.8″ TFT + Touchscreen at the back allows access to the camera’s GUI.
On the outside can be attached a variety of lenses including Fish-Eyes, Telephoto Lenses, Zoom lenses, and Macro Lenses. On the underside of the SnapPiCam is a standard 1/4-20 Nut for attachment to a Tripod.
Make It @ Your Library has an awesome collection of tutorials and resources for makerspaces and educators! There’s a Basic Arduino Robot guide, a tutorial on how to make your own DoodleBot360, and many more. Most of the materials required can be found around the house or at local craft stores, which keeps the cost low as well.
Hello, we are the folks behind Make it @ Your Library. In 2012, we came together as part of ILEAD USA, an IMLS grant funded library program, with the intention of helping librarians realize makerspace projects in their communities. A few months later, we had the concept for this site, and Make It @ Your Library was starting to take shape!
This site is brought to you in collaboration with Instructables and the American Library Association, and it is our hope that through this site, libraries of all stripes and sizes will be able to experiment with maker projects. Make it @ Your Library believes that content creation in the library is a vital direction for our libraries to pursue. Maker projects don’t need to be the result of thousands of dollars of space renovation, equipment or special staffing. The projects on this site, powered by Instructables and vetted by librarians, are a great way to begin. Happy creating!
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Paul Gentile posted this fun top hat on YouTube. Apparently his son had a geek dream.
The inspiration for this hat came from my son, who was looking to create a costume for Halloween. Unfortunately we did not make this in time for Halloween, but we did make it for the Geek Create show. He wanted something Steam Punk in style. I found these felt top hats on Amazon for only a few bucks and figured we could not go wrong.
His final outfit turned out well and he called himself Doctor “OHM” (Doctor Who Fans – read it upside down). So the hat, the LEDs, the Doctor OHM references … it all just worked. We have since used the hat at holiday parties and it made a big hit on New Year’s Eve. We made the hat using the LED MAgician.
Hats off to Paul for bringing his son’s dream to reality. This is a great use of LEDs, but if you want even more variety in pattern and color, you could do the same with a FLORA microcontroller and some NeoPixels. Check out our NeoPixel Uber Guide to learn about your options.
Unable to watch the ball drop in Times Square or on TV? Worry not, celebrate at home with this DIY version made with littleBits. You will be in for a surprise when the ball hits a roller switch and triggers the servo. Confetti may or may not be involved. Learn how to make it!
Countdown to midnight with this voice-changing microphone. You can modify your voice by experimenting with the delay and filter modules from the littleBits Synth Kit.
He sees you when you are sleeping… He knows when you’re awake. Santa watches your every move, just like Great Uncle Edward. This creepy portrait has motion triggers that sense when you are near and eyes controlled by a servo that watch you wherever you go. The double AND, double OR, inverter, and latch make up the logic behind Santa’s eye movement.
Add some fun to your ensemble and surprise your guests with this quirky, sound-reactive bow tie. It moves on a servo and is activated by the sound of your voice! Control how it moves with a pulse and a dimmer.
Time to get fancy! This animated hat will surely impress your guests. Bright LEDs project a spinning image of Santa and his reindeer flying through the night on the wall of the hat. Just touch the pressure sensor at the top of the hat to activate the dc motor.
Time for a sing-a-long! Forget the words to Frosty the Snowman? The Caroler’s Helperis scrolling sheet music that you can use to follow along. Two dc motors turn the scroll of music when you press the pressure sensor on the frame.
Music, like making, is universal. No matter how far you travel, either in distance or time, you’ll find people creating, and whether it’s things or sound, the act of creating is a constant that connects us all. With that, we are extremely excited to announce the littleBits Synth Kit . Developed with Korg, the world-renowned electronic instrument company, we have successfully combined music and making to provide an experience that has never been seen before. Taking our goal of making an electronic design platform accessible for all, now anyone can dream up new sounds or songs and make them a reality as fast as their mind will allow. We think this could be the start of a new chapter in the history of music technology and we hope you’ll join us for the ride.
-Paul Rothman, Product Development
Developed in partnership with Korg, a pioneer of electronic musical equipment, the littleBits Synth Kit is an infinitely customizable and expandable analog modular instrument. The littleBits Synth Kit includes an assortment of 12 electronic Bits modules that instantly snap together with magnets to create circuits like those used in Korg’s famous analog synthesizers (like the MS-20). The Synth Kit also includes a project booklet outlining step-by-step instructions for 10 projects.
The Synth Kit was developed over the course of 9 months and is a collaboration between two seemingly different companies that share very similar ideals and principles. We embarked on creating a kit that would behave as a modular analog synthesizer but was accessible to anyone with an interest in sound. We started by ideating the different modules that might be possible and picked the ones that would offer the most complete and varied experience.
After several modules for the kit were selected, a MAX/MSP patch was created to simulate the behavior between them. This simulation informed a lot of the features and interactions the modules now possess.
When thinking about the hardware layouts, the original sketches included trim pots for controls. This ensured the modules would remain small and there was no current precedent for a module to contain more than one potentiometer. After some reflection, it was realized that creating an instrument that required a screwdriver to adjust the controls would not be useful in a performance setting. We then decided to take the step to replace the trim pots with potentiometers, breaking a current convention but making the kit much more playable.
Each module has a story behind how it came about. Find out more about how each module developed here.
Candy is an important part of Halloween! However, eating all that candy can lead to cavities. Make brushing fun this Halloween by creating your own electric toothbrush! All you need is a toothbrush, rubber bands, a wooden block, and littleBits! This toothbrush also has a programmable timer so you can decide how long to brush your teeth for (the American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth two times a day for two minutes). Show that sweet tooth who’s boss this Halloween.
This Lego cockroach behaves similarly to real cockroach, making it a great Halloween prop. It is able to navigate tricky spaces and it scurries when it is exposed to light. When it finds a dark place to hide, it lays low and stays put. See how this clever circuit combines bend sensors, inverters, and light triggers to create this lifelike interaction.
In honor of the littleBits Halloween Costume Contest, we whipped up our own Halloween costume. This glowing dinosaur can be made with the light wire and an old hoodie. Learn to use the light wire as a structural element and light up your night this Halloween. See project details here.
As the spookiest day of the year approaches, we here at littleBits have been cooking up some supernatural projects to trick out your Halloween. The interactions in both of the following projects are surprisingly haunting and would be a great addition to any haunted house or, if you are the Adam’s Family, a permanent wall fixture.
Great Uncle Edward
This portrait may just look like a normal photograph, but take a step closer and you will notice something very strange. The eyes in this portrait physically move, and not only that, they follow you wherever you go! We used an old frame, a photograph, motion triggers, a servo, and a series of logic Bits to achieve this unnerving interaction. This is one of our most complex circuits yet! Learn more here.
‘Come with us’, two small ghostly figures beckon. As you draw closer you hear a rattling sound. The figures suddenly quadruple in size and appear very close to you. Run away!!! The Ghost Projector uses a motion trigger and an inverter to switch between two ghostly images printed out on transparency paper and projected on the wall with bright leds. The images are angled in such a way that they appear in the same frame and alternate depending on whether or not you are detected by the motion trigger. More information about this spooky light trick here.
Stay tuned for more Halloween project ideas next week!
This is part of an on-going series of posts about littleBits. We encourage you to use the Tips & Tricks to enhance your Bit projects. littlebits is available in the Adafruit store – Starter Kit, Extended Kit and Teaser kit.
LED Bits make bright and bold projects. There are 7 LED Bits in the littleBits family and although we don’t play favorites, the light wire is our go-to Bit for making wearable projects. Want to make your own flashy outfits and accessories? Check out these tips.
Looking for a sidekick? Make a monster! Box Monster will live on your hand and talk and buzz — but it won’t bite, promise! This simple, interactive project combines recycled household materials, basic craft materials, and 8 littleBits. Best of all, you can customize the look of your Monster by adding additional materials. What will your Box Monster look like? Learn how to make your own here!
THE LITTLEBITS GLOBAL MAKEATHON is the world’s largest physical and virtual littleBits workshop. We are bringing together makers from around the world for one day to bring their own cities to life. Join us, with your Bits, your crafts, and your tools and Make Something that Does Something!
HANGOUT with Bitsters from all over the world! You’ll spend a day creating and sharing projects with guidance from the littleBits team, special live demos on Google+ and short lectures to inspire you and your friends.
COMPETE to win a $1,000 littleBits library and a chance to have your project displayed at World Maker Faire New York.
Here’s a simple project to help you go back to school in littleBits style! Prank your friends by setting up this simple circuit in their locker. With some clever placement and a little bit of disguise you will be able to surprise your friends when they try and put their books back in their locker. For instructions, click here.