Order today and choose UPS overnight shipping if you want to get your (in stock) items before Xmas! The map above has UPS ground times if you’re interested in dates past Xmas. If you waited too long, that’s OK! You can always give a gift certificate, it’s all online and instant!
What sets New York apart from the rest of the world? New York attracts the most creative, ambitious, and hard-working people into one extremely diverse city. There’s an energy here that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the world. Mix that with a great nightlife, culture, and a city that never sleeps — you can see why the New York startup movement has been picking up momentum. I believe that NYC tech startups have a better eye for design, user experience, business models, and creating companies that solve real problems (and not launching more “me-too” companies). And the icing on the cake? The companies coming out of NYC right now are just… sexy. There’s no other way to explain it.
HBO asked us to create an interactive window experience for their retail shop in Times Square for the 2009 holidays. We built a snow blowing machine that senses people walking by on the sidewalk and launches snow into the air in response. The installation was developed with the openFrameworks programming API and the physical hardware was controlled using an Arduino. An IR sensor array detects how close pedestrians and window-gazers are, and using mechanical relays, switches on and off fans under the snow in response. A Large LED wall behind the snow is also reactive to street traffic as well. A sliced winter forest scene changes color and moves in response to street traffic.
About 63,000 posts! Around 36 posts per day on average! We’ll check back in later next year and see how it’s going! We offer free, around the clock support to all of our customers in the Adafruit forums – if you need help, this is your first stop!
It’s also a good time to reiterate the “rules” in the forums and here, our weekly chat and on the blog. They’re not really rules, just a handy list of things you can expect when you participate on the Adafruit sites. Our goal is to support everyone from all skill levels to hang out here and have fun. Adafruit is a safe place where beginners can get help and show off their projects. We were all beginners once
Adafruit, its customers and community of electronics enthusiasts want to encourage the kind of discussions that we all want. A positive, helpful tone that maximizes the sharing of information.
Posts and comments in the Adafruit forums should be:
Adding information, asking researched questions, sharing cool stuff or
A well-reasoned critique / criticism
Comments and posts should not be:
Spam, attacks on people, projects, or
Mean spirited, not courteous to others or the Adafruit team
Today is our 10th Day of Geekmas, and it’s delightfully techy. Up for grabs are Drawdio and MiniPOV modules from our friends at Adafruit. The former is an electronic pencil that makes music when you draw. The latter helps you learn how to solder, program microcontrollers and make LED blinky toys. Both are made of the fabled awesome-sauce.
Tonight, is “Ask an Engineer” our LIVE video chat – 10pm ET (Saturday). We spent the last month shipping orders from 6am to 3am the following day and it looks like we’ve reached the finish line! So tonight will be “Ask a chilled out engineer”. We’ll answer your questions, we’ll hang out, pet MOSFET – there won’t be any demos this week, we’re just gonna chillax’ do up some trivia, no biggie.
Visit our new “chat” section on Adafruit at 10pm ET, Saturday nights
Ok, last chance folks… Here are the Adafruit shipping deadlines and a reminder for last minute gifts! If you’d like anything that is in stock in the Adafruit store delivered before or on 12/23 here’s what you need to know:
Orders placed by Saturday December 19th, Midnight (ET) CHOOSE 2ND DAY AIR UPS
Orders placed by Monday December 21st, Midnight (ET) CHOOSE OVERNIGHT UPS
Let’s say you waited too long or just don’t want to spend a lot on shipping. That’s ok, get an Adafruit gift certificate. These gift certificates are sent VIA email so you can send these to anyone, at any time and still be a holiday here. The come in $100, $50, $20 and $1 amounts.
Pictured above. The Adafruit team visited the biggest blinking Christmas tree we could find this weekend, the tree at Rockefeller center, NYC. We’re filled with holiday spirit and want everyone to find the perfect gift this season, even if it’s not from us. If you can’t find what you’re looking for at Adafruit or if you need something that is out of stock, check out some of these fine folks – some are also friends and/or resellers, or folks we just admire:
And lastly, if you’re looking to give to a good cause, please consider the EFF. They’re defending digital our rights, everyday. Because of the EFF, Adafruit and companies like ours will continue to thrive. We also think Creative Commons is a good one to consider, their framework has fueled a lot of innovation and sharing. We use it, we love it, more value is happening because of it. If you give to either one, let us know on your next order, we’ll toss in a fun treat!
simavr is a new AVR simulator for linux, or any platform that uses avr-gcc. It uses avr-gcc own register definition to simplify creating new targets for supported AVR devices. The core was made to be small and compact, and hackable so allow quick prototyping of an AVR project. The AVR core works more or less perfectly now. The simulator loads ELF files directly, and there is even a way to specify simulation parameters directly in the emulated code using an .elf section.
Nothing rings in the holidays like a certified letter from lawyers it seems – we received a letter from lawyers apparently representing Velleman (they are a long time kit maker that many of us have fond memories of). Walker Law Firm sent us this letter (part 1, part 2, part 3) stating that we:
“…utilized a circle with a slash superimposed over a picture of an electronic blinking Christmas tree which is a product offer by Velleman Components NV and it’s subsidiary entities”.
They were referring to the Adafruit promise which states that we do not sell blinking Christmas tree kits. This is our promise: No blinking christmas tree kits. We were confused by their assertion that our promise infringes on Velleman since we state unequivocally that we do not sell any “blinking Christmas trees” and we make it clear so no one is ever confused.
So, in the letter they requested that we remove the picture of the blinking Christmas tree from Velleman, we decided to consult with a lawyer before we did anything.
Don’t worry, the promise still stands, we do not sell blinking Christmas tree kits and we will still have a blinking Christmas tree representing this promise, you can see above and on the promise page. We would like to thank the law firm of Turner Boyd LLP and the EFF for helping us out with this matter. Here is our response.
We will not let this event ruin our festive spirit, or our promise to bring you the best kits that are open source, high-quality, modern and relevant to today’s electronic pro & hobbyist at the best value (just not Christmas tree kits, remember that) – with all that being said, we do have some exciting blinking Christmas tree news we’d like to share.
First up, our pals at SparkFun just released a blinky Christmas tree kit. Schematics and PCB files. Looks like it’s an open source through-hole kit, nice!
Secondly, Michael writes in…
As a followup to our Geek Wreath from a few years ago, we decided to make a Geek Tree inspired by the velleman 3D tree kit. Construction was funded by our new company Neighborhood Workshop.