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For transit-bound people, the NextBus service is a tremendous convenience. Knowing when a bus is due means less standing out in the rain…one can use that time inside to get a little extra work done, or finish that cup of coffee. In this tutorial we'll build a handy desk-top or wall-mount countdown display that lets you know when the next bus or train is on the way!
This project takes an existing tool — the Hakko FX-901 cordless soldering iron — and adds USB charging and a beefy Lithium Ion battery inside a 3D-printed pack. I keep this little iron around for cosplay electronics emergencies, and adding USB charging means there’s less to pack…it uses the same phone charger and USB cable I’m already carrying.
Persistence of vision (POV) is the illusion of a solid image where there is none — a task for which LEDs and microcontrollers are a natural fit. Poi is a performance art of spinning tethered weights. Some of the most dramatic performances use fire poi! We sought to create something with that level of “wow,” but safer and usable indoors or out. And so these “Genesis” POV-poi were born.
Incorporating Bluetooth in a project no longer requires the most advanced microcontroller or lots of code…our Bluefruit LE UART Friend and accompanying app for iOS and Android make it easy! Building upon our popular "Kaleidoscope Eyes" NeoPixel goggles project, this guide shows how Bluetooth LE can be used even with the most modest setup.
Adafruit’s PiTFT displays link to the Raspberry Pi’s GPIO header instead of a video port, making them compact & ideal for portable projects. But this connection normally limits them to a subset of specially-compiled games and emulators — high-performance OpenGL-based games were previously incompatible. New software now makes gaming more practical on these tiny displays!
For transit-bound people, NextBus — a free internet service providing arrival data for over 135 transit agencies — is a tremendous convenience. Knowing when a bus is due means less standing out in the rain…one can use that time inside to get a little extra work done, or finish that cup of coffee. Using the Raspberry Pi computer, we’ll create a dedicated NextBus “appliance” that informs at a glance.
NeoPixel LEDs are the bee's knees, but in a few scenarios they come up short…connecting odd microcontrollers that can’t match their strict timing, or fast-moving persistence-of-vision displays. Adafruit DotStar strips deliver high speed PWM and an easy-to-drive two-wire interface, bridging the gaps in the spectrum of awesome.
Traveling or on the road, sometimes finding an open network to get online and finish a job is more important than lunch or a nap. MASLOW (Mini Adafruit System Locates Open Wireless) is a tiny battery-powered WiFi detector with a 3D-printed enclosure…assemble one yourself and clip it to your laptop bag.