Category Archives: Internet of Things

Trading Card Scanner and Organizer #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi


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From Michael Portera on Hackster.io:

I was really into trading cards as a kid. I recently came across a lot of Magic The Gathering cards in a box and thought to myself – I wonder how many cards I have and how much they’re worth?! Logging and looking these up manually would take a while so I decided to see if I could automate some of the process. Somehow, the process led to building a platform out of Lego and leveraging AWS S3 and Rekognition!

The Process

  • Take a picture of the title of the card using a Raspberry Pi, RPi camera, and Lego platform
  • Upload the pictures to an AWS S3 bucket for storage and processing
  • Use AWS Rekognition to extract text out of the picture and index the collection
  • Use a pricing API to get the price of each card

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Patsy Takemoto Mink #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth


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Patsy Takemoto Mink was a distinguished, dedicated and innovative legislator who served as a member of the territorial House of Representative of Hawaii, State Senator of Hawaii, and for over two decades as the representative of Hawaii’s 2nd Congressional District. Compassionate, articulate, and focused, Patsy Mink riveted audiences and moved governmental bodies in ways that changed history.

Mink was a legislative trailblazer who overcame gender and racial discrimination to become one of the most influential public servants of her generation. A 1948 graduate of the University of Hawaii trained in chemistry and zoology, she was denied admission by all the medical schools to which she applied. She successfully gained admission to the University of Chicago Law School and graduated in 1951. She and her husband, John Mink, returned to Hawaii, where she started her own law practice, becoming the first woman of Japanese-American ancestry to practice law in Hawaii.

Mink began her political career in 1956, when she was elected to Hawaii’s House of Representatives. In 1964, she made history when she was elected to the United States House of Representatives, becoming the first woman of color elected to the national legislature and the first Asian-American congresswoman.

For over four decades, Mink championed the rights of immigrants, minorities, women, and children, and worked to eradicate the kind of discrimination she had faced in her life. Known for her integrity, determination, tenacity, and honesty, she is recognized as the major mover of Title IX, the legislation that brought academic and athletic equity to American educational institutions. She was a strong environmental advocate and worked tirelessly on energy policy issues of regional, national and global impact. She was the recipient of numerous awards and honorary degrees.

See more!

Also – the Patsy Takemoto Mink Education Foundation for Low-Income Women and Children was founded in 2003 – more info here!


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“Get to the Choppa!” An Interactive Book #piday #raspberrypi @Raspberry_Pi


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I asked my Raspberry Pi club what they wanted to create and they said a book that talks to you. Not in the conventional way of reading to you, but in a way to get your attention, to call you over and shout at you. Even better if the book was Arnold Schwarzenegger’s autobiography and he tells you to get you to ‘get to the chopper now!’

The first part of the hack is to wire up a Distance Sensor to measure how far away a potential reader is. As they move nearer, Arnie says various phrases to attract their attention.

Check out the full project details!


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Star Trek Enterprise NX-01 Warp Core #3DPrinting #3DThursday


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Rovex shared this project on Thingiverse!

As a massive Star Trek fan i always loved the look of the warp core from the Enterprise NX-01, So I made one!

It took more then 100 hours of modeling. And over 50 hours of making. And this is the result.
There are files for 2 versions of the core.
The first version is complete for 3D printing while the second version is made for use with a few laser or cnc cut parts.

I also added holes for led’s (RGB if you prefer). These give the model a nice working look. I also recommend to add a 15cm led strip in the middle to light up the side rails.

You can also find a file which contains info on most of the parts, how long it takes to print, how much matterial and the avarage cost.

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!


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NeoPixel NeoMatrix 8×8 – 64 RGB Arduino box #3DThursday #3DPrinting


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Shared by marcolura on Thingiverse:

The box can be easily printed in any material with just some support material for the front opening part. To mount the Arduino, three screws M3x10mm are required and for the Neopixel matrix four screws M3 with a length from 10 to 16mm will do.

I used an external power supply (5V DC, 3A) to power the Arduino as well as the Neopixel matrix.

The wires connections are very easy. The DIN of the Neopixel Matrix has to be connected to a PWM pin of the Arduino (by default the Neopixel library of Adafruit uses the pin number 6).

The ground of the matrix has to be connected to the GND of the Arduino.

The 5V of the matrix DOESN’T have to be connected to the 5V of the Arduino! because it can only provide 500mA of current. To solve this, I soldered it directly to the positive pin of the 2.1mm Jack connector of the Arduino so that the matrix is directly powered by the power supply.

For safety follow the instruction provided by the Adafruit: https://www.adafruit.com/product/1487

To program the Arduino you can connect the external 5V power supply into the 2.1 jack connector and the USB cable to your computer as well (in my case it worked just fine).

Download the files and learn more


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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!

The Adafruit Learning System has dozens of great tools to get you well on your way to creating incredible works of engineering, interactive art, and design with your 3D printer! If you’ve made a cool project that combines 3D printing and electronics, be sure to let us know, and we’ll feature it here!


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Phone ring #3DPrinting #3DThursday


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Rodjerhell shared this project on Thingiverse!

simple ring holder for phone. Adhesive tape is required for installation

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Every Thursday is #3dthursday here at Adafruit! The DIY 3D printing community has passion and dedication for making solid objects from digital models. Recently, we have noticed electronics projects integrated with 3D printed enclosures, brackets, and sculptures, so each Thursday we celebrate and highlight these bold pioneers!

Have you considered building a 3D project around an Arduino or other microcontroller? How about printing a bracket to mount your Raspberry Pi to the back of your HD monitor? And don’t forget the countless LED projects that are possible when you are modeling your projects in 3D!


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Adafruit Circuit Playground Express giveaway – HackSpace magazine @HackSpaceMag @Raspberry_Pi and new issue is out! 7!


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Competition time! Adafruit Circuit Playground Express giveaway — HackSpace magazine.

The Circuit Playground Express is a programable electronics board that’s packed full of features. With everything on board, you can get up and running without fiddling around with wires or circuitry. There’s 10 NeoPixels that you can light up in any colour, and it has a speaker so some music can accompany your animations. It’s packed full of sensors and can detect motion, temperature, light and sound. When you’re ready to expand your projects, the Circuit Playground Express can do that with 8 i/o pins (7 of which can sense capacitive touch).

You can program the Circuit Playground Express in three ways. You can use the drag-and-drop MakeCode environment that’s great for people new to programming, there’s Circuit Python for people with a bit more experience with programming and you can use the Arduino IDE if you’re already familiar with micro controllers.

We’re huge fans of the Circuit Playground Express because it makes it so easy to get started with microcontrollers, yet still gives you plenty of scope for building advanced projects. Take a look at our review of if here.

ENTER HERE! There are 36 days left, plenty’o time!

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Connecting things you’ve made to the internet allows you to control them from anywhere, collate data from a wide range of sources and generally put yourself at the centre of an electro-mechanical hive mind. What are you waiting for? It’s time to build your own Internet of Everything. We also chat with maker-teacher-extraordinaire Helen Steer, find out how 3D printing from waste materials is growing in Kenya and Tanzania and build a Z80 computer and much, much more.

  • Laser cutting gears
  • Sign making with glowing wire
  • Take a look inside the Urban Hax space
  • Fingertip LEDs
  • Alll the best projects from the makersphere
  • And more

Buy now or PDF.


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