Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fitbit on a Charge

from Fitbit on a Charge
by John Weir

Fitbit users are being treated to a raft of new product releases this week.

The company is launching Charge 2, an updated version of the Charge HR, as well as partnerships with several fashion brands including Vera Wang. The new Charge 2 displays real-time statistics for steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed, active minutes and hourly activity. New to Fitbit are the Charge 2’s guided breathing sessions, which use heart rate to give breathing prompts for relaxation – similar to the Breathe App on the Apple Watch.

The entry-level tracker Flex is also being updated and made water-resistant up to 50 meters and capable of tracking swimming workouts. There’s also a series of LEDs that offer simple insight into daily goals and alert users of calls and text. As with the Charge, the wearable is modular, with a small piece that can be popped into bands and other jewellery like the Swarovski Crystal.

The new Charge and Flex will be hitting retail in September and October, priced at $150 and $100, respectively.

Monday, August 29, 2016

A Guide to #LowCode #NoCode Apps | @CloudExpo @OutSystems #APM #DataCenter

from A Guide to #LowCode #NoCode Apps | @CloudExpo @OutSystems #APM #DataCenter
This complete kit provides a proven process and customizable documents that will help you evaluate rapid application delivery platforms and select the ideal partner for building mobile and web apps for your organization.

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[video] Mobile Transformation By @Adobe | @ThingsExpo #IoT #Cloud #DigitalTransformation

from [video] Mobile Transformation By @Adobe | @ThingsExpo #IoT #Cloud #DigitalTransformation
Why do your mobile transformations need to happen today? Mobile is the strategy that enterprise transformation centers on to drive customer engagement. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Roger Woods, Director, Mobile Product & Strategy – Adobe Marketing Cloud, covered key IoT and mobile trends that are forcing mobile transformation, key components of a solid mobile strategy and explored how brands are effectively driving mobile change throughout the enterprise.

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[session] Holistic Method of IoTification | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API

from [session] Holistic Method of IoTification | @ThingsExpo #IoT #M2M #API
Almost two-thirds of companies either have or soon will have IoT as the backbone of their business in 2016. However, IoT is far more complex than most firms expected. How can you not get trapped in the pitfalls? In his session at @ThingsExpo, Tony Shan, a renowned visionary and thought leader, will introduce a holistic method of IoTification, which is the process of IoTifying the existing technology and business models to adopt and leverage IoT. He will drill down to the components in this framework: Anatomy, Ramp-up, Use case, Business case, Architecture, Technology selection, Implementation, and Platform (ARUBA TIP). The interdisciplinary techniques and anti-patterns of this method will be discussed, along with best practices and lessons learned, to help organizations transform to and enable IoT effectively.

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Back to School: Projects for Students #BackToSchool

from Back to School: Projects for Students #BackToSchool
by Zay

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Back to school, back to campus, back to the learning time! Here are some projects from the Adafruit Learning System that can be handy and fun if you’re headed to the dorms, looking to get a leg up in learning electronics, trying to find a quiet place to study, or hankering for a way to make new friends!


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Instant Camera using Raspberry Pi and Thermal Printer

It’s pretty hard to get your hands on a Polaroid camera these days, let alone Polaroid film — but with this project you’ll be able to snap and print an instant pic of folks from the dorm with the push of a button!

“Instant photography” with Polaroid cameras was a thing up through the 1990s until ubiquitous digital photography took hold…though, like vinyl music, the medium has since made a nostalgic resurgence.

In this project, we’ll replace chemical film with more modern electronic parts: a Raspberry Pi computer and camera paired with a diminutive thermal printer, all working off a battery. Press a button, get a print!


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Animated Flame Pendant

Another thing that’s gone the way of the Polaroid camera is open flames in your dorm room. Candles banned? Here are some DIY LED candles for your room.

We planned this animated flame simply as a piece of high-tech jewelry, but other uses are possible…a fire or lantern effect on cosplay props, a safer alternative to having candles on the table or as part of a holiday display, or a unique night light for finding your way to the bathroom at night.


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Android Smart Home Mirror

As you check yourself in the mirror on the way out the door you can also see the weather, read the latest headlines, and remember to get the groceries. DIY smart mirror!

Make a mirror that’s also a display! Use any Android device and some two-way mirror plastic to whip up a smart home mirror, using Hannah Mitt’s code on Github! This guide will walk you through my process of installing Hannah’s app on my Nexus 7 tablet and installing it at home.


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Solar Boost Bag

Students do a lot of spending time in class and libraries and cafes and not a lot of hanging out at home. What might help? A power boost.

Make your own backup battery and recharge it with the sun! This is an upgrade project to our original Solar Charging Handbag and uses a PowerBoost 500 Basic, a solar lipoly charger, slide switch, and 2000mAh rechargeable battery, all housed in a 3D printed enclosure.


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TV-B-Gone Kit

Sometimes you’ve got to study in a space where there’s a TV. A dorm room lounge, your living room, your brother’s room. We’ve got the solution. A great entry-level project that will let you turn off TVs far and wide, giving you some welcome silence where you can study in peace!


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Babel Fish

Language, learning, and Douglas Adams! Here’s a project that can help with all three.

Learn to make a speaking, card-reading toy! The Babel Fish helps you learn to say words and phrases on RFID flash cards by reading the card and playing an associated sound file loaded on an SD card inside. This project is very straightforward and could make a great jumping-off point for your own awesome RFID and Wave Shield project!


 

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August is Back to School Month here at Adafruit! Each week we’ll be bringing you a two #BackToSchool posts on the blog! Stay tuned for product and gift guides, tutorials from the Adafruit Learning System, and inspiration from around the web! Get started by checking out Adafruit’s educational resources, such as our kits and project packs, suggested products for young engineers, blog posts for educators and an extensive selection of books to help you learn!

Maker to Market 10 – Support – How Adafruit developed Circuit Playground @makerio @DigiKey #DeskOfLadyada

from Maker to Market 10 – Support – How Adafruit developed Circuit Playground @makerio @DigiKey #DeskOfLadyada
by Nikki Hershon

The Final Episode in our Maker to Market Series!

From Maker to Market 10 – Support – How Adafruit Developed Circuit Playground, an educational board for Makers.

Now that you’ve successfully entered your choice market, it’s time for a little maintenance. During this phase of your process, you’ll focus on processing potential returns, troubleshooting early problems, scaling your operation, offering warranties, and gathering positive reviews. Your reputation will be key—find a way to manage it. Remember that support is ongoing—you’re not off the hook yet!

This is where Adafruit excels! We add tutorials and free online content to make support easier. We’ll talk about how to handle customer questions and customer expectations for shipping and returns. There a lot of common support bottle necks and we’ll discuss how to leverage communities such as Maker.io, Instructables, Twitter, Reddit, etc. Every week we check returns to see if there are any manufacturing issues. We’ll also go over “declining yield” and how to combat it.

Bad customer experiences due to production or distribution can poison your marketing. In that regard, marketing, production, distribution, and support are in a feedback loop. Good customer experiences will create more community to generate more projects and ‘buzz’, requiring more production. This is good for a business, but also increases your risk!


This series is a special edition of “From the Desk of Ladyada” with our Circuit Playground launch partner, Maker.io & Digi-Key (be sure to check our interview with the CEO of Digi-Key, Dave Doherty, too!).

In case you missed the previous episodes:

1.  “Concept” → 2.  “Research” → 3. “Evaluation” → 4. “Design” → 5. “Prototyping”  →

6. “Funding” → 7. “Marketing” → 8. “Production” → 9. “Distribution”

Why are we doing this? It would be challenging to meet the demand we’re expecting with Circuit Playground orders, shipping, outreach and more – so we’re working with -the best- to get as many out there, to as many people as possible, and “showing our work” about the entire process. Special thanks to David, Jim, Dave, Brooks, Dawn, Jennifer, Paula, Kevin, Wayne and everyone at Digi-Key.


About Maker.io
Digi‐Key was started by a maker professional and has a long history of being a destination for entrepreneurial engineers. Maker.io is the first site to help those people take their ideas from concept to product.

Maker.io was created to help makers understand the phases that occur from concept through production. Digi-Key knows designers will have stumbling blocks throughout the phases, and the main objective of the site is to walk makers through the design-chain “Roadmap” that offers an aggregated community of tools, ideas, solutions, and information that properly meet the needs of the marketplace every step of the way.

By leveraging Digi-Key resources including design tools such as Scheme-it and PCBWeb, complete BOM management support, leading edge maker-friendly solutions from companies like Adafruit that are augmented with full line support from industry leaders and having the world’s largest available inventory for immediate shipment, Digi-Key truly is the best destination for the maker professional.

The availability of very low cost modular hardware tools combined with simple-to-use free software development environments has led to an explosion in the number of makers and developers. As a result, Maker.io is platform (Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi, Photon…), post, and project based. Beyond the roadmap, maker professionals as community members can submit projects either publicly or privately. This collaborative and project-based approach will help designers better understand the phases along the map.

Maker.io is the perfect complement to digikey.com. Whether you are just starting out or are already down the design path, you are able to access pre-curated content, solutions and resources from industry professionals, as well as your peers, to help guide you through the phases. No matter where you are on your design roadmap, Maker.io can help you bring your product and dreams to market.

Adafruit is proud to partner with Digi-key and introduce Maker.io to all our customers and fans. This is our second installment of Adafruit’s video series Maker to Market, which will take you on the journey that was the creation of Circuit Playground, Adafruit’s all-in-one board — the perfect microcontroller for learning electronics.

Maker to Market 10 – Support – How Adafruit developed Circuit Playground @makerio @DigiKey #DeskOfLadyada

from Maker to Market 10 – Support – How Adafruit developed Circuit Playground @makerio @DigiKey #DeskOfLadyada
by Nikki Hershon

The Final Episode in our Maker to Market Series!

From Maker to Market 10 – Support – How Adafruit Developed Circuit Playground, an educational board for Makers.

Now that you’ve successfully entered your choice market, it’s time for a little maintenance. During this phase of your process, you’ll focus on processing potential returns, troubleshooting early problems, scaling your operation, offering warranties, and gathering positive reviews. Your reputation will be key—find a way to manage it. Remember that support is ongoing—you’re not off the hook yet!

This is where Adafruit excels! We add tutorials and free online content to make support easier. We’ll talk about how to handle customer questions and customer expectations for shipping and returns. There a lot of common support bottle necks and we’ll discuss how to leverage communities such as Maker.io, Instructables, Twitter, Reddit, etc. Every week we check returns to see if there are any manufacturing issues. We’ll also go over “declining yield” and how to combat it.

Bad customer experiences due to production or distribution can poison your marketing. In that regard, marketing, production, distribution, and support are in a feedback loop. Good customer experiences will create more community to generate more projects and ‘buzz’, requiring more production. This is good for a business, but also increases your risk!


This series is a special edition of “From the Desk of Ladyada” with our Circuit Playground launch partner, Maker.io & Digi-Key (be sure to check our interview with the CEO of Digi-Key, Dave Doherty, too!).

In case you missed the previous episodes:

1.  “Concept” → 2.  “Research” → 3. “Evaluation” → 4. “Design” → 5. “Prototyping”  →

6. “Funding” → 7. “Marketing” → 8. “Production” → 9. “Distribution”

Why are we doing this? It would be challenging to meet the demand we’re expecting with Circuit Playground orders, shipping, outreach and more – so we’re working with -the best- to get as many out there, to as many people as possible, and “showing our work” about the entire process. Special thanks to David, Jim, Dave, Brooks, Dawn, Jennifer, Paula, Kevin, Wayne and everyone at Digi-Key.


About Maker.io
Digi‐Key was started by a maker professional and has a long history of being a destination for entrepreneurial engineers. Maker.io is the first site to help those people take their ideas from concept to product.

Maker.io was created to help makers understand the phases that occur from concept through production. Digi-Key knows designers will have stumbling blocks throughout the phases, and the main objective of the site is to walk makers through the design-chain “Roadmap” that offers an aggregated community of tools, ideas, solutions, and information that properly meet the needs of the marketplace every step of the way.

By leveraging Digi-Key resources including design tools such as Scheme-it and PCBWeb, complete BOM management support, leading edge maker-friendly solutions from companies like Adafruit that are augmented with full line support from industry leaders and having the world’s largest available inventory for immediate shipment, Digi-Key truly is the best destination for the maker professional.

The availability of very low cost modular hardware tools combined with simple-to-use free software development environments has led to an explosion in the number of makers and developers. As a result, Maker.io is platform (Arduino, BeagleBone, Raspberry Pi, Photon…), post, and project based. Beyond the roadmap, maker professionals as community members can submit projects either publicly or privately. This collaborative and project-based approach will help designers better understand the phases along the map.

Maker.io is the perfect complement to digikey.com. Whether you are just starting out or are already down the design path, you are able to access pre-curated content, solutions and resources from industry professionals, as well as your peers, to help guide you through the phases. No matter where you are on your design roadmap, Maker.io can help you bring your product and dreams to market.

Adafruit is proud to partner with Digi-key and introduce Maker.io to all our customers and fans. This is our second installment of Adafruit’s video series Maker to Market, which will take you on the journey that was the creation of Circuit Playground, Adafruit’s all-in-one board — the perfect microcontroller for learning electronics.