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Arduino Oplà IoT Kit // Unboxing

We received this kit from the team at Arduino, who have cooked up a very special Arduino carrier board and 8 beginner IoT projects including remote-controlled lighting, a solar system tracker, home security alarm, and more – to get you connected and coding. Adapt these to your own solutions and deploy them right away, as the kit comes with its own enclosure and peripheral sensors, and will accept an 18650 Li-ion battery.

// https://store.arduino.cc/usa/opla-iot-kit
// https://store.arduino.cc/usa/mkr-wifi-1010
// https://www.hackster.io/news/arduino-s-opla-iot-kit-aims-to-give-your-home-appliances-smarts-ef157310d647
// https://www.hackster.io/news/the-10-most-common-hardware-hackathon-projects-8e2fc66ee9b7

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Samson March’s Wearable Smarts

Sam March builds his own wearables from scratch – including custom machined enclosures for his smartwatch and (Ferris Bueller-inspired) glasses. We sit down for a closer look at these gorgeous pieces, and a chat about their inspiration.

// https://www.hackster.io/news/these-diy-smart-glasses-provide-turn-by-turn-gps-navigation-instructions-41c3974807f0
// https://imgur.com/gallery/FSBwD3g
// https://www.instagram.com/SamsonMarch/

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Precursor, ft. Andrew “bunnie” Huang

It looks like a phone with a keyboard, but it does so much more – Precursor is an open hardware development platform for secure, mobile computation and communication.

Tune in for our interview with bunnie Huang – we’ll chat about Precursor, as well as previous projects Novena, Chumby, and more!

// https://www.crowdsupply.com/sutajio-kosagi/precursor
//https://www.hackster.io/news/the-precursor-secure-and-transparent-development-platform-in-your-pocket-a7ddfa654b69
// https://www.bunniestudios.com
// Precursor AMA info: https://twitter.com/bunniestudios/status/1330514161759973376

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“Doctor Who” HiFive Inventor Coding Kit

Wow! This new kit from BBC Learning, SiFive, and Tynker comes with lessons narrated by Jodie Whittaker – the newest Doctor Who – herself!

// https://www.hackster.io/news/bbc-announces-risc-v-powered-doctor-who-themed-hifive-inventor-educational-microcontroller-kit-8dbffb7a7adb
// https://www.hifiveinventor.com
// https://www.theregister.com/2020/11/19/bbc_doctor_who_sifive
// https://www.sifive.com/documentation
// https://www.hackster.io/search?i=projects&q=minecraft

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Nordic nRF9160 DK // Unboxing

We check out this cool kit from Nordic: a multi-sensor cellular IoT prototyping platform for hardware engineers. Easily connect Arduino shields and standalone sensors to the nRF Connect for Cloud platform (nrfcloud.com).

Where the Thingy:91 device (previously: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLUKgDT2V9g) comes with built-in sensors and a consumer-ready interface, the nRF9160 DK empowers you to prototype apps with your own custom hardware.

nRF9160 DK materials:
// https://www.nordicsemi.com/Software-and-tools/Development-Kits/nRF9160-DK
// https://www.nordicsemi.com/Products/Low-power-cellular-IoT/nRF9160

Thingy:91 materials:
// https://www.nordicsemi.com/Software-and-tools/Prototyping-platforms/Nordic-Thingy-91/
// https://www.hackster.io/glowascii/getting-started-with-the-nordic-thingy-91-mac-8d44e5

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Glen Akins’ Custom Interfaces // Hackster Café

Our friend Glen has built a huge variety of human-computer interaction (HCI) devices – let’s take a look at a few faves!

// https://bikerglen.com/blog/converting-a-vintage-button-panel-to-usb
// https://www.hackster.io/news/glen-akins-is-back-again-with-even-more-custom-usb-peripheral-goodness-c0c53c84df6e
// https://www.hackster.io/news/glen-akins-knows-a-thing-or-two-about-glorious-looking-usb-peripherals-6aeca886f2c2
// https://www.hackster.io/news/still-wasting-time-with-wonky-gadgets-for-interacting-with-your-pc-one-key-is-all-you-need-8cbea73add13

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Neosensory Buzz // Unboxing + Contest!

Our just-launched contest with Neosensory centers on their Buzz wristband, which links haptic feedback to real-world sound – OR any sensors you can devise. (Dare we say transhumanism?) Let’s unbox this beauty and take an in-depth look!

// https://www.hackster.io/contests/neoedge
// https://neosensory.com/
// https://neosensory.com/blog/neosensory-arduino-sdk/
// https://www.hackster.io/mike-perrotta/temperature-sensing-wristband-with-the-neosensory-buzz-741385

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Seeed’s Xadow RePhone Kits // #TBT

Back in 2015, Seeed Studio launched the RePhone, an open source kit designed to help you break free of the standard, squared-off shapes we know so well. Even kids could design their own functional phones, using breakout modules for light, sensors, and more. Let’s take a look!

// https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/seeed/rephone-kit-worlds-first-open-source-and-modular-p
// https://www.seeedstudio.com/RePhone-Kit-Create-p-2552.html
// https://www.seeedstudio.com/RePhone-Extension-Pack-p-2630.html
// https://wiki.seeedstudio.com/RePhone/

Other cool phones:
// Cyrcle: https://www.cyrclephone.com/
// ZeroPhone (the cyberpunk one!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sILwQ9uAogM
// Light Phone: https://www.thelightphone.com/

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nRF9160 Webinar: Your solution for ultra low power cellular applications

LTE-M and NB-IoT enables everything to be connected to the Internet. In this webinar you’ll learn how the nRF9160 System-in-Package realizes this and makes it possible to build very small devices with many years of battery life.

Nordic DevZone: https://devzone.nordicsemi.com/

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Raspberry Pi Fan SHIM // by Pimoroni

This useful SHIM ("shove hardware in the middle" device) provides active cooling for your Raspberry Pi! While updates to the firmware mean that you no longer *need* cooling (unless you’re trying to overclock your Pi), a little fresh air never hurts. We put together this "whisper-quiet" little peripheral in a couple of minutes, no fuss.

// https://shop.pimoroni.com/products/fan-shim
// https://learn.pimoroni.com/tutorial/sandyj/getting-started-with-fan-shim