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WIP: Phone Safe with Seeed Grove + Arduino

Staying focused at home is hard enough without the siren song of one’s mobile device. Alex is building a solution to keep her hands off her phone for a set amount of time. Featuring some cool Grove modules from Seeed Studio!

// https://www.hackster.io/home-automation
// https://wiki.seeedstudio.com/Grove-Rotary_Angle_Sensor/
// https://wiki.seeedstudio.com/Grove-RGB_LED_Stick-10-WS2813_Mini/
// https://www.hackster.io/seeed/products
// https://www.hackster.io/arduino

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Nordic Thingy:91 Getting Started // Cellular IoT

The Thingy:91 is a pocket-sized, cellular-enabled IoT sensor prototyping platform based on the nRF9160 SiP and nRF52840 SoC. Thanks to those modules, its environmental sensors can communicate over LTE-M, NB-IoT, Bluetooth 5, Thread, ZigBee, and more – plus, it has built-in GPS!

We’ve talked about this one before, and now we have a ton of helpful documentation on getting started with this remarkable device:
// https://www.hackster.io/glowascii/getting-started-with-the-nordic-thingy-91-mac-8d44e5
// https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xQ7hDzRULJQ

Learn more about the Thingy:91 at https://www.nordicsemi.com/Software-and-tools/Prototyping-platforms/Nordic-Thingy-91/

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Loud Objects: “Broccoli” // What The… Wednesday?!

These 1-bit noise toys, from Loud Objects, are really something. Can we take a peek under the hood?
// http://www.physicaleditions.com/
// http://www.physicaleditions.com/product/noise_toys

Also mentioned:
// https://bela.io/products/
// https://www.pjrc.com/teensy/

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Elephant Edge Webinar 1: The Software

The ElephantEdge challenge is calling on the community to build ML models using the Edge Impulse Studio and tracking dashboards using Avnet’s IoTConnect, which will be deployed onto 10 production-grade collars manufactured by our engineering partner, Institute IRNAS, and deployed by Smart Parks.

In this first of two ElephantEdge webinars you’ll learn about the problems park rangers are facing and how to get started with IoTConnect and Edge Impulse Studio.

Contest Link: https://www.hackster.io/contests/ElephantEdge

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Assembling the NVIDIA Jetson Nano “JetBot”

We don’t always have exactly what we need on hand, but that won’t stop us from building our little AI robot! Based on the NVIDIA Jetson Nano, the JetBot is a useful platform for developing your own AI applications.
Have you worked with the Jetson Nano? Take the developer survey now! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jetson-nano-survey

// https://nvda.ws/3i63zBe
// https://developer.nvidia.com/embedded/learn/get-started-jetson-nano-devkit
// https://github.com/NVIDIA-AI-IOT/jetbot/wiki
// https://www.hackster.io/videos/315
// https://www.hackster.io/nvidia/products/nvidia-jetson-nano-developer-kit

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Brown Dog Gadgets unboxing!

We’ve played with a few of Brown Dog Gadgets’ LEGO-compatible modules before, as well as their excellent, 3-axis-conductive Maker Tape. But we also have an ancient mystery package that’s been burning a hole in our shelf. Let’s crack it open!

// https://www.browndoggadgets.com/
// Robotics kit: https://www.browndoggadgets.com/collections/tbm/products/crazy-circuits-robotics-kit
// Deluxe kit: https://www.browndoggadgets.com/collections/tbm/products/crazy-circuits-deluxe-set
// https://twitter.com/browndoggadgets
// Maker Tape: https://www.hackster.io/videos/607
// Emotive Maker Tape ‘bot: https://www.hackster.io/videos/659

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OpenVINO Webinar

Discover how the Intel® Distribution of OpenVINO™ toolkit enables you to deliver faster, more accurate real-world results from edge to cloud.

Learn to build high-performance, deep learning and computer vision applications that enable new and enhanced use cases in health and life sciences, retail, industrial, and more.

To join the contest visit https://www.hackster.io/contests/DLSuperheroes

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“Bittle” the Robo-Dog, ft. Rongzhong Li

Today we chat with Rongzhong Li, creator of a growing menagerie of robotic animals – including OpenCat, Nybble, and now Bittle! Get yours now on Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/petoi/bittle?

// https://www.hackster.io/petoi/opencat-845129
// https://www.hackster.io/RzLi/petoi-nybble-944867
// https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/nybble-world-s-cutest-open-source-robotic-kitten#/

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SparkFun’s SparkPunk Sequencer Assembly – Pt. 2

Let’s finish what we started in Part 1: https://www.hackster.io/videos/713

// https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12707
// https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/sparkpunk-sequencer-hookup-guide
// https://learn.sparkfun.com/tutorials/sparkpunk-sequencer-theory-and-applications-guide

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SparkPunk Sequencer Kit // Chill Soldering Session

We could all use a chill break now and then. Today, let’s put together this synthesizer sequencer from SparkFun. You can use it to create musical sequences with up to ten steps; although it’s designed to work with another, now-defunct kit, you can use the control voltages with lots of different synth modules to create something totally unique!

// Kit page (with links to documentation): https://www.sparkfun.com/products/12707
// Resistor color codes: https://www.seeedstudio.com/blog/2019/04/23/resistor-color-codes-and-chart-for-3-4-5-and-6-band-resistors/
// 3D-printable resistor lead bending tool: https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:26025
// Forrest Mims’ technical guides: http://www.forrestmims.com/engineers_mini_notebook.html
// Circuit Classics: https://circuitclassics.com/
// More electronics texts for beginners: https://www.hackster.io/news/getting-started-in-electronics-read-these-597953150c42