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  • none 12:08 am il December 31, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi  

    beautiful Sparkle Labs-hack is funny! 


    Sparkle Labs is not only a beautiful and stylish  web site, is an educational platform: in the weblog as in the learn and projects sections you can find some affordables and funny tutorials,  perfects if you are a beginner and you want make something easy and “usable”- I think I’m going to put myself to the test of the Christmas tree-  I believe that for beginner as me easy tutorials are the best choice to do not abandon hope and that’s a crucial point if you think that probabilities of abandon are higher at the start.

    Sparkle Labs is also a product: paying about 50 dollars (34,88 euros) you can receive the ‘Discover Electronics kit’ good both for beginners and advanced users, with all the basic components (briefly presented) and a manual for start to work immediately on your new project.

    50 dollars or 34,88 is  not a bad price so I hope that someone at my university will read this post and will order 20 kits (or at least one for me) in the name of the sacred institution of education.

    Last but not least Sparkle Labs supports the DIY philosophy and of course that makes me happy, cause we need more DIY in our life, moreover I think we’re a kind  basically scared about the electronics and that’s keep  us far from the way of learning to use electricity or on approaching a part of the DIY.

    I like how the Sparkle Lab communicate the funny side of hacking, to me, something taken too serious sometimes.

    I want  suggest you a pair of other sites related to the topic, useful but less cool:
    Open Circuits it’s a wiki about circuits, probably there you can find a solution to any doubt about circuits, it’s divided in sections  .

    All About Circuits It’s a big and opened online textbook about electricity and electronics divided in six volumes.

    at the Electronics Club I found something basic but extremely effective: a short explanation of Circuit Diagrams, I had some problems in reading the diagrams but now things are  more clear. but honestly the need a good web designer to move the site from web 0.1 to 2.0

    Graphical Resistance Calculator a simple and visual way to calculate resistance value, chose the color and the value will appear. fast and intuitive.

    that’s all.

    ps.printed circuit business cards

    • Antonio Dell'Ava 1:04 pm il gennaio 4, 2010 Permalink | Rispondi

      bello! ❤ ❤ ❤

      PS Fabiola hai il blog con la parte funzionale in italiano e i contenuti in inglese…

  • none 12:00 am il December 28, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    Earth Design’s guide to Arduino, Dailyduino,Daniel Andrade,Make: 

    At Earth Design’s guide to Arduino you can download for free another guide for beginners to Arduino.

    The handbook is simple and well illustrate with good reproduction of circuits and projects.
    I don’t know exactly where it comes from and I cannot remember where I found it (damned information overload), but the illustrations reminds me the Fritzing software , good for beginners since is very basic and  low-fi.

    Good starting point  for practice and anyway guides are always welcome.

    You can also have a look at Dailyduino a website a step further from my level, but a good place for resources.

    I just love Daniel Andrade and his blog, he is an Arduino’s amateur and in his blog you can find a good section dedicated to Arduino, but if you have the time, please check out the other posts about electrical circuits, hacking,Linux and more!
    I used one of his tutorial for the code for the temperature sensor and the background of my desktop right now is the wallpaper he made, you can see it at Arduino wallpaper

    And the article about Arduino on Make:.

  • none 1:00 am il December 16, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    Second date with Arduino 

    That’s the second date and I’m not still sure about my feelings for Arduino.I Don’t know what to think because I’m attracted to it but I’m scared it’s going to use me .

    (Leggi il resto…)

  • none 12:34 am il December 16, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    hearphones to light up a led! 

    That’s what I’ve done in two endless days:

    advice for blondes: you don’t have necessarily  invest two days of your life to make the same sound sensor but just a bunch of minutes if you are well concentrated.

    (If you want just see the tutorial and skip the story behind -and of course you’re a man if you don’t mind the story behind- go to Arduino for man| Tutorials)

    (Leggi il resto…)

  • none 11:30 pm il December 15, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    Arduino to ME 

  • none 9:41 pm il December 15, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    BreadBoard, this stranger. 

    I don’t have an immediate solution to understand what a breadboard is and how it works.

    take the breadboard in your hand, touch it and turn it, explore it until you feel confident with it and start to use it.

    I can just suggest you  some slides I made (available on Slideshare )

    breadboard for blondes

    and a cool video on Youtube.

    Hope this can help!

  • none 12:57 am il December 15, 2009 Permalink | Rispondi
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    first date with Arduino 


    That’s how Arduino came into my home just a couple of days ago, bringing with it a lot of stuff and claiming for some new clothes.

    This  small case is very catchy  and makes you want start immediately. But once you opened  it you’re in front of a different scenario,  your first thought is to assemble all this pieces of plastic scattered everywhere,  trying to figure out what all this mess is about.

    Let’s say that a real blonde first put her name on the case ( a beauty case for her), so everybody will know that Arduino is her man.

    As  said before Arduino is a spoiled child and it wants to play only with his friends. I mentioned Processing but that is just a name on the long list.

    Let’s start to say that for running Arduino you first have to download the software at http://arduino.cc/en/Main/Software-you can also find that directory from the main page at http://arduino.cc– as you’ll see there’s an Arduino version for all the Operating Systems including Linux.

    For Linux Users: you have to check out if your settings are right, see you if the repository Multiverse is running and then install the packages sun-java%-jre, gcc-avr and avr-libc. Then from shell write sudo update-alternatives –config java. Download Arduino, extract the folder and keep on using the shell enter in the directory (i.e. cd Desktop) then in the folder (cd arduino-0017) and then launch the program with: sh Arduino.

    What you’ll see is an ambient based on java very similar to Processing. That is where you write all the codes to communicate with Arduino,REMEMBER TO TICK THE BOX IN TOOL->SERIAL BOX, and plug Arduino by its USB.

    Other Arduino’s friends you’ll need sooner or later are:

    • third hand
    • multimeter
    • soldering
    • tin
    • cable
    • metal scissors
    • cutter
    • cutting math
    • metal rule
    • glue

    ..and more.

    Arduino’s language is very similar to Processing so I suggest you to being familiar with it to better afford Arduino .

    There are good guides and books around to getting start with Arduino as:

    http://www.arduino.cc/en/Guide/HomePage First step
    http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/HomePage Some Tutorials
    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2007/08/how_to_getting_started_with_ar.html at Craftzine.com
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/7623505/Arduino-Notebook-v1 Arduino Notebook form Scribd.

    or if you’re a paper nostalgic you can have a look at the book: Getting Started With Arduino by Massimo Banzi.

    here some of my disasters:

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