Makers Conquer the World

From Artisan to Arduino at World Maker Faire

by Kevin Morris

We walk past a small booth at the 2014 World Maker Faire, and a young boy, perhaps eight or nine years old, jumps out to get our attention. He is so excited we can barely understand what he is saying. He wants us to see his sneakers - adorned with an array of LEDs giving a high-energy light show that would make any grade-schooler envious. He explains that he programmed the lights himself. He is ecstatic, and his enthusiasm radiates into the crowd. “Can I sign you up? Can I sign you up?” He pulls up a registration form on a laptop computer. We have no idea what he wants us to sign up for.

A look inside the sneakers reveals an Arduino board with its obligatory Atmel AVR microcontroller. Sitting on the table nearby is another laptop - running a kid-friendly drag-and-drop programming interface that allows kids to write code to create their own shoe-wear lighting spectacular. You want blinky shoes? You gotta program them first. It’s gonna be FUN!  Read More


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Posted on 10/20/14 at 10:06 AM by bmoyer

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What do you think about Vesper's piezoelectric approach to MEMS microphones?

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Posted on 10/20/14 at 7:13 AM by dougafpga

Dick, I hadn't heard of Gartner (I guess it was Dataquest back then) coming up with the acronym FPGA.
I do recall Xilinx and MMI (their second source) briefly using the term PGA (when presumably they felt that LCA was not a broad enough term) but of cou…

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Spherical semiconductor retirees will tend to bring a dish or interconnect and SoC idea when invited to dinner.

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Typhoon microweather is in! No energy needed after the first 70kW to put the 'umbrella' up. Patent…

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I thought about variations like HICP and HIPCP, but it seemed like they'd be pronounced too much like "hiccup," and having a hiccup in your design would be a bad thing.

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