As Seen on Show and Tell: Space Invaders Desktop Clock!

Thanks to Desmond for showing off his awesome space invaders clock on show and tell last week! Check out the tutorial he wrote up here.

Many of us have played the classic arcade game Space Invaders. Here’s a way to implement it into your daily life!

This nifty clock is packed with groovy animations and sound effects. It’s perfect for your desktop, and will make work/study much more interesting.

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Featured Adafruit Products!

DS1307 Real Time Clock breakout board kit: This is a great battery-backed real time clock (RTC) that allows your microcontroller project to keep track of time even if it is reprogrammed, or if the power is lost. Perfect for datalogging, clock-building, time stamping, timers and alarms, etc. The DS1307 is the most popular RTC, and works best with 5V-based chips such as the Arduino. Read more.

Adafruit Bicolor LED Square Pixel Matrix with I2C Backpack: What’s better than a single LED? Lots of LEDs! A fun way to make a small colorful display is to use a 1.2″ Bi-color 8×8 LED Matrix. Matrices like these are ‘multiplexed’ – so to control all the 128 LEDs you need 24 pins. That’s a lot of pins, and there are driver chips like the MAX7219 that can help control a matrix for you but there’s a lot of wiring to set up and they take up a ton of space. Here at Adafruit we feel your pain! After all, wouldn’t it be awesome if you could control a matrix without tons of wiring? That’s where these adorable LED matrix backpacks come in. We have them in three flavors – a mini 8×8, 1.2″ Bi-color 8×8 and a 4-digit 0.56″ 7-segment. They work perfectly with the matrices we stock in the Adafruit shop and make adding a bright little display trivial. It’s called a Bicolor LED, but you can have 3 colors total by turning on the red and green LEDs, which creates yellow. That’s 3 colors for the price of 2! Read more.


So my boyfriend sigecore debuted his finished fursuit this past weekend at FC!!! It’s been such a pleasure getting to watch him build it from start to finish and his hard work really REALLY shows.  

If you see any pictures of him from this weekend please message one of us! I only had my phone with me so mine are all really low quality :( 

Check out his progress shots on his twitter or FurAffinity too! 

Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar Inventor « adafruit industries blog

ABC News:

Stephanie Kwolek, a pioneering female chemist at DuPont who invented the exceedingly tough fibers widely used in Kevlar body armor, has died, colleagues said Friday. She was 90.

Kwolek died Wednesday at a hospital in Wilmington where she had lived, said her friend Rita Vasta, a chemist who also worked at DuPont. Vasta said Kwolek had been ill about a week though she didn’t know the cause of death.

Kwolek made her discovery in the mid-1960s while working on specialty textile fibers, according to DuPont’s website. She invented a liquid crystalline solution that could be spun into the exceptionally strong fibers now used worldwide in police and military protective equipment.

In 2007, Kwolek told The (Wilmington) News Journal that the discovery launched an exciting period in her career as the chemical company explored uses for her discovery.

DuPont management “didn’t fool around,” she told the newspaper at the time. “They immediately assigned a whole group to work on different aspects.”

DuPont CEO Ellen Kullman said in a statement that Kwolek was a creative, determined chemist as well as a pioneer for women in science.

Turn Any Pair of Glasses Into Google Glass Frames With This 3D Printed Solution

Last month, Google launched four new stylish frames for Google Glass each retailing $225 plus the cost of prescription lenses. As Glass is already $1500 this can get pretty costly. But it doesn’t have to be this way. You can make any pair of regular glasses compatible with Glass for pennies if you have access to a 3D printer.

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This is from a website that my professor suggested I look at. 
To add a bit more of that “WOW” factor to any magical girl cosplay. they sell all the sparkly led stuff you could think of, and have a section of their store just for cosplay and costuming. 


Check out the da Vinci robot stitching up a grape. This robot is being used by the Texas Institute for Robotic Surgeries for procedures that need ultimate precision. Robots will invade the medical field at an exponential rate thanks to advances in technology. Many still prefer the human touch. Who would you choose to perform a procedure on you? Robot or human? #djiphantom2 #djiglobal #uav #gopro #dji #djiinspire1 #quadcopter #miniquad #rc #robotics #robot #circuitboard #aerialphotography #fpv #diyelectronics #hexacopter #octocopter #tricopter #djiphantom #electronics #hobbyking #drone #multirotor #aerial #rcplane #spacex #sparkfun #adafruit #medicine #surgery | Dragon is now ISO13485 certified so we can build circuitry for robots such as the da Vinci robot. Contact us if you need any circuit boards for your medical application 👉🏼 (at Dragon Circuits)


So I ordered a Mintyboost DIY Phone/USB battery-powered charger off of cause I always QQ when my phone runs out of battery. It was pretty fun making it heheh, besides the accidentally burning my finger twice part LOLL.

The kit comes with an unassembled pcb board and you solder all the parts on yourself. It’s supposed to be used in an empty altoids tin but I decided to make a Lego case instead :3.


DIY Portable PC made on 3D Printer by Noe Ruiz


  • Raspberry Pi B
  • PiTFT 320x240 2.8" Touchscreen
  • 6600mAh Lithium Ion Battery (Optional, but will make it a portable device.)
  • Slide Switch (Optional, but will make it a portable device.)
  • Powerboost 500C (Optional, but will make it a portable device.)
  • Stereo Class D (Optional, but will make it an awesome audio device.)
  • Thin Speaker 8ohm 0.25w (Also necessary for the tunes.)
  • Panel mount HDMI cable

More Info: Mini Mac Pi

How to make a Raspberry Pi E-mail Notifier Using LEDs @ The Adafruit Learning System

From Adafruit:

Raspberry Pi’s popularity make things so easy that it is almost scary. I set forth on a simple starter project of having the raspberry pi show me when new gmail messages arrive. After some searching it seems that lots of people are already talking about how to do this and there are some great examples.Michael over at MitchTech had the most ready to go code which I pilfered from. Adafruits Cobbler Breakout Kit makes the bread board experience even easier with the clearly labeled pins for each of raspi’s GPIOs.


Having the opportunity to 3D print naturally led to an experiment with databending or, using a hex editor to manipulate an .stl file, the standard 3D modeling format used for 3D printing.

This is not easy as the nature of databending is a somewhat messy one. Retaining the results of 3D file “glitching” is quite easy if one remains within the domain of the authoring tools (Unity, meshlab, etc). Printing it, however is an entirely different endeavor.

Assuring a 3D model is manifold (printable) after subjecting it to databending techniques requires certain extra measures. The extrusions on the printed file are the result of printing the spike-like formations my databending of the “Seeing Buddha” model produced.

I’m quite happy with the results as this is a first go at printing an .stl file that has been subjected to heavy, pseudo-random hex editing. It’s a first in what will hopefully be many 3D printed “glitched” models.

Many thanks to Matthew Griffin for his help in making this a reality, John de Cristofaro for photographing the final result and, Gautama Buddha for enlightenment.


#Repost @lumecluster. 3D printing. + DIY 
Testing @adafruit aqua EL wire light in my 3d printed Nightmare Mask: Fear. Click below for more photos #sculptureart #Doodle #sculpture #art #3dprinted #3dp #3dart #shapeways #lace #masquerade #mask #creativity #Mardigras #dream #nightmare #fear #adafruit #light #scary #filigree #carnival #entrepreneur #dreamer #dream #Venetianmask #Venetian