Field Trips: Tide Pools at Fitzgerald Marine Reserve

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Fitzgerald Marine Reserve
 is a protected marine and intertidal park located at Moss Beach, California, about 40 minutes south of San Francisco, just north of Half Moon bay.  It’s a spectacular place to visit at low tide, for some of the finest, most accessible tide pools in the region.

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And as you’ll see, there’s definitely a lot to look at.

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Using the Eggbot for Pottery

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We recently got the question,

Would the Ostrich Egg-bot allow me to “decorate” on a greenware pottery mug or bowl or similar shape?

The answer turns out to be yes. Garth, of Extreme Craft posted video of using his Original Eggbot for this. He first used a simple wood screw as a stylus.

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He later used our diamond engraving tool, with great results. It is a use we hadn’t anticipated!

gEDA footprints for the OSHW Logo

Open Source advocate Russ Nelson wrote in to tell us about gEDA footprints (circuit board elements) for the Open Source Hardware Logo, available to browse and download at gedasymbols.org. Russ created these footprints to make a version of our earlier examples that would be easier to use.

gEDA is the open source (GPL licensed) Electronic Design Automation suite, which we use to design all of our circuit boards. gEDA now runs well on Mac, Windows, and Linux.  If you’d like to try it out, you may want to begin with our own list of resources for getting started with gEDA, available here.  And, if you produce open source hardware, you might find these footprints handy.

Lightning Necklace

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Erin “RobotGrrl” recently posted about a wearables project:

Here was a quick project that I created in time for C2MTL. It’s a simple, blinky, 3D printed, wearable electronic. We wanted to wear something that would be interesting and a conversation starter.

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She used a LOL Shield on top of a Diavolino in a 3D printed case with a translucent lightning bolt. It was a success:

I wonder if all wearable electronic projects are like this- if people come up to you just because it’s something different and want to know more. Perhaps more world-wide friendliness & curiosity could be an unexpected result from wearable electronics! So, it worked and we were able to get people to talk to us. I extremely recommend this to other shy/not-exactly-social people.

Profiled on the EDN Workbench and Atmel Blogs

Our friend Paul Rako posted a nice write-up about us on both the Atmel blog and EDN Workbench blog, filled with pictures he took at our last open house.

Evil Mad Science Kits

Evil Mad Science does not re-sell cheap imported junk. They design, test, and package their kits right here in Silicon Valley. Here are just a few of the kits Evil Mad Science sells. They all have great style, panache and entertainment value.

You can see read the rest of his post and check out his pictures either at EDN or Atmel. Thanks, Paul!

Meteor Alert for North America Tonight

2009 Leonid Meteor by Navicore
Photo by Ed Sweeney under CC-BY license.

From spaceweather.com:

METEOR ALERT: Sky watchers in North America might see an outburst of meteors during the early hours of June 11th when Earth passes through a stream of cometary debris last seen in 1930. Forecasters Peter Jenniskens (SETI Institute) and Esko Lyytinen (Helsinki, Finland) predict the return of the gamma Delphinid meteor shower this Tuesday morning around 08:30 UT (04:30 am EDT). The shower is expected to last no more than about 30 minutes with an unknown number of bright, fast meteors.

Field Trips: Fern Canyon

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Fern Canyon is a lush little feature of Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park— a tiny winding canyon whose dripping walls are lined with soft ferns and vibrant mosses.

The park is located very northwest corner of California, nestled against Redwood National Park.  The two parks are managed together, as part of the “Redwood National and State Parks.”  It’s a substantial six hour drive north from San Francisco or Silicon Valley, but as you will see, it’s unique, and arguably worth the trip.

 

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From the Mailbag: Meggy Jr RGB

Ted from Boston wrote in with nice things to say about our Meggy Jr RGB handheld LED matrix game kit:

My experience with your company in my recent purchase of a Meggy Jr. Kit was nothing but outstanding.  It was a joy from the ordering process, delivery to the product and documentation!  Looking forward to doing business with you again.

Thanks, Ted!