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A Very Well-Played T-Shirt!

YouTube user, Marc Kerger, used 3D printing, Arduino and LED lights to create this fully play-able TETRIS T-shirt for the game’s 30th year anniversary! Very well-played, sir… literally! http://www.buzzfeed.com/richardhjames/this-guy-has-made-a-playable-tetris-t-shirt-and-it-looks-awe.

Check out, Brilliant LED Projects: 20 Electronic Designs for Artists, Hobbyists, and Experimenters, by Nick Dossis for other neat projects with LED lights! http://www.amazon.com/Brilliant-LED-Projects-Electronic-Experimenters/dp/0071778225/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404402704&sr=8-1&keywords=0071778225.

Become an EAGLE expert with Simon Monk for CadSoft Webinar!

Want to learn how to make PCBs from ground up using EAGLE? Tune in to Cadsoft’s webinar with Simon Monk! He’ll be discussing his new book, Make Your Own PCBs with EAGLE: From Schematic Designs to FinishedBoards! Don’t miss it!

Webinar info:

Date: June 25, 2014

Time: 2:00PM

Duration: 30 minutes

Registration and webinar link here: http://www.element14.com/community/events/4103.

Acing Arduino!

In a tale from the maker trenches, our TAB editor’s son decided to build one of the trickier projects from Simon Monk’s 15 Dangerously Mad Projects for the Evil Genius for his final physics-class project (pictured above)!

Taken from Chapter 13, Magnetic Levitation Device, he programmed an Arduino to make adjustments to the magnetic field coming from the coil at the top of the frame. Two sensors on the side of the frame tell the Arduino where the ping pong ball is, and the magnetic field continually gets stronger or weaker to keep the ball suspended in the air. How cool! We’re thinking he’s going to get an A on this one!

Check out another chapter for free! http://mhprofessional.com/product.php?isbn=0071755675

Raspberry Pi at Buckingham Palace!

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What a fitting way to celebrate the sale of the 3 MILLIONTH RASPBERRY PI, at Buckingham Palace! The Raspberry Pi showed its stuff at the UK Tech Reception this past Monday! Picture above is the Queen being shown the Raspberry Pi. How awesome! Read up more on how the reception went here: http://www.raspberrypi.org/raspberry-pi-at-buckingham-palace-3-million-sold/.

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In celebration of the 3 MILLIONTH SALE of Raspberry Pi, create your own Raspberry Pi project with Raspberry Pi Projects for the Evil Genius”http://www.amazon.com/Raspberry-Pi-Projects-Evil-Genius/dp/0071821589/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1393966632&sr=8-1&keywords=Raspberry+Pi+Projects+for+the+Evil+Genius.

CadSoft Webinar on EAGLE with Simon Monk!

Want to learn how to design custom printed circuit boards with EAGLE? Tune in to CadSoft’s webinar on our very own Electronics guru Simon Monk’s new book, Make Your Own PCBs with EAGLE: From Schematic Designs to Finished Boards!

Webinar info:

Date: June 25, 2014

Time: 2:00PM

Duration: 30 minutes

Registration and webinar link here: http://www.element14.com/community/events/4103.

Joytone: New Instrument Using Raspberry Pi!

Joytone (pictured above), isn’t your every day instrument. Inventor of Joytone, Dave Sharples, used Raspberry Pi to create this new instrumental machine. The keys are run through a Rapberry Pi which handles the audio libraries. Check out a video and more information here: http://makezine.com/2014/06/07/joytone-an-entirely-new-instrument-with-raspberry-pi/.

See us at Maker Faire?

See us at Maker Faire? Maybe next year? Well stay tuned for more info! If you did attend Maker Faire and visited our booth, you could be one of three winners of a Beaglebone Black!

Here’s just a glimpse of Simon Monk talking about Beaglebone Black at Maker Faire!

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Maker Faire ONLY 2 Days Away!

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Maker Faire Bay Area is ONLY 2 days away! Hope you’re as excited as we are! With Simon Monk speaking Saturday and Sunday it will be a blast!

Even more exciting news: 3 lucky people that visit our booth at Maker Faire get the chance to win a BeagleBone Black!!!

Lego Mindstorms Robots Improving the Workplace

It seems that playing with Legos can make employees better at their jobs. They can serve as a baseline for cognitive exercises that promote teamwork within the workplace. Read more about it and check out a video here: http://www.businessinsider.com/lego-mindstorms-in-the-workplace-2014-4.

Wanna build your own Lego Mindstorms? “Build Your Own Teams of Robots with LEGO® Mindstorms® NXT and Bluetooth®” is perfect for that! Check it out here: http://mhprofessional.com/product.php?isbn=0071798560.

Let Me Take a SELFIE… Powered by Arduino

There’s always the problem of taking the classic “mirror pic” selfie that is having your phone in the picture. “SELFIE,” (Self Enhancing Live Feed Imagine Engine), built by a company called iStrategyLabs, is essentially a two-way mirror fixes that problem using Arduino. Read more about it and watch a video of SELFIE in action here: http://www.geek.com/apple/selfie-mirror-uses-a-mac-mini-and-arduino-to-take-and-tweet-selfies-1590885/.

Think you could come up with the next big Arduino project? Take a look at a free chapter of Simon Monk’s "Programming Arduino Next Steps: Going Further With Sketches"http://mhprofessional.com/product.php?isbn=0071830251.

Steampunk Pottery to be Showcased at the Smithsonian

The Original Grenade Mugs (Courtesy of Paveen “Beer” Chunhaswasdikul) pictured above.

Former auto mechanic, Paveen “Beer” Chunhaswasdikul makes hand-made “metalware” teapots and mugs that are miniature pieces of art as well as eye-catching novelties. Beer will have his Steampunk-inspired pottery featured in the annual Smithsonian Craft Show, alongside other one-of-a-kind creations of 123 other participants. Check out this link for more details as well as a video: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smithsonian-institution/steampunk-pottery-man-named-beer-not-your-usual-craft-fair-fare-180950388/?no-ist.

Still got a Steampunk fix? Check out a free chapter of “The Steampunk Adventurer’s Guide: Contraptions, Creations, and Curiosities Anyone Can Make,” by our very own Thomas Willeford here: http://mhprofessional.com/product.php?isbn=0071827803.