Monthly Archives: May, 2015
As you know, a number of people here at Digilent went down to represent our MakerSpace at the Bay Area Maker Faire. As part of our booth, we brought a couple of main show pieces, including the LED Snake game and a breadboard wall. One of the top questions we received — and what you may be wondering yourself –was, “What is a breadboard wall”?
Everyone from the MakerSpace at Digilent had a great time at the Maker Faire in San Mateo last weekend. We all were able to bring some of our own projects to the table to show everyone who visited our booth. I am here to talk about the project that I brought, the “human jukebox”. The project was a huge hit and turned plenty of heads. We even adopted one of the speakers from the TrashAmps booth, since the speaker we brought wasn’t very powerful. Kaitlyn was more than happy to showcase the project and even tried to sneak into the tech fashion show!
The MakerSpace at Digilent made its way down to San Mateo armed with multiple fun projects we have been working on. One of these projects was the 900 LED Grid. This project was a fun and interactive piece to our booth that was very popular with Maker Faire patrons. The grid was running the Snake game and can be found in this Instructable. The Instructable goes into the process of building the grid and some of the ins and outs of coding Snake.
This year, the MakerSpace at Digilent was able to attend the 2015 Bay Area Maker Faire. We brought two great demos, a breadboard wall, and a 900 LED matrix running the game Snake! Individuals also brought projects that they worked on. Our booth got a lot of attention due to the breadboard wall with simple and prepackaged circuits. Everybody loved being able to connect up a few parts with a couple wires and create a blinking light with a 555 timer. With that, there were also a couple adventurous people that created their own circuits.
What a (last) weekend! The MakerSpace at Digilent traveled all the way down to San Mateo for the Bay Area Maker Faire 2015, our first Maker Faire as a MakerSpace. This is the first post in a series recapping what we saw and did. We had an amazing turnout at our booth, which you’ll hear about in a later post. To start us off, we each wrote a bit about our first impressions of Maker Faire as a whole. I’ll keep my part short as this is going to be a long post already!
The Digilent Design Contest Europe 2015 is finally over, and we can’t wait to share some of our favorite moments!
Talented students and advisers across Europe attended the finals of the Digilent Design Contest 2015 held at the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca on May 16-17. Some of them traveled from Italy, France, Serbia, Hungary, and other far-flung regions in Romania driven by the strong desire to show off the projects they have been working for the last four or five months with the Digilent hardware provided.
Upon his retirement from Microsoft in 1998, Gene Apperson and his family relocated to Pullman, Washington. After a few years, Gene decided to go back to school as an undergraduate in mechanical engineering. A professor, Bob Richards, soon asked Gene to switch to the Master’s program, even though most of his background was in electrical engineering. He ended up taking a VLSI design class from none other than Clint Cole. While Gene ended up asking Clint whether he would be able to do well in the class, they got to talking and decided to start a company together.
One of the really cool projects to come out of the Digilent Design Contest is a virtual touchscreen game hands-on tutorial for the ZYBO. This Instructable provides step-by-step instructions for customizing hardware to emulate a touchscreen on a simple TFT (thin-film transistor) monitor using camera and finger detection
LEDs are one of the coolest electronic components. They can brighten up any circuits project and turn it in to an eye-catching bonanza of blinking lights. Okay, corny imagery aside, they’re pretty cool. But have you ever thought of how they actually work? You likely already know that LED stands for light emitting diode. Where does the light emit from, though? There are no bulbs or filaments in an LED. So what’s going on in there that produces the glow that we love to have in all of our circuits?