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Are you ever in the mood to create or build a project but have no idea where to start? Are you out of ideas or experiencing some form of creativity block? Maybe it’s time to try mixing things up. Let’s try some different ways to get creative and help you move past you mental block.

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Working long hours can often lead to a lack of exercise in office settings. We are regularly faced with an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, which has caused a decline in health and wellness.

Today we present new exercises for the office atmosphere, aimed to inspire the common cubicle dweller with improved physical stamina.

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Happy 4th of July! This is a short post to let you know that the Digilent office will be closed over the next couple of days. The Digilent Blog will be posting once a day. Our offices (and regular blogging schedule) will resume on July 6. In the meantime, have an Instructable or two!

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As most of you know, we have our own Forum where anybody can go post questions and projects involving Digilent products: FPGAs, microcontrollers, any of our scopes, National Instruments products like the LabVIEW Home Bundle, Pmods, programming solutions, you name it. With this wide variety of products and an even wider variety of potential questions, the Forum can be a little daunting to navigate. This post will help first-time Digilent Forum users get the best experience out of the Digilent Forum.

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The first day we got to Maker Faire was a special preview day for all the makers and vendors, and special interest groups. At the end of the day, I wandered around and ended up at a booth that was called, “3D printing, kids, and CAD”.

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On May 1, our forum was offline for a major version update of our forum software. You probably noticed that the site looks very different than it did before! The upgrade went smoothly and we are excited to share the new features with you.

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Happy Earth Day! The Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) is celebrating Earth Day by promoting their collaborative project that they’ve been working on for the last five years. Instead of simply using the internet for information retrieval as a tool for teaching children about the world around them, the CIESE’s program encourages students to get out into their communities and study their local environments and then share that with the other program participants across the globe. The children involved are excited about the opportunity to do real science like their heroes and to share and learn with the rest of the world.

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In a contest between robot and human…the robot won (at least this round). Breaking one of Asimov’s Laws of Robotics, our normally friendly Turbo managed to get in a hit at one of our interns last week when she was troubleshooting.

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Guess what — it’s Robot Week! Throughout this week, we’ll have fun robot stories for you, as well as some tutorials about how to make your own robots.

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For a seven year-old girl who lost her hand when she was just nine months old, having a prosthetic hand wasn’t feasible for a long time. However, with the help of 3D printing, she was able to get her new, light-weight hand for around $50 (in her favorite colors)!

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In the rapidly changing world of technology, the giant computers of yore are particularly befuddling to the younger generations who weren’t around concurrently with those computers. Children were shown computers from the 1970s and reacted to them.

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In science fiction, plasma-based technology is often included because it is perceived as futuristic and exotic. Referring to plasma as exotic is understandable, but the technology behind its creation is less so. Since the invention of electric circuits, it has been possible to easily create and control plasma using high voltages. It is pretty common knowledge that high voltages ionize the air producing plasma arcs. What is not-so-common knowledge is the fact that these arcs of plasma can be used to play music.

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It’s March, which means many things — St. Patrick’s Day, March Madness, the Ides of March — but I’m especially excited about it being Women’s History Month! Over the course of this month, we’ll celebrate the lives of those influential women whose work has brought led to innovation within STEM fields. In addition to the series I did last year, we’ll have a bunch of new content for you, too!

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Digilent hasn’t always been located at 1300 NE Henley Court! Looking back at its old locations is so fun — getting to see where we were and how we’ve grown. Today, we’d like to show you one of our former locations, the one right before our current building. This was Digilent’s fourth location. Norm snapped these pictures on a Friday night in 2006, just after we had re-organized the main floor. This was the “combine” building — it sits above what is now one of Pullman’s fine dining establishments, Black Cypress.

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Last week, we introduced Richard Wall, who has done some fantastic work on our Learn modules. Today I’d like to introduce the first project in his module (the one to do with advanced microcontrollers using the chipKIT Pro MX7).

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As February, Black History month, draws to a close, we want to highlight the achievements of an amazing and inspiring engineer. Astronaut Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr., was born in 1952 and is the astronaut who holds the record for most space walks on a single flight.

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