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7 Posts authored by: zengirl2 Top Member
For my WeatherBrella, I'm hoping to use a single NeoPixel in the handle, so I did some investigating and found out that SparkCore had already adjusted the Adafruit NeoPixel library to work with their microcontroller. So, here is a single NeoPixel on D2 hooked up, with power coming from the USB. I'm starting to gain some comfort in using the website to adjust the program, which then makes it ready for the SparkCore app on my phone. I'm able to merely flash it on my phone using the WiFi connection ...
  I was excited to try out my next step on Spark Core, but I had to go to Florida. I should mention that it would take a pretty special event to take me from my work, and it certainly was -- it was my best friend's geek wedding. I say geek because it was held at Disney World ... there was a MakerBot at the reception, laser cut souvenirs on the tables, and my friend's bridal dress had an LED lit under skirt with fiber optic flower adornments on the outer skirt. Oh yes, and Mickey and Minnie ...
Well, well, it's about time I'm back!  I was all excited to load the Spark app on my Iphone when I ran into a slight dilemma. Apparently I needed to update the IOS, and in order to do that, I needed to upload 1,000 pics to make room for it. What can I say, busy people don't have time to transfer and sort photos.  What is interesting, is that most of my photos were either documentation of projects, or other people's tech projects, plus or minus a few robots. So, it's true I'm a geek...l ...
  Today I was so excited to open my Spark Core. Let the fun begin! Did I mention this is the smallest controller I've used yet? Woohoo! ...
You may recall that in my last post I described the umbrella business as being rather nasty -- I now have additional support for that theory. The umbrella on the right is the one I received from a company geared to weddings. Their site said returns were impossible and they even declared that they take photos of everything that leaves their warehouse. Well, I guess this little Brellazilla slipped through the cracks. As you can see, the handle is stained, and be glad this is not smellavision. It r ...
Well, it has taken me a while to get to this post because I've been guilty of tons of research -- part umbrella and part micro-controller. Let me begin with saying that umbrellas are a nasty business.  Apparently there aren't many manufacturers and they get very protective of brands and inventory.  I've been on a search for a white or gray umbrella that is manual or auto-open in a folding or compact style, and I've been asking wholesalers if the handles are removable via a screw.  ...
  I was just contemplating my next project when an admirer of my previous FLORAbrella said, "Wouldn't it be cool if the umbrella could tell you whether it was going to rain or not?". That's really not so crazy, as I had thought about linking to the net to gather info anyway. So, here I am again with my mind racing and research brewing for another umbrella, one that will have a handle that lights up to indicate the weather forecast -- perhaps yellow for sun, blue for rain, and red for all o ...

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