Pre order – Yun Shield, prepare for your #OpenWrt #IoT, update your #Uno, #Leonardo, #Duemilanove, #Mega

yun shield

PRE ORDER – Yun Shield

Yun Shield runs Open Source OpenWrt system (Same system as runs in Arduino Yun) and it is fully compatible with Arduino IDE v1.5.4 or later. Yun Shield is the ideally choice for Arduino Projects which require various internet connections and more storage.
Basically, Yun Shield + Leonardo equally to the official Arduino Yun, but Yun Shield is more flexible because it can work with other Arduino board such as Uno, Duemilanove, Mega etc. And Yun Shield uses external wifi antenna which provides stability and possibility for various environments.

New Product Post – Small Happiness

New products this week:  New Arrivals

Stuff Pick – Arduino Nano 3

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The Arduino Nano is a small, complete, and breadboard-friendly board based on the ATmega328 (Arduino Nano 3). It has more or less the same functionality of the Arduino Duemilanove, but in a different package. It lacks only a DC power jack, and works with a Mini-B USB cable instead of a standard one.

ArduinoNanoUSBCable    ArduinoProMiniFTDICable

Don’t mistake Arduino Nano for Arduino Pro mini, they just look similar. The biggest difference is you don’t need a converter to upload sketches, just connect the Arduino Nano to your computer with a Mini-B USB cable. It’s really plug and play.

Grove – BLE

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This Grove – BLE utilizes an HM-11, which is widely used in Bluetooth V4.0 HM-11 BLE Module and BLE Bee – Based on HM-11 Module. It provides your Arduino/Seeeduino with serial BLE function like plug and play.

AT commands are supported! We prepared an easy and convenient command set for this product so that you can use neat and concise code to run the function.

It’s mobile friendly to android phone with BLE function. Download BLE ComAssistant APK and talk to your module right now.
Small Size and High Torque Stepper Motor-24BYJ48 / 35BYJ412

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Small size and high torque, mainly used in air conditioner louver, small cooling heating fan and Automatic curtains etc.

Screwdriver Magnetizer/Demagnetizer

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This is a tool for magnetizing or demagnetizing.  Insert screwdriver or nutdriver into the hole(with +), it will be magnetized it attract screws or nuts easily.

USB Current Voltage detector

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Small size, plug and play tool that can detect USB’s voltage and current. It can act as a voltage and current detector(range from 3.2v to 10v and 0A to 3A), as well as a USB hub. No external power is needed, I couldn’t wait hacking it.

DSLR Universal Interval IR Remote – Touch the time-lapse

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With “DSLR Universal Interval IR Remote”, your digital SLR camera can be used to shoot Time-lapse movies. The remote fires IR command to “shoot” periodically at configured intervals. You will get thousands of pictures. You will be able to make your time-lapse movie using them.

The IR command is compatible with most popular DSLR makes and models. You do not have to configure it. Just solder the IR LED onto the board before you use it.

I want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares

“I just want to make beautiful things, even if nobody cares.” – Saul Bass

Keep on making.

The Open-Source Smartwatch Built by a Teenager

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make writes about an open source watch by a teenager:

“Making things is one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” he says. “Finishing this watch, the OLED watch, it’s a feeling of love and hate basically. You put it together and then you’re terrified it’s not going to work, and then you flip the switch and the code you’ve written for it beforehand works and it’s the best feeling ever. You put it on, you wear it around, and it’s just, you’re so proud, I’m so proud of it.”

Sneak Peak: a variety of materials for Cricut


Recently we unbox Cricut and tried the paper attached. We cut some sample project in Cricut Design Space.



It’s weird… It should be in this way as the author cuts:

It takes lots of time and money to buy Cricut official materials, we have to find way source the paper/cardstock to create. We think you might be interested in it, we showed some of the materials we are sourcing, they have to be:

  • good to go with Cricut: the paper have to be stick to the mat, it’s not good too tight or too loose. I tried the average 300g A4, it’s no good.
  • cheap, too expensive on Cricut
  • options: from 180g to 350g, from white to rainbow colors, even iron on

you can comment if you like the cardstocks:

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Makers in supply chain


Violet writes on

Manufacturing and shipping are among the many problems that concern makers, especially as more begin to build, source, and sell products. They have a brilliant idea and finally come out with a working prototype. After launching on a crowdfunding platform, some got funded within just a few hours. But their work is just beginning — problems come along when they try to turn the projects into products. It’s just not as simple as turning one piece into 1,000, let alone greater than 20,000 pieces if the project is really popular.

Here are some suggestions for how to make supply chains compatible:

  1. Encourage the use of shared components (from an open parts library). In this way, both the quality and quantity are ensured. Meanwhile, the price is more competitive.

  2. Provide agile productization services to help makers test and improve their designs efficiently

  3. Provide design-for-manufacturing services to make it easier to put makers’ projects into production

  4. Provide drop-shipping services to ship packages to the backers directly, helping makers skip problems in logistics

BETWINE is now live on Kickstarter, joining a long list of products bridging the gap between makers and the supply chain ecosystem, one more example teaching makers how to realize their dreams.