Interesting project an story about the experiences the Google SketchUp team has with a rather different group os users:
A couple of years ago, the Google SketchUp team began hearing from a new group of users — people on the autism spectrum. After consulting with some experts, we learned the connection between autism and SketchUp isn’t particularly surprising. Many people on the autism spectrum have visual and spatial strengths, and 3D design software plays to them. With this in mind, we started a program called Project Spectrum. As part of Autism Awareness Month in April, we’ve launched a new webpage showcasing some great SketchUp artists (Rachel, Jeremy, JP and others). We’ve also created a Getting Started with Google SketchUp video for anyone who wants to learn the basic tools to start modeling. More of the Project Spectrum models can be seen in the Google 3D Warehouse collection. Watch the video below to hear the story behind Project Spectrum and meet some of the kids involved [From Project Spectrum: recognizing the talents of children with autism]
The open source community keeps on improving the Ethernet library for the Arduino Ethernet shield:
Ethernet library — Smaller and more functional
01.02.2009 at 15:39:47 Hi all,
I’m wanting to make other people aware of the work Peter from tinker.it London has been doing on shrinking the size of the Ethernet library and adding additional functionality. The code is available here:
Arduino Ethernet2 library
Now, I’m pretty sure he wanted me to sign a whole load of disclaimers about it being untested before agreeing to me posting about it but I think it’s important work and think others would be interested in trying it out.
I haven’t yet tested it out but wanted to post about it before I forgot to do so again
[From Arduino Forum – Ethernet library — Smaller and more functional]
The family’s favourite pizza – “New Orleans” from the norwegian chain Peppe’s Pizza.
and what was left a couple of minutes later :
Just a few pieces of meat -as the vegetarian half of the family just discards the meat from the pizza.
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The ones in the middle of the sea are wrong btw…but otherwise at least some of them are correct. The ones I took in Uganda did not get geotagged for some reason.
Good intro to use of extra pins on the newer/bigger Arduino Mega :
I just finished a quick sample project for the Arduino Mega, doing a project that comes up all the time, and usually requires a multiplexer, Max7219, or shift register: controlling 128 LEDs with a Mega. In this example, there’s nothing but a mega and 2 8×8 LED matrices. Whee!
And yes, that’s a nifty light blue prototyping shield designed by tinker.it and made by Smart Projects. Looking forward to using more of them.
[From Mega Knight Rider Example]
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This is the bottle of ketchup on our table at “Inn on the lake” in Godalming – very difficult to believe that the ingredients and the label belongs to the same product….
According to the TV ad I just saw TV 5’s online video service is available on both PC’s and Mac’s – but this turns out to be a truth with several omissions :
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In other words only some of the services are available on the Mac…