Monthly Archives: January 2016

Wanderers — a short film by Erik Wernquist

The film is a vis­ion of our human­ity’s future expan­sion into the Sol­ar Sys­tem. Although admit­tedly spec­u­lat­ive, the visu­als in the film are all based on sci­entif­ic ideas and con­cepts of what our future in space might look like, if it ever hap­pens. All the loc­a­tions depic­ted in the film are digit­al recre­ations of actu­al places in the Sol­ar Sys­tem, built from real pho­tos and map data where available.


A Raspberry Pi powered Magic Mirror


Blog­ger Dylan Pierce decided he wanted to give someone the gift of a smart mir­ror. He went with an afford­able, DIY approach and with just a little bit of cod­ing and some ingenu­ity, he was able to make a mir­ror that’s got people like me drool­ing all over it. Here’s how he did it.


Design principles for reducing cognitive load


Every time you vis­it a web­site, a pro­cess of learn­ing is ini­ti­ated in the brain. Wheth­er it’s the nav­ig­a­tion, lay­out, or that auto-rotat­ing image slider on the homepage, your brain has to learn how to use the site while keep­ing track of the reas­on you came there in the first place. The men­tal effort required dur­ing this time is called cog­nit­ive load.

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Capacitive Touch HAT for Raspberry Pi


Capa­cit­ive touch sens­ing used for stuff like touch-react­ive tab­lets and phones, as well as con­trol pan­els for appli­ances (which is where you may have used it before). This HAT allows you to cre­ate elec­tron­ics that can react to human touch, with up to 12 indi­vidu­al sensors.

The main dif­fer­ence between this and some­thing like the Makey Makey board is that there is no need for a ground wire.