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New Fritzing version 0.9.2b released

Hi everyone, here’s a nice little Fritzing update!

New Parts

This one brings you a bunch of the latest new popular parts, several of them created in collaboration with their (hardware) makers:

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  • RaspberryPi 2, the new version of the Model B
  • WeIO, the web of things platform (thanks to WeIO)
  • RaspIO Duino microcontroller (thanks to RaspIO)
  • DQuid IO microcontroller (thanks to DQuid)
  • STM32 Nucleo microcontroller (thanks to Colin Grant)
  • SODAQ Mbili microcontroller (thanks to SODAQ)
  • Netduino Plus2 microcontroller (thanks to Colin Grant)
  • SIM928A GSM module (thanks to Pierrot)
  • Large 8×8 LED matrix (the one used in the Fritzing Creator Kits)
  • WS2812, the popular RGB SMD LED
  • Plus various part bug fixes to pin headers, FET, Arduino FIO & Yun

New Translations

  • Romanian, thanks to titus08

Head to the Downloads section and enjoy!

Maker Camp Berlin is looking for coordinators

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In August, the first Maker Camp Berlin is opening its -container- doors. The busy team around Stefania Druga of hackidemia has prepared a wonderful setup, in which 15 makers will get together for a month in a temporary makerspace.

Sign up for the opening party on August 8th, and also don’t hesitate to visit during the process.

We’ve also been told they still have a coordinator position to fill. If you consider yourself a “Master Builder & Designer”, check it out!

A whole bunch of new tutorial episodes!

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Hey Fritzing folks!

As you might have noticed we are currently busy busy bees producing new tutorial videos for you! You can find the first five already on the blog but many more are yet to come.

They will all concern the Fritzing Creator Kit and its different chapters, aiming to support you not just with our Beginners Book, but also through additional video information.

Of course we will publish not only German but also English videos.

The Fritzings hope you will like them and we are, as always, looking forward to your feedback.

 

A little bit of advertisement

You might have noticed the little Google Ad placed in the right column of fritzing.org, and we hope you don’t mind!
We have started experimenting with embedding ads into our websites and you will likely see more of this over the coming weeks. Fritzing is in need of additional revenue streams to continue to serve you with the coolest electronics tool and keep it free-as-in-freedom.

In March we started to combine downloads with donations, a model pioneered by our friends at processing.org. More than 200 fine people have donated since then, thank you so much! It has shown us again that you are out there and continue to support us.

This is about 0.1% of the people who are downloading Fritzing, and we understand that not everyone can spare the money or sees a monetary value in using it. That’s where the ads come in. Turn off your ad blocker and remember that clicking ads effectively means supporting the website that displays it. (Disclaimer: Of course only do so if you are actually interested in the advertised product.)

And as always, let us know what you think. 🙂

 

Touch Sensitivity And Gesture Control For Your Projects

You can now very easily add touch and gesture control to your electronic projects! How? With Hover!

Hover is a development kit that lets you control your Arduino projects in a whole new way.  Wave goodbye to physical buttons.  Hover detects hand movements in the air for touch-less interaction.  It also features five touch-sensitive regions for even more options.

The little capacitive touch sensitive PCB fits a standard breadboard. The gesture detection range is up to 5 inches / 13 cm and it needs a 3.3V power supply. For $39 you can order it here.

Printoo: Paper-Thin, Flexible Arduino-Compatible modules!

Yet another very interesting project is up on Kickstarter: The Printoo project consists of various modules with connections to join them together in order to “give intelligence to everyday objects”. Nothing new so far, but: the circuit boards are made of a very thin, flexible and therefore bendable, low power plastic plate with all the wiring printed on it with conductive ink. This now enables us to use Arduino & co in new areas that were not possible before. You can acquire an Atmel Atmega328 module, very thin sensors, batteries and internet modules… basically everything you need to bring your 3D objects to life.

Nice idea by Ynvisible.

Mapo Bridge – “The Brigde of Life”

For 8 years now South Korea is the number 1 of the OECD nations – concerning the suicide rate. Alone 1090 suicides were committed by jumping off the Mapo Bridge in Seoul.

The company Cheil wanted to put a stop to all those deaths and came up with a concept: “Our idea was to light up the railing by installing lights that react to a persons movement.” Using  LED lights and ultrasonic sensors messages like “Where have you been?” or “What is troubling you?” as well as pictures of happy people appear and follow the person along his or her way on the bridge, keeping company – and as it seems also effectively keeping people from jumping off the bridge. After the opening of the installation in September 2012 the average suicide rate fell by 77%.

The Bridge of Death has become the Bridge of Life.

Fritzing Fab 100

Fritzing Fab 100 PCB in goldOur Fab-Run 100 just came back from our Berlin based manufacturer. It looks so awesome that we are really tempted to keep all the great PCBs for ourselves. Sorry guys, we can’t send them out and all of you will get refunded 😀

No, as scheduled, we will send your orders out, tomorrow. If you have any feedback, please let us know. Thank you for flying with Fritzing Fab and we hope to see you soon back on Fritzing Fab!