09
Jan 13

Materials and components

Hello friends of WeMakeIt,

We’ve been away from the blog mainly due to the fact that we wanted to get a little bit relaxed after the work back in September for making the WeMakeIt idea real. Here is what is happening:

Kits
We have given away some kits during December, which gives us the positive energy to work harder on this project. Seems like there are a lot of people that want to give it as a holiday gift, a fact that we will definitely keep in mind during the production phase in December 2013.

Feedback and support system
During the contact we had with all the people that got the kit and played with it they needed a system that will provide faster and decentralized support for any issue they might have. We are thinking of a wiki or a mailing list system for the moment. Any ideas on this would be highly appreciated.

Visual Identity
Another pending issue  was the visual identity of the kit that would help us communicate it better with all the involved partners including media, bloggers, end users and partners. At the moment we are working with some good friends and the results so far are amazing. More info about this during the next weeks.

WeMakeIt boxes

These are the major things happening here in the Balkans. We wish you a happy, healthy and a productive 2013!


24
Sep 12

Blinking Led experiment (video)

Remember the blinking light experiment? Well the Ardian from FLOSSK made the experiment and a small video proving that it really works :-)


24
Sep 12

Traffic Lights experiment by FLOSSK

This is the first ever experiment created with WeMakeIt by FLOSSK, which is one of the three organizations supporting and maintaining the kit. It is a traffic lights representation.

If you have created and documented an experiment using WeMakeIt share it with us. It will make us smile (at least).


20
Sep 12

Chapter 17 – Experiment 10 – FADING LEDS

Until now we were always using the leds available in the kit switching them on or off, probably not always what we need, with this experiment we will use the capacity of the microcontroller to “fade” a led and learning the power of the PWM (Pulse Width Modulation) to control a device. The PWM normally is used to manage device like computer fans or other appliances that are not necessary on or off.

fading-led

schema-fading-led

int led = 9;
int brightness = 0;

void setup()
{
pinMode(led, OUTPUT);
}

void loop()
{
for(brightness=0;brightness<=

255;brightness++)
{
analogWrite(led,brightness);
delay(500);
}
}

Homework 1

Try to slow down the fading of the LED.

Homework 2
After that you tried the circuit and the code using one led, try to add a second led and after a third one. As tip we suggest to check the experiments that were using more than one led to understand how to modify the code for this homework.

Homework 3
When you are able to use two leds, try to use the RGB led included in the kit to fade all the three colors of the RGB led.


19
Sep 12

The Youngest WeMakeIt user

youngest WeMakeIt userAt Software Freedom Kosovo 2012 we had the first presentation of the Kit with amazing feedback from the visitors of our info desk. The word Joy can not describe our emotions when we gave the Kit to the youngest WeMakeIt user so far!


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