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The Prototyping Toolbox

I noticed that this PDF of the early development timeline of Arduino had gone missing so I pulled it out of the Wayback Machine and re-posted.

Three New Fluxamasynth Variations

We just launched a modest Indiegogo campaign to seed some new electronic music products that I’ve been cooking up. The Fluxamasynth is an add-on electronic module for Arduino for making your own electronic musical instruments or embedding high quality sound in projects. Now in three new flavors on Indiegogo:

This campaign is to expand the Fluxamasynth platform with three new modules and to expand on the documentation and example projects.

There are other projects out there that have similar capabilities, but the Fluxamasynth is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to big sound, access to lots of low level tweaks, and a design that emphasizes quality and affordability.

These will be available in the shop as soon as the Indiegogo is over.

Wind Sensors on Kites

Chris Fastie of the KAPtery has been testing the Modern Device wind sensor for Public Lab by putting them up on kite-borne sensor arrays. Chris has been documenting his work on Public Lab’s collaborative research platform. Below you can see the $27 Modern Device wind sensor compared to a $300 Kestrel 550 anemometer.

It tracks surprisingly well, though gives a consistent lower reading which we believe is how the sensor was mounted in the rig (it has a directional bias). Seeing how these sensors are used in the field is very helpful to us; we are now working on a boost regulated mod that will allow you to power it from a few AA batteries instead of the 10V the sensor requires now (well > 9.2V technically).