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Make Your Own RBBB in MAKE

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Issue 36 of Make Magazine just hit the mailboxen of subscribers; it’ll hit the newsstand on October 23rd or so. The Really Bare Bones Board is featured in the Make Your Own Damn Board article, which is a tutorial on basic board design in EAGLE. We made a special EAGLE library with just the parts on the RBBB, which you can download below. Right click to save (an EAGLE library is an XML file), and place it in the lbr directory of your EAGLE installation.

New Proximity Sensor Boards Have Arrived

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Gavin Atkinson has been working in the studio on a few different projects this Summer, and our new proximity sensor is the latest fruit of his work. These panelized boards look very cool so I thought I’d share them. I described them previously as looking like Klingon shuriken and I stand by that analogy.

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New Web Shop Backend: WooCommerce

We’ve just moved our web shop to the WooCommerce backend. WooCommerce is a fork of the open source Jigoshop cart and lives entirely in WordPress, which means it will be easier for us to integrate all aspects of the blog, documentation and shop. We think the new setup will improve the user experience, but if you have any troubles with the new interface, please email support@moderndevice.com and let us know! We’re also (finally!) hooked up with an Authorize.net merchant account, so you can pay by credit card directly without using Paypal. Paypal is still an option of course.

Build a Hackable Bytebeat Player at the RI Mini Maker Faire

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The Rhode Island Mini Maker Faire is this Saturday, featuring dozens of makers alongside the usual music and shenanigans of AS220’s annual Foo Fest. Each year we run a soldering workshop as part of the Faire; this year we’ll be making a hackable bytebeat player from Modern Device, the Byteseeker Junior.

Download the assembly instructions here.

The Byteseeker is an Arduino-variation with a headphone jack, two pots and two buttons based on the Real Bare Bones Board. The code we’ll be using at the Faire is kind of like an iPod Shuffle for Bytebeat “songs.”

What’s Bytebeat you ask? It’s a genre of 8-bit beatmaking that tweezes complex repeating patterns of sound out of one line math expressions. A more in-depth description may be found in this blog post, but here’s a quick video to give you an idea of what the thing sounds like:

Byteseeker Jr. from Shawn Wallace on Vimeo.

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