robots music languages biohacking // hardware nerd @hacksterio // friendly, often awol // thoughts & feels my own // she/her

San Francisco, CA
Joined June 2011
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This was amazing!! @CyrChristina on why and how she chose to develop a non-rectangular phone. Fully funded on KS, 23 days to go: kickstarter.com/projects/dto… She shares deep research into building sustainable tech on @TheCyrclePhone blog: cyrclephone.com/blog/can-a-s…
The Cyrcle Phone is a rounded mobile device, "for non-rectangular people" – fully funded on @Kickstarter, with a month to go! In this week's episode of Hackster Café, @CyrChristina shares story behind this fascinating phone: bit.ly/3jXQ9ex
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The phone was initially prototyped with @seeedstudio Re:Phone kits and then @adafruit FONA, and now runs Android 10 on custom hardware. They also have an interesting approach to adapting phone apps to a round screen (see the KS page above).
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alex ☆ glow retweeted
#つぶやきProcessing #800x80 #p5js i=0,draw=o=>{for(i||createCanvas(800,80),background(0),strokeWeight(3),stroke(255),fill(0),z=80;z>-20;z-=10)for(y=100*sin(.01*(z+i)),w=acos(2*y/160),line(0,y*cos(w),800,y*cos(w)),j=0;j<1e3;j+=80)arc(j,0,2*y,2*y,HALF_PI-w,HALF_PI+w);i=(i+.4)%20}
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Highly recommend this one! Peek inside Greg's LED sculpture, powered by a camera battery.
This week's Hackster Café guest is @GregDavill, who creates FPGA-based dev boards and LED art pieces – including some of the first products to take advantage of the Hackster Launch program (a collaboration with @groupgetscom). Watch our interview! bit.ly/3tOmHL5
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Replying to @MLE_Online
Starting to look pretty good!
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Really into my current combo of daily beverages :) Water, obvs Thermos – 1 peppermint + 1 hibiscus teabag French press – cool-brewed Jasmine green tea 1x/day: frothed hot cocoa with Silk soymilk, low sweetness Refill water/teas as needed Low sugar, high nutrients, all tasty!
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Peppermint tea is supposedly great for digestion and other things, cool-brewed green tea is awesome for antioxidants, and I make the cocoa with the house mix from @DandelionChoco and a coconut/brain-mushroom additive that I found online while buying the foamer. SO FROTHY ✨
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I like that there's a moderate amount of caffeine as well, and no dairy (I drink black tea with half'n'half). I do get some protein and calcium from the Silk soymilk, though – they just started making an "Ultra" version with more protein, but it doesn't froth up as well. 😅
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I fill the green tea with some boiling water + some tap water to cool it down, then it sits on my desk for hours while I drink small cups. Best antioxidant availability would be prolonged cold brewing, but I like warm beverages :) sciencedirect.com/science/ar… onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/…
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alex ☆ glow retweeted
Pssst. #ROSWorld 2021 registration is now live! We have a full slate of talks, panels, and workshops this year and we're charging a nominal fee to cover our production cost. Discount early registration is available until Friday. roscon.ros.org/2021/#locatio…
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Ok @DrSianProctor got me crying over here. I am so going to be looking up in a few days and trying to find where you are.
Ever since she was a little girl, Sian Proctor dreamt of going to space. Her dream will come true this Wednesday, making her the fourth Black American woman in history to have ever accomplished this. Follow @DrSianProctor's journey on Countdown: Inspiration4 Mission to Space
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Halloween cat #robot is coming along! More catlike now :) I'm back on my bs, using zipties as flexible connective tissue again. We'll see. (This is an early prototype -- no advice wanted.) More info at instagram.com/glowascii#CompanionBots #cat #robotics #3DPrinting #maker
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Testing out shapes for my next bot! A cat for Halloween. Might make one black, one ghostly white. Furry, warm, purring kitty shoulder bots for the chillier seasons! Our apartment can't have pets, so might as well build more #CompanionBots... 😺 🤖 ✨ What should I name them??
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📣 PSSST, do you want &/or need therapy? I made this (updated monthly) to help you: an array of national & population-specific directories, info if it’s your first time, sample outreach language, referral services, & even some MA-specific names & tips: bit.ly/getatherapist
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alex ☆ glow retweeted
Was a Glass tester, same shit. There is zero reason not to have a sliding shutter over the lens except a desire to collect data when the company wants, not when the user wants. All of these fail because they are intended for data harvesting- not a novel UI or content production.
Facebook is making camera glasses. They have an LED warning light so that bystanders know you are taking a video. I taped it over. A FB exec told me this is a violation of the terms of service of the glasses (oops) buzzfeednews.com/article/kat…
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Coincidentally, also the 1000th vid published on Hackster! (Not all of those are mine, but most are -- and I didn't port everything to hackster.io/videos when we started, so my personal tally is probably about the same! :D )
Let's assemble the surface-mount version of our ATtiny85 + Arduino commemorative PCB badge! This design beeps "@Avnet 100 Years" in Morse Code, because Charles Avnet started out in 1921 selling ham radio parts. Learn more in @glowascii's latest video! bit.ly/3hkvYp4
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FB is apparently working on #WearableTech smart glasses with #FacialRecognition . Yikes on a bike.
People covering the new Facebook product launch and repeating FB’s claims about responsible tech should probably remember that Facebook asked users watching a video featuring Black men if they wanted to see more “videos about primates.” It happened six days ago.
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Hmmmmm... h/t @hypervisible
Facebook sent reporters covering their glasses launch a list of supposed "third-party" privacy and consumer groups that it consulted for the product. So I did some digging. FB funds at least 4 of the 5 groups. Future of Privacy Forum is one.
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