Is there an instructable app for droid?
Question by Twiggy_Ramirez | last reply
Hey guys! i recently got a new phone called the Droid by Verizon! Its an amazing phone, and I just recently got it, so I was hoping that if any of you guys happened to have one of their own, they could tell me some cool things to do on it. You don't have to own the phone, you just need to know some of the features and what you can do on it that may be interesting.
Topic by knexsniper1 | last reply
--This week I had a few drops of rain land on my four month old Motorola Droid X and the rice has not worked and Verizion won't help me at all. Do you know of a fix for hardware or software problems. I need to get back going for sixty dollars or less not the $450 verizion wants.--Thanks ahead --Leonard
Question by poolcuemaster | last reply
So I am the happy new owner of both a Moto Droid and a 2000 Jeep Wrangler. However these two products seem to show no love for the other, at the moment in order to both charge my phone and play music through the car speakers I am required to go through a very awkward series of steps and entangling wires that seem to be bent on strangling me. As an avid lover of customizing my own items I wondered "is there a way to make this simpler?" and realized: screw simplicity, I can make it WAY more awesome! And so my endeavor began. The Droid media dock can be interfaced into a faceplate in which you drop the Droid on it then slide it to the left, plugging in the phone into both the audio and the power. To the left of this is a smaller panel with the LED readout of what station the tuner is set to for when the radio is set to AM/FM, along with a volume dial, seek buttons, and buttons that switch the input between Aux, Cd, AM, and FM. The issue is I am a programmer at heart and have very little experience in electronics, I wrote out the binary circuitry with little to no problem, my problem is that I don't trust my novice skill when it comes to the calculations for volts and amps being received at parts of a circuit. I think this is a ridiculous project and is way more complicated than it should be, and that is why it is awesome and needs posted on Instructables! Once building really begins I will take lots of pictures and make a formal write up to put up! Thanks everyone for reading this rant/plead for help!
Topic by XCabooseO | last reply
I recently downloaded Google Sky on my Motorola droid and noticed the direction was off almost 10 degrees. The info said to turn on magenetic correction, but I can't find it. Has anyone else fixed this problem?
Question by DELETED_afw11 | last reply
I'm trying to connect my SCH-u470 (Juke) to my new Droid via blue tooth to transfer my contacts and it shows up under bluetooth devices on my droid, but it says it is paired but not connected, so I can exchange contacts. Any ideas anyone?
Question by Fizzxwizz
It's apparently different than the pattern for my Droid 2 Global so I need to know so I can wire up an adaptor from the 2.5mm Tuneups male to the Droid's 3.5mm female so the whole phone and iPod function will work inside my ski helmet.
Question by christden
After seeing the Game-Gripper for various keypad smartphones, I wanted to have a gamepad for my phone as well. but i own a Motorola Droid Pro from Verizon and the screen and keyboard aren't right for some decent widescreen gaming. I dont think the game-gripper company makes pads for this kind of phone, so does anyone have any ideas on how i could either get or make a gamepad for this phone?
Question by EngineerJakit | last reply
Hey guys! I have a Motorola Droid and I love all the games people are developing, but the controls are TERRIBLE! so I was thinking "I wonder if I could mod a controller with joysticks (Playstation or something) to work with my Droid?!?" Im aware that it would also require some kind of software but I just cant shake the idea that it would be AWSOME. Anyone seen anything like this or have any pointers for where I could get started?
Topic by sabre | last reply
A friend of mine will be going into the mountains to work at a camp. The problem is this friend has to do school online. There is one little patch of area that Verizon can get through and there is internet access. My friends phone can get internet (it's an HTC Droid, though I am not quite sure which one) but my friend can't do school on the phone :P. My friend does have a dell laptop with Vista. My friend doesn't want to set up a whole new account with the cell phone company. So I am wondering how to connect the phone to the computer so that the computer has internet access, kinda like an antenna.
Question by GenAap | last reply
Hi guys I hope this is ok to ask about as I have followed Instructables for ages but not used the forum part before. I have a bit of experience of arduino projects and doing basic sketches for them but nothing as ambitious as this so am seeking a bit of advice if possible. I'd like to be able to have a droid/robot's head that can rotate to focus on the direction of a sound, then if it sees a person once looking in the direction it heard the sound, to then roughly track them (move its head) with a camera. I'm fine with motorisation and that side of things, but I'm not sure if this sort of fairly elaborate setup would be possible with an arduino or would need something more powerful like a rasp pi? I'd imagine that I would need an array of several mics as inputs around the bot in a 'circle', and code that can estimate the direction by means of the signal strength from the mics when it hears a noise. I think this might be something I can manage to do, but then it'd need a suitable camera and a means of tracking and I've no idea how the tracking side of things would work with that. I'd be grateful for any pointers to get me going thanks. It's not something I could do without help but hopefully doing it bit by bit and with some advice I'd be able to do this, as I would really love to make it work! Many thanks! Jim
Topic by Mr Joshua | last reply
Hey guys, I figured since I had grabbed so much great information from you all I might try my luck with a little more! ;-) I have built this on my breadboard, powered with 6V 150mAh AC-DC converter. First connect saw at least one of the LEDs flicker dark orange and then go out. Assuming this means I burned it out, as afterwards I didn't notice any response. To prevent burning IR LEDs, I'll use visible LEDs, but I'm still concerned that my breadboard has a mistake. I'm pretty much worthless (but willing to learn, at least outside of the classroom setting!) at Phys II, so the debugging is foreign to me. Pulling out the multimeter... What process should I be using to confirm that everything is powered correctly? The schematic is attached if you would like to customize your response to the hardware, but a general guide to debugging amplified LED circuits would be much appreciated as well! Additionally, if amplification the best way to go? How about a relay? Does that not offer the same (not Phys II...) amplitude? Smaller the better! Source List: - Schematic - Attached PDF - PCB Creation - https://www.instructables.com/id/Extreme-Surface-Mount-Soldering/ - Mounting plan - https://www.instructables.com/id/LEGO-Nikon-IR-Remote/ Thanks in advance! Andrew Oh, and I'll post a picture of it within the week to get another set of eyes. I must confess, it is a little ratty...
Question by JustUnicycle | last reply
The result of boredom. Numbers layer tells you what each dot is labeled. The x-y layers represent the paths. X is the first dot, y is the one you move to after that. Just make the layers visible. I didn't bother making any long diagonals because I didn't feel like it and they're hard to use anyways. I find it useful to load a jpg on my miniSD so if I forget, I can go back and see what it was before I unlocked it. (I know it's overdone, but if I'm going to be using it all the time, I might as well make it pretty)
Topic by puffyfluff | last reply
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Topic by wilgubeast | last reply
Okay so my problem is as follows: my friend always needs a ride every week to dance so on my way I swing by and pick him up. However he likes to take naps and is an incredibly deep sleeper so I thought it would be funny to install a remote controlled air horn to wake him up and relieve some of the irritation I get from him not being ready. So my question is what would be the best way to go about this? I have so far considered Bluetooth and even an arduino with a webserver but I kind of want to keep it as cheap as I can because its just to play a simple prank. So any ideas on how to go about this would be great.
Question by the seaker | last reply
I have a Droid Phone and purchased a 32 GB SD card for it. I would love to be able to stop carrying the Bootable Flash Drive that I use to troubleshoot PC's (and often forget to bring, or leave when I am done) and instead carry a small USB cable that I can attach to my Droid and use that to boot to Yumi. Has anyone figured out how to do this yet?
Topic by grnerd | last reply
I see a lot of people talking about jailbreaking their iPhone/Droid/MP3. What does this mean? I'm curious
Question by Randomguy65 | last reply
I dont know if anyone is familiar with the Star Wars Old republic T3-M3 Droid. I have just stated building a full size replica of this Droid but could do with some advice on the neck mechanism. The head is going to be reasonably heavy but I want it to be able to pan, tilts and rotate reasonably fast. I have looked at using servos to control the pan and tilt and motor to rotate or i could use linear actuators. Does anyone have any ideas on how I could build a simple but effective system, or even better have any working models of drawings I could look at to get some inspiration, I have builders block.
Question by DELETED_podpadstudios | last reply
Annoyed with droid. Cut n paste feature... when pasting, a long press will cause a " paste" icon to pop up... SOMETIMES... but icon will disappear if you press longer than 0.72 second, or thereabout. Is there a more reliable paste option with android? It often takes 5 or 6 tries to get that 0.7 plus or minus 0.02 second sweet spot.
Topic by Toga_Dan | last reply
I was on my droid and using opera mobile browser when i came across a design glitch. When i get to contest there is no "more" button on the page, means what i am able to see is just the few contest on page. No next button no more button where i can go to next set of contests
Topic by samalert | last reply
I own one of those cool CubeWorks R2D2 USB hubs. Now, the lights have gone out and I want to see if it is perhaps a matter of a loose wire... but I can't open the device... If anyone could explain how to do this without damaging everyone's favorite AstroMech Droid, I'd be very grateful!
Question by PengwynLOB | last reply
To Whomever has the ability to make this available, please, please, please seriously consider making the website mobile phone friendly. When I try to view the site on my Droid smartphone it is difficult because of the way the text displays. I love instructables and I also do a lot of web viewing on my phone. It would be nice if it were not so difficult. Thanks.
Topic by 3.1415 | last reply
I'm developing a holder for my Droid smart phone, that would allow me to use it like a wrist computer, while protecting the phone at the same time. Would anyone be interested in an instructable? I could make it so that the plans would be adaptable to most any touchscreen smart phone (I can't promise it would work for every phone, but I'll try to make the plans as universally adaptable as I can.)
Topic by DarkOneSS | last reply
I recently moved into a new apartment and after receiving the code to the wifi that is included I started connecting all my devices. My xbox 360 connected flawlessly as well as my Droid 3. But my PC simply will not connect, I am running Windows 7 64bit with a Linksys AE2500 wireless adapter. Quick note: I have checked that IPv4/IPv6 are set to automatically set to obtain IP Addressees and the DNS Server.
Question by CBriere91 | last reply
I have a ps3 4.31 and have been wanting to jailbreak it so i can mod skyrim but every jailbreak i try either needs a password that dosent work or just flat out dosent work ive been trying to do it through my droid razr android but might be getting a flash drive please help me best way would be through my phone please help.
Question by slimshaddy
One day i decided to take out my tonnes of lego i had in my attic and after seeing a star wars lego hailfire droid selling for Â£100! i decided to make my own models, i also noticed that the models that were being sold by lego didnt use many original parts, so i have made my models and shall i post them? your call!
Topic by bedbugg2 | last reply
Premise: I have a droid incredible and I love taking pictures with its awesome 8MP camera. I don't like its depth of field however. I'm sitting here right now, looking at the camera enclosure, and I'm wondering if I might be able to pop open the red dome of the camera and slide in a tiny wide angle lens. I've seen the cellphone wide angle lens kits you can buy for things like your iphone, and I actually did buy one for my Zi6. Worked amazingly well, but even in that small form factor, it sticks out too far for me if i were to use this on my droid inc. Objective: I'm looking for an elegant solution that keeps the wide angle in the enclosure, and can't be knocked off or removed while in the pocket. How feasible would this be? Would it be possible to find a small enough piece of glass that would give a wide angle view in such a small form factor? I'm just guessing here, but I'd say the diameter would be 8mm and probably 2 or 3 mm in depth. Thats pretty tiny... Anyway, I just wanted to get some suggestions from the DIY crowd. I'll include some pictures of the camera's enclosure to take a look at. Thanks.
Topic by Dotcommer | last reply
We're excited to announce this most epic fan challenge of all time.... Bit Wars! Starting today and ending on Dec. 19, we challenge you and your community to invent a new gadget for your favorite Star Wars character. Then film a video that either recreates or remixes your favorite scene, starring YOU and your new creation. GET ALL THE DETAILS IN THE CHALLENGE PAGE : http://littlebits.cc/bit-wars STEP 1: Choose Your Path Select which challenge category you want to create an invention for. Multiple entries encouraged! Can’t decide? Close your eyes and use the Force. Category winners each get a Kit & special swag! Multiple entries encouraged! Geekiest Costume: Bitify your favorite character. Try a Synth Lord costume with its own soundtrack, or an O-Bit-wan Kenobi cape. Ultimate Droid: Bee-boop beep-boop. Invent your own droid inspired by your favorite robotic sidekick! Most Legit Lightsaber: Put your own spin on a lightsaber and create a more elegant weapon for a more civilized age. Award-Winning Film: Step into the story! Film an original Star Wars storyline or recreate your favorite scene. STEP 2: Invent a Gadget Create a new accessory for your favorite character to conquer the galaxy with. Check out some entries from the community for bitspiration. How To Make Star Wars BB8 Droid by Marjan Atanasovski Yoda lifts the X-wing by Braden Irish Luke’s Sidewinder by Tom Balzamo R2D2 BitRobot by Diego Thurler STEP 3: Make a Video Give George Lucas a run for his money! Step into the story and tell it a new way (keep it PG please). We have prepared some pro tips to create your film, check out our blog post. STEP 4: Share Your Masterpiece Enter by uploading your creation to the Invent page including a youtube video and using #BitWars. DEADLINE IS December 19 at midnight EST. STEP 5: Join the Global Makeathon Make alone you need not. From December 11-13, join a Global Makeathon event at Chapters in over 100 cities, from NYC to Beijing and across the DagoBit System. Or host your own :) We've compiled a Resource Guide to help you navigate this workshop like the Millennium Falcon in an astroid field. May the bits be with you.
Topic by liza.stark
I would like to know how difficult it would be to swap out the charging port on an S4 for the new hyper charging ports on the new Droid Turbo. I know there is not a lot of free space with in the cell for mods. And I am assuming that the hyper charger is smaller. That being said the tools for a repair swap out do not seem that difficult to master. What else would be needed to make this project successful, a power converter? Basically I want to see if its possible to take the outdated cells people would normally throw away or trade and mod them into something of desire for a cheaper price. Thank you for your time Instructable Community
Topic by Ragestine | last reply
Hi All, So I had this idea of putting a pico projector into an R2D2 body so I can recreate the Princess Leia Hologram moment. I wanted to get some suggestions on what sort of materials I should use to build the body of the R2D2 droid. I see some people mold using styrafoam and I was thinking of going that direction but would it be better to use something sturdier just to house the projector? I also want something that would look cool but I dont have a 3d printer or any experience using plastic molds. The projector is an AAXA p4 pico projector: Dimensions: 141*71*31 mm Weight: 0.4 lbs Anything tips to keep in mind before I start construction?
Topic by hoppaloppa
Hi everyone. I have an Instructables I recently posted which contains some videos. I've never had trouble with people viewing my videos on previous instructables I've posted, but on my most recent one, E4-B4 Astromech Droid, on of the videos has the following message... This video contains content from SME. It is restricted from playback on certain sites. Watch on YouTube." So first off, what the heck is SME? If it's such an issue, what does it leave a link to view the video on YouTube, which it plays in anyway? How can I get rid of it? And why is it that Instuctables.com is one of the sites that has this issue? This particular video does contain some third party content which I do have their permitton to use, so I don't see why I get this rather annoying message. Thanks guys.
Topic by steve-gibbs5 | last reply
I have been reading a lot of DIY articles on how to build portable bluetooth speakers, and I'd like to take it a step further. I have at my disposal an old Samsung Droid Charge, a pair of Logitech computer speakers (powered), and some pioneer bookshelf speakers. What I would like to do is somehow use the electronics in the phone to provide all the necessary connections. Since the phone has bluetooth, a rechargeable battery, and an audio jack/speakers, I would think this is just a small matter of soldering and fitting everything into a cabinet. The problem is that I'm not an electrical engineer, so I'm probably overlooking something. If you have any ideas, or know if something like this has been done before, please let me know! EDIT: I've simplified my project, and I no longer need help with this, but if you do know something that would help, I'd still want to give it a shot.
Topic by Jantodec | last reply
Some of the usb micro cables i have for my solar cell battery don't work, but when i plug in the usb female adapter and use the usb cable i use for my computer, my droid x charges just fine. being the way i am, i had to know what was going on, so i got an old bluetooth headset and desoldered the female usb micro plug and put some leads on it. then i plugged the cables in and tested continuity and i found out that the cable that works had pin 4 connected to pin 5, but the one that didn't work had no internal connections at all. i find the position the cable sticks out when it's plugged in kind of annoying, so i might be able to kill 2 birds with one stone by making a small extender with pins 4 and 5 connected and just leaving the extender connected all the time or would my dx detect that pin 4 and 5 are connected without a voltage and cause problems? i would really like to just make this, plug it in, and not have to worry about cables not working or getting in the way, but i don't want to test this on my $600 device when i don't know what might go wrong.
Question by the judge | last reply
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Topic by sparrow0508
Apple just revealed the new Apple iPad Tablet that will probably make it one of the first failures by Apple's latest line of products. Apple revealed this new Tablet PC as a challenger to netbooks. However, it's already been labeled a "less powerful, but more expensive netbook." Here are 14 iPad problems that made this Apple iPad an iDisappointment. 1. No Multitasking The Apple iPad is just like the iPhone, in that there is no multitasking. You can't work on a document and talk on AIM or Gtalk. In other words, the iPad just a giant iPod Touch (the iPod Touch being better) and cannot match netbooks. 2. It Has an Awkward Design The design is a bit awkward because you have to hold it in one hand and balance it while your other hand uses the functionality or more likely you will need to put it on your knees to use it properly. It's like holding a monitor, I'm sure nothing will happen to it. Some people complain about the Bezel being too large, but perhaps this was necessary so that you don't constantly give commands while moving around. 3. No Adobe Flash Were you considering watching Hulu on this? How about youtube (well we'll have to wait for an app for that)? Thinking of playing flash games while waiting on the bus? Oh well. 4. No USB, Need Adapters Again with the iPod design, you need to plug in the special Apple adapter. If you lose it, you'll have to buy another. If you want to plug in multiple devices you need USB to iPad adapters! Since it's not even using Mac OS, most USB devices would probably not work anyway. 5. AT&T; Once Again Are you thinking of purchasing the 3G version? You'll need to get it with AT&T; and think of how overloaded their service will be now. There is no Verizon, T-Mobile, or Sprint service available for this product, some of which has better coverage. You can't use T-Mobile's 3G at all because of their MicroSIM made specifically for AT&T.; 6. Memory Business Model Apple will charge you extra for higher memory. It's a business model they use for all their products to increase profits. That's why they don't want other storage devices being inserted to improve memory. You're also stuck with a limit of 64GB, so don't think about putting in all your music, movies, or games. 7. Touch Keyboard Many people were complaining about the touchscreen keyboard. Which would be fine if it worked perfectly and you didn't have to sit it exactly on your lap and make sure it's flat. You can however, attach an Apple keyboard, just another way for Apple to make money. 8. App Store Again Just like the iPod Touch you have to download everything from an App store. Meaning if you don't like Safari, you're stuck with it. Some apps may be banned once again. 9. No Cameras Yeah no web cams on the front, and no cameras for photos or videos from the back either. 10. No Removable Battery You can't just take an extra battery with you on a long trip because the battery works the same way as an iPod (though my bet is, it doesn't last as long). 11. No HDMI/DVI Output You can't plug this thing into your TV to display your HD movies. You'd need AppleTV for that. 12. No Widescreen 16:9 ain't happening, you're stuck with a 4:3 screen. 13. No GPS There's no GPS, so --unlike the T-Mobile MyTouch or the Verizon Droid which both run on Android, can multitask and have GPS so that you can use the Beta Google Maps Navigation system for turn-by-turn directions-- you're stuck with locating yourself via WiFi hotspots. 14. It's Large, Slow, and Clunky Not only will you have to buy accessories to protect your device, it's very large making it easy to drop and probably won't live a healthy life in a backpack filled with notebooks and other possibly sharp objects. There may be a number of accessories sold by Apple to cover some of these problems. The iPad max speed is 1GHz (A4 processor) and will probably be just as slow surfing the web as most other smartphones and it won't match up to netbooks. There is no Mac OS X or anything either, it's definitely the iPhone OS except without the Phone capability and of course I'm sure they will ban Google Voice and Skype. The iPad is about the size of a Kindle, so it is nice for reading e-books I suppose, but then I'm not sure why I wouldn't just buy a Kindle. As with all companies that initially have much success, they get a little overconfident and launch a product just to create more hype and increase their stock prices. More related iPad Problem resources: ipad wiki - What you need to know about iPad The iPad is a tablet computer developed by Apple Inc. Announced on January 27, 2010, it is similar in functionality to the iPhone and iPod touch, running the same operating system (iPhone OS) and almost all of the same applications...
Topic by newstigers | last reply
April 6th was a long night that would be followed by an even longer day. Hours stretched like taffy as the Airplane pulled me across time zones. I was on my way to the Shenzhen Maker Faire which was being put on by Eric Pan, the founder of one of the largest open sourced businesses I know. Eric is a visionary, and his vision to inspire more makers in China connecting them with a global maker movement through the concepts of openness, sharing, and innovation inspires me and hundreds others to come to Shenzhen to share in the first Maker Faire in China! Hours ago I was at Instructables cooking my Last Breakfast for the office and gaving my Last Hugs. Qarly, my new friend, had helped my stay up all night organizing my tickets and suitcase. She went with me to the Payless shoe store on her bike as I walked barefoot. Yes, I started my journey shoeless. I had traded in my Vibrams at REI for a large backpack so I could cram as many arduinos and 3D printers into it as possible before leaving to go spread the good words. Here are the good words as I see them right now: "It Can Be Done." Yes, with a solid mission, a relentless attitude and accepting being shoeless (or jobless, or hungry, or ...) it's possible to accomplish the things you dream. Boom, back in that tin can flying over the Pacific. My schedule starts with a trip to Hong Kong to meet up with instructable's member Prank. Alex Hornstein and I had recently completed an adventure in 3D printing called the Pocket Factory in which we traveled across America seeking the business models behind low cost 3D manufacturing. He is now back in east Asia being the revolutionary philosopher engineer he is. I land at 8pm and head out into the city of the future. Hong Kong is a city of millions, beautifully lit tall buildings, zippy public transportation, and the largest pay inequality in the world. Looking out the window I keep wondering if this is the rich part, or the poor. Then I was there. I made it to IFC - a gigantic mall in the heart of Hong Kong. The metro stop inside it is called "Hong Kong Station". Yep, shopping is big here. We hung out on the roof of IFC talking projects. Without giving too much away too soon let's just say Alex is on his way to revolutionize the micro solar industry. We took the familiar ferry route home and I spent the night organizing and updating the social world since I knew in a few hours I'd be in China... and in China, no one can hear you tweet. Before I knew it I had to be off! It was 6:20am (HK time) and the ferry leaves at 6:40, I had a long day ahead of me and I haven't slept yet. Holy crap! I ran and got right back on that ferry from Lama to the mainland. Passing all the tall buildings once again and rushed onto the MTR. As we sped along the Hong Kong landscape of tall towers slowly turned into green rolling hills and the people on the train spoke less and less english. I crossed the border into Shenzhen and it was there I met Ani, the Monk. What a beautiful lady! We had a great conversation involving LOTS of smiling, drawing and almost no words. She was from Hong Kong and we were now friends. We traded bracelets and now I have one more reason to learn Mandarin! I finally made it all the way to Xi Xiang, the metro stop which was walking distance to the Maker Faire! I was getting pretty excited, I had lugged all this stuff across the world, and finally I was going to meet the makers of China! After a long and potholed walk I finally made it to the gate where a nice young Chinese lady helped me carry my stuff, we walked down a long outdoor hallways at F518 the "First Experiential Sharing Space in China" which was filled with sculptures and art. Billboards around me advertised hip hop dance classes and robots peeped from the windows. I knew I was in the right place. Right near the entrence of the Maker Faire was a strange robot. It was the size of a small house and it served books. They have robot libraries in Shenzhen. Wow! The more I learn about this place the cooler it seems! The faire is a large three story space with a media space on the first floor where people can buy "chinese make" a magazine called Radio that has been teaching people how to make stuff since 1955. The publishers of this magazine are also the ones who do the translation for Makezine! The second floor is filled with long tables of makers, a huge hall filled with running robots, dancing droids, DIY laser 3D scanners, touchless IR interfaces, octocopter (no, not tacocopter) and all the awesome stuff you'd expect to see in San Francisco, except this is Shenzhen. There are makers everywhere! Upstairs there are people making clay figurines, another instructables user - Star - runs a workshop around Canidu (yes, you can do!), her company which makes an electronics learning tool. This movement is obviously global and the Shenzhen Maker Faire has pulled makers not only from all over China, but all over the world. Eric Pan, the founder of Seeed Studio employs 70 people through an open source project and through this faire has inspired hundreds. At the after party, you can really tell how proud Eric was to have brought amazing makers like Mitch Altman and David Li from the Shanghai hackerspace together. Eric has a new project in the works right now. He's soon to be a father! I can only imagine how proud he will be when baby Eric Pan picks up his first blinky LED kit. Now that's some serious making! +Bilal Ghalib PS. Eric in the last picture is not dead, only extremely exhausted!
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