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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
https://hackaday.io/project/174649-planck-cyberdeck

Planck Cyberdeck Drags Raspberry Pi Into The Future » (https://hackaday.io/project/174649-planck-cyberdeck)


** 34 Finalists Named in the Hackaday Prize
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Last week we announced the 34 entries that will continue onto the final round (https://hackaday.io/contest/171491-supplyframe-designlab-2020-hackaday-prize/log/183401-2020-hackaday-prize-finalists) of the 2020 Hackaday Prize, each targeting specific challenges from our four non-profit partners (plus a wildcard challenge).
https://hackaday.io/project/171778-the-byte

Tom Nardi wrote a wonderful overview of these finalists (https://hackaday.com/2020/09/14/finalists-announced-for-the-2020-hackaday-prize/) which include many of the projects featured in this newsletter this summer. To make it this far, each entry needed to explain the challenge they were trying to solve and show a proof of concept for their idea. Here you can see the BYTE project (https://hackaday.io/project/171778-the-byte) , which encases a tongue-operated joystick and a pressure sensor inside food-safe silicone to create a hands-free universal interface.

From here the projects have until October 5th to further development and make the case that they deserve the top spot. Drop by the project pages and leave some words of encouragement for them in the comments. By November we'll know who will walk away with the 2020 Hackaday Prize's (https://prize.supplyframe.com/) $50,000 grand prize and four $10,000 top prizes!


** Highlights from the IO
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POPULAR BITS
https://hackaday.io/project/174685-3-axis-camera-slider


** Buttery Smooth Camera Motion Controller (https://hackaday.io/project/174685-3-axis-camera-slider)
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Continuing the arms race of pro camera tricks for the masses, this camera slider delivers insane precision using mostly 3D-printed parts. You can see that it slides along extruded rail using a timing belt, using herringbone gears for the pan and tilt.
https://hackaday.io/project/174768-drehmflight-vtol


** Teensy Flight Controller (https://hackaday.io/project/174768-drehmflight-vtol)
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Working on a graduate degree in what must be "drone awesomeness", Nick needed more performance from his flight controller so he tapped into the 600 MHz speed of the Teensy 4. The result is open source and useful in a number of aircraft including the cyclocopter (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uP87-yU1l6I) shown in this image.
https://hackaday.io/list/164326-just-cubes


** Just Cubes (https://hackaday.io/list/164326-just-cubes)
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Hackaday.io has Project Lisys (https://hackaday.io/lists?sort=updated&filter=all) that anyone can make. Every once in a while we trip over some delightfully quirky ones as is the case with Rich's collection of projects that are cubes; LED, Rubik's, PCB... everything with six sides is welcome.


** Hack Chat
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LIVE CHAT WITH LEADING EXPERTS EVERY WEDNESDAY
https://hackaday.io/event/174186-skywater-pdk-hack-chat


** Today: SkyWater PDK Hack Chat (https://hackaday.io/event/174186-skywater-pdk-hack-chat)
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Tim "mithro" Ansell will host this week's Hack Chat (https://hackaday.io/event/174186-skywater-pdk-hack-chat) . The SkyWater process development kit allows anyone to design their own microchip for the SkyWater foundry's 130-nm process. Tim will be joined by Mohamed Kassem and Michael Gielda to discuss what's involved in using the PDK and how you can get custom silicon made for free!
https://hackaday.io/event/174398-into-the-plasmaverse-hack-chat


** Next Week: Into the Plasmaverse Hack Chat (https://hackaday.io/event/174398-into-the-plasmaverse-hack-chat)
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Jay Bowles will host next week's Hack Chat (https://hackaday.io/event/174398-into-the-plasmaverse-hack-chat) . Jay runs the popular Plasma Channel (https://www.youtube.com/c/PlasmaChannel/featured) on YouTube and has a thing for making high voltages. Tesla coils, Van de Graaff and Wimhurst generators, and pretty much anything else that will arc and spark is in his wheelhouse. He'll stop by to talk about all the fun you can have with the fourth state of matter.


** Featured Projects
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POPULAR BITS
https://hackaday.io/project/174775-slinky-machine Treadmill For Your Favorite Slinky (https://hackaday.io/project/174775-slinky-machine)
https://hackaday.io/project/174795-tinyprobe The Cutest Logic Probe (https://hackaday.io/project/174795-tinyprobe)
https://hackaday.io/project/174797-memory-pill Internet of Pills (https://hackaday.io/project/174797-memory-pill)
https://hackaday.io/project/174738-kan-15-led-tactile-switch Backlit Tactile Switches (https://hackaday.io/project/174738-kan-15-led-tactile-switch)


** Live Events
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MEETUPS, CONFERENCES AND WORKSHOPS


** Hackaday Remoticon: Nov 6-8 (https://www.jotform.com/form/201895095119057)
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Virtual | Hackaday's annual conference is moving online in the form of Remoticon: a weekend packed with hands-on workshops all about hardware creation. Workshop proposals have just closed and we'll soon announce all of the exciting people and topics of this year's conference!


** Rome Maker Faire: Dec 10-13 (https://makerfairerome.eu/en/)
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Virtual | The European Edition of the Maker Faire returns in 2020 with online exhibits in place of their normally sprawling Rome event. The Call for Makers (https://makerfairerome.eu/en/call-for-makers-en/) closes on October 15th, here's your chance to show off your project, even if you normally wouldn't be able to travel to Italy for the show and tell.


** Hackaday Classes and Events (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=superconference%40hackaday.io&ctz=America%2FNew_York)
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Virtual | We can't get together in person right now, so we're takin' things online! Checkout the calendar of Hackaday classes and events (https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=superconference%40hackaday.io&ctz=America%2FNew_York) to log on and tune in to a packed schedule of hacker happenings.

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After Hack Chat each Wednesday, join in on a live chat all about Light Emitting Diodes. (https://hackaday.io/project/173496-led-art-ongoingweekly-chat)

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