Data sonification with Sonic Pi + Planet (Labs)

Oh, man! Last week was Planet Hack 2020, and it brought together several of my favorite things:

  • Significant advancement in creating generative music with Sonic Pi! I love making music, and I want to produce license-free background tracks for my videos…


Interviews from the past year at Hackster.io

Allow me to present six of the most talented humans I’ve ever met. It’s been my immense pleasure to interview these people about their work over the past year; I hope you enjoy these just as much as I did. Presented in order…


My retroreflective dress is a canvas for light art — and provides a bit of privacy, as well.

A couple years ago, I was playing with some leftover retroreflective fabric with Andy Lee. He’d ordered it from Alibaba to make garments, and we also used some of it to…


This totally counts as pie.

We christened the Hackster.io Glowforge a year ago with Insta-Grahams, and we’re back with another terrible food idea!!

This year, since Pi Day is also a Throwback Thursday, I decided to go old-school with a reference to the Apple Newton. …


Awesome maker tools and materials that didn’t fit in the podcast!

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Mark Frauenfelder and Kevin Kelly on their podcast, Cool Tools — which is exactly what it says on the tin. …


International Space Party Time!

Yuri’s Night is the annual celebration of Yuri Gagarin, the first person in space! According to Adafruit, this is recognized by the UN as International Human Spaceflight Day, as established in 2011… but I have embarrassing pictures from a year before that.* …


This is part of a series about last week’s eTextile Spring Break, held in Wassaic, NY. I sponged up a ton of knowledge about integrating electronics and textiles, including thermochromic pigments, soft interfaces, radio technology, and more! Here are my notes from the first workshop I attended.


Groannnnn.

We just got a Glowforge desktop laser cutter! (More specifically, I got a Glowforge and prayed to the gods of company reimbursement.) Someone was selling her Basic model locally, since she got a discount on a Pro.

Both models will cut/etch the same materials — wood, fabric, leather, paper…


Out of wrapping paper for last-minute gifts? Use mine! I made this custom, snowflake-inspired design in OnShape.

The DXF files below should be compatible with most laser cutters, but you can also export your own from OnShape (use the sketch, or the simpler drawing). Just set the laser to “etch”…


A quick guide for the curious.

We’re doing a hack day for Friday the 13th / Halloween, and a colleague asked: What is a PCB? What are they used for? Why do we need them?

What

PCB stands for printed circuit board. It’s the next step beyond a breadboard: like a template with all the wires…

Alex Glow

DIY robots, music, EEG, wearables, languages. FIRST alumna. Hardware Nerd @hacksterio. She/her

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