FindDay #2

Every Friday I share the five coolest things I’ve found on the web in the last week.

1 – Interactive Dancing Socks

http://www.instructables.com/id/Interactive-Dancing-Socks/

I’ve seen a few things like this but what I like about this one is how practical it is. Most of the other examples I’ve seen focus on the physical beauty of the implementation, which is cool, but what I like about this is that it’s not held back because it doesn’t have the fit-and-finish of the wearable tech you see in fashion magazines.

(via Adafruit )

2 – vi and vim tips from the CIA

https://wikileaks.org/ciav7p1/cms/page_3375350.html

The vast majority of the information that has been leaked from the American CIA is horrifying. The CIA is literally waging a war against the privacy of America’s own citizens as well as citizens of the world.

However it appears that even members of the CIA fear vim.

3 – 3D printed resistor storage drawers

http://www.thingiverse.com/thing:2144041

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This looks extremely useful. Now if only the resistors would sort themselves…

(via Adafruit )

4 – OpenStreetMap

http://www.openstreetmap.org

While not new, OpenStreetMap is new to me.  In simplest terms, it is an open-source supply of maps and geolocation data that can be used by anyone for anything.  Think Google Maps but you can do anything you want with it, and it’s created by users.

The general-purpose value of something like this is kind of hard to explain in a few sentences, but I’ll try to write more about the multitude of cool things that have been built using OpenStreetMap data in the future.

5 – IoT Smart Jar

https://www.hackster.io/smazee/iot-smart-jar-using-esp8266-arduino-and-ultrasonic-sensor-9d765b

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This is essentially a jar that knows when it is getting empty.

While perhaps impractical in this form, it’s not hard to imagine how in a few iterations the design could be turned into something that is inexpensive and durable enough to be useful for keeping many supplies stocked (one for a dog food bucket comes to mind…).

Connected to the proper services, the jar could automatically order supplies to replenish itself, or set other non-commercial processes in motion (a planting schedule, chicken feeding, etc.) that would resupply the contents of the jar before they are exhausted.

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