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Tools to Organize Your Young Makers Program

Published on April 7, 2018 by in technology

Girls from RealImpact build Arduino robots at SparkMacon Makerspace.   As a parent, I want my children to feel prepared to support themselves and thrive in the economy of the future. Given I have relatively young kids, we have no idea what this future will look like. Here’s what we do know. Many of the

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7 Ideas For Your Next #Android #ARCore app

Published on April 7, 2018 by in technology

IKEA Place App Comes to Android, Powered by ARCore.https://t.co/gKVch9I2Nw pic.twitter.com/26okoQlfUj — Droid Life (@droid_life) March 19, 2018 You can now Smash Tanks in AR on Android, too!Explosive multiplayer action in augmented reality (AR). Any place is a battlefield.https://t.co/HZ0Jv7MzBo#AR #ARCore #madewithunity #gamedev #indiedev #indiegame pic.twitter.com/pHEIFnvrRV — dumpling (@dumplingdesign) March 21, 2018 Roving Mars, or maybe your

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Detecting Motion using Python, SimpleCV and a Raspberry Pi

My wife and kids enjoy bird watching. In our dining room, we attached a bird feeder to a window in the room. My wife asked if I could hack together a way to snap pictures of birds that visit the bird feeder. After doing some good searches, I realized that SimpleCV has some easy capabilities

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5 Fun BBC Microbit Project Lessons

As I have reflected on various physical computing activities we tried with our kids, I started reviewing a novel microcontroller from our friends at the BBC, the micro:bit.   In addition to the BBC bringing us awesome stories like Dr. Who, this organization has invested their resources to help students connect to creative computing tools for young

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Thank you to LucernaStudios.com and Orlando Unity 3D meetup!

Published on February 10, 2018 by in technology

In the past week, our Google Developer Group of Central Florida teamed up with the Unity 3D meetup of Orlando and LucernaStudios.com to discuss building VR experiences for Google VR.  We shared the fundamentals of building for Google DayDream and Cardboard.   We also explored connecting those game experiences with Google Firebase. I want to give

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What’s new in Google Virtual Reality?

Published on January 13, 2018 by in technology

Google DayDream and Google Cardboard seek to make virtual reality experiences broadly accessible leveraging your smartphone and cleverly designed viewers. The initial release of Google Cardboard had a great DIY feel. Developers received a laser cut cardboard structure that you fold into a viewer, lenses, and a magnetic button. Using the sensors on your phone,

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Adventures with Star Wars: Last Jedi AR Stickers

Like many families, we had the opportunity to check out the latest Star Wars movie, the Last Jedi. It seems that Google’s AR team and Disney have cooked up a fun Christmas gift for owners of Google Pixel phones: AR Stickers. We’ve seen sticker augmentations in other photo apps like Snap Chat or Facebook messenger.

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Connecting Community Service to Makerspaces and Developer Communities

In November 2017, I had the honor of speaking at DevFest Florida, a community organized developer conference focusing on Google technology. I had an amazing time at this conference. You can check out my reflections on this experience at GDGCentralFlorida.org. Readers of InspiredToEducate.NET know that we’re passionate about helping students to love learning through making,

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10 AFrame.IO Resources For Your WebVR Project

I’m a big fan of the work of the AFrame.IO community.  Thank you to Mozilla, Diego Marcos, Kevin Ngo, and Don McCurdy for their influence and effort to build a fun and productive platform for building WebVR experiences.   For some of my amigos from DevFestFlorida 2017, I’ve collected a few Github repositories and resources to

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Good Times at Orlando Maker Faire 2017

Really enjoyed touring Makerfaire Orlando this year. Thank you to all the organizers, volunteers, and maker spaces who made the event possible. I know it takes so much effort to organize and coordinate an inspiring event like this. I hope to unpack a few more stories from MakerFaire in future blog posts. I know that

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