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Do you want to grow your popularity on social media? Sure, there are those online services that could give your audience a boost, but if you’d prefer something a bit more tangible, then the “Quick Fix” vending machine is just the thing for you—and it even accepts actual currency. 

After you deposit the appropriate amount of coins and enter your social media account name, you’re then bombarded with an army of new followers or likes. As you might suspect, these interactions are via faux accounts.

Fake or not, it’s a brilliant art installation constructed by Dries Depoorter as a commission for the 2019 Pixelache Festival. The build features an industrial-style enclosure and hardened keyboard, along with an Arduino, a Raspberry Pi 3B+, and a few I2C LCD screens. 

As the video below puts it, “Influencers will love it.” 

The great irony of the social media revolution is that it’s not very social at all. Users browse through people’s pictures in the middle of the night while laying in bed, and tap out their approval with all the emotion of clearing their spam folder. Many boast of hundreds or thousands of “friends”, but if push came to shove, they probably couldn’t remember when they had last seen even a fraction of those people in the real world. Assuming they’ve even met them before in the first place. It’s the dystopian future we were all warned about, albeit a lot more colorful than we expected.

But what if we took social media tropes like “Likes” and “Follows”, and applied them to the real world? That’s precisely what [Tuang] set out to do with the “Social Touch Suit”, a piece of wearable technology which requires a person actually make physical contact with the wearer to perform social engagements. There’s even a hefty dose of RGB LEDs to recreate the flashy and colorful experience of today’s social media services.

Every social action requires that a specific and deliberate physical interaction be performed, which have largely been designed to mimic normal human contact. A pat on the shoulder signifies you want to follow the wearer, and adding them as a friend is as easy as giving a firm handshake. These interactions bring more weight to the decisions users make. For example, if somebody wants to remove you as a friend, they’ll need to muster up the courage to look you in the eye while they hit the button on your chest.

The jacket uses an Arduino to handle the low level functions, and a Raspberry Pi to not only provide the slick visuals of the touch screen display, but record video from the front and rear integrated cameras. That way you’ve even got video of the person who liked or disliked you. As you might expect, there’s a considerable energy requirement for this much hardware, but with a 5200 mAh LiPo battery in the pocket [Tuang] says she’s able to get a run time of 3 to 4 hours.

Considering how much gadgetry is packed into it, the whole thing looks remarkably wearable. We wouldn’t say it’s a practical piece of outerwear when fully decked out, but most of the electronic components can be removed if you feel like going low-key. [Tuang] also points out that for a garment to be functional it really needs to be washable as well, so being able to easily strip off the sensitive components was always an important part of the design in her mind.

The technology to sensors wearable and flexible is still largely in its infancy, but we’ve very excited to see where it goes. If projects like these inspire you, be sure to check out the presentation [Kitty Yeung] gave at the Hackaday Supercon where she talks about her vision for bespoke wearable technology.

thingThumbs up or thumbs down? This robotic arm skims social media to let you know if you're viewed positively or negatively.

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Smile! This plant wants to take a selfie with you

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Selfie Plant is an interactive installation taking pictures of itself using Arduino Yún, Facebook Graph APIs and then uploads them to Facebook. It was developed by a group of students at the Copenhagen Institute of Interaction Design during “The secret life of objects” course held also by team. The final prototype was placed in the exhibition of the school, to see the interaction of the audience with it and you can see the result on Facebook.


The Selfie Plant is an attempt to provoke some thoughts above genre of expression. The Selfie Plant expresses itself in the form of nice-looking selfies, which it clicks according to its mood, weather or occasion. It mimics human behaviour, by giving it’s best pose and adjusting the camera angle to take the perfect selfie.


In the documentation on Github you can find all the details of the project composed by an Arduino Yún, controlling 2 servo motors and adjusting the positions of the plant and the camera stick; a python script ( which communicates with Facebook’s graph API to post the captured photos on plant’s Facebook profile. In addition you’ll need also a LED Matrix, a Bread Board and 5 Volt Battery.

Here’s a preview of the diagram:




The Power of Temboo: connect the Yún to 100+ APIs

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(Guest post by Temboo Team)

Ever wish your Arduino could respond to the weather on the other side of the world? Or send you an email to let you know what it’s up to? Upload stuff to your Dropbox account? Or detect if you’re at risk of exposure to toxic chemicals?

Now it can. The Arduino Yún can easily grab all sorts of data and interact with tons of web-based services like Fitbit, Facebook, and Google because every Yún comes loaded with the power of Temboo. Using the Yún’s built in wi-fI capabilities, Temboo makes it easy for the Yún to connect to over 100 Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).

Don’t know what an API is or how to use one? Don’t worry. You don’t need to. With Temboo you can start using APIs with your Yún in minutes. We’ve standardized how to program with them and made sure they play nice with Arduino.

So how do you get your Yún to Temboo?

That’s easy too. When you’re setting up your Arduino account, you can quickly register for a free Temboo account right from your Arduino profile page. All you need to do for that is pick a Temboo username, and we’ll automatically email you your Temboo account details along with some ideas on where to begin. You should definitely check out the dedicated Arduino section of our website. We’ve created several how-to examples to get you Tweeting, texting, and more from your Yún in minutes. We’ve even put some examples right into the Arduino IDE (File->Examples>Bridge->Temboo).

Temboo's special page for the Arduino Yún.


Click on the image below to see one of the Temboo examples on Arduino IDE


One of the Temboo examples in the Arduino IDE.

What’s under the hood?

Temboo has written a special Python program on the Linino processor that interacts with the Temboo platform, sending and receiving data. A C++ library we created for the Arduino processor allows makers to communicate with the Linino-side Temboo program in a powerful yet user-friendly way. Sketch code for interacting with any Temboo process is generated live on our site for copying into the Arduino IDE. We’ve even developed a unique way for users to select the particular data they need from APIs and web-based resources, filtering out extraneous information and reducing the load on the board. For all the power that Temboo provides, our technology leaves a remarkably light footprint.

The Temboo website generates sketch code for the Arduino Yún. Above: Create an event on a Google Calendar.

We can’t even begin to imagine all the cool stuff that makers will do with the Yún. We’ll be adding more Arduino examples to our site as we continue to brainstorm, but we’d love to feature your ideas and projects as well. Shoot us an email at hey [at] or tweet at us at @Temboo to tell us about what you’re working on or to ask any questions.




Today we celebrate 100.000 fans on Facebook: thanks to all of you!

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Since last February our Arduino page on Facebook has been growing fast and today  we’re celebrating 100.000 fans: if you have an account on it, we invite you to join us and our passionate community on Facebook!

United States, India and Italy are the countries giving more “likes” to the page, but we receive videos, pictures and inquires from all over the world.

100k fans

From now on we’ll be regularly posting on this blog  updates and cool projects  shared by people on our social channels.

Just to give you an idea of what comes up, here’s three  great videos posted by our fans on the Arduino page:

  • Super Jeep Final


  •  Les petits pilous


  • Trashcan with PET detector


A poem for Arduino community and more about our social presence on G+

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Some days ago David Watts posted an unexpected but very welcome video on Arduino G+ Community, a poem dedicated to the Arduino community itself and commenting with these words:

Sort of a thank you to all the people who helped me learn about electronics and specifically Arduino. I really enjoy making projects and sharing them I and many other people would not be able to do it without such a fantastic community.

Here’s the video of the poem:


This nice contribution gives us the chance to finally announce  that next to our official Arduino Page on G+, with more than 212.000 [+1] and  almost 120.000 people adding us in their circles, now we have an official Arduino G+ Community you can join.

Arduino community on G+ Thanks to the collaboration of  Gary Rudd and Heath Naylor,  who created a passionate and active  unofficial community and accepted the proposal to make it official, recently we’ve just  updated the logo and joined them in the moderation. If you are on G+ we invite you to take part with your  enthusiasm and projects!


This is one of the channels you can choose to be active on Arduino online community, in the following days I’m going to bring some highlights from our  Facebook page aswell!



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