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Feeling Uncomfortable: The Way to Create Amazing Content via @Buffer by @kevanlee

We have dozens of ways to measure a successful blog post or social media update, and I’d imagine you’re familiar with all of them. You can track blog traffic by digging into analytics. You can view engagement data on every update you send. The measurable aspects of an ideal blog post and social update are substantial. What about the immeasurable elements? These are the elements that you can’t really quantify, which might be why they don’t receive the same emphasis. It’s hard to pitch a story to an editor based on a feeling you have. It’s easier to point to numbers than to intuition.  This line of thinking extends to […]

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4 Amazing Things You Simply Must Know About Sensational Headlines

If readers are developing headline fatigue, but content creators continue to be chartered with driving traffic, where does that leave marketers when it comes to how to approach headlines? Here are some key takeaways from a study of headlines.

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Up Close @ SMX Advanced: Amazing Paid Search Tactics

Paid search continues to get exceedingly complicated, but the expert panel, the last session of this year’s SMX Advanced, blew the audience away with understandable and valuable tips.  Amazing Paid Search Tactics & Tools featured four expert speakers, and it was the first time I’ve ever heard…



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Arduino Rising: 10 Amazing Projects People Are Doing With The Tiny Microcontroller

This past Saturday marked World Arduino Day, an eponymous celebration of the first decade of the open-source single-board microcontroller designed for do-it-yourself electronics projects.

Developed in 2004 for Italian design students, Arduino quickly became a favorite for builders and makers all over the world. With a built-in set of inputs and outputs that can be directly connected to sensors, Arduino allows for projects that interact with the environment outside the tiny microcontroller. 

For this reason, many compare Arduino to Raspberry Pi, but Arduino is not a self-sufficient computer like the Pi. What Arduino can do is make electrical engineering ridiculously easy. For example, let’s say you wanted to create a simple project to make LEDs blink on and off. On the Raspberry Pi, you’d need to install your OS and some code libraries, and that’s just the start. On the Arduino, you can achieve the same functionality with just an LED, a resistor and eight measly lines of code.  

If you’re curious about getting started with Arduino, there’s no better time to begin than today—World Arduino Day—or whenever you’re reading this article. I’ve listed 10 projects below that are ideal for any Arduino beginners out there. 

The Ever Blinking LED

Adafruit shows you how to make everyone’s favorite first Arduino project, an LED light that blinks. On the surface, it looks like you’re learning to make the light blink slowly or rapidly, but really this tutorial is ideal for getting you familiar with your Arduino. And by the end of it, you got a blinking light, and that’s pretty darn cool.

A simple robot. Photo and tutorial by Nathan House.

A simple robot. Photo and tutorial by Nathan House.

Arduino Based Robot

MAKE magazine calls this an ideal first robotics project. It’s fast and simple but by no means limited: You can program the robot to move around on its two wheels while avoiding any obstacle you put in its way. 

Garage Door Opener

Since the Arduino’s strength is communicating with the world around it—a la the Internet of Things—this project is a great example of how Arduino can be contacted by a mobile phone to trigger your garage door.  

Talking Clock

This Arduino project looks more elaborate than it is. It uses a LoL (Lots of LEDs) display shield to show the time and a Speakjet Speech Synthesiser chip to speak it aloud. But once you’ve got the hardware together, the software just requires a quick download of some open source code, and your clock soon be able to literally tell you the time in no time at all. 

Keyboard Lock

Make Arduino your personal sentinel by programming it to keep intruders from accessing your computer keyboard. This project is from Arduino Workshop by John Boxall, a book designed for beginners looking to get started with Arduino. 

Tweet your coffee pot to brew on command. Photo and tutorial by greggawatt.

Tweet your coffee pot to brew on command. Photo and tutorial by greggawatt.

Twitter Enabled Coffee Pot

Tweet at your coffee pot while you’re out, and come home to a fresh brew. This project only requires four hardware components and eight steps, but everyone that follows you on Twitter will be impressed at your DIY know-how.  

Thermostat 

This Arduino project queries your home PC, which then polls a Google Calendar to determine the ideal temperature for your apartment. It’s not especially pretty, but there’s no soldering (fusing metal objects with a tool) required. 

Pollutant Sensor

Arduino makes it easy to monitor your air quality. As creator Luke Iseman points out, you can either buy a pollutant detector for upwards of $230, or you can make one yourself with Arduino on the cheap. This one uses a small gas sensor to basically allow your Arduino to acquire a sense of smell.  

The "magic crystal mood ball." Photo and tutorial by Bruna Calheiros.

The "magic crystal mood ball." Photo and tutorial by Bruna Calheiros.

“Magic Crystal Mood Ball”

Academic Bruna Calheiros found a hollow plastic ball, and rigged it to an Arduino and five RGB LEDs to change color when it senses heat. Depending on the user’s touch, the ball will change to one of eight colors, thereby “measuring your mood.”

8x8x8 LED Cube

What would you do with a large, glowing Arduino-powered cube? I don’t know, but 3 million people have tagged this Instructables post to try it out. More elaborate than any of the previous projects listed, the creator estimates four or five days of work. Too much? Start with MAKE’s 3x3x3 LED cube for beginners.

So now that you’ve seen these various Arduino projects, how do you know which one’s right for you? The Arduino Store offers many variations of the tiny microcontroller, but while the tutorials we listed could use any Arduino board, we’d recommend the Arduino Uno because of its standard size and usability, which is also the board that’s included in Arduino beginner kits.

For more experienced electrical engineers looking to toy around with Arduino, the Leonardo offers more processing power for bigger projects, and the Due has even more. Arduino also offers the Micro, which lives up to its name, while the LilyPad is ideal for sewing into clothes. 

Lead photo by Nicholas Zambetti

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25 Amazing Contact Us Pages by @albertcostill

Not long ago, we came up with a list that highlighted one of the most important sections of a website– The ‘About Us’ page. But, we’d be remiss if we didn’t follow that list up with an equally important section–the ‘Contact Us’ page. Why is this such an important area to focus on? Don’t you […]

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25 Amazing Facts About Facebook by @albertcostill

Image Source: Marcin Wichary/Flickr Ten years ago, people were freaking out over Janet Jackson’s controversial performance during Super Bowl Super Bowl XXXVIII. All the cool kids were on some social networking site called MySpace. Meanwhile a college student unveiled another social networking site, at the time limited to just fellow Harvard students, originally dubbed “The […]

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Albert Costill

Just a typical guy that enjoys an ice-cold beer, pizza, sports and music. Since venturing into the blogosphere many years ago to discuss his favorite tunes, Al has been known to write for online publications by Alpha Brand Media such as SoJones and AMOG, as well as Search Engine Journal, to discuss everything and anything that matters.

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