It is a variant of Python, and a fork of the popular MicroPython that’s been out for a few years. However, CircuitPython has a few differences that are really helpful for Assistive Technology., and we’re going to use it to amazing things!
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It’s official: this year’s Adapt-A-Thon will be a on November 25th at the fabulous Launch Site building at Orange Technical College in Orlando! Last year’s event adapted over 100 toys for children who use AT switches, and this year is going to be even better!
How? Well first, we’ve got more kids! Eight separate groups of young Makers are planning on joining us at the event:
- GRA-V FRC Team FRC Team 5816 (our hosts!)
- Roaring Riptide FRC Team 4118
- Royal Robotics FRC Team 5842
- Super 7 FTC Team 7477
- Exploding Bacon FRC Team 1902
- UF Women in Electrical and Computer Engineering (WECE)
- UF Building Others Through STEM (BOTS)
- UF Generational Relief in Prosthetics (GRiP)
That should about triple the number of hands working on toys, so we’re going to expand our goals! Specifically, we’ll be working on three new areas:
- Working with a larger number of groups who need toys. Does your school district need adapted toys? Or your charity (or just your child?) Let us know (but please contact us soon!)
- Including toys targeting older switch users. Dice rollers (for D&D, boggle, etc.), “Hand Raisers”, etc. are great for “bigger kids” and we’ve got the skills & designs to make them.
- Providing Switches & PC Switch Interfaces. We have three working switch designs that are all 3D printable: we’ll make sure any kid who needs a switch gets one. In addition, we’ll be providing low-cost switch interfaces to allow switches to be used as mouse and keyboard input to a PC or Mac.
This will be amazing, but it will cost money – more money than our usual funding methods can handle (but thank you LessonPix.com & the Binkos and Griffiths!). We estimate that even if the recipient groups purchase most of the unadapted toys, we’ll need about $2000.00 to make this happen.
So please, consider making a donation to this event. We are a 501(c)(3) charity and will be happy to work with you to make your donation or advertising purchase go as far as possible. If you’d like more information, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Adapted toys are magic for kids with motor issues. It’s true that the toy creates joy and fun for the child, but it’s also the first step towards the ability to control their world. This guide will show you how to choose and adapt a toy for your kid. Continue reading Switch Adapting a Child’s Toy
Our delightful friends at Adafruit Industries have generously donated ten 3D printers and related accessories to ATMakers for use by our high school STEM partners! Thank you!
Here is the Tobii 4C and EyeX mounts using the updated “watch-band” style hinges. I talked about these just before the Facebook group was hidden (the second time), but Mary Elizabeth and some others wanted these, so I’ve created a Thingiverse page for them.
Facebook has restored our community Group – it looks like everything is back, with the possible exception of one post from yesterday.
This has been an infuriating experience, with a few lingering questions: Continue reading And we’re BACK (on Facebook)
Well, this has been quite the weekend.
On Saturday, I asked my delightful sister to help me share ATMakers in Atlanta. We talked through a post she could share with her local friends, and I included a link to ATMakers.org’s main website.
She posted it and immediately we found out that the main site (which is based on WordPress) had been hacked. They had posted a ton of horrible ads and “your computer has been infected” garbage on the homepage. Worse, they hide it when you’re logged in, so I Continue reading ATMaker’s Facebook Group is Gone – What?
On Saturday, June 23, 2018 Mike Phillips finally checked off a long-standing desire from his “Things to Do” list – firing a gun with a switch. ATMakers.org is happy to have helped this happen. Check out his story below. Continue reading Mike’s Gun: An ATMakers.org Project
Today, our founder, Bill Binko presented at the AAC In The Cloud conference.
https://presenters.aacconference.com/videos/UXpFMlFURTQ=Here are slides for the presentation.
At ATMakers, we use lots of AT Jacks. Every switch-adapted toy, every interface device, almost everything we make requires a 3.5mm jack or plug.
Because of this, we ask STEM programs and Robotics teams to make us jacks and plugs as their first soldering project, and we’re always making them here. Therefore we have lots of jacks, and we need to do lots of testing! This project makes that simple!
Continue reading Automated Testing of 3.5mm AT Jacks