Design Journal 7: What to do while waiting for Arduinos to arrive

Just a few quick musings while I wait for my Adruino components to arrive.

** The Blue LED light just won the Nobel Prize:


On Tuesday, Oct. 7, The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that they awarded the prize to Isamu Akasaki of Meijo University in Nagoya, Japan, Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University in Japan, and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California, Santa Barbara for:

“…having invented a new energy-efficient and environment-friendly light source — the blue light-emitting diode (LED). In the spirit of Alfred Nobel the Prize rewards an invention of greatest benefit to mankind; using blue LEDs, white light can be created in a new way. With the advent of LED lamps we now have more long-lasting and more efficient alternatives to older light sources.”


*Demographically speaking, I also find it interesting that the average age of Arduino and Lilypad users was 26-27 years (Buechley, 2010).

*I found this interesting listing of articles for Arduinos on Scoop.It :


Buechley, L., & Hill, B. M. (2010). LilyPad in the wild: how hardware’s long tail is supporting new engineering and design communities. In Proceedings of the 8th ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (pp. 199-207). ACM.

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