Wine Chiller with Simblee

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  By James Kim Here at FirstBuild, we prototype ideas fast to gather feedback and understand user preferences for products. In certain cases, we need a basic mobile app working with our prototype to showcase an idea, and this is …

IoT Hack Night Recap

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The growing number of Internet-connected devices and the increasing availability of affordable microprocessors is opening up limitless possibilities in the Internet of Things (IoT). Developers and makers now have a fantastic opportunity to bring their IoT ideas to life. However, …

Voice-Activated or Gesture-Controlled?

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We’ve been working on different ways to control your appliances. Yes, you can already use your smart phone to change settings and receive notifications. But, what about using your voice or gestures to control them? We’ve built a couple vent …

App Enabled Home Challenge Winners

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A few weeks ago, we launched the first phase of the App Enabled Home Challenge. The challenge centered on defining the interface and hardware standard for the home of the future. We received some great entries but, since this is …

Internet of Tiles: Coming Soon

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We’re working on a brand new web series called the “Internet of Tiles”. The general purpose of the show is to make cool stuff and do tutorials to show our audience how to make that same thing themselves. The cool …

Countertop Challenge Winners

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We received over 450 entries in this challenge, which was by far the most entires we’ve ever had in any challenge. We’d like to thank everyone for their participation; there were so many great entries, but we could only choose …

Countertop Challenge Top 20 Announced

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The Countertop Challenge, our second challenge with our 3D printing partners MakerBot, has moved through entry submittal and voting. The top 10 entries coming from community votes joined the 10 entries selected by the FirstBuild/Thingiverse teams to advance to judging. …

FirstBuild Platform Improvements

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We’ve recently been doing some work on the website that we hope will improve the user experience. You may have already noticed some of the new features, but we wanted to give you a brief explanation about the improvements that …

Upverter Challenge Winners

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The Upverter Challenge has ended and the winners have been chosen. But first, let us give you a little bit of background the challenge itself. The goal of the challenge was to expand the toolbox of hardware for developing new home …