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Flexible, Printed Batteries for Wearable Devices

Posted by GarageLab on July 29, 2014 at 5:54am 0 Comments

A California startup is developing flexible, rechargeable batteries that can be printed cheaply on commonly used industrial screen printers. Imprint Energy, of Alameda, California, has been testing its ultrathin zinc-polymer batteries in wrist-worn devices and hopes to sell them to manufacturers of wearable electronics, medical devices, smart labels, and environmental sensors.

From: MIT Technology…

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Tutorial: Arduino Motor Control L293D Dual Motor Shield

Posted by GarageLab on July 28, 2014 at 11:15am 0 Comments

L293D

In this tutorial we will show you the differences between controlling a motor using a simple L293D (whose photo you can see below) and control a device called …

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3D printed humanoid robot goes open source

Posted by GarageLab on July 28, 2014 at 5:00am 0 Comments

If you’ve ever dreamed of manufacturing your own legion of mechanical minions, a group of robotics researchers at the Inria Flowers Lab in Bordeaux-France may have a solution. The group recently released the physical design and control software, plus BOM and assembly instructions, for a 3D printable humanoid robot, called Poppy.

The robot’s latticed body parts are laser sintered from polyamide material to keep weight down but still provide a stiff skeletal structure to support it’s motors and electronics. Its Arduino controller, control software and physical design support numerous sensors types including position, speed, load, temperature, acceleration and pressure.…

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tinyTesla Desktop Musical Tesla Coil: Electric Cutie

Posted by GarageLab on July 24, 2014 at 10:42am 0 Comments

Aside from teaching children basic electronics skills and principles, the tinyTesla was designed to play music. It has a USB port and a MIDI port, so you can control it either through music software on your computer or with a MIDI instrument.

From: Technabob

Tutorial: XBEE with Arduino

Posted by GarageLab on July 24, 2014 at 7:19am 0 Comments

On this tutorial, we will show how to use the XBee with Arduino, using the XBee Shield and the XBee explorer. The XBee uses the 2.4GHz and the IEEE 802.15.4 standard. With this board, you can exschange information between two microcontrollers, or computers. You can also create point-to-point or multi-point networks.

Get the XBee explorer and connect your XBee there to configure it:

Then, connect it to your USB port and open the PuTTY, or any other serial terminal:…

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Tutorial: Relay Board + Arduino

Posted by GarageLab on July 23, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

1.RelayBoard

You can download relay board library here.

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#define numberboards 2RelayBoard relay(data, strobe, clock,…
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Social robot Jibo, created by MIT roboticist

Posted by GarageLab on July 23, 2014 at 6:30am 0 Comments

At 6 pounds in weight and 11 inches in height, the robot is capable of many tasks. It acts as an "on-demand cameraman," picking up on cues like movement, speech commands and smiles to know when someone's posing for a picture. Breazeal says that's important for any parent who wants to be in a photo with their family as opposed to constantly being the designated photographer.

Jibo is also connected to a mobile app for iOS and Android. Users can ask Jibo to take voicemails or remind them of things they need to do. "Since he recognizes you and each member of your household, and can interact with natural social cues, Jibo can deliver the right messages to the right people at the right time," according to a company release.

more information,…

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What Could You Do With 7 Fingers?

Posted by GarageLab on July 22, 2014 at 8:48am 0 Comments

A strange thought yes, but MIT researchers think an extra two digits could really make a difference in many people’s lives. The extra two fingers provide three degrees of freedom each, and are mounted off the user’s wrist. A series of position recording sensors attached to the glove provide feedback to the system in order to control the fingers naturally, just by using your hand normally.

From: Hackaday

Create your dream gadget with a smart device

Posted by GarageLab on July 21, 2014 at 6:21am 0 Comments

If you enjoy using the Arduino platform and would like to create your very own self balancing robot, you might be interested in a new device called the Hippo-ADK which is Arduino based and can be used in connection with Lego NXT and and Android device.

Hippo-ADK connects with your Android devices in real time through USB and Bluetooth.This allows you instant access to sensors,switches, accelerometers, gyroscopes, magnetometers, communication modules (Wi-Fi, GPS, GSM), cameras, and LCD screens without even having to spend a dollar on optional parts. It is all on your Android devices.

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YouBionic – 3D Printed Bionic Arduino Controlled Prosthetic Hand

Posted by GarageLab on July 21, 2014 at 6:17am 0 Comments

A company called YouBionic has just announced that they are in the process of developing a bionic, electronically controlled, 3D printed prosthetic hand. Federico Ciccarese tells 3DPrint.com that the hand will be controlled by an Arduino microcontroller and commercial servomotors. The prototype of the hand has been created using selective laser sintering of nylon, but Ciccarese wants to create future Youbionic hands on FDM based 3D printers.1

Muscle sensors work by detecting the electronic pulses in the surrounding muscles which allows the user of the prosthetic hand to operate it in a similar way that someone would control their real hand. The sensors detect intended movement and allow the Youbionic hand to respond in the appropriate manner.

more information:…

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