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Next generation thrusters for marine robotics

Posted by GarageLab on August 28, 2014 at 6:31am 0 Comments

Rustom Jehangir, Joe Spadola and Josh Villbrandt want to further the field of marine robotics. They know that the ocean covers seventy percent of our planet but it mostly unexplored. While building their Solar Surfer robot, the team was able to source every component easily and for a low cost - except the thrusters. Commercial thrusters built for underwater ROVs cost between $500 and $3000. Their solution was to build their own thruster, the T100.

They say:"We've also made our own ROV - Remotely Operated Vehicle that uses six thrusters to provide…

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Best Dad Ever Builds Hovercraft for His Kids

Posted by GarageLab on August 27, 2014 at 4:30am 0 Comments

A YouTube user aptly named “Papa” built a hovercraft for his kids. He wins the father of the week award. He could have just built vehicle with wheels and they would have been happy, but he went the extra mile and added hover capabilities.

The video actually shows his second attempt at the project. Looks like it is working pretty well, and those kids are having a blast. This hoverboard is made out of a polystyrene insulation board and has a hand vacuum and a rope for steering. Pretty basic stuff, but oh so awesome when you are a child taking it for a spin.

From: Technabob

3D printer uses Arduino controller and makes food in unusual ways

Posted by GarageLab on August 26, 2014 at 5:35am 0 Comments

The PancakeBot is able to create pancakes with formats in amazing 3D printer, created by Norwegian developer Miguel Valenzuela. Initially produced from Lego pieces, the device has completely reworked its appearance and mechanical parts with acrylic and Arduino controller.

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Pressure Gauge Modded to Measure Internet Usage

Posted by GarageLab on August 25, 2014 at 5:50am 0 Comments

The appeal of having a 100 year old gauge on the wall that shows the current Internet usage is hard to describe. It's a physical representation of both old world technology combined with our current virtual lifestyles.

Basicly The Raspberry Pi runs a Python program which loops an snmpget command to read SNMP data from your Internet router every 10 seconds. This data is then used to calculate the averaged bandwidth and adjusted to the range of the specific gauge. (the averaged time can be adjusted for a less dynamic gauge movement).

The data is sent to an Arduino Micro which runs a sketch to slow and smooth the movement of the gauge. The Arduino is connected to a servo which is linked to the gauge's original mechanism.…

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Tutorial: How to make an Optical Tachometer with IR LED and Phototransistor

Posted by GarageLab on August 22, 2014 at 2:30pm 0 Comments

Hello Everybody! In this tutorial we will be going over on how to build an optical tachometer with an Arduino UNO and Infrared sensors!

Basically our project goal will be to break the infrared-beam with  an a DC motor arm revolution.

We are going to do a screen print up speed value as well.…
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New wearable technology can save you from mosquito bites

Posted by GarageLab on August 22, 2014 at 4:30am 0 Comments

More than half of the world’s population lives in areas that are exposed to infections caused by mosquitoes. These tiny creatures are responsible for transmission of some of the deadliest diseases in the world, such as Malaria and Dengue. Around 600,000 people are killed only by malaria across the globe every year. Besides this major threats, there are uncountable number of other infections that are caused by mosquitoes. Well, addressing this problem, Oxford University and The Royal Botanic Gardens Kew have joined hands to develop a new wearable technology that could prevent and manage outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases.

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Researchers create solar panel transparent

Posted by GarageLab on August 21, 2014 at 5:12am 0 Comments

The technology panels to capture solar energy has been around since 1958 with progressive advancement in relation to efficiency in converting light energy into electrical. This week, researchers at the University of Michigan, USA, developed a type of transparent photovoltaic cell as an alternative to existing models dark.

For more information click here.

HitchBOT completes cross-Canada journey

Posted by GarageLab on August 20, 2014 at 5:38am 0 Comments

It’s been an adventurous three weeks for the hitchhiking robot that set out to travel across Canada one ride at a time.

HitchBOT’s 6,000-kilometre journey began in Halifax on July 27 and ended in Victoria on Saturday, and while the robot is pretty exhausted from the expedition, it made a ton of new friends along the way.

The collaborative research project, which was designed to explore topics in human-robot interaction and test technologies in artificial intelligence, also demonstrated to its creators that “robots can trust human beings.”…

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Omote uses light to project virtual makeup and real-time animations on your face

Posted by GarageLab on August 19, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

A team of artists and computer graphics designers have created a projection mapping system that you need to see to believe. Omote uses advanced face tracking technology to project precise images onto a user’s face that can simulate anything from makeup to cascading water. It all happens in real time, and you can see it demonstrated in the incredible video above.

Omote is able to maintain images on the model’s face even as she turns from side to side and tilts her head up and down. Most of the video is shot from a few feet away — about where you’d be standing if you were talking to someone. From that distance, the effect looks absolutely flawless. The makeup effects are believable, and the more complex reflection and pattern projections are stunning.

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Technology of the Future: Inventions that Will Change the World

Posted by GarageLab on August 18, 2014 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Alexander Graham Bell, Leonardo DaVinci and Alberto Santos Dumont are some of the inventors who in his time were called "crazy" but thanks to them we now have telephone, parachute, wetsuits, wrist watch, among other aircraft. Many of these ideas were slow to be accepted but are now indispensable. We decided to research the inventions, innovations and prototypes that are promising technologies of the future.

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