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Early OpenBCI-Brain Computer Interface researcher hacks a Hexbug and gives advice to other brain-hackers

Posted by GarageLab on September 2, 2014 at 6:05am 0 Comments

Audette blogged about his creation of a mind-controlled Hexbug battle spider that uses a SSVEP (Steady State Visually Evoked Potential) paradigm to move the toy robot left, right, and forward, an OpenBCI board, and an Arduino Uno.

Success! Right?

Well not as much as he’d hoped for. Reflecting on the project, Audette said, “one always has grand visions of what you want to do, but then you’ve got to face reality.” Audette said that he wanted the robot to move left when he thought “left” and move right when he thought “right.” After doing his lit-review, he knew that simply wasn’t going to happen for him, because it barely happens on the academic research level. That doesn’t mean Audette isn’t proud of his accomplishments,…

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Google Project Wing Drone Delivery Service: An Endless Waltz of Packages

Posted by GarageLab on September 1, 2014 at 9:30am 0 Comments

Like Amazon, it appears Google has been mulling the use of drones to deliver goods. The company recently unveiled its Project Wing, a system that uses drones with the goal of delivering goods within two minutes after an order is placed. That’s a beam saber to the heart of courier companies.

According to The Atlantic, Google has been working on Project Wing for two years now. Its current drone prototype is a small tail-sitter – an aircraft that takes off and lands on its tail, similar to rocket spacecraft. Unlike Amazon’s drone, which drops almost to the ground to deliver its…

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Homemade guitar looper with Arduino

Posted by GarageLab on August 29, 2014 at 7:13am 0 Comments

Here is how to produce pedalboard for electric guitar. The idea is to connect pedals to the Arduino, and to use them to control a software of sound processing in Pure Data. Here I show you the example of a looper, but one can be also made a rack of effects without problem.

For more information click here.

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.

More information click here.

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.

 
 
 

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