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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:…


Tutorial: Relay Board + Arduino

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



#define numberboards 2RelayBoard relay(data, strobe, clock, numberboards);

int i;

int j;

void setup()





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,…


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.

for more information:…


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:…


Real world third person reality percspective

Posted by GarageLab on July 17, 2014 at 6:00am 0 Comments

Who says VR needs to be experienced in the first-person? Using a stereo pair of GoPro cameras, mounted to a tall antenna carried in a backpack, some obscenely intelligent makers in Poland have discovered that it's possible to enjoy an Oculus Rift experience from a third-person POV instead. The cameras don't respond automatically to head movements just yet, so they have to be controlled by means of a small thumb stick, but they nevertheless augment the wearer's 3D vision: By giving him a view of the real world as seen from a…


Google picks a manufacturing partner for smart contact lenses

Posted by GarageLab on July 16, 2014 at 9:56am 0 Comments

Earlier this year the X lab at Google revealed they were continuing research initially done with Microsoft to make contact lenses that did a lot more than just help you see better. There’s a couple of impressive concepts that have come from this research, but the X lab has been pushing towards making these concepts reality. The first partner to help Google move forward with this vision has been officially announced, which means functional shipping units could happen as early as next year.

Alcon, the eye care division of Novartis, has agreed to license the technology Google has been working on and apply “non-invasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturized electronics” to a pair of smart contact products. The first product is the one we’ve all heard about already,…


Wireless Controlled Robotic Hand

Posted by GarageLab on July 15, 2014 at 5:25am 0 Comments

It consists in an artificial hand controlled by a glove with flex sensors. The artificial hand reproduces the movements of the hand with the control glove, wirelessly. The hand and the glove works both with Arduino.

The materials needed for the control glove are:

  • an elastic glove;
  • Lilypad Arduino board (there are different versions, which usually only have 4 analog inputs, so pay attention and buy the one in the image);
  • XBee module;
  • Shield to connect the Xbee module;
  • 5 Flex sensors;
  • 5 resistors: 47 KΩ;
  • battery pack with 3x1.5 V batteries (Lilypad can be powered from 2.7 to 5.5 V, so 4.5 V it's ok);
  • LilyPad FTDI adapter (quite optional).…


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