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‘Eye Spy’, A Drone’s Eye View of Sydney, Australia

“Eye Spy” is a series of short films created by production companies Ambience and Cavort that examine the lighting and architecture of various cities via ariel footage shot using a drone, including, most…

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Added by GarageLab on April 15, 2014 at 6:18am — No Comments

A Radio-Controlled X-Wing From ‘Star Wars’ Made Out of PVC Pipe

Designer Rodger Cleye made a five-foot-long radio-controlled X-wing starfighter from Star Wars out of what is mostly PVC…

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Added by GarageLab on April 11, 2014 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Create Your Own J.A.R.V.I.S. Using Jasper

Tony Stark’s J.A.R.V.I.S. needs no introduction. With [Shubhro's] and [Charlie's] recent release of Jasper, an always on voice-controlled development platform for the Raspberry Pi, you too can start making your own J.A.R.V.I.S..

Both [Shubhro] and [Charlie] are undergraduate students at Princeton…

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Added by GarageLab on April 9, 2014 at 6:37am — No Comments

Innovative Dad Pulls Son’s Baby Tooth Using Flying Drone

Apparently the “slamming door” method was just too boring for Malcolm Swan and his brave son, Adam. Instead, the pair removed Adam’s baby tooth the good old fashioned way—by tying it to a DJI Phantom Quadcopter and then letting the drone rip. Sadly, Adam’s tooth was never recovered, but I think the Tooth Fairy will still pay…

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Added by GarageLab on April 8, 2014 at 1:50pm — No Comments

Festo's BionicKangaroo gets the hop on energy-efficiency

The BionicKangaroo features pneumatic actuators that provide the jumping power and at the same time act as shock absorbers on landing. The necessary compressed air is supplied either from a small compressor or from a high pressure storage device on board. Electric motors are used for maintaining balance and controlling the kangaroo’s position with high accuracy,…

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Added by GarageLab on April 7, 2014 at 6:56am — No Comments

Using a 3D Printer to Draw Tattoos: InkD

 

It’s one thing to allow a professional tattoo artist to ink your arm. It’s another thing altogether to allow a 3D printer to do it. But that’s exactly what a team of designers in Paris recently did.

By hacking together a custom tattoo gun attachment for a MakerBot 3D printer, they were able to draw a computer-generated tattoo on a man’s arm. As you can see in the video below, the…

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Added by GarageLab on April 4, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Dispensing Solder Paste With A 3D Printer

There’s a strange middle ground in PCB production when it comes to making a few boards. Dispensing solder paste onto one board is easy enough with a syringe or toothpick, but when pasting up even a handful of boards, this method gets tiresome. Solder paste stencils speed up the process when you’re doing dozens or hundreds of boards, but making a stencil for just a few…

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Added by GarageLab on April 3, 2014 at 5:53am — No Comments

Commute-Case: It’s a Briefcase, It’s a Scooter

It’s a compact electric scooter that has mobility in mind. Not just when you’re on it, but also when you’re not using it as well. The sleek design allows you to fold the entire thing up into a briefcase of sorts when you’re keen on walking or for storage. You can also easily convert it into a trolley as…

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Added by GarageLab on April 1, 2014 at 7:40am — No Comments

The Kyub: a Three-Dimensional Feather Touch MIDI Keyboard

“The Kyub is a maker friendly, open source MIDI keyboard that provides a new window to musical performance. Capacitive sensing gives the Kyub extremely sensitive action and an internal accelerometer allows the volume of each note to be precisely controlled for versatile musical expression.…

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Added by GarageLab on March 31, 2014 at 7:43am — No Comments

Tutorial - UnoJoy: Use your Arduino Uno as a Joystick

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In this tutorial we will show you how to transform your Arduino UNO into a Joystick with UnoJoy. It is fully compatible with Windows, OSX and PS3 platforms, also it is capable of simulating all the control buttons of the PS3.

We will do all the procedures with Windows 7…

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Added by GarageLab on March 31, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Infrared Receivers – signal lag and distortion

Many electronics enthusiasts will be familiar with how Infrared receivers demodulate IR signals. In this post we show a visualisation of the time lag and distortion of the signals as they pass through the IR receiver for demodulation and noise filtering.  Most DIY projects use the raw timings from the IR receiver to decode individual signals. However, not many will be aware that IR receivers can distort the signal timings by significant amounts. Fortunately, common IR decoders take this into…

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Added by AnalysIR on March 28, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

iOn: Like Magic, Capacitive Control for Your Home

Watch out Clapper; there’s a new switch in town. iOn is a capacitive switch that lets you toggle lights and other devices simply by waving your hand in front of it. You…

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Added by GarageLab on March 28, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

RGB Lamp made from an old Scanner

In really old scanners you will normally find a florescent light source but new ones use a RGB light bar to shine on the document being scanned. There are lots of ways to make the thing light since it is a common positive 5 volt RGB light bar. To kick it up a notch Hack Shed decided to tie it into an Arduino and…

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Added by GarageLab on March 27, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

MicroView Tiny Arduino with OLED Screen: On-chip Display

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A company called Geek Ammo may have come up with the hacking community’s best buddy since the original Arduino. The MicroView is a chip-sized Arduino compatible computer with a built-in OLED display. Its size and built-in screen are a one-two punch for versatility.

The…

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Added by GarageLab on March 26, 2014 at 6:04am — No Comments

Open Source Humanoid Robot

Coming from a lab in France is The Poppy Project, an open source humanoid robot that’s at least as cool as ASIMO.

Poppy was designed as an affordable bipedal robot for use in education and art. It’s a small robot at just over 80 cm in height, but it can walk, move its arms, rotate its torso, and interact with bags-of-meat humans with…

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Added by GarageLab on March 25, 2014 at 7:34am — No Comments

Z-MACHINES Robot Band: Rage with the Machines

 

This is what 80′s rockers would have looked like if they were robots. This robotic band goes by the name Z-MACHINES. It sounds like a human band if you close your eyes, but if they are open you know that they are robots, ready to kill us after the show.…

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Added by GarageLab on March 21, 2014 at 2:09pm — No Comments

KamerMaker Begins Printing a House

The KamerMaker is the world’s largest portable 3D printing pavilion built out of a shipping container — it has started printing an entire house out of plastic.

We first shared the KamerMaker (literally “Room Maker” in Dutch) a few years ago when it was first designed and built as a …

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Added by GarageLab on March 20, 2014 at 12:34pm — No Comments

This Tree-Pruning Robot Wields a Chainsaw

Robots wielding dangerous weapons never seems like a good idea, but that doesn’t stop engineers from continuing to create them. Case in point, this ”Pruning Robot With a Power-Saving Chainsaw Drive.”

It was developed by roboticists Yasuhiko Ishigure, Katsuyuki Hirai, and Haruhisa Kawasaki, and is capable of not only climbing up trees, but…

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Added by GarageLab on March 19, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

Tutorial: Using GPS Shield as an Anti-Theft Device

In this tutorial we will show how to use the GPS Shield. We chose to make an anti-theft device with this item by determining an area, that if the GPS exceed the limit of this area, the Arduino can make an action or play the…

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Added by GarageLab on March 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 1 Comment

Here’s A “Robotic Elephant Trunk” That’s Actually One Of Doc Ock’s Appendages

 

Three years ago, German engineering firm Festo provided proof-of-concept of a mobile robot elephant trunk they’d created, controlled by artificial muscles. Now, that robot trunk has been fully-realized – it can learn, it can crush you, and it’s probably about to be purchased by one Doctor Otto Octavius.

Described by one observer as “strangely alive”…

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Added by GarageLab on March 18, 2014 at 5:20am — No Comments

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