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Tutorial: XBEE with Arduino

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…

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Added by GarageLab on July 24, 2014 at 7:19am — No Comments

Tutorial: Relay Board + Arduino

1.RelayBoard…

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Added by GarageLab on July 23, 2014 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Social robot Jibo, created by MIT roboticist

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…

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Added by GarageLab on July 23, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

What Could You Do With 7 Fingers?

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…

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Added by GarageLab on July 22, 2014 at 8:48am — No Comments

Create your dream gadget with a smart device

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…

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Added by GarageLab on July 21, 2014 at 6:21am — No Comments

YouBionic – 3D Printed Bionic Arduino Controlled Prosthetic Hand

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…

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Added by GarageLab on July 21, 2014 at 6:17am — No Comments

Real world third person reality percspective

Who says VR needs to be experienced in the first-person? Using a stereo pair of…

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Added by GarageLab on July 17, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Google picks a manufacturing partner for smart contact lenses

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…

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Added by GarageLab on July 16, 2014 at 9:56am — No Comments

Wireless Controlled Robotic Hand

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…
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Added by GarageLab on July 15, 2014 at 5:25am — No Comments

Vintage Internet Radio Made with Raspberry Pi: Poser

This radio is only authentic on the outside. This guy found two units of an old radio model on eBay and used them to make an Internet-connected music player. He was able to pull off the mod with the help of a Raspberry Pi and a free Linux-based software called Pi…

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Added by GarageLab on July 14, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Robotic Hand Uses AI to Specialize Its Grip for Any Object



The hand makes clever use of Microsoft’s Kinect off-the-shelf depth sensor to size up the object it needs to grasp using a 3D point cloud. If the hand has seen the object before, it calls up instructions for the most practical shape to adopt to grasp it. If it hasn’t seen the object before, it runs artificial intelligence algorithms to guess at the best…

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Added by GarageLab on July 11, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Connect Four Robot: Pretty Sneaky, Bot

Patrick McCabe has what might be the world’s only single-player Connect Four set, thanks to a robot that he made for his Microcomputer Project Laboratory course at MIT. The robot is slow and noisy, but it makes up for its crude machinery with its sharp brain. For those of you who don’t know, Connect Four is a solved game. It’s possible to predict the…

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Added by GarageLab on July 10, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

Tutorial: Basic 16x2 LCD with Arduino

On this tutorial, we will show you how to connect a basic 16x2 LCD to your Arduino.

Materials List

1x Arduino UNO

1x LCD 16x2

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Added by GarageLab on July 10, 2014 at 7:00am — 1 Comment

Lego robot plays freemium iPad games while creator sleeps

In 2011, Uli Kilian earned a Guinness World Record for solving 100 Rubik’s cubes during that year’s London marathon. Instead of running during this year’s race, however, he has produced a Lego Technics robot that plays free-to-play iPad games while he sleeps.

The small setup uses an old iPad mounted on top of Technics wheels. The machine…

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Added by GarageLab on July 8, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Play Tetris on this T-shirt

Mark Kerger is a walking video game, thanks to his fancy shirt. He built this cool Tetris shirt using an Arduino controller, 128 LEDs, and 4 AA batteries. Look at him now. He’s a walking arcade cabinet. The possibilities are endless. And if you need more screen space, there’s always your pants, in which case your belt…

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Added by GarageLab on July 7, 2014 at 6:37am — No Comments

Laser Piano Worthy Of The Band ‘Wyld Stallyns’

[Robi] and [Kathy] from elecfreaks have put together a how-to article about a Laser Piano they just built. Instead of keys, the user breaks beams of laser light to trigger the sounds.

Several laser pointer diodes are wired in parallel and mounted in a box, cardboard in this case. The laser diodes are aimed at photocells that reside on the other…

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Added by GarageLab on July 3, 2014 at 6:06am — No Comments

Robot Minesweeper Vehicle Demoed in Mock Military Missions

Photo: Oshkosh Defense

A robotic minesweeper aims to defuse lethal roadside bombs that represented the signature weapon killed or wounded thousands of troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. The all-terrain…

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Added by GarageLab on July 3, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

MIT teaches a drone to perch on power lines so it can recharge during flight

One of the biggest issues facing the use of flying drones is their limited range. The problem comes down to weight. Batteries are relatively heavy, and if you want to carry a payload, then a compromise has to be made somewhere and it’s usually in the battery department. This has lead to drone fly times of about 10-20 minutes.

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Added by GarageLab on July 1, 2014 at 6:10am — No Comments

PocketScan Mobile Scanner: If You Can Touch It, You Can Scan It

There are apps that let you use your mobile device to scan documents and images, but if you want a dedicated mobile scanner check out PocketScan. It connects to iPads as well as Windows and OS X computers via Bluetooth and has a built-in battery. Like LG’s Smart Scan Mouse, PocketScan shows you its image processing in real…

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Added by GarageLab on June 30, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

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