The Toro-bots are a pair of walking robots that have Japanese lanterns for a head. They were created for beautifying gardens with minimal effort, but they certainly could be used for indoor illumination as well.
People often have to get down on all fours to move lamps and lanterns from one spot on their garden to another. The Toro-bots get rid of the dirty work…Continue
Added by GarageLab on March 7, 2014 at 5:06am — No Comments
If you are a programmer, QA or student in IT that loves playing card games then code:deck is for you! code:deck is a standard playing card deck sporting a stylish modern design. Each individual card features a code excerpt describing it in one of many programming languages. We tried to compile a wide selection of programming languages - from generally…Continue
Added by GarageLab on March 6, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments
We've already seen rings that unlock doors and mobile devices, show the time, act as a mouse or display notifications from a connected mobile device, but, like the Fin, the Ring from California-based Logbar aims to take finger wagging to the next level. Featuring Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) connectivity, the Ring is designed to…Continue
Added by GarageLab on March 5, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments
[Rodot] wrote in to tell us about the Gamebuino, a very nicely designed and easily reproducible version of his handheld Arduino gaming console. We originally featured [Rodot's] Arduino based gaming console over a year ago.
Added by GarageLab on February 28, 2014 at 4:53am — No Comments
Apparently that whole “give a man a fish” philosophy applies to robots, too. You could just give a team of tiny robot construction workers specific instructions and have them build a structure, but why do that when they can figure out how to do it themselves?
These cheerful little automatons built by the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied…
Added by GarageLab on February 27, 2014 at 4:34am — No Comments
Flappy bird this, flappy bird that, we’re really not too sure how a clone of the original helicopter game became so darn popular. Anyway, [Fawn Qiu] — founder of MakeAnything — decided to hop on the bandwagon and made this awesome physical version of Flappy Bird!
She threw it together at the Tribeca Hacks Hackathon, and it uses an Arduino, two servo motors, a reed…Continue
Added by GarageLab on February 26, 2014 at 5:26am — No Comments
Jeff Highsmith is an amazing dad. The proof is right here. He built this awesome Mission Control desk for his oldest son. His kid needed his own desk so he could do his…Continue
Added by GarageLab on February 25, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments
Accessibility devices tend to be prohibitively expensive, and it’s always nice to see a hacker apply their skills to making these devices more affordable. BRAIGO is a low cost braille printer by [Shubham Banerjee]. He built the printer using parts from the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 kit, with a few additions. This LEGO kit retails for $349, and a standard braille printer…Continue
Added by GarageLab on February 24, 2014 at 5:28am — No Comments
For cardiologists to provide effective treatment, they need to know what’s going on inside a patient’s circulatory system. In the past that almost always meant invasive surgeries, but medicine has since advanced to the point that blood vessels and even the heart can be analyzed with advanced…Continue
Added by GarageLab on February 22, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments
DARPA has teamed up with the Pentagon to get a little smaller - implantable-brain-robot smaller. Hopefully, this new project will help treat memory loss in soldiers injured in combat (and not turn them into weird DARPA-slavebots).
Though Medtronic Inc. (MDT) has already created robot…Continue
Added by GarageLab on February 18, 2014 at 5:19am — No Comments
The Time Plotting Clock mechanism is fantastically simple, 3 tiny servo motors allow the erasable marker to be moved along the drawing surface and raised when no contact with the surface is desired. This allows the pen to write the time. There is also a tiny eraser…Continue
Added by GarageLab on February 17, 2014 at 5:04am — No Comments
Image recognition specialist Studio diip made Fish on Wheels to showcase its prowess in its field. The vehicle moves by following the movement of the fish inside the tank.
A webcam positioned above the tank feeds video to a Beagleboard, which analyzes the position of the fish by contrasting…
Added by GarageLab on February 14, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments
Jose Julio’s RepRap 3D printer also has a sporting spirit. The robotics enthusiast unlocked his gadget’s potential and turned it into an air hockey player.
The robot has three motors: two for moving its mallet across the y-axis and one for movement along the x-axis. Jose Julio wrote the drivers for the motors in Arduino. He then color-coded the…
Added by GarageLab on February 12, 2014 at 3:43am — No Comments
Dominick Lee is a high school senior, and he was able to whip together this awesome flight simulator made out of PVC pipe, pneumatic cylinders, an Arduino, a projector, and a gaming PC — in just a few months time! He calls it the LifeBeam Flight Simulator, and he’s released all the information required to make one yourself.
It’s most similar to a …Continue
Added by GarageLab on February 11, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments
This robot fights the winter blues. A company called SuperDroid makes large remote-controlled snow plow robots. Use them to clear your front yard, push your cat back to your house, destroy your neighbor’s snowman and more from the warmth and safety of your home.
The robot has six 13″ tiller tires, each powered by a 24V motor. Its 52″ x 16″ snow plow…
If you have ever wanted to incorporate a musical instrument into games other than Rock Band, Rocksmith or Guitar Hero, this guy is your new best friend. Vimeo member Mc Cool is seen here in this video using a modded electric piano as a controller to play Tekken.
In this game, you get to kick ass and create your own theme music at the same time. If Schwarzenegger…
Added by GarageLab on February 5, 2014 at 3:11am — No Comments
The Raspberry Pi has been around for two years now, and still there’s little the hardware hacker can actually do with the integrated GPU. That just changed, as the Raspberry Pi foundation just announced a library for …Continue
Added by GarageLab on February 3, 2014 at 4:07am — No Comments
We have been asked several times about driver circuits for IR LEDs, particularly with good range and coverage. Most of us start off driving Infrared LEDs directly from an Arduino or other MCU using a basic resistor in series with the LED connected to a digital output pin of the MCU.
The next step is to progress to a circuit being driven by an NPN transistor, which is…
Added by AnalysIR on February 3, 2014 at 3:55am — No Comments
CAST's new super-fast 8051 MCU Core -- the S8051XC3 -- boasts a Dhrystone 2.1 performance rating of 0.252 DMIPS/MHz, which therefore offers a 26.85 times speed-up over the original 80C51 chip operating at the same frequency. Meanwhile, the S8051XC3's dynamic power consumption, which can…Continue
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