January 2013 Blog Posts (22)

DIY NES Controller Makes no Changes to the Design

The Engineer Guillermo Amaral had a bunch of parts sitting around and decided to try his hand at recreating an original Nintendo Entertainment System controller.

If you’re not familiar with the electronics inside…

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Added by GarageLab on January 31, 2013 at 3:52am — No Comments

FDA Gives Green Light to RP-VITA Hospital Robot

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved RP-VITA from iRobot and InTouch Health. This is an autonomous medical robot which will be able to make its rounds of hospital corridors in the U.S. within the next few months. The RP-VITA robot, to cost hospitals between $4,000 and $6,000 a month to operate, has the distinction of being…

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Added by GarageLab on January 30, 2013 at 3:16am — No Comments

Automation of Lamp Relay Controlled with RF Module

This tutorial shows concepts for make a lamp with dual actuation. Through a parallel switch or by relay controlled with RF Module (based on protocol of ZigBee - IEEE 802.15.4). 

Below a transmitter and receiver pictures.…

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Added by GarageLab on January 29, 2013 at 5:23am — 1 Comment

Robot Fish Glides Out of Michigan State University, Tells You if the Water Is Clean

Xiaobo Tan and a group of Michigan State University scientists have built a robotic fish that glides through the water. Tan says the machine, dubbed Grace (Gliding Robot ACE), swims too , but the constant flipper movement can kill the battery in just a few hours. "This is why we integrated both locomotion…

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Added by GarageLab on January 29, 2013 at 4:54am — No Comments

Dr. GIY's Pre-made Me Robot Maid Cleans Up on The Dance Floor

Strange as it may seem, in the last few years Japan has been home to a fad where cute girls dressed up as french maids star in J-POP, comics, animation, and video games. The distinctive costume has grown so popular that there's a number of so-called maid cafés in Tokyo's geeky Akihabara district where anyone can enjoy the thrills of being served by a…

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Added by GarageLab on January 28, 2013 at 3:11am — No Comments

Build Your Own Wireless Touch Pad

Using remote controls for anything gives some comfort. For instance we are used to TV remotes so we almost never change volume manually. Different situation is with PCs. Some Laptops are already equipped with small IR remotes, but not all. So you may purchase those or do as Vinod did. He purchased cheap resistive touch pad that are used on…

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Added by GarageLab on January 24, 2013 at 3:39am — No Comments

Robots at CES-2013

The unveiling of the new version of Lego’s Mindstorms kit wasn't the only robot news at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. While educational and entertainment robots still dominate the offerings on the show floor, there were also robots meant to help with tasks such as window cleaning, reminding young students about homework, or helping autistic…

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Added by GarageLab on January 23, 2013 at 3:52am — No Comments

Tiny Robot Team Swarm Able to Play Tunes On a Virtual Piano

Researchers at Georgia Tech's Georgia Robots and InTelligent Systems (GRITS) Laboratory have succeeded in programming a swarm of very tiny robots to figure out for themselves how to go about playing a tune on a virtual piano displayed on a flat plane. One of the robots is the leader, and knows the tune and where a robot needs to be to create the notes…

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Added by GarageLab on January 22, 2013 at 3:52am — No Comments

A Sketchbook Protected by Microcontroller

This is a protected sketchbook develop by user Admiral Aaron Ravensdale from Instructables community.

It had a two-way protection:

The first is a combination of four switches, each with 4 steps. If the right one is found, turn on the PICAXE for the next protection level. 

The…

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Added by GarageLab on January 21, 2013 at 3:25am — No Comments

UCSD's Robot Baby Diego-San Appears On Video For The First Time

A new android infant has been born thanks to the University of California San Diego's Machine Perception Lab. The lab received funding from the National Science Foundation to contract Kokoro Co. Ltd. and Hanson Robotics, two companies that specialize in building lifelike animatronics and androids, to build a replicant based on a one year old baby. The resulting…

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Added by GarageLab on January 18, 2013 at 4:18am — No Comments

Network Activity Monitor on Atmega328p

Every time something is going on with network you simply log in to your router to get more details. For instance Zak constantly found this annoying to check if someone is chewing the download speed. So he decided to build a network monitor which displays network activity.

Monitor is based on ATmega328p…

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Added by GarageLab on January 17, 2013 at 3:50am — No Comments

Printing Images With a Wood Burning CNC Machine

Just to clear up any confusion from the title, this wood burning CNC machine runs on electricity. The wood burner acts as the print head. It’s the thing in the upper right of the field that looks a bit like a soldering iron. In this case it’s being used like a dot matrix printer.

We suppose this is…

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Added by GarageLab on January 16, 2013 at 3:38am — No Comments

Robot Has Rhythm - Carries Drum Sticks

This little robot needs to go on the road with the Blue Man Group. The treaded rover carries its own drum sticks and uses random objects as its drum set.

We admit that this is not a fresh hack. It harkens from 2008 but this is the first time we can remember seeing the little guy. After viewing the video embedded…

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Added by GarageLab on January 15, 2013 at 3:30am — No Comments

CES 2013: Flying Helicopter Orb Guided By Brainwaves

The Neurosky MindWave is a headband with EEG sensors that, paired with software, let’s you control things by thinking.

The latest gadget to use the Neurosky interface, the Puzzlebox Orbit, has a helicopter inside an orb (to keep it…

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Added by GarageLab on January 14, 2013 at 3:50am — No Comments

How To Use: Tone Function - Arduino Playing The James Bond Theme

On this tutorial you will see how to use the tone function to play monophonic music.

Materials List: 

1 x Arduino Uno R3

1 x Breadboard

1 x Speaker 8 Ω / 0,25 W

1 x Rotary Potentiometer 10 KΩ

1…

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Added by GarageLab on January 11, 2013 at 6:40am — 2 Comments

CompressorHead - The Really Heavy Metal Band

Back in the eighties, when music was overloaded with synthesizers and drum machines, a lot of people were afraid that machines were going to take over.

For many musicians, it’s still a real fear because we’re now in the age where a lot of singers can auto tune all their bad notes, and lip synch entire shows. But in the world of hardcore rock and roll and…

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Added by GarageLab on January 10, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

Lego Mindstorms EV3 Arrives Tailored For Mobile, Infrared and More Hackability

Lego's Mindstorms kits were born into a world where the PC reigned supreme for control; the company is ushering in 2013 with an acknowledgment that its build-it-yourself toy is part of a much wider universe. Its updated Mindstorms EV3 runs on new Linux firmware that's ready for Android and iOS control out of the box, creates an overall more hackable platform and…

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Added by GarageLab on January 9, 2013 at 10:51am — No Comments

Robot Japan 5: Hexcopter Humanoid Robot

The Robot Japan events get better and better every time. Last weekend the 5th semi-annual competition was staged drawing a large audience, numerous participants, and an impressive contingent of Korean robot builders including Robot Factory. One of the most crowd pleasing demonstrations at Robot Japan was a hexcopter equipped with a fully functional Tiny Wave…

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Added by GarageLab on January 8, 2013 at 9:06am — No Comments

Useless Machine Out of Old Printer

What else can be built of all printer that refuses to print? Useless machine sounds good enough. Therm “useless machine” is around for some time and it represents a device which simply tries to turn off itself when someone switches it on. Many hobbyists are making these machines that do does this on one or another way.

This one is a…

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Added by GarageLab on January 7, 2013 at 11:27am — No Comments

Morse Code Flower is Trying to Tell You Something

To the casual observer this flower looks nice as its illuminated center fades in and out. But there’s hidden meaning to that light. Some of the blinks are longer than others; this flower is using Morse Code.

[Renaud Schleck] wanted to try a few different things with his MSP430 microcontroller. He…

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Added by GarageLab on January 4, 2013 at 6:39am — No Comments

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