January 2014 Blog Posts (15)

CAST Announces World's Fastest 8051-Compatible MCU Core

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…

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Added by GarageLab on January 31, 2014 at 10:54am — No Comments

Home Automation Humidistat, a $35 Kickstarter Campaign

I am producing a low cost Humidistat with features useful for home automation: alarms, remote monitoring, control of equipment.  Similar systems run hundreds of dollars, but mine is around $35. 
 
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Added by Kevin Cooley on January 29, 2014 at 3:53am — No Comments

The 8 Bit Harmonica Blows In From Japan

From [Basami Sentaku] in Japan comes this 8bit harmonica. [Basami] must remember those golden days of playing Famicom (or Nintendo Entertainment System for non-Japanese players). 

Blowing into…

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Added by GarageLab on January 29, 2014 at 3:52am — No Comments

Sugar-powered biobattery has 10 times the energy storage of lithium: Your smartphone might soon run on enzymes

As you probably know, from sucking down cans of Coke and masticating on candy, sugar — glucose, fructose, sucrose, dextrose — is an excellent source of energy. Biologically speaking, sugar molecules are energy-dense, easy to transport, and cheap to digest. There is a…

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Added by GarageLab on January 28, 2014 at 6:39am — No Comments

The US Army Is Considering Replacing Thousands of Soldiers With Robots

We all know robots are coming for our jobs (and world domination), but that is about to apply to the US Army in a very big way. Due to recent Army budget cuts, Army officials are talking about reducing the size of their brigades from 4,000 soldiers to…

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Added by GarageLab on January 23, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Micro-windmills may one day charge your phone battery

 

Energy generated from wind turbines or windmills is seen as a very green source of power. It produces no emissions and doesn’t rely on any raw materials that will run out. You simply need a big wind turbine positioned in a relatively windy area.

Such wind turbines can be a bit of an eye sore, though, and there are limited locations where they can…

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Added by GarageLab on January 22, 2014 at 3:50am — No Comments

Jellyfish Looking Flying Machine

Leif Ristroph and Stephen Childress from New York University have just released work with a new robotic ornithopter with a biomechanical design based not on…

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Added by GarageLab on January 21, 2014 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Limelight Pi Lets You Stream PC Games to a Raspberry Pi: Streaming Pi of Shield

 

There are some very cheap way to emulate the NVIDIA Shield’s game streaming function using a smartphone and VNC. But if you want an even cheaper way – assuming you don’t already have a smartphone – check out Limelight Pi, an open source program that lets you stream Steam games to a Raspberry Pi.

 

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Added by GarageLab on January 21, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

DIY Secret Knock Lock: Knock, Knock. Who’s There?

One of inventor Steve Hoefer’s favorite creations is his knock-activated lock: a lock that only opens if you enter the correct knock sequence. Steve says he’s…

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Added by GarageLab on January 17, 2014 at 3:58am — No Comments

Onewheel: The Self-Balancing Electric Skateboard

The Onewheel is a self-balancing electric skateboard that will make you feel like you’re gliding on top of the ground. The project is currently seeking funding via…

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Added by GarageLab on January 15, 2014 at 4:00am — No Comments

The Face-Tracking Confectionery Cannon!

A team of mechanical and electrical engineering students at Olin College came up with a very fun semester project — a pneumatic powered marshmallow cannon that can track faces, and aim for the mouth!

The device — dubbed the Confectionery Canon — is an impressive mechanical build which required many of…

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Added by GarageLab on January 14, 2014 at 8:36am — No Comments

Parrot adds MiniDrone and Jumping Sumo to connected toy line-up

 

The world of toys you can control with your phone is about to get smaller, faster, and in some cases downright insect-like.

Few things that you can drive with your phone are as iconic as the Parrot AR.Drone. The lightweight quadcopter has been a huge hit for years, despite being a little pricey and not always the best bang for your buck. What made…

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Added by GarageLab on January 13, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

DIY: Animatronic talking takeout container

 

The animatronic talking takeout container is a fun little toy that is good for hours of amusement. This idea came about after having taken a special effects film class when I was in college. While in the class, I made a short film of myself talking to a takout container with a face drawn on it.However, not having the know-how to do…

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Added by GarageLab on January 8, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Scientists Levitate Objects Using Ultrasound Waves

 

Scientists in Japan are using this technique to suspend small objects in the air with ultrasound waves and they have created an array of wave emitters capable of levitating objects in any direction. This amazing science is the work of professors Yoichi Ochiai, Takayuki Hoshi, and Jun Rekimoto. They have powerful magics…

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Added by GarageLab on January 7, 2014 at 10:26am — No Comments

Magic Mote thermostat and wireless temperature sensor

A homemade thermostat up in the basement rafters controls the heating in my home. The smart bit is the radio frequency communication that connects it to a remote temperature sensor.

So, I’m planning a home automation system based around wireless nodes (the Magic Mote featuring a MSP430G2553 low…

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Added by GarageLab on January 6, 2014 at 12:40pm — No Comments

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