February 2014 Blog Posts (15)

GAMEBUINO - The Arduino game console

[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.

With the…

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Added by GarageLab on February 28, 2014 at 4:53am — No Comments

Autonomous robot construction team builds structures just like termites do

 

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 27, 2014 at 4:34am — No Comments

Real Life Flappy Bird in a Box

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 26, 2014 at 5:26am — No Comments

Dad Builds Kid Awesome Mission Control Desk

 

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 25, 2014 at 10:38am — No Comments

BRAIGO – A Lego Braille Printer

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 24, 2014 at 5:28am — No Comments

1.5mm chip provides real-time 3D images inside blood vessels

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 22, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

DARPA And The Pentagon Are Working On Tiny Brain Robots To Help Soldiers With Memory Loss

 

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 18, 2014 at 5:19am — No Comments

Time Plotting Clock

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 17, 2014 at 5:04am — No Comments

A Fish Drives a Car

 

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 14, 2014 at 10:30am — No Comments

3D Printer Turned into Air Hockey Robot: It Prints, It Scores!

 

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 12, 2014 at 3:43am — No Comments

Pneumatic Powered Flight Simulator

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 …

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Added by GarageLab on February 11, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

Remote-controlled Snow Plow Robot Will Also Plow Through Your Savings

 

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 10, 2014 at 3:53am — 1 Comment

Guy Plays Tekken Using an Electric Piano

 

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…

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Added by GarageLab on February 5, 2014 at 3:11am — No Comments

FFT On The Raspi’s GPU

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 …

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Added by GarageLab on February 3, 2014 at 4:07am — No Comments

Constant current infrared LED emitter circuit

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…

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Added by AnalysIR on February 3, 2014 at 3:55am — No Comments

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