March 2014 Blog Posts (20)

The Kyub: a Three-Dimensional Feather Touch MIDI Keyboard

“The Kyub is a maker friendly, open source MIDI keyboard that provides a new window to musical performance. Capacitive sensing gives the Kyub extremely sensitive action and an internal accelerometer allows the volume of each note to be precisely controlled for versatile musical expression.…

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Added by GarageLab on March 31, 2014 at 7:43am — No Comments

Tutorial - UnoJoy: Use your Arduino Uno as a Joystick

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In this tutorial we will show you how to transform your Arduino UNO into a Joystick with UnoJoy. It is fully compatible with Windows, OSX and PS3 platforms, also it is capable of simulating all the control buttons of the PS3.

We will do all the procedures with Windows 7…

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Added by GarageLab on March 31, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Infrared Receivers – signal lag and distortion

Many electronics enthusiasts will be familiar with how Infrared receivers demodulate IR signals. In this post we show a visualisation of the time lag and distortion of the signals as they pass through the IR receiver for demodulation and noise filtering.  Most DIY projects use the raw timings from the IR receiver to decode individual signals. However, not many will be aware that IR receivers can distort the signal timings by significant amounts. Fortunately, common IR decoders take this into…

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Added by AnalysIR on March 28, 2014 at 11:04am — No Comments

iOn: Like Magic, Capacitive Control for Your Home

Watch out Clapper; there’s a new switch in town. iOn is a capacitive switch that lets you toggle lights and other devices simply by waving your hand in front of it. You…

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Added by GarageLab on March 28, 2014 at 9:57am — No Comments

RGB Lamp made from an old Scanner

In really old scanners you will normally find a florescent light source but new ones use a RGB light bar to shine on the document being scanned. There are lots of ways to make the thing light since it is a common positive 5 volt RGB light bar. To kick it up a notch Hack Shed decided to tie it into an Arduino and…

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Added by GarageLab on March 27, 2014 at 12:30pm — No Comments

MicroView Tiny Arduino with OLED Screen: On-chip Display

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A company called Geek Ammo may have come up with the hacking community’s best buddy since the original Arduino. The MicroView is a chip-sized Arduino compatible computer with a built-in OLED display. Its size and built-in screen are a one-two punch for versatility.

The…

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Added by GarageLab on March 26, 2014 at 6:04am — No Comments

Open Source Humanoid Robot

Coming from a lab in France is The Poppy Project, an open source humanoid robot that’s at least as cool as ASIMO.

Poppy was designed as an affordable bipedal robot for use in education and art. It’s a small robot at just over 80 cm in height, but it can walk, move its arms, rotate its torso, and interact with bags-of-meat humans with…

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Added by GarageLab on March 25, 2014 at 7:34am — No Comments

Z-MACHINES Robot Band: Rage with the Machines

 

This is what 80′s rockers would have looked like if they were robots. This robotic band goes by the name Z-MACHINES. It sounds like a human band if you close your eyes, but if they are open you know that they are robots, ready to kill us after the show.…

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Added by GarageLab on March 21, 2014 at 2:09pm — No Comments

KamerMaker Begins Printing a House

The KamerMaker is the world’s largest portable 3D printing pavilion built out of a shipping container — it has started printing an entire house out of plastic.

We first shared the KamerMaker (literally “Room Maker” in Dutch) a few years ago when it was first designed and built as a …

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Added by GarageLab on March 20, 2014 at 12:34pm — No Comments

This Tree-Pruning Robot Wields a Chainsaw

Robots wielding dangerous weapons never seems like a good idea, but that doesn’t stop engineers from continuing to create them. Case in point, this ”Pruning Robot With a Power-Saving Chainsaw Drive.”

It was developed by roboticists Yasuhiko Ishigure, Katsuyuki Hirai, and Haruhisa Kawasaki, and is capable of not only climbing up trees, but…

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Added by GarageLab on March 19, 2014 at 9:11am — No Comments

Tutorial: Using GPS Shield as an Anti-Theft Device

In this tutorial we will show how to use the GPS Shield. We chose to make an anti-theft device with this item by determining an area, that if the GPS exceed the limit of this area, the Arduino can make an action or play the…

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Added by GarageLab on March 18, 2014 at 2:30pm — 4 Comments

Here’s A “Robotic Elephant Trunk” That’s Actually One Of Doc Ock’s Appendages

 

Three years ago, German engineering firm Festo provided proof-of-concept of a mobile robot elephant trunk they’d created, controlled by artificial muscles. Now, that robot trunk has been fully-realized – it can learn, it can crush you, and it’s probably about to be purchased by one Doctor Otto Octavius.

Described by one observer as “strangely alive”…

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Added by GarageLab on March 18, 2014 at 5:20am — No Comments

ARM-based Robot smashes Rubik’s Cube world record by more than two seconds

A specially designed robot known as Cubestormer 3 has been used to break the world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube. The robot, which broke the previous record by more than two seconds, is powered by an octa-core Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone.

ARM principle engineer David Gilday and co-inventor Mike Dobson are responsible for the robot, which managed to solve the…

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Added by GarageLab on March 17, 2014 at 1:25pm — No Comments

MIT Built a Squishy Robot Fish That Swims Like the Real Thing, Let’s Make a Mega Piranha Sequel

 

MIT’s new robot fish is the latest in “soft robotics,” which is like regular robotics but more huggable. It also substitutes liquid flowing through cables for traditional means of robotic movement, which has allowed some of the soft robots to move in pretty lifelike ways.

According to the Daniela Rus, director of MIT’s Computer Science and…

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Added by GarageLab on March 14, 2014 at 5:27am — No Comments

Volvo embeds magnets in a road to make self-driving cars more accurate

Self-driving cars may already exist on our roads today in limited form, but they are by no means going to be a mainstream option for many years. Safety is obviously a very high priority, and ensuring self-driving cars travel within lanes, at safe speeds, and are able to react to other…

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Added by GarageLab on March 13, 2014 at 6:12am — No Comments

CadSoft EAGLE – Now featuring PCBSim!

EAGLE now supports the newly-developed interface for PCBSim, a simulation tool for signal integrity analysis developed by Felicitas Customized Engineering GmbH.

This new ULP is available to all EAGLE users with the current version of the software and offers the…

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Added by GarageLab on March 12, 2014 at 6:25am — No Comments

The UHTTR-1, A Robot Specifically Designed to Play Table Tennis

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Industrial mechanic Ulf Hoffmann has created the UHTTR-1, a robot specifically designed to play table tennis with the help of a mounted camera. Development on the project took two years, and it’s currently only able to play in a passive reactionary mode.

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Added by GarageLab on March 11, 2014 at 1:55pm — No Comments

Walking Robot Lamps are Light on Their Feet

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…

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Added by GarageLab on March 7, 2014 at 5:06am — No Comments

code:deck Playing Cards

 

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…

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Added by GarageLab on March 6, 2014 at 7:30am — No Comments

Ring : Shortcut Everything

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…

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Added by GarageLab on March 5, 2014 at 7:38am — No Comments

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