April 2012 Blog Posts (31)

RC Car with Arduino and Wifly

Blair Kelly developed a nice RC car equipped with a camera and force feedback sensors. The car uses an Arduino Uno with the Wifly module to communicate with a PC where you can use several joysticks. The most interesting part is the force feedback info that can be received as you drive around your…

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Added by Fernando Gil on April 30, 2012 at 9:32am — No Comments

DIY Cellphone

Have you ever thought about designing you own cellphone? David Mellis from HLT at Media Lab did:

An exploration into the possibilities for individual construction and customization of the…

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Added by Fernando Gil on April 27, 2012 at 8:58am — No Comments

Tutorial: How to upload .c code to an Atmega

On this tutorial, we will show how to upload .c codes to an Atmega microcontroller using the avr-gcc and avrdude tools.

First, if you are using Windows, download and install the WinAVR, or if you are using Ubuntu, open…

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Added by GarageLab on April 26, 2012 at 6:09pm — No Comments

Water resistant circuits

Added by Fernando Gil on April 25, 2012 at 11:00am — No Comments

HTML based AVR compiler: trying to make Arduino development on smartphones possible

From Arduino blog:

Programming arduino using your smartphone? Indeed! It is possible if we have the IDE in HTML5. With similar thoughts …

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Added by GarageLab on April 24, 2012 at 2:03pm — No Comments

IBM creates breathing lithium-air battery

Added by Fernando Gil on April 22, 2012 at 9:30am — No Comments

Learn @ SparkFun - the new educational department

Spark just launched a new educational website!

SparkFun Electronics thrives by sharing ingenuity and developing a more approachable environment for everyone, regardless of their technical experience level. The Department of Education is dedicated to improving the interest and…

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Added by GarageLab on April 21, 2012 at 10:28am — No Comments

converting your inkjet to print PCBs

Ryan Pourcillie converted an old ink jet printer into a useful PCB etch mask printer. He modified the cartridge to use a special ink. Also, he rebuild the printer to print directly on a PCB. Check out the project details here: …

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Added by Fernando Gil on April 20, 2012 at 6:59pm — No Comments

Call for submissions: Open Hardware Summit (OHS)

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The Open Hardware Summit (OHS) invites submissions for the third annual summit, to be held on September 27, 2012 at Eyebeam Art + Technology Center in New York City. The Open Hardware Summit is a venue to…

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Added by GarageLab on April 19, 2012 at 2:00pm — No Comments

SPOT - Communication using satellites for anyone

Sparkfun has just released a SPOT tutorial. You can use this tiny device to communicate around the globe using a personal satellite network with subscription. Small text messages could be sent over the orbit to anyplace in the world.

SparkFun post: …

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Added by GarageLab on April 18, 2012 at 5:52am — No Comments

International Space Apps Challenge - 21-22 April 2012

The International Space Apps Challenge is a 2 day technology development event during which citizens from around the world will work together to solve current challenges relevant to both space exploration and social…

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Added by GarageLab on April 18, 2012 at 5:46am — No Comments

A video about the maker movement

The maker movement is rising, isn't? This is a cool video about makers, hackerspaces, 3d printing and the democratization of innovation. Very…

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Added by Fernando Gil on April 16, 2012 at 7:39am — No Comments

Tutorial: Ultrasonic Range Finder + Arduino

The ultrasonic range finder is a sensor that can be used to measure distance and detect objects. In this tutorial, we will show how to use the Maxbotix Ultrasonic range finder with Arduino. This sensor can be used with the RS232 protocol, pulse width or analog output communications. Be careful, do not connect the serial RS232 port to your arduino, you can burn it. The RS232 protocol uses a -12V +12V signal voltage, while your arduino uses 0V and +5V in the serial port.…

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Added by GarageLab on April 15, 2012 at 9:07am — No Comments

Auto Play Guitar Hero - with Arduino

Here is a cool example to use image processing with Arduino to automate a not so boring tast…

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Added by GarageLab on April 14, 2012 at 3:11pm — No Comments

Matt Ridley: When ideas have sex (TED Talk)

Added by GarageLab on April 13, 2012 at 6:29am — No Comments

The Open Source Hardware Association Survey

From The OSHA blog: 

The Open Source Hardware Association is Coming Soon! It will be a non-profit organization (status pending) working to spread the love of open source hardware. We’re working out details, and as soon as we know, you’ll know! Check back at oshwa.org for upcoming…

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Added by GarageLab on April 12, 2012 at 10:34am — No Comments

Tumanako: a open source electric car platform

Photo: Creative Commons by The Chrysler Group, 2011

Tumanako, a New Zeland open source project, is almost ready. The Tumanako Project is an Open Source development effort to produce Open Source…

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Added by GarageLab on April 11, 2012 at 5:59am — No Comments

National Robotics Week

From April 7th to 15th is being held the National Robotics Week. This is a time to join our efforts in order to educate, advocate and inspire students and the society about the importance of robot development. Robots are being used to improve a wide range of sector, like healthcare,…

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Added by GarageLab on April 10, 2012 at 5:37am — No Comments

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