April 2013 Blog Posts (27)

Padawan - Do you need a Lightsaber?

Roland Palotai is a talented craftsman and artist who makes amazing custom lightsabers. He truly makes them elegant weapons, and you can tell he does so with meticulous care. They appear to be machined from various metals such as aluminum and they come with LEDs, switches, leather accents and every touch you can imagine.I can’t get over how gorgeous they are!

It seems like prices for the props start around $500. He doesn’t just have lightsabers either; there’s also a…

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Added by GarageLab on April 30, 2013 at 6:37am — No Comments

Meet Fritz, a fun robot head to help kids learn

Robotics can be a very interesting area for many kids. Legos has paved the way with their robotic kits, however, finding others, or even less expensive ones is a challenge much like searching for gold. Startup company XYZbot, founded by Kerwin Lumpkins and Steven Gentner, is looking to change all that. They have created Fritz, a robot head that is fully customizable…

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Added by GarageLab on April 29, 2013 at 11:38am — No Comments

Tutorial: Make your line following robot

 

On this tutorial you see how to make a line following robot with the Zumo Chassis Kit, an Garagino (Arduino Uno compatible), two micro motors and insulation tape (to make the circuit). The circuit is inspired on Luigi Raceway circuit of game Mario Kart 64.

The image below shows the circuit with insulating tape (on the left) and the circuit from the game (on the right):…

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Added by GarageLab on April 26, 2013 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Omni VR Treadmill Interface: Work Hard & Play Hard at the Same Time

A company called Virtuix is currently working on Omni, an omnidirectional treadmill controller for virtual environments. Keep in mind that the Omni isn’t a mechanical treadmill – it’s a passive walking surface on which you wear a pair of special low-friction shoes to walk.  The waist support in the middle is designed to keep you…

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Added by GarageLab on April 26, 2013 at 6:08am — No Comments

Project: Cleaner robot using Magician Chassis, Arduino, distance sensor and hand sweeper

This is a cleaner robot so you can give to your mommy or just use to clean your bedroom =P.

Material List:



1x Arduino UNO R3…

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Added by GarageLab on April 25, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

BlabDroid robots want to interact with us humans

Sure, robots do all kinds of useful work from exploring Mars to imitating baby sea turtles, but when was the last time you had a conversation with one? Developed by artist Alexander Reben and filmmaker Brent Hoff, BlabDroid is a “social robot companion” that was originally used at the Tribeca Film Festival to get visitors to open up and chat about things that they…

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Added by GarageLab on April 25, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Build Your 7x7x7 LED Cube Using Arduino

LED cubes are true 3D displays that work by lighting up points in a 3D lattice of LEDs.

On the 3D display you can produce some truly mesmerizing animations. This tutorial will walk you through creating an LED cube for yourself that is completely self-contained and…

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Added by GarageLab on April 24, 2013 at 9:08am — No Comments

Coca-Cola: The Remix Music Bottle with Arduino Fio

The Coca-Cola and DJ Jun Fugiwara created The Coca-Cola Remix Bottle. It's listens to the sounds when opened, to bottle them back up, and release the sound when re-opened… You can see a Arduino Fio (in 19 seconds). Check it out!

From Digital Buzz Blog

Added by GarageLab on April 23, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Semi-automatic Pick and Place Machine - Controlled by Android and Arduino

This is a fascinating take on building your own pick and place machine. It does an amazing job of automating the hardest parts of hand assembly, while relying on human dexterity to achieve the hardest parts of automation. It’s a semiautomatic pick and place…

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Added by GarageLab on April 22, 2013 at 6:52am — No Comments

Heineken Ignite: Interactive LED Beer Bottles

Well, someone had to do it. And first prize goes to Heineken with their new Heineken Ignite Bottle, featuring LED lights and sound/motion activation sensors. Heineken hosted a VIP party to unveil the new interactive beer bottles, which light up in time to beats of the music and also on motion when people drink from the bottle… And when I say someone had…

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Added by GarageLab on April 19, 2013 at 6:16am — No Comments

Battery Low? Give Your Mobile Some Water

Fuel cells can already be found in electric cars, trucks and buses, and backup electrical power supply systems for hospitals and cogeneration plants. The process by which fuel cells generate electricity is considered to be safe and environmentally-friendly, and the only…

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Added by GarageLab on April 19, 2013 at 12:30am — No Comments

Tiny Wireless LED Implant Can Activate Reward Centers in the Brain

Researchers from the University of Illinois and University of Washington have developed a wireless implant that uses LEDs thinner than a human hair to produce light, stimulating their test subjects to create dopamine, a chemical released in the brain during pleasant experiences. By…

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Added by GarageLab on April 18, 2013 at 6:03am — No Comments

A Flexible Keyboard with Buttons That Feel Clickable

A very thin keyboard that uses shape-changing polymers to replicate the feel and sound of chunky, clicking buttons could be in laptops and ultrabooks next year. Strategic Polymers Sciences, the San Francisco-based company that developed the keyboard, is working on transparent coatings that would enable…

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Added by GarageLab on April 17, 2013 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Researchers Build First Fully-Limbed Passive Compliant Robot

Researchers at the Italian Institute of Technology with funding from the European AMARSI project have built the first passive compliant robot that features both arms and legs. Passive compliant robots are those that have flexible joints that allow the robot to move in more human-like ways. The new robot, called the COmpliant huMANoid (COMAN), is…

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Added by GarageLab on April 16, 2013 at 7:51am — No Comments

Bionic Iron Man Armor With Sound Effects

To promote his company’s muscle sensor, Brian Kaminski of Advancer Technologies built a toy replica of Iron Man’s repulsor glove. All you have to do is curl your fingers to charge it up and then spread them to unleash devastating… tiny flashes of light. It does play a recording of JARVIS spewing polite technobabble, so that’s kind of…

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Added by GarageLab on April 15, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Tutorial - Arduino Due - Button Mouse Control

This tutorial will show you how to use the ButtonMouseControl example with the Arduino Due. The code reads five buttons and use the Mouse library to send commands to the PC.

Materials List

1 x Arduino…

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Added by GarageLab on April 13, 2013 at 9:32am — No Comments

Learn Java By Casting Spells, Saving Gnomes in a First-Person Video Game

Computer scientists at the University of California San Diego (UCSD) have created a video game that teaches students how to program in Java by casting spells and saving the world.

The game, called CodeSpells, is a first-person, problem-solving adventure game, where the player takes the role of a wizard exploring a fantasy world inhabited by…well, they’re…

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Added by GarageLab on April 12, 2013 at 5:54am — No Comments

Virginia Tech Researchers Unveil Robotic Jellyfish

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers have unveiled a large autonomous robotic jellyfish as part of a U.S. Navy-funded project. The prototype robot, nicknamed Cyro, is a larger model of a robotic jellyfish (the RoboJelly) developed by the same team – headed by Shashank Priya, professor of mechanical engineering at Virginia Tech.

“A larger…

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Added by GarageLab on April 11, 2013 at 9:43am — No Comments

Boston Dynamics Sand Flea Robot Demonstrates Astonishing Jumping Skills

Sand Flea has its origins in the Precision Urban Hopper, which was born of a collaboration between Sandia National Labs and Boston Dynamics back in 2009. There are some…

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Added by GarageLab on April 10, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle

Maybe the coolest thing about the Grizzly Robotic Utility Vehicle is that it's smaller than it looks. Like, I could sit on it and make it drive me around, profiting from its design as an all-electric workhorse with the precision of a factory robot, but I probably wouldn't be that…

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Added by GarageLab on April 9, 2013 at 6:15am — No Comments

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