April 2015 Blog Posts (19)

Your body is your PIN code with Bodyprint

[Christian Holz, Senaka Buthpitiya, and Marius Knaust] are researchers at Yahoo that have created a biometric solution for those unlucky folks that always forget their smartphone PIN codes. Bodyprint is an authentication system that allows a variety of body parts to act as the password. These range from ears to fists.

Bodyprint uses the…

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Added by GarageLab on April 30, 2015 at 6:00am — No Comments

This Tiny Robot Can Pull Weights 2,000 Times Heavier Than It

Scientists from Stanford have developed a series of super-small, super strong robots-including this one, that can haul up to 52 pounds, despite weighing less than half an ounce. That's like you pulling a blue whale.…

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Added by GarageLab on April 29, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Virtual Reality Can Fool People Into Feeling Invisible

Virtual reality messes with your brain-and it gets especially weird when neuroscientists use it to scramble your illusion of self. A new VR study uses a few simple tricks, like a paintbrush, to fool the brain into …

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Added by GarageLab on April 28, 2015 at 6:22am — No Comments

Mini wood lathe made of wood

When someone says ‘wood lathe’ the average person would think of a lathe used for turning pieces of wood into ornate shapes. But what if that lathe was also made of wood. Would that be a wood wood lathe? Instead of wondering the answer to that very unimportant question, young 15 year-old [laffinm] decided to actually build a wood wood lathe from…

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Added by GarageLab on April 27, 2015 at 6:01am — No Comments

Scientists Create Clock that Won’t Lose or Gain a Second for 15 Billion Years

A team of scientists from National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Colorado in Boulder have created a new type of atomic clock that makes the clock currently considered the gold standard for timekeeping look highly inaccurate. The new clock is an optical lattice…

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Added by GarageLab on April 24, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

This box can literally transmit human emotions over-the-air



Dr. Marianna Obrist and the University of Sussex team researching this technology refer to their creation as Ultrahaptics. To receive a transmission, a user simply places his or her hand a few inches above a grid in the middle of the rather plain-looking white box you see above. Bursts of air shot through the grid stimulate different areas of the palm…

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Added by GarageLab on April 23, 2015 at 12:35pm — No Comments

This Is NASA's First 3D-Printed Full-Scale Copper Rocket Engine Part

It may look like some kind of ancient urn, but you're looking at something rather more advanced. In fact this is the first full-scale copper rocket engine part made by NASA using 3D printing techniques.

The component is a combustion chamber liner-a part that operates at extreme temperatures…

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Added by GarageLab on April 22, 2015 at 6:20am — No Comments

Indian Origin Researchers Creating Camera To Gauge Health By Analyzing Face

Washington, April 7 (ANI): Assessing a patients' vital signs can now be easier than before, as scientists are developing a camera that can monitor health just by looking at a person's face.

Rice University researchers are developing a highly accurate, touch-free system, DistancePPG, that…

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Added by GarageLab on April 20, 2015 at 2:15pm — No Comments

A Periscope for Cyclists: Pedi-Scope

Mike Lane’s Pedi-Scope is a simple analog device that will free cyclists of squealing from their neck…

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Added by GarageLab on April 17, 2015 at 6:30am — No Comments

Engineering team invents a camera that powers itself

A research team led by Shree K. Nayar, T.C. Chang Professor of Computer Science at Columbia Engineering, has invented a prototype video camera that is the first to be fully self-powered—it can produce an image each second, indefinitely, of a well-lit indoor scene. They designed a pixel that can…

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Added by GarageLab on April 15, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Artificial bee brain used for vision system of a drone

The Green Brain Project is located in Sheffield, England, and it has one key focus: to simulate a functioning honeybee brain in software. Using a mix of neuroscience modeling, decision theory, parallel computing, and robotics, they are working towards that goal. So far, they’ve got the vision and olfactory (sensory) systems working in basic form,…

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Added by GarageLab on April 13, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

HemaVision Smart Thermal Imager Actually Tells You What that Cool (or Hot) Image Means

HemaImaging it’s working on the HemaVision, a standalone thermal imager that will be able to give you measurements in real-time and tell you if that’s within normal parameters.

The HemaVision has an 82×62 thermal sensor, a 5MP CMOS sensor, a 320×240 touchscreen, an SD card slot, a Wi-Fi…

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Added by GarageLab on April 9, 2015 at 1:37pm — 1 Comment

New Liquid Metal Inkjet Printing Can Produce Flexible Circuitry

Creating truly flexible electronics requires applying super-thin layers of conducting materials to already bendable materials-but doing so accurately is difficult. Now, a new form of inkjet printing can allow scientists to deposit thin layers of liquid metal into neat circuits.

The…

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Added by GarageLab on April 8, 2015 at 6:26am — No Comments

OM/ONE: Speaker of the Future

The OM/ONE is a truly unique take on the Bluetooth speaker. This wireless speaker is certainly one of the coolest looking speakers you’ll ever see. Not only does the portable OM/ONE speaker orb float above its base when it’s in your home, you can grab it out of the air and take it with you. A built-in lithium ion battery will keep it…

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Added by GarageLab on April 7, 2015 at 5:00am — No Comments

Tutorial: How to assemble a Radio Frequency (RF) controlled car using Garagino

Hello Guys! On this tutorial we're going to learn how to create a Radio Frequency Controlled Car using Garagino. As demonstration we'll show you a assembled car operating with Mini RF Receiver Shield that's controlled by the transmitter  Mini RF Transmitter Shield. Let's get…

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Added by GarageLab on April 6, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

US Navy has built a flying submarine drone

Drones are becoming an ever larger part of the military, but their use has mainly been restricted to the skies. The US Navy has been experimenting, though, and we could soon see a flying drone that also doubles as a submarine.

The Naval Research Laboratory has been working on just such a drone in…

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Added by GarageLab on April 6, 2015 at 5:35am — No Comments

Why people don't use PIC

Back in June 2013 I had an idea to set up a group here on Garage Lab for PIC users. It didn't happen. Why?

Well, I couldn't find an easy, economic way to show someone, anyone, how to use them because there was no decent, affordable hardware that was flexible enough. Sure Microchip have plenty of Dev Kits, but like most kits you can get from the OEM they are jam packed full of clever 'other bits' that you don't want or need. But worse still, starting a new project was at best tricky.…

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Added by Ray Jones on April 2, 2015 at 7:49am — No Comments

Graphene-enhanced LED light bulb is cheaper, more efficient, longer lasting

Graphene continues to be held up as a wonder material set to revolutionize many areas of tech in the future. However, even something as game-changing as graphene has to start small, and its first major commercial success looks set to be a light bulb.

In recent years we’ve been moving to ever more efficient lighting. Where as incandescent bulbs used to…

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Added by GarageLab on April 2, 2015 at 6:44am — No Comments

This Supercapacitor Is Paper-Thin, Stores Energy As Well As A Battery

A team of researchers from UCLA Berkeley has developed a new supercapacitor which is paper-thin, super-fast to charge and can match batteries with its energy storage density.

In a paper published in the…

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Added by GarageLab on April 1, 2015 at 5:30am — No Comments

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