May 2012 Blog Posts (30)

Communication Robot

A small and cool robot can be your next friend's avatar in your shoulder. This tiny 20DOF robot can mimic human gestures and probably be a nice avatar in the…

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Added by GarageLab on May 31, 2012 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Tutorial: FlightGear with Arduino: Part 2 - Input

In this tutorial, we will keep working with FlightGear, as in the Part 1, but this time we will do and input to the simulator, reading a button on the board. The button will change the…

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Added by Fernando Gil on May 30, 2012 at 7:09am — No Comments

Tutorial: FlightGear with Arduino: Part 1 - Output

In this tutorial, we will show how to export data from the FlighGear flight simulator to your Arduino board. The Flight Gear is a open source flight simulator used in researches and at home. We will show how to turn on and off…

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Added by Fernando Gil on May 29, 2012 at 2:30pm — No Comments

DIY touch sensor

Alan Chatham from Australia posted a tutorial on how to get cheap touch controls: using pencil and paper! With some drawing we can create a cheap capacitive and DIY touch sensor. Then you can attach it to your Arduino based project.

Check out more there: …

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Added by GarageLab on May 28, 2012 at 6:30pm — 1 Comment

Adam Savage's Maker Faire 2012 Talk: Why We Make

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Added by Fernando Gil on May 27, 2012 at 8:42am — No Comments

Biomaking

Mike Schropp made a new way to balance all his tech stuff with nature:

I’ve been interested in working on a project for while that would combine something tech-based with something organic. Mixing the two elements intrigued me for a while. I’ve wanted to add flowers, or maybe plants of some…

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Added by GarageLab on May 25, 2012 at 8:24pm — No Comments

VIA announces 49 dollars android board

VIA APC announced a $49 Android. This is a very small board that arrives without a case and can be mounted inside a mini-ATX or inside the new Neo-ITX. Although this is not a Raspberry Pi direct competitor, it can be used in a huge variety of garage started projects. The features include a modified Android 2.3, 512 ram, a 800MHz ARM 11 processor and a 720p HDMI…

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Added by GarageLab on May 24, 2012 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Tutorial: Flex Sensor with Arduino

On this tutorial, we will use the Arduino to read a flex sensor. The flex sensor is a device that changes its resistance proportional to its form, like this:

If the…

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Added by GarageLab on May 23, 2012 at 2:54pm — No Comments

Arduino controlled LED shades

Meanwhile at the Maker Faire:

Here’s Macetech’s prototype for a cool pair of LED shades! I can’t wait to get my own pair. It’s a wearable Arduino, so you can hack it to do whatever you want. Garrett Mace says it will be a while before I can buy my own.

From: …

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Added by GarageLab on May 22, 2012 at 11:33am — No Comments

Tutorial: mbed first steps

The mbed board is a series of professional tools for rapid prototyping in ARM processors. They are very flexible, fast and low cost. These boards come with 40 pins and they can be connected to your breadboard. It has a USB programming interface, that is recognized as an USB Flash Drive. You just have to plug it in and copy your program. That drag'n'drop interface works on any…

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Added by GarageLab on May 21, 2012 at 12:03pm — No Comments

DIY Conductive Ink made from Copper

What about conductive ink made from copper? Nick Vermeer from NYC Resistor successfully made one from copper pounder.

I’ve recently had success in making a conductive ink using a fine copper powder suspended in an acrylic…

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Added by GarageLab on May 20, 2012 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Tutorial: L293D H Bridge DC motor controller with Arduino

On this tutorial, we will show you how to use the L293D DC motor controller with the Arduino. The L293D is a H Bridge type IC and can control DC motors up to 36V. For detailed specs, check the …

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Added by GarageLab on May 19, 2012 at 2:02pm — 3 Comments

DeLorean Hovercraft

From Make at Makerfaire:

What do you get when you cross a hoverboard and a DeLorean? A Delorean hovercraft, of course! San Francisco grad student Matthew Riese has built just that. With the help of…

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Added by GarageLab on May 18, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Tutorial: Force Sensitive Resistor and Arduino

Here we will show how to…

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Added by GarageLab on May 17, 2012 at 5:11pm — No Comments

Banana keyboard? Yes!

Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum of the MIT Media Lab in collaboration with SparkFun released an easy to use keyboard/mouse interface that turns almost anything in a key. The system requires the user to be the ground and then some alligator connectors plugged in anything conductible.

The video shows some fun applications. What else can we make with it? Post…

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Added by Fernando Gil on May 16, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Arduino Window Farm w/Light sensor and reflector curtain

Arduino WindowFarm with Light Sensor and Reflector


I have always been interested in collaborative innovation. So when I heard about the activity going on at 
our.windowfarms.org, I had to give it a try!  I'm not usually all that interested in gardening…

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Added by Andrew Jawitz on May 15, 2012 at 7:40pm — 3 Comments

Tutorial: LCD using only 2 arduino pins (with PCF8574 and I2C)

On this tutorial, we will learn how to use a standard 16x2 LCD with Arduino, but using just 2 pins. The magic behind is done by the PCF8574, an I/O expander that communicates with the micro-controller by I2C. If you want to learn about the PCF8574, check this previous …

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Added by GarageLab on May 15, 2012 at 6:58pm — 5 Comments

The invisible hand: Wii Kart

What a crazy idea! Some engineers + a wii control + a real size kart = lot of fun!

From: …

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Added by Fernando Gil on May 14, 2012 at 7:30pm — No Comments

ScottROV: an Underwater Remotely Operated Vehicle

From Scott O'Brien at mbed Forum, a cool Garage project:

For my final year Individual Project on the Electronic Engineering degree course I am doing at the University of Westminster, I decided to build an underwater robot (more commonly known as an ROV - remotely operated vehicle).

The general idea is to have a vehicle that is controlled by an out-of-the-water operator who can see where the vehicle is heading via a video camera link.…

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Added by GarageLab on May 12, 2012 at 3:04pm — 1 Comment

An artwork called 'Caged'...

I'm a little out of my league here - I'm an artist who works with electronics. This was a project I did in 2010. Caged is an 8x8x8 cube using a boarduino and some custom boards we made to house the LED drivers and microphones. Caged responds to anger (decibel level) using Conway's game of life programming.

There is a lot of information on the project…

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Added by Karen Niemczyk on May 11, 2012 at 7:53pm — No Comments

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