June 2013 Blog Posts (23)

Tiny Harvard Origami Robots

 

For most of us, insects are not particularly adorable. However, make a tiny insectoid robot, and suddenly the cute is off the charts. The Harvard Microrobotics Lab is working on a design for micro-bots called the Harvard Ambulatory MicroRobot (HAMR). Not only are these prototypes small, they’re deceptively fast, covering…

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Added by GarageLab on June 28, 2013 at 6:56am — No Comments

iStruct Project - German Robotics Best

 

This robot from the German Center of Robotics for Artificial Inteligence(DFKI), could be considered considered a mix between a humanoid and a quadrupede. Most of the time it moves using all 4 limbs, but it can also stand upright with its 2 hind legs.

It's part of a project named iStruct, that is focused on…

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Added by GarageLab on June 27, 2013 at 9:30am — No Comments

The DigitGrid

 

The DigitGrid is an array of seven-segment displays. There are 4096 LEDs, forming 512 7-segment digits (they are actually 8 leds each if you count the decimal point). Every 16 digits is grouped together into a “module” with a Texas Instruments TLC5920 LED Driver/Controller. Each module has it’s own PCB with input and…

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Added by GarageLab on June 26, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Meet Rosphere - A spherical robot, perfect for exproration missions

 

A Robotics and Cybernetics team from UPM(Polytechnic University of Madrid) created Roshphere. As you can see in the video, it’s spherical in shape. The sphere’s movement is controlled through the manipulation of its center of gravity by rotating and shifting internally weighted pendulums located in the…

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Added by GarageLab on June 25, 2013 at 7:54am — No Comments

The Distributed Flight Array - A modular aerial vehicle

The Distributed Flight Array is a modular robotic vehicle consisting of multiple autonomous single-rotor units that are able to drive, dock with its peers, and coordinate with one another in order to drive and fly together.

For more information, visit: …

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Added by GarageLab on June 24, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Long distance PS3 controller - PS3 Joystick + Xbee Pro

Sony’s DualShock 3 controller can be seen in a number of projects here on Hackaday. There’s a reason for this: it’s easy to sniff the Bluetooth signals coming out of this controller and make any electronics project do your remote control bidding. Bluetooth has a fairly limited range, though, so what…

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Added by GarageLab on June 21, 2013 at 6:49am — No Comments

This Robot Will Beat You at Air Hockey

 

If you fancy yourself a good air hockey player, this robot may have a thing or two to teach you. It comes from Japanese researchers at Chiba University’s Namiki Lab. It is pretty good at competing against human players because the robot changes its strategy based on its human opponent’s playing style. Think you have what it takes to…

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Added by GarageLab on June 20, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

World's largest all-solar-powered boat shines in NYC

The world's largest fully solar-powered boat, "Turanor PlanetSolar," docked in New York on Tuesday during a mission to study the effects of climate change on the Gulf Stream current.

Sponsored in part by the Swiss government, the 35-meter (115-foot) catamaran is crowned with …

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Added by GarageLab on June 19, 2013 at 6:16am — 1 Comment

Kitchen Safe Time Lock Container: Grub Lockdown

We buy safes to keep our valuables out of other people’s hands. But what if we want to keep something out of our hands? Unless you’re really strong, a safe would be overkill. David Krippendorf and Ryan Tseng have an alternative – the Kitchen Safe, a container with a…

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Added by GarageLab on June 18, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Water tank level meter prevents overflow

Most of the homes in the area where [Raikut] lives have tanks on the roof to hold water. Each is filled from a well using a pump, with gravity serving as a way to pressurize the home’s water supply. The system isn’t automatic and requires the home owner to manually switch the pump on and off. [Raikut] made…

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Added by GarageLab on June 17, 2013 at 12:19pm — No Comments

Robotic tractor to deliver precision planting

A robotic tractor and seeding machine with unprecedented planting accuracy will improve agricultural productivity for farmers and enable cropping on 20% more land, UNSW inventors say.

Broad acre farming currently requires an operator to be present in the cabin of large tractors, but this is often perceived as being unproductive, says…

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Added by GarageLab on June 14, 2013 at 6:20am — No Comments

Project: Ardu-Bot-Tom - RF Link Controlled Robot

 

 

 

 

Ardu-Bot-Tom List of Materials

Controller Parts:

1x - Arduino Uno

1x - 9V Battery

1x - 433Mhz TX Module

1x - SparkFun Joystick

 

Robot…

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Added by GarageLab on June 13, 2013 at 6:30am — 1 Comment

BMP085 Barometric Pressure Sensor with Arduino

 

List of Materials:

1x Arduino Uno

1x BMP085 Barometric Pressure Sensor,

4x Jumper…

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Added by GarageLab on June 13, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

New Technology Aims to Replace Touchscreens

Even though touchscreens are essential parts of modern devices today, a new technology is breaking ground to eliminate current touchscreen domination. 3Dim, the creator of this technology developed a new software that will be called gesture control on new devices. Data entry will be possible through projections, for example, virtual…

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Added by GarageLab on June 12, 2013 at 7:45am — No Comments

VelociRoACH - Who Can Beat The Roach?

 

VelociRoACH was made for speed, compared to all the robots its size. It has the ability to run at speeds of 2.7 meters per second. The robot was created using a new dynamic adjustment system that maintains stability at high speeds, using aerodynamic shock absorbers that was projected to reduce the rotational energy…

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Added by GarageLab on June 11, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Quadcopter Controlled With The Mind

 

Controlling quadcopters is not very simple, now imagine controlling them with your mind.

To simplify this task, a group of students from the University of Minnesota created a more intuitive and non-invasive method of using your thoughts to control the copter. When the user imagines certain things, specific neurons…

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Added by GarageLab on June 10, 2013 at 10:00am — No Comments

Modified Tamiya Twin Motor Gearbox Assembly Guide

The box gives you a pretty good idea of how it’s supposed to look when it is fully assembled. Unfortunately, the original instructions lack some clarity and therefore this emphasized version of the assembly instructions was born to give some insight on assembling the gearbox.

As with everything we do,…

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

Arduino Leonardo Send Text Message

/* Arduino Leonardo Sends Text Message.

Modify for text message address

Click on outlook message view

connect Pin 2 to ground to activate.

The ground could be a sensor the message could be anything.



 This example is in the public domain



 http://www.arduino.cc/en/Tutorial/KeyboardLogout

 */



#define OSX 0

#define WINDOWS 1

#define UBUNTU 2



// change…

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Added by wesley wortman on June 7, 2013 at 9:53pm — No Comments

Charlieplexing LEDs With Arduino

 

 Charlieplexing is a method of controlling various LEDs without using too many pins from the Arduino, with this method you can turn on or off one LED at a…

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Added by GarageLab on June 7, 2013 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

Meet mOwayduino a Robot Capable of Doing Almost Everything

 

Minirobots created a mini programmable robot called mOwayduino that is based on the Arduino Leornardo ATMEGA32U4. It has 4 infrared anti-collision sensors and a light sensor for perfect movement no matter what light level there is. The robots movement is tracked by a 3 axis accelerometer and two opto-reflective sensors.…

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Added by GarageLab on June 6, 2013 at 7:42am — No Comments

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