August 2013 Blog Posts (22)

Calculator Powered by a Transistor Solar Cell

Who knew you could use the guts of a power transistor as a solar cell! Steven from RimStar even takes it a step further and chains five 2n3055 in a base to collector configuration to generate enough voltage to power a small calculator. Funny how some electronics form China are working fakes. The small calculator he got has a small solar cell in it already but once the…

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Added by GarageLab on August 30, 2013 at 6:21am — 2 Comments

DIY: Arduino Controlled Solar Fountain

A fountain can make a nice decorative fixture for your garden. But it isn't always easy to run a power cord out to where you want it. The system is controlled by an Arduino, and this allows you to save energy by programming when the fountain will be turned on.

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Added by GarageLab on August 29, 2013 at 5:40am — No Comments

Pixy Open Source Camera Recognizes Objects by Color

Computers and sensors are quickly decreasing in cost and size, making it easier than ever before to build smart gadgets or robots. From accelerometers to thermal sensors, electronics nowadays can detect and record a variety of events and objects in their surroundings. Here’s one more sensor to add to…

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Added by GarageLab on August 28, 2013 at 6:36am — 1 Comment

Makerbot Digitizer set for October release

This March, MakerBot gave us a sneak preview of its Digitizer – a 3D scanner designed to create three-dimensional design files based on scans of physical objects. At the time, it was still in prototype form, and not many details were available. Now, however, it’s a done deal, with shipping expected to begin in mid-October.

The Digitizer features a turntable-style…

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Added by GarageLab on August 27, 2013 at 6:03am — No Comments

Armadillo-T Minicar can fold in half, park using a smartphone app

You pull in to the parking garage and drive around for minutes looking for a space, but every time you think you see one there’s a subcompact lurking in the shadows. Finally you see an opening… but there’s no way your car will fit. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could just fold your car in half and slide it right in? The Armadillo-T can to exactly that.

It’s…

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Added by GarageLab on August 26, 2013 at 6:37am — No Comments

Coke Social Robot can go to Coca-Cola Summer love festival for you

Coca-Cola Summer Love festival is hugely popular, annual summer event for Israeli teenagers thanks to the ingenious social network technologies riddled all the way through the camp. Unfortunately not everyone can join the fun, so what if you are one of the unlucky kids who can’t make it to the event, simply steer a robot from your house and see what’s…

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Added by GarageLab on August 23, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

Flying Pants – 3D printed Flapping Plane

In this prototype you see the parts were printed on a 3D printer and the wings are made of a thin plastic material. From a few seconds of winding up the rubber band the …

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Added by GarageLab on August 22, 2013 at 6:18am — No Comments

3D printed arc reactor replica

[James] just keeps cranking on the idea of the perfect arc reactor replica. This time around he’s made most of the parts using a 3D printer. His write-up covers the basics of the build, but he also used this opportunity to make some tutorial videos on designing the parts using Autodesk 123D.

This is definitely an improvement on his last prop, which was built out of…

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Added by GarageLab on August 21, 2013 at 6:22am — No Comments

Tiny robot able to reorient itself during jumps using actuated tail

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has built a tiny robot (called the TailBot) that is capable of moving itself around on wheels, jumping and also manipulating its body while in mid-air (using its using actuated tail) to assist in a safe and controlled landing. The researchers note that others have built robots with similar abilities but to date, it…

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Added by GarageLab on August 20, 2013 at 7:50am — No Comments

Power Loader power amplification exoskeleton robot

 

This power amplification robot, called Power Loader, is currently under development by Activelink, a Panasonic subsidiary venture.

The aim is to achieve a robot that can freely utilize power beyond human strength, in emergencies or on construction sites. Power Loader's role is to link people with construction machinery.

When Power Loader was…

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Added by GarageLab on August 19, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Rasberry Pi Controlled QuadCopter

 

This is an autonomous cardboard quadcopter driven by a Raspberry Pi. It is capable of wireless communication as well as well as real time image processing via camera.



This quadcopter was built by 4 sophomores at Olin College of engineering for a class called Principles of Engineering.

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Added by GarageLab on August 16, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

We are two years away from the first ‘practical’ jetpack

 

The jetpack is basically a science fiction litmus test. If jetpacks exist, we live in the future. If not, we all have license to be disappointed about the state of things and the lies we were told as children. Well, New Zealand-based Martin Aircraft wants to cheer everyone up. It…

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Added by GarageLab on August 15, 2013 at 7:23am — No Comments

DALER project shows a walking flying robot

At the Laboratory of Intelligent Systems we are developing a novel flying platform which has the ability to move on the ground by using its wings only. Using the wings as whegs to move on rough terrains instead of adding an additional structure to the robot allows to minimize its structural mass.



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Added by GarageLab on August 15, 2013 at 5:23am — No Comments

Sisters Build Their Own Mars Rover

Two North California sisters, inspired by a documentary, decided to make a Mars Roverby themselves with help from their dad Robert Beatty. Now, 13-year-old Camille Beatty’s and 11-year-old Genevieve’s remote-controlled replica of the Mars Spirit rover is being exhibited at the New York…

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Added by GarageLab on August 13, 2013 at 6:51am — No Comments

Raspberry Pi Cluster

Josh Kiepert built this Raspberry Pi Cluster while at the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at Boise State. He didn’t want to rely on the stability of the Beowulf cluster at the university while working on his doctoral research so he decided to build his own using 33 Raspberry Pi computers. He has stacked them wired them with a custom power interface so that…

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Added by GarageLab on August 12, 2013 at 6:24am — No Comments

SkySweeper robot makes inspecting power lines easy and inexpensive

Mechanical engineers at the University of California, San Diego invented a robot designed to scoot along utility lines, searching for damage and other problems that require repairs. Made of off-the-shelf electronics and plastic parts printed on an inexpensive 3D printer, the SkySweeper prototype could be scaled up for less than $1,000, making it significantly more…

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Added by GarageLab on August 9, 2013 at 7:05am — No Comments

DIY: 2-Player Pong Game with Arduino Uno

Classical Pong game implemented on an Arduino Uno using a PCD8544 LCD screen which is better known as the Nokia 5110 screen. Player bars are controlled by a potentiometer for each player. If you want the bar to go left, just turn the potentiometer left.

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Added by GarageLab on August 8, 2013 at 6:27am — No Comments

Hard Disk Drive Midi Scratch Controller

Check out this cool Hard Disk Drive Midi Scratch Table. It uses the sensor from an optical mouse to look at the movement of a hard drive platter. There are a number of buttons that can change the midi output of the device to allow it to adapt to your DJ needs. The optical sensor is used to read a pattern on the underside of the platter to determine when the user is…

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

DIY: Panic Button

Think of this way, an annoying coworker walks over to your desk with the intention of locking you into a long dull impromptu meeting. You have nowhere to run, nowhere to hide. There is only one way to get out of this, and you need something more important to do. Perhaps now you can see how a device that places a call to yourself may come in extremely useful. If you still can't…

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Added by GarageLab on August 7, 2013 at 3:40am — No Comments

A 3D printer that uses—wait for it—printer paper

Most 3D printing is done with different types of plastic, but as we’ve said before, there’s more than one kind of machine that falls under the “3D printer” umbrella. Along with the devices that print organs and cars, there’s one that uses the last material you’d expect: printer paper.

Demonstrated in the video above, Mcor Technologies’ IRIS printer creates vivid…

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Added by GarageLab on August 2, 2013 at 9:20am — No Comments

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