September 2013 Blog Posts (21)

Man controls new prosthetic leg using thought alone

 

A man missing his lower leg has gained precise control over a prosthetic limb, just by thinking about moving it – all because his unused nerves were preserved during the amputation and rerouted to his thigh where they can be used to communicate with a robotic leg.

The man can now seamlessly switch from walking on level ground to climbing stairs…

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Added by GarageLab on September 30, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Super Simple 50+ kHz Logic Analysis with ATtiny2313 and FTDI Friend

While banging my head against the wall with debugging my PS/2 keyboard thingy, I really wished I…

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Added by GarageLab on September 27, 2013 at 6:55am — No Comments

Oscilloscope Watch Outgeeks Calculator Watches

Like the Xprotolab, the watch is an oscilloscope, a waveform generator, a protocol sniffer, a frequency counter and a logic analyzer in a device that’s about the same size as a sports watch. It has a 1.28″ e-paper display and a 400mAh Li-ion battery that should last up to 12 hours of continuous use or over 30 days if…

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

LumiFold, the foldable photo-activated resin based 3D Printer

The LumiFold is unique in that it measures just about 250 x 120 x 30mm when folded up, which makes it small enough to throw in your backpack or briefcase. Its compact printing platform can’t crank out huge objects, with a size limit of about 90 x 90 x…

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Added by GarageLab on September 25, 2013 at 6:54am — No Comments

LEGO Useless Machine: Mindtroll

We’ve seen many examples of LEGO used to build something …

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Added by GarageLab on September 24, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

Awesome Dad Builds a Pneumatic Tube System to Send Teeth to the Tooth Fairy

 

With the growing population, the Tooth Fairy is probably having a hard time keeping up. Awesome dad Jeff Highsmith wanted to make sure his kid’s teeth are received in a timely manner, so he built a vacuum-powered pneumatic tube system that’ll “send” them straight to the Tooth Fairy. An adult can hang out at the receiving station to return some cash or…

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

Robot snakes may one day explore Mars

Mars is essentially one big desert, and what do you tend to find in deserts? Snakes. There’s a reason for this, so the European Space Agency-funded SERPEX project is conducting a feasibility study on how robot snakes could one day be used to explore the Red Planet.

The NASA rovers from Sojourner on have revolutionized planetary exploration. Where the first landers…

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Added by GarageLab on September 20, 2013 at 6:59am — No Comments

Zollner builds world's largest four-legged robot ... and it's a dragon

St. George is famous for slaying a dragon, but he’d have a real challenge on his hands if he showed up today in Furth im Wald, Germany. There he’d discover the streets of this town of 9,000 being stalked by an 11-ton fire-breathing dragon with a steel skeleton and a diesel engine for a heart. Built by Zollner Elektronik AG, the robotic monster is the…

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Added by GarageLab on September 19, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

LIMBERboard: A Flexible And Stretchable Arduino Compatible Board

 

Created primarily for the maker movement by Infinite Corridor Technology, the LIMBERboard is a flexible and stretchable, programmable microcontroller board. It is an open source board based on Arduino using the ATMega168, which makes it compatible with many existing projects.

 

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Added by GarageLab on September 18, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

MarS Board - Freescale ARM Cortex-A9 (MJD44H11TF)

This article describes the MarS Board - Freescale ARM Cortex-A9 (MJD44H11TF). The content is very simple, very helpful. Components in this article can help you understand better understanding of this article. For example, in this article, you can go to find and buy these components:MJD44H11TF.

If you have a high-quality knowledge of the circuit, please contact us. We appreciate your sharing what you know schematic knowledge to…

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Added by ciciswift on September 17, 2013 at 8:02pm — No Comments

MIT SkyCall Uses Drones as Tour Guides

The SkyCall project uses a Wi-Fi network, a mobile app and quadcopters equipped with GPS, a camera and other onboard sensors to create smart tour guides. A prototype of SkyCall is already being tested at the labyrinthine grounds of MIT. To summon a drone, the user uses the call feature on the SkyCall app. When your friendly guide arrives, the user enters the alphanumeric…

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Added by GarageLab on September 17, 2013 at 6:05am — No Comments

littleBits Modular Magnetic Electronics Kits: No Solder, No Problem

 

Like LightUp, littleBits uses color-coded modules that easily snap together using magnets. Each module also has screen-printed labels that identify its parts. Unlike LightUp,…

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

Phonebloks modular phone concept isolates components in swappable blocks

Though some take the DIY approach to replacing a faulty part in a smartphone, many elect to discard it in favor of an upgraded device, something that results in a fair bit of electronics waste. To mitigate this — and to make it easy for a handset to be upgraded — the Phonebloks concept has isolated components in removable blocks that can be…

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Added by GarageLab on September 13, 2013 at 5:42am — 1 Comment

A world first! Success at complete quantum teleportation

Furusawa group at the University of Tokyo has succeeded in demonstrating complete quantum teleportation of photonic quantum bits by a hybrid technique for the first time worldwide. In 1997, quantum teleportation of photonic quantum bits was achieved by a research team at Innsbruck University in Austria. However, such quantum teleportation couldn't be used for…

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Added by GarageLab on September 12, 2013 at 6:19am — No Comments

Dash Robotics crowdfunding 'origami' runner you can assemble at home

A team of Berkeley PhD engineers who worked in the school's lab explored animal locomotion strategies and shared an interest in prototypes made quickly and cheaply, particularly fast robotic runners that could be affordable and easy to explore. People found them appealing and started asking if the robots were for sale. Idea. Think origami. The team worked out a novel…

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Added by GarageLab on September 10, 2013 at 7:07am — No Comments

3D Printed Prosthetic Hand

3D printing – with the promise of low-scale manufacturing and custom parts – is ideal for the prosthetic industry, but so far prosthetic hands have been a very, very hard nut to crack. [Joel] has been working on the Open Hands Project, a project that aims to make robotic prosthetics accessible to makers,…

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Added by GarageLab on September 9, 2013 at 5:54am — No Comments

Kirobo robot speaks from the ISS

In space, no one can hear you scream, but they can hear a little robot speaking greetings in Japanese. Toyota announced today that a robot spoke from space for the first time. On August 21, the communications robot, Kirobo, sent greetings back to Earth from the International…

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

Bigshot DIY Camera Kit: Build & Learn & Point & Shoot

The Bigshot camera is just like those cameras, except it’s digital and has a companion website that includes a lot of related information. The idea is to introduce people of all ages not just to photography but to technology in general.

The Bigshot digital camera kit…

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Added by GarageLab on September 5, 2013 at 6:28am — No Comments

DIY: Arduino-controlled RGB LED Infinity Mirror

This is a combination of two classic projects: RGB LED control with an Arduino, and an Infinity Mirror. It's an RGB LED infinity mirror that lets you toggle between an adjustable-speed color-fade mode and a direct-control mode where you individually set the red, green, and blue LED brightness…

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Added by GarageLab on September 4, 2013 at 6:58am — No Comments

Polaris Digs a Ton of Dirt

A ton of dirt is a ton of dirt. Astrobotics' Polaris rover prototype is not intimidated, however, and it proved it at NASA Glenn by autonomously excavating over 1000 kg of material in under an hour.

This rover (or rovers like it) may one day head to the Moon to start preparing it for human…

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Added by GarageLab on September 3, 2013 at 6:10am — No Comments

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