September 2014 Blog Posts (26)

3D Printing of Parameterized Speaker Enclosures

Despite what you would gather from looking at a mess of wires, carpet, and MDF in the back of a Honda Civic hatchback, building speaker enclosures is a pretty complex business. To get the right frequency response, you’ll need to take into account the driver’s resonant frequency, the volume of any internal components, and how well the speaker works when…

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Added by GarageLab on September 30, 2014 at 6:55am — No Comments

Nixie Wearable Drone Camera: Fashionable Photographer

If Team Nixie has its way, drones might someday become the selfie addicts’ best friend. One of the finalists in Intel’s Make It Wearable Challenge, the team is working on Nixie, a camera-toting drone that’s thin, light and flexible enough to wrap around your wrist.

Team Nixie’s goal is to have the small quadcopter uncoil and take flight with a…

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Added by GarageLab on September 29, 2014 at 5:46am — No Comments

Smart bandage protects aircraft from small impacts on flights

Nanoparticles thousand times thinner than a human hair can release molecules able to repair small breaks in airplanes. This coating that acts as a skin, is a creation of the scientists at the University of Aveiro, Portugal.

"The planes are exposed to harsh…

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Added by GarageLab on September 26, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

Harvard releases its DIY soft robotics toolkit

Harvard, arguably the most famous Ivy League university on Earth, has a long history of democratization of education; together with MIT and several other elite institutions, they’ve pushed hard to make online learning easy and high in quality. However, one aspect of learning that’s intrinsically difficult to export from the physical school is the…

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Added by GarageLab on September 25, 2014 at 4:57am — No Comments

Tutorial: How to use a Relay Shield

1. Relay Shield…

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Added by GarageLab on September 24, 2014 at 11:34am — No Comments

PCB mill for under $10

The X and Y axes behave exactly as they did in the printer. One motor moves the print head along a shaft using a toothed belt, while the other turns a roller that moves the object via friction. I have not had any real problems with the print head axis, but the paper…

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Added by GarageLab on September 24, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Robots Use RFID to Find and Navigate to Household Objects

An easy way of identifying objects is with RFID tags, because you can use a cheap sensor that's super reliable and doesn't give a hoot what orientation an object is or how bad the lighting is or anything else. The other nice thing about RFID tags (besides the fact that they're dirt cheap and printable and will never give you false positives) is that you can detect…

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Added by GarageLab on September 23, 2014 at 5:46am — No Comments

5axismaker Multi-fabricator: Mill, Scan, Print, Spray & Cut

Fedor Gridnev and Elena Gaidar want to raise the bar for affordable workshop machines with the 5axismaker. It’s a 5-axis milling machine, a 3D printer, a 3D scanner, a water jet cutter and a wire cutter in one.

In theory, you’ll be able to modify the 5axismaker’s function simply by switching its tool head. However, as of this writing, it appears…

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Added by GarageLab on September 22, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Lux is an open source camera-based on Arduino

Analog cameras are one of the projects of "do-it-yourself" more simple and satisfying that exist. After all, who never made a pinhole camera with a cardboard box in high school? But just try to approach some of the mechanical cameras to the degree of difficulty increases quickly. But when we enter…

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Added by GarageLab on September 19, 2014 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Tiny Humanoid Robot Learning to Fly Real Airplanes

The little robot in the picture above is a PIBOT, a small, very low-cost humanoid (actually a Bioloid Premium from Robotis). It's been slightly modified to be able to work the controls of a scaled-down, simulated aircraft cockpit, as in the pic above. PIBOT is able to identify and use all of the buttons and switches and stuff that you'd find in the cockpit of a…

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Added by GarageLab on September 19, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Tutorial: How to use a Relay Module

1. Relay Module

          A relay is a simple electromechanical switch made up of an…

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Added by GarageLab on September 18, 2014 at 12:55pm — No Comments

Jetpack to Increase Speed & Agility: Slightly Advanced Warfare

Swiss pilot Yves Rossy is known around the world as Jetman because he made – and flies with – his own jet-propelled wing. Arizona State University (ASU) student Jason Kerestes also made a jetpack, but it’s not strong enough to make a man fly, nor was it meant to. It’s designed only to help its wearer move faster on foot.

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Added by GarageLab on September 17, 2014 at 5:38am — No Comments

Intelligent seat promises to detect if driver is drunk

Researchers from Hiroshima University and the University of Tokyo, Japan, developed in partnership with Delta Tooling a new smart car seat. The novelty promises not only detect if the driver is drunk or on drugs, but also if he is sleepy or…

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Added by GarageLab on September 16, 2014 at 6:09am — No Comments

Arduino-Powered Turntables That Turn DJing Into Child’s Play

Per Holmquist has always had a finely tuned ear for music. “When I hear a song for the first time I know, ‘Okay it will be a hit,’” he says. But he never learned to play an instrument. Taking lessons and learning how to read sheet music for a new instrument would be too hefty a commitment, so for his graduation project at Beckmans College of Design in Sweden, the student designer (and disc jockey…

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Added by GarageLab on September 15, 2014 at 5:34am — No Comments

Stanford develops a radio the size of an ant, draws power from electromagnetic waves

What is this? A radio for ants? Not so much for ants, but it’s certainly the size of an ant. Stanford engineer Amin Arbabian has managed to create a wireless radio just a few millimeters across that is so energy efficient that it doesn’t need a battery. Instead, it…

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Added by GarageLab on September 12, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Arduino Wireless Animatronic Hand

This is a very simple but at the same time a very hard project depending on your skill level

What this is? is a wireless animatronic hand that doesn't need a computer to operate. The user wears a control glove and can control the animatronic hand precisely.

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Added by GarageLab on September 11, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

First Graphene-enabled Flexible Display Demonstrated

The prototype uses an electrophoretic film, which is similar to the screens used in today’s e-readers with the added benefit of being flexible. In future iterations of the device, the research team will look at using liquid crystal (LCD) and organic light emitting diodes(OLED) technology to produce color images.

It would seem based on the press release…

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Added by GarageLab on September 10, 2014 at 6:30am — No Comments

This Robot Crawls Through Acid, Ice and Fire

This robot, developed at Professor George M. Whitesides’ lab at Harvard University has recently become untethered, so it is off the leash. This creepy crawler is super tough and can function in subzero temperatures, 40 km/h winds, puddles of up to 5 centimeters of water, and 3,000 Kelvin methane flames for up to 50 seconds. It’s also resistant to acid.…

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Added by GarageLab on September 9, 2014 at 4:30am — No Comments

Console Raspberry Pi promises to bring back the past games

A model Raspberry Pi, smaller computer world has been transformed into one identical to the Super Nintendo console. The idea of ​​using the programmable circuit to reproduce the nostalgic game gave rise to Pi Gamer, a project of collective funding that is succeeding on…

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Added by GarageLab on September 8, 2014 at 5:30am — No Comments

Robot Vacuum Has 360-Degree Camera, Tank Treads, Cyclone Suction

The 360 Eye is one of the most advanced robot vacuums that we've ever seen. The robot sees its environment using a unique 360° vision system [which is sensitive into the infrared], and then builds a detailed floor plan [based on high contrast visual features] to intelligently and systematically navigate around a room and tracks its position

Other…

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Added by GarageLab on September 5, 2014 at 8:39am — No Comments

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