October 2013 Blog Posts (26)

Play-i Toy Robots Teach Young Children Computer Programming Basics

 

Pretty much everyone needs to have at least a basic understanding of computer concepts to function in the modern world. Play-i wants to help your little geek-in-training learn the basics of computer coding by playing with their toy robots Bo and Yana.

Play-i’s goal is a simple one. They think young children around the age of five should be exposed to programming concepts, but…

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Added by GarageLab on October 31, 2013 at 4:26am — No Comments

Robotic Cane Helps Steer Blind in the Right Direction

This navigational canes isthe work of Dr. Cang Ye, a roboticist at the University at Arkansas at Little Rock and the engineering team that developed it. It is called the Co-Robotic Cane (CRC for short). It has a camera and laser detection as well as a ranging system that can spot objects…

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Added by GarageLab on October 30, 2013 at 4:28am — No Comments

Are you ready for automatic drive-through gas fill-ups?

 

The gigantic step between filling up your own gas tank and letting a machine do it for you has been a long time coming, but a cooperative effort between Husky and Fuelmatics has finally produced an automatic fuel-filling robot. The technology was demonstrated at the 2013 Petroleum Equipment Institute (PEI) convention in Atlanta.

After the robot…

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Added by GarageLab on October 29, 2013 at 4:47am — No Comments

Microslice: The tiny Arduino laser cutter

SilverJimmy already had a full-sized 50 watt laser cutter, but he decided to try his hand at putting together something smaller and microcontroller-driven. The result is this adorable little engraver: the MicroSlice.

To keep the design simple, [SilverJimmy] opted…

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Added by GarageLab on October 28, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

DNA testing chip delivers results in one hour, paves way for personalized drug treatments

 

Panasonic, together with the Belgium-based research institution IMEC, has developed a DNA testing chip that automates all stages of obtaining genetic information, including preprocessing.

This development is expected to enable personalized, tailor-made therapy to become widespread.

 

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Added by GarageLab on October 25, 2013 at 5:01am — No Comments

Inexpensive Robot Tracking System is Swarm Ready

[Ladvien] has figured an inexpensive way to control a robot from a remote PC with a static webcam. Inspired by swarming robot videos such as those from the UPENN Grasp lab, [Ladvien] wanted to build his own static camera based system. 

The first step was the hardest – obtaining permission from his wife to screw a webcam into the ceiling. With that problem overcome,…

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Added by GarageLab on October 24, 2013 at 6:16am — No Comments

Two Legged Robots Learn to Talk Like a Human

Two-legged robots learn to walk like a human

"KoroiBot" is the name of the project based on human locomotion, in order to transfer those movements as exactly as possible onto technical equipment. Besides Prof. Mombaur's group, the working group "Simulation and Optimization" is also involved in the project at the IWR. The Heidelberg scientists will investigate the way movement of humans and robots can be turned into mathematical models. Furthermore, the teams want to create optimized walking…

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

Ultrafast Arduino tutorial

 

The Arduino is a development board with a ATMEGA microcontroller. With it, you can control lights, motors, sensors, etc. This is a very fast tutorial to put your board to work.

Putting your…

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Added by GarageLab on October 23, 2013 at 5:30am — No Comments

Tutorial: How to Assemble your Arduino on a Breadboard

Arduino is an open source development board, and this means that anybody is able to reassemble, use and sell it. The Arduino can be used for automation applications, control processes, communication, etc. The board comes with an ATMEL microcontroller. For example, The Uno and Duemilanove Arduino models come with the ATMEGA328P-PU. This…

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Added by GarageLab on October 22, 2013 at 8:00am — No Comments

Turn a PC on with a Knock and an ATTiny

Pressing the power button on your computer usually isn’t too much trouble, unless your computer is stored away somewhere hard to reach. [Joonas] has been hard at work on a solution that would also impress his friends, building a knock sensor to turn on his PC.

For around $10 in parts he put together an ATTiny45 that emulates a PS/2 device, which takes advantage of…

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Added by GarageLab on October 22, 2013 at 4:35am — No Comments

6-axis 3D Printer

One common theme amongst 3D printers is that most of them print layer by layer. The printing is normally started on a flat build platform and grows from there. This is limiting though since with this limitation you would not be able to do things such as build a design around a curved platform or on an irregular surface. This …

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Added by GarageLab on October 21, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Flirtey – Autonomous Hexacopter Delivery Platform

 

A company called Flirtey is developing a robust hexacopter drone that will be able to fly autonomously from warehouse to your current location in minutes carrying your purchases. To start they will be delivering books from Zookal, a textbook rental service. To use the service you would select the book you desire on your smart phone and a Flirtey will be…

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Added by GarageLab on October 18, 2013 at 5:18am — No Comments

MIT Deploys Swarm of Self-Assembling Robot Cubes

We started to get just a little bit nervous last spring, when Daniela Rus and Kyle Gilpin from MIT introduced something called "smart sand." Smart sand was a pile of tiny little robotic cubes endowed with the capability of autonomously replicating any 2D shape that you poured them over.…

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Added by GarageLab on October 17, 2013 at 7:22am — No Comments

castAR: the most versatile AR & VR system

castAR is the invention of Technical Illusions, a company setup by former Valve employees Jeri Ellsworth and Rick Johnson. The two are videogame industry veterans with decades of software and hardware expertise between them. Their device can display hologram-like videos and images in 3D using two…

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Added by GarageLab on October 16, 2013 at 7:39am — No Comments

New Haptic Tech Promises Feeling and Texture for Touchscreens and Gestures

Over the past few years, many of our gadgets have abandoned physical buttons in favor of touchscreens, where controls can be customized for the task at hand. In exchange, we've had to give up the feedback that you get when you put your hands on physical controls. Now, engineers working on new haptic systems are trying to give us…

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Added by GarageLab on October 15, 2013 at 6:19am — No Comments

How Do You Build a Relay CPU?

Tim already has the design of his relay CPU completed with a 12-bit program counter, sequencer, ALU, and a transistor-based ROM. The problem he’s having deals with the mechanics and layout of his homebuilt CPU. Right now, all the relays (PC pin, we guess) are glued top-down to a piece of cardboard. This allows him to easily solder the wires up and change out the…

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Added by GarageLab on October 14, 2013 at 6:28am — No Comments

Watch a 3D printer make a pizza while you wait

 

This device is still in the early stages, so it’s not quite printing a pizza as you know it in the demo. It first puts down a layer of dough in a small square, then it uses ketchup as a stand-in for pizza sauce. Finally, it extrudes cream cheese on the surface, which is an analog for a fine ricotta cheese. The builders are basically showing that…

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Added by GarageLab on October 11, 2013 at 6:51am — No Comments

Intel Galileo - Intel´s project with Arduino.

Mazzimo Banzi (one of the creators of Project ARDUINO) reveals a new INTEL GALILEO

in collaboration with INTEL.…

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Added by Jose Gustavo Abreu Murta on October 11, 2013 at 2:30am — No Comments

Nuclear fusion reactor produces more energy than it uses for the first time

It’s easy to forget that the sun, so warm and pleasant in the sky, is actually a boiling cauldron of hydrogen and other elements undergoing nuclear fusion. That …

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Added by GarageLab on October 10, 2013 at 5:46am — 3 Comments

Researchers Create Headphones Using Carbon Nanotubes

There are huge number of headphones available on the market today running the gamut from dirt cheap to incredibly expensive. There are headphones aimed at everyone from users who don’t really care what the music sounds like all the way up to audiophiles who will pay huge money to hear every…

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Added by GarageLab on October 9, 2013 at 6:30am — No Comments

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