October 2014 Blog Posts (24)

Jack-o-‘lantern with Arduino-powered Eyes: Open Scares

Looking for a geeky twist for your Halloween decorations? Michal Janyst is onto something. He used two 8×8 LED modules and an Arduino Nano to give his jack-o’-lantern a pair of animated eyes.

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Added by GarageLab on October 31, 2014 at 3:30am — No Comments

The MegaBots ‘Mad Scientists’ Want To Finally Make Robot Fighting A Reality

Are you the type of person who watched the Hugh Jackman comedy Real Steel and thought, “This is pretty great, this robot fighting… someone should do this for real”? If you answered…

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Added by GarageLab on October 30, 2014 at 6:29pm — No Comments

Tutorial: How to use the Motion Sensor PIR

Hello Guys! On this tutorial We're going to learn How to use the motion sensor PIR. For the demonstration we'll use a system with three outputs - A sound played by a speaker, a LED turning on and a message printed on the serial monitor.…

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Added by GarageLab on October 29, 2014 at 8:43am — No Comments

Laser oscillators promise to retire quartz crystals

All electronic devices rely on components called oscillators that create precise frequencies used as a kind of clock to determine its rate of operation.

Now, researchers have developed a technique to stabilize the microwave signals in the GHz band using as reference a pair of…

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Added by GarageLab on October 29, 2014 at 5:11am — No Comments

1:4 Scale Transforming Robot Car: Project J-deite

Kenji, Wataru Yoshizaki and Takara Tomy launched Project J-deite. The J-deite Quarter is 1.3m tall (4.3ft) and weighs 35kg (77lb.). It has a 3kW battery that lasts up to an hour per charge. In robot mode, the J-deite Quarter can walk up to 1kph (0.62mph), grip objects and pose like a bad ass. In vehicle mode, it turns into a two-seater that can goes up…

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Added by GarageLab on October 28, 2014 at 5:00am — No Comments

Robotic hand uses the power of static electricity to pick up apples and iPads

A cheap robotic hand developed by a company called Grabit offers something most of the other mechanical limbs we've seen before  don't:…

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Added by GarageLab on October 27, 2014 at 7:00am — No Comments

3D printer manufactures first vertebra prosthesis implanted in boy

3D printers are now capable of manufacturing artificial bones. The Peking University in China, today announced a successful surgery for implantation of a vertebra titanium made ​​in three-dimensional impression. Who received the prosthesis was a boy of 12 years. The vertebra of the boy was taken by a…

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Added by GarageLab on October 24, 2014 at 1:00am — No Comments

PhotoMath App Solves Math Equations at a Glance: Tutor or Cheater?

Most mobile devices already have a built-in calculator, and you can also get advanced calculator apps. But microBLINK’s PhotoMath app uses optical image recognition on printed equations, so that you can get the solution without even having to input a number. Math teachers beware.

PhotoMath can solve simple arithmetic and algebra equations, including…

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Added by GarageLab on October 23, 2014 at 4:19am — No Comments

Scientists Create a Real Hoverboard

Ever since the fictional hoverboards in 1989’s Back to the Future Part II children (and adults) have dreamed of scooting along six inches from the ground, safe from the rough terrain and water which would stop a normal skateboard in its tracks.…

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Added by GarageLab on October 22, 2014 at 5:28am — No Comments

Meet the 1st smart suitcase

The "smart" adjective seems to suit all kinds of products, including suitcases. The claiming to be the "first smart and connected suitcase" the world exists and is campaigning to raise money over the Internet.

Call BlueSmart, she presents a series of technological resources. The user connects the suitcase to a smartphone application to close and…

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Added by GarageLab on October 21, 2014 at 4:52am — No Comments

Smartwatch Projects Buttons on Your Arm

This Smartwatch was developed after Gierad Laput, a PhD student, asked “how do you make a watch bigger without actually making it bigger?” The reason he asked such a question was that the rather small screens of smartwatches certainly limit the ways in which users can interact with them. The virtual buttons are projected on to the wrist of the wearer and…

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Added by GarageLab on October 20, 2014 at 8:44am — No Comments

Robotic Fabric Attracts NASA's Attention

The soft robots, with flexible bodies, have shown an interesting option due to its movement’s simplicity when talking about locomotion. Michelle Yuen and her colleagues from Purdue University in US are trying to amplify even more the potential of this new class of devices.

The idea is to…

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Added by GarageLab on October 17, 2014 at 6:38am — No Comments

Company announces prototype nuclear fusion reactor for a decade Next

Lockheed Martin announced on Wednesday, 15, an important technological advance that , according to the company, enables the use of nuclear fusion for power generation. The first reactors, which have the size of a trunk of a truck, can be ready for use in the next decade. The use of nuclear fusion is considered the Holy Grail of the energy sector,…

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Added by GarageLab on October 16, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Invisible umbrella creates shield of wind, soaks innocent bystanders

Called the Air Umbrella, the concept removes the plastic top from the umbrella and replaces it with a wind shield. The design of the Air Umbrella calls for air to be sucked through the bottom, then shot out of the top in a pattern that mimics the standard canopy. Power and canopy size controls…

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Added by GarageLab on October 15, 2014 at 1:54pm — No Comments

Bandai Namco Unveils Star Wars Battle Pods Arcade Game

Bandai Namco has announced a new Star Wars game that will be an arcade exclusive, and it sounds very cool, and is sure to eat tokens like candy. The game is called Star Wars: Battle Pod and it’s one of those big games you sit down inside of. It has a large curved screen that encompasses the player’s entire field of view.

The game will let you fight…

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Added by GarageLab on October 14, 2014 at 5:22am — No Comments

PCB Toner Transfer Method, Now Without The Transfer

A common way to create a custom PCB at home is to do what is called the Toner Transfer Method. In this process, the trace layout of the board is printed out on a piece of special toner transfer paper that allows the ink to come off in the following step. The toner transfer paper is then put…

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Added by GarageLab on October 13, 2014 at 5:59am — No Comments

Flexible 'Tentacle Robots' Could Aid Planetary Exploration

 

Researchers are developing new types of robotic systems inspired by elephant trunks, octopus arms and giraffe tongues. These flexible, maneuverable "tentacle robots" could have a variety of space applications, from inspecting hard-to-reach gear on the…

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Added by GarageLab on October 10, 2014 at 8:00am — No Comments

16Lab’s Smart Ring Is Your Electronic Key, Gesture Device, Wallet, and More

The 16Lab ring has a lot of features packed into it’s chunky titanium casing. It can interface with a variety of devices as a gesture-based mouse, work as a keyboard for Google Glass users, serve as an electronic wallet, act as a no-touch key, and serve as the locus of power for an evil necromancer…

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Added by GarageLab on October 9, 2014 at 5:03am — No Comments

Humanoid robot impresses by realism

Toshiba today unveiled a robot that impresses by its likeness to a human.  Called Aiko Chihira, the android has the appearance of a young woman and is able to communicate by sign language.

For now, the robot can only perform simple movements, but the company plans to enhance the technology in the areas of sensing, synthesis,…

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Added by GarageLab on October 8, 2014 at 6:00am — No Comments

Sensor obtaining up to12 times more color information than the human eye

A few days ago engineers got to develop a sensor that can actually see colors, Italian and Spanish researchers have made a new kind of multispectral sensor, and it is capable of catch up to 12 times more…

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Added by GarageLab on October 7, 2014 at 7:35am — No Comments

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