November 2012 Blog Posts (15)

First Prototype of a Little and Low Cost Radar Sensor

The SUCCESS consortium has developed and implemented a fully integrated 122 GHz Radar sensor. The SMD package has a size 8 mm x 8 mm. It was made with a BiCMOS technology from IHP(Innovations for High…

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Added by GarageLab on November 29, 2012 at 11:43am — No Comments

Low Cost Conductive Composite for 3D Printers

The University of Warwick (UK) and professor Simon Leigh announced the development of a low cost conductive composite plastic for 3D printers (like RepRap). The present formulation of compositive is a simple conductive thermoplastic composite or ‘carbomorph’ . They made a capacitive…

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Added by GarageLab on November 28, 2012 at 6:16am — 35 Comments

Recyclable Electronics: Just Add Hot Water

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL), along with partners In2Tec Ltd (UK) and Gwent Electronic Materials Ltd, have developed a printed circuit board (PCB) whose components can be easily separated by immersion in hot water. The work was part of the ReUSE project, funded by the UK goverment's Technology Strategy Board and the National Measurement Office.

The electronics industry has a…

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Added by GarageLab on November 19, 2012 at 6:11am — No Comments

Control of Mobile Robots with Professor Magnus Egerstedt

The course "Control of Mobile Robots" by Professor Magnus Egerstedt of The Georgia Institute of Technology, will be offered free of charge to everyone on the Coursera platform. Sign up at…

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Added by GarageLab on November 18, 2012 at 3:54am — No Comments

Highly Recommended Video Tutorials for Android

Hello everyone!

The video above is just the first of a series of 200 free tutorials about Android development.

Travis, from The New Boston, teaches a lot from the very beginning, with great sense of humor and precise speed between boring and too fast.

A really nice job! Thanks Travis, his Grandma and TNB team!

This link goes to the list of all…

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Added by GarageLab on November 15, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments

Arduino MP3 Player - Arduino Jukebox

 

A full Arduino MP3 player using a SD card and a MP3 module based on a chip from VLSI (VS1002d, VS1003 VS1053). The player includes a small amplifier and two speakers, making it a small Jukebox in the age of Ipods.

The project includes a…

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Added by Jose Daniel Herrera Gomariz on November 12, 2012 at 11:30am — No Comments

Software Controlled Backlight and Contrast on a 2x16 LCD Display

In usual projects with LCD displays, the contrast is controlled by a potentiometer and the backlight is connected to the supply, therefore always on. This tutorial shows a way to control these parts in a 2x16 LCD via software with an AVR board (Garagino) or the Arduino, controlling the backlight…

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Added by GarageLab on November 12, 2012 at 9:57am — 1 Comment

DIY 8x8x8 LED Cube

Building an LED cube has been a project that we have always wanted to do, but the opportunity just never presented itsself. However, recently we were able to get our hands on an 8x8x8 LED kit (that's 512 LEDs!) which provides all the parts (95% of them) and instructions for building your own LED cube. The instructions weren't the greatest, so we went ahead and documented the entire process of building an 8x8x8 LED Cube. Hopefully it…

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Added by Chris @ PyroElectro.com on November 9, 2012 at 9:00am — No Comments

Convert your Voice to Another Language

Microsoft has created a software wich analises your speech, translates it and then speak the translation using your tone of voice. In the future, it will be as a computer talking for you, but in another language.

As Rick Rashid (Microsoft Research's boss) explains, they use Chineses' voices to elaborate the system which converts text (in Mandarin) to speech. However, it learns to speak…

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Added by GarageLab on November 9, 2012 at 4:28am — 1 Comment

Online PCB Visualizer

For added peace of mind now you can verify your PCB data prior to placing your order. PCB Visualizer is an automatic tool for data input and manufacturability analysis, through your Gerbert files. Clear graphic presentation pinpoints any issues found.…

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Added by GarageLab on November 8, 2012 at 5:12am — No Comments

Build Your Own FPGA

This is a very curious implementation of a simple FPGA with 7400 ICs. As it is easy to find this kind of NAND gate chips, the circuit becomes easier to be implemented.

by DP:

"Building a microcontroller or CPU out of discrete logic is a popular hobbyist pursuit, and it serves a useful purpose. Building a CPU from scratch teaches you a lot about CPU architecture…

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Added by GarageLab on November 7, 2012 at 8:52am — No Comments

Arduino Due VGA Signal Out

Stimmer proposed a way of genarating VGA signal in a 160x240 or 320x240 resolution with the Arduino Due. The project uses 8 bits for colors (RRRGGGBB). For more details about the hardware and the firmware, …

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Added by GarageLab on November 6, 2012 at 5:12am — No Comments

DIY Pick and Place

by Gravelrash

Probably thinking of the effort and the necessary concentration to place SMD components on PCBs, Gravelrash built his own pick and place machine for that.

Instead of being frustated with instruments and a lot of concentration, it was used that project, which was made from a CNC Chinese machine. It does not use automated feeders for its…

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Added by GarageLab on November 5, 2012 at 5:20am — No Comments

Robotics almost there

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Added by GarageLab on November 2, 2012 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Embed and a Few Resistors Runs Console, VGA, and PS/2

[Jordan] writes in to show us a project he has been working on called MbedConsole. Living up its name [Jordan] has managed to run a 640×480 VGA output, PS/2 port and console all from the mbed itself. We…

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Added by GarageLab on November 1, 2012 at 11:34am — No Comments

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