November 2013 Blog Posts (19)

New inks and tools allow 3-D printing of lithium-ion technology.

By making the basic building blocks of batteries out of ink, Harvard materials scientist Jennifer Lewis is laying the groundwork for lithium-ion batteries and other high-performing electronics that can be produced with 3-D printers.Although the technology is still at an early stage, the…

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Added by GarageLab on November 29, 2013 at 8:42am — No Comments

Atmel Reconfirms 8-bit MCU Leadership, Expands MCU Portfolio with Low-power 8-bit tinyAVR MCUs

Continuing to Invest in Innovative Technologies to Bring More Differentiation to Popular 8-bit AVR MCUs

Atmel announced it has further expanded its low-power 8-bit tinyAVR® family with the ATtiny441 and…

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Added by GarageLab on November 28, 2013 at 7:30am — No Comments

Atlas Humanoid Robot Attempts to Walk on Rubble, Struggles

 

Creating a humanoid robot that can walk over all kinds of junk, like a parent traversing a child’s LEGO explosion of a room, is no easy task. The idea is the same for both the parent and the robot. No matter what you step on, stay upright.

So check out this video of The Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition’s Atlas humanoid robot trying…

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Added by GarageLab on November 27, 2013 at 5:33am — No Comments

The electronic tattoo that can monitor patient symptoms remotely

Researchers at the University of Illinois have developed an electronic tattoo that can be printed straight on to the body to track patients' symptoms – measuring heart rate and temperature, strain and hydration – and then beam the information back to your doctor. It might sound like something…

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Added by GarageLab on November 26, 2013 at 5:44am — No Comments

Robot Cowboys Are Home on the Range

 

Earlier this month in Sydney, Australia, a team from the University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics tested the four-wheeled remote-controlled robot called Rover.

“The cows readily accepted the robotic herder and were easily controlled by it,” Dan Kara, a research officer for analyst firm ARISPlex, wrote in a report. “Groups of 20 to…

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Added by GarageLab on November 25, 2013 at 3:46am — No Comments

PhD student accidentally discovers superconductive, light-sensitive crystal

While working with a common synthetic crystal at Washington State University, PhD student Marianne Tarun happened upon an unusual property. After measuring the electrical conductivity of a sample of strontium titanate at different times, she realized it had gone from being a good insulator to a good conductor. In fact, its electrical conductivity jumped by 400…

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Added by GarageLab on November 22, 2013 at 3:21am — No Comments

LED Light-up Newton’s Cradle: Clickity-Clackity-Blinkity

 

This is a new version of the Newton’s Cradle, upgraded with colorful LEDs. What’s cool is the orbs don’t just light up, they detect when they’re clacking against others and change colors when they hit. It’s even more mesmerizing than the original. Here, check it out.

You can choose from three different color modes – one which flashes on impact,…

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Added by GarageLab on November 21, 2013 at 5:57am — No Comments

University of Buffalo researchers use headsets to control robot arms with their minds

 

This is not the first time that science has given the mind control over robotic arms, but now it can be done with a headset that anyone can slip on, instead of a Matrix-style mind-jack. Now can we just get a full suit of Iron Man armor to control with this thing?

Previous mind-control robot arms at this level of precision have been…

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Added by GarageLab on November 19, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

3D Printed & Motion-Activated Iron Man Helmet: Nod On, Nod Off

 

Ryan made a smaller but more polished Iron Man prop. It’s a Mk. III helmet that can be opened or closed just by nodding. He 3D printed the helmet itself, made it so the flaps at the neck area fold upwards so that he can wear the helmet.

 

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Added by GarageLab on November 18, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

Quadrotor Wheel Can Fly, Float, and Roll

 

MUWA or "Multi-field Universal Wheel for Air-land Vehicle" (and also Japanese for "Dream Ring") it's a quadrotor surrounded by a circular piece of foam that makes it capable of (among many other things) balancing itself sideways like a wheel and rolling along the ground.

MUWA's big foam ring makes contact with obstacles, water, or the ground not much…

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Added by GarageLab on November 14, 2013 at 3:47am — No Comments

The EX¹ makes printing circuits as quick and easy as printing a photo - allowing you to print on the material of your choice.

 

The EX¹ printer is not designed to create any 3D object like normal 3D printers. It’s been crafted and designed for one key purpose, to allow you to 3D print circuit boards, layering silver nano particles onto paper or any suitable surface to rapidly create a circuit board. In 2011, an article…

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Added by GarageLab on November 13, 2013 at 3:39am — No Comments

DIY: Miniature Thermometer

 

At Instructables is avaliable a step by step teaching how to do a Miniature Thermometer based on an Arduino.

For just a couple of bucks and a few components you have laying around your work area you can build a min thermometer than fits in your pocket. The whole circuit sits nicely right on top of a 9v battery, and is connected to it with…

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Added by GarageLab on November 12, 2013 at 4:30am — No Comments

Titan arm assistive exoskeleton wins 2013 james dyson award

 

Designed by four mechanical engineering students at the university of pennsylvania, ‘the titan arm‘, a low-cost upper-body exoskeleton that augments human strength has been awarded the 2013 james dyson award. the system has been developed for use in occupational lifting and healthcare, the mechanical extension assists the user’s arm strength by up to 18…

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Added by GarageLab on November 11, 2013 at 4:05am — No Comments

BMW Develops more Powerful and Economic Headlights

In a BMW car, these headlights have a blue-laser diode as their light source, which are about 1000 times as bright as an LED but use just two-thirds the energy.

These engineers want mores than intensity: they want something that mimics the sunlight. BMW's system will deliver about 5500 to 6000 K - the highest…

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Added by GarageLab on November 8, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

Pokémaniac builds automatic shiny finder for 3DS, deserves all the rare candies

 

One of the aspects of Nintendo's Pokemon series that keeps players hooked is the occasional appearance of shiny creatures, or ultra-rare Pokemon that have a different color than usual. The odds of running into a shiny wild Pokemon in Pokemon X and Y are reportedly 1 in 8192 battles, though crafty players have taken to special "chaining" and "chain…

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Added by GarageLab on November 7, 2013 at 5:00am — No Comments

DIY Gamer Kit: Build, Code & Game Boy

 

Technology Will Save Us is the maker’s version of Toys R’ Us. The shop makes toys or gadgets that require assembly, perfect for people who are into tinkering and assembling electronics. Their newest kit is a great way to entice gamers to make their own video game systems. Simply called the DIY Gamer Kit, it has everything you need to make your own…

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Added by GarageLab on November 6, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

This Table Can Virtually Reproduce You!

This is a new and creative project: a table which is able to virtually reproduce anything that is put on its sensors in real time. Watch the video as it imitates the hand movements and gets doing them.

Furthermore, this interface starts with two cameras which capture objects in 3D. The 3D information is processed by a computer, which moves the solid rods on the center of the table. The result is a 3D…

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

Gimball Flying Drone Is Designed to Deftly Navigate Difficult Locations

 

An interesting flying robot has been created called Gimball that is specifically designed to be able to crash and recover quickly. The creators of the robot designed it to be used in situations that might be hazardous for humans. The flying device has a spherical roll cage mounted on pivots that allows the helicopter to stay upright, as well as to…

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Added by GarageLab on November 4, 2013 at 4:57am — No Comments

Engineers Develop Real-Time, 3-D Teleconferencing Technology

 

It all starts with a projector that shines a light straight with two cameras (right and left sides), which are both angled to the subject. The cameras record two images of the light as it's distorted by the subject. The images are combined to create a single 3-D image.

That…

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Added by GarageLab on November 1, 2013 at 6:00am — No Comments

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