December 2013 Blog Posts (11)

This Dragonfly Robot Can Avoid Obstacles All by Itself, Making It Harder to Destroy in Inevitable Robot Uprising

 

DelFly Explorer, a small, super-lightweight micro air vehicle (MAV), built by TU Delft. The latest innovation of the DelFly is an onboard stereo camera system that measures distances to objects, allowing DelFly to avoid objects on its own. At 20 grams, we won’t admit to being afraid of the DelFly, but put enough of them in a room not bumping into…

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Added by GarageLab on December 17, 2013 at 12:47pm — No Comments

smartCARD lets users check their cholesterol via an iPhone

Although a lot of people are concerned about monitoring their cholesterol levels, probably not many of those people want to head off to a clinic or use an expensive, complicated device to get those levels tested every few days. Soon, however, they may not have to. Scientists from Cornell University have…

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Added by GarageLab on December 17, 2013 at 2:44am — No Comments

LEDmas Tree

[Nick] is a bit of an LED fanatic. So when his boss asked him to help make an LED Christmas tree for work, he jumped at the opportunity!

It’s a beautiful build, making use of laser(?) cut plexiglass disks,…

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Added by GarageLab on December 16, 2013 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Turning a building into a Rubik’s cube

[Javier] must have an awesome academic adviser. For his master’s thesis, he turned a building into a Rubik’s cube.

Somewhere on the campus of the University for Artistic and Industrial Design in Linz, Austria, there’s a building with a whole bunch of colored, programmable lights on the facade. [Javier] thought this would make for an excellent Rubik’s…

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Added by GarageLab on December 13, 2013 at 3:29am — No Comments

Ambient Backscatter – Wireless Power and Communication with No Batteries

 

Today we have lots of battery free electronic devices such as RFID which in most cases gets powered wirelessly from the reader. What would the world of electronics be like if our small electronics that only consumed a small amount of energy could be powered by the RF signals that are already around us. Ambient Backscatter does just this and has an…

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Added by GarageLab on December 12, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

Google Acquires Seven Robot Companies, Wants Big Role in Robotics

A few months ago, we heard rumors that Google was planning something big in robotics. We also heard that Andy Rubin, the engineer who spearheaded the development of Android at Google, was leading this new robotics effort at the company. Rubin, we were told, is personally interested…

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Added by GarageLab on December 11, 2013 at 3:16am — No Comments

Emission-free Volvocopter takes maiden flight

Climate-KIC's volocopter start-up E-volo has raised €1.2 million in a recent crowdfunding campaign, surpassing the €500.000 mark after only two and a half hours.

E-volo's Volocopter – supported by Climate-KIC Germany – is safer, simpler, and cleaner than normal helicopters. After…

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Added by GarageLab on December 10, 2013 at 4:00am — No Comments

LED R/C Helicopter Writes Words on Its Blades

 

Remote-controlled helicopters can be fun to fly, but they’re not exactly easy to see in the dark. But these little R/C choppers not only light up when flying, their blades can display messages while airborne.

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Added by GarageLab on December 5, 2013 at 3:00am — No Comments

Micro Python: Python for microcontrollers

Micro Python is a lean and fast implementation of the Python programming language (python.org) that is optimised to run on a microcontroller.  The Micro Python board is a small electronic circuit board that runs the Micro Python language.  The aim of this Kickstarter…

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Added by GarageLab on December 4, 2013 at 4:06am — No Comments

Amazon Prime Air Would Use Drones for 30-Minute Delivery: Fast Good

Drones are often thought of as weapons of war, but a few years from now people may come to know them as delivery bots. In a recent interview with CBS show 60 Minutes, Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos unveiled …

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Added by GarageLab on December 3, 2013 at 3:42am — No Comments

DIY: Thermal Imaging Camera

 

Thermal imaging cameras – those really useful devices that give you Predator vision – are incredible tools. If you’re looking for heat escaping your house through a window, or just trying to figure out where your electronics project will explode next, they’re invaluable, if expensive, tools. [Kaptein QK] figured out an easy and cheap way to make your…

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Added by GarageLab on December 2, 2013 at 4:28am — No Comments

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