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Month: January 2013

Robotics | IoT

Y Combinator and Upverter To Host a Hardware Hackathon

Y Combinator notes that there has been a large increase in the number of hardware startups they fund. So in an effort to stimulate the renaissance, they are hosting a hardware hackathon together with Upverter (an open-source tool for hardware designers…

Video Friday: RoboCup Qualifiers, a Hulking Heavy-Lift Quadrotor, and SPHERES at Google

RoboCup isn't happening until July, but that's cool, because vids are already showing up on YouTube, and 2013 looks like it'll be a fantastic year. It's also going to be a fantastic year for quadrotors, a fantastic year for space robo…

Endgadget’s Guide to 3D Printing

This past summer when we were putting together our Ultimate Guide to 3D Printing we sought to test a representative sample of available consumer-class 3D printers. Given the dynamic nature of the market, we were sure many new printers would start popp…

How-To: $5 Mobile Phone Projector

The folks at Photojojo just posted a neat low-tech tutorial on how to make a projector for your mobile phone using a shoebox, a paperclip, and a magnifying glass. MacGyver would be proud. They were able to find the magnifying glass at a dollar store fo…

Optical Tremolo: Extended Play

With this Optical Tremolo Box you are hearing are patterns of light, created by a spinning disk translated into rapid electrical fluctuations to produce a warbling audio effect. Audio enters the circuit via the input jack, passes through the variable r…

Maker Shed Microcontroller Quick Reference Chart

With all the microcontrollers and single board computers on the market, sometimes it’s hard to see all your options. That’s why we made up this quick reference sheet for the 8 most popular boards we sell in the Maker Shed.Read the full article on MAKE

Nanoparticles of Silicon and Water Makes Hydrogen Gas in an Instant

Shrinking silicon nanoparticles down to 10 nanometers speeds up hydrogen gas production

Lovely Lego Ball Clock

Jason Allemann, who created these Lego mazes last year, built this beautiful and elegant Lego ball clock. The video shows how the rail system works with one ball being hauled up the chain every minute, then tipping the balance once enough balls have ac…

Make Your Own CNC Wire Bender

Last year I posted this super cool wire-bending CNC. D.I.Wire Bender is a rapid prototype machine that bends metal wire to produce 2D and 3D shapes, pushing the limits of what can be produced in different materials, forms, and methods, anywhere from a …

2013 – A Pivotal Year For the Internet of Things

“As demonstrated by dozens of cloud addressable wireless sensing systems shown at CES this year, a new generation of Internet connected systems is underway” notes Mareca Hatler of the global technology research firm ON World. According to this firm, wi…