July 9, 2019
This machine creates images using Skittles as pixels

Skittles candies come in various vibrant colors. While they may be a tasty treat, JohnO3 had another idea: to create an amazing automated display for the little circles. His device, dubbed the “Skittle Pixel8r,” uses an Arduino Mega to pull a dispensing funnel between one of 46 channels, covered on one side with a piece […]

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July 8, 2019
Raspberry Pi 4 Preview, Is it worth it?

Andreas Spiess Published on 30 Jun 2019 The Raspberry P4 is on all channels. Hurrah everywhere. But is this true? What is it suitable for, and is it worth buying one now? Let’s have a closer look. Buckle up; it will not be a nice ride. Links: RPi 4 case (STL files): https://www.microcenter.com/tech_cent... RPi 4 […]

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July 8, 2019
Random sticks made to walk under Arduino control

What if you were to neglect a robot’s mechanical design entirely and instead construct it out of unusual materials like random sticks? Researchers from the University of Tokyo and Preferred Networks have done just that. To accomplish this feat, the engineers first scanned and weighed the branches, then used deep reinforcement learning to teach the […]

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July 5, 2019
Using 3D Printing to Create Artisan Jewelry

London-based jewelry brand Maria Piana strives to create a new form of abstract jewelry, using intricate industrial processes and artisan experimental techniques. 3D modeling has become the backbone of creating their design aesthetic and bringing their unique visions to life, elevating their collections in ways not possible before. One of the co-designers at Maria Piana, […]

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July 5, 2019
Arduino SIM extends availability around the world

Hot on the heels of announcing the launch of the Arduino SIM in the US, we’re very pleased to further roll out availability of the data plan to Asia, Australia/NZ, Middle East and Africa, and the Americas (excluding Brazil). With 10MB free data for up to 90 days and a global roaming profile, the new Arduino SIM offers the simplest path […]

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July 1, 2019
Arduino IoT Cloud: Dynamic Dashboard

In this short article, we are going to take a look at one of the Arduino IoT Cloud‘s new and exciting features: the Dynamic Dashboard. Among other things with Arduino IoT Cloud, you can create a dashboard to monitor data and interact with your project. If you want to know more about properties and widgets, you can go […]

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July 1, 2019
Solving the Rubik’s cube with an Arduino-powered machine

Since its invention in 1974, Rubik’s cubes have been entertaining and frustrating those that choose to take on the challenge of aligning their shapes. More recently, however, people have been building algorithms and machinery to do it for them, including Mario Milanesio’s Arduino Rubik Solver, or ARS. ARS, which was constructed with the help of Milanseio’s […]

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July 1, 2019
Hoverboard motors turned into an RC skater

While the hoverboard craze has faded somewhat, the good news is that this means their powerful wheel motors can easily be found on online auction sites. Lukas Kaul took advantage of this component’s availability and created his own “HoverBot,” which as shown in Felix von Drigalski’s video below, acts as something in between a radio-controlled […]

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June 30, 2019
How Direct Metal Laser Sintering (DMLS) Really Works

Direct metal laser sintering is one of the most fascinating 3D printing techniques, as it allows you to print your own designs in metals such as Aluminum or Titanium. Today we will take a more detailed look at this technology and see how you can access it via our online service.   Direct Metal Laser […]

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June 25, 2019
IES BETA Kit - Out Of The Box

Greig is joined by Barry from Bluechip Technology who developed the IES BETA Kits for a detailed unboxing. 9.7" BETA Kit - https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/graphics-display-development-kits/1757494/ 7" BETA Kit - https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/graphics-display-development-kits/1757495/ 4.3" BETA Kit - https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/graphics-display-development-kits/1757496/

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June 25, 2019
IES BETA Kits - Product Overview

Greig is joined by Barry from Blue Chip Technology to take a closer look at the IES BETA kits, which are available from RS Components. 9.7" BETA Kit - https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/graphics-display-development-kits/1757494/ 7" BETA Kit - https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/graphics-display-development-kits/1757495/ 4.3" BETA Kit - https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/graphics-display-development-kits/1757496/

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June 23, 2019
Top 5 Reasons to 3D Print through a Service Bureau

Owning and operating a 3D printer can be rewarding to go from design to final finished product all on your own. However, certain aspects like the time spent troubleshooting and optimizing settings to produce quality prints can get tedious. Or after significant investment in time and equipment you may find that you’ve just reached the […]

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June 19, 2019
This motion-tracking face follows you across the room

Plenty of people and organizations have busts of famous figures, but how many of them can follow you around the room with a moving head? If you would like to be one of those lucky few, check out this Chartreuse model by Anna Lynton. The face itself was laser cut in layers, stuck together to form its […]

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June 19, 2019
Think you know Arduino? Show off your skills with the Arduino Certification Program

The first-ever Arduino certification is now available in Asia, Australia/NZ, the Middle East and Africa, and the Americas (excluding Brazil). The Arduino Certification: Fundamentals is a structured way to enhance and validate your Arduino skills, and receive official recognition as you progress. Anyone interested in engaging with Arduino through a process that involves study, practice, […]

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June 19, 2019
Synchronized bike lighting inspired by nature

Having a light on your bike at night is important for safety, but what if those headlights could talk to others sharing the road with you? Well now it can, using the [Bike] Swarm by Alex Berke, Thomas Sanchez, and Kent Larson from the MIT Media Lab. Their device—or collection of devices—controls a bicycle’s lighting […]

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June 18, 2019
A surfing “desk toy” that you can actually ride

If you’ve ever played with desk toys portraying a beach with liquids that splash around, this project by Lena Strobel, Gabriel Rihaczek and Guillaume Caussarieu takes things up several levels as a surf simulator that you can actually ride. The device features two parts — an oil/water wave diorama which sloshes around using a servo actuator and […]

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June 18, 2019
Star Wars-themed Mastermind with an Arduino Mega

Mastermind is a game where one player attempts to guess a secret combination of colored pegs. It normally requires a second player to act as the judge, giving hints in the form of secondary pegs as to whether the other participant is on the right track. Maker “luisdel” decided to put a new spin on things using […]

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June 17, 2019
Microscopic gigapixel photography with this X/Y stage setup

Normally the 10-50 gigapixels of a DSLR are good enough for nearly any photo you can imagine, but if you need more—and don’t want to spend many thousands of dollars—then this clever setup by Jon Bumstead may be just the thing. His contraption uses a Nikon D5000 camera situated above a small photographic subject, which […]

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June 16, 2019
Building gas thruster-controlled drone

In the Earth’s atmosphere, a drone can adjust its heading by varying the speed of the propellers, and thus the thrust output of each. If you wanted to land something on a lunar surface, or maneuver a spaceship, the lack of atmosphere means a different technique must be used. While not going to space (yet), […]

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June 14, 2019
This self-balancing mech is piloted by an insect

You’ve seen self-balancing robots, where a pair of wheels suspend a mass above them in what’s known as an inverted pendulum configuration. As neat as they are, the “Augmented Arthropod” by Grzegorz Lochnicki and Nicolas Kubail Kalousdian puts a new spin on things. The structure for the build consists of three platforms separated on threaded […]

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June 13, 2019
Flowboard provides visual learning environment for coding

Embedded programming using the Arduino IDE has become an important part of STEM education, and while more accessible than ever before, getting started still requires some coding and basic electronics skills. To explore a different paradigm for starting out on this journey, researchers have developed Flowboard to facilitate visual flow-based programming. This device consists of […]

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June 10, 2019
Plastic lid becomes Arduino Nano short circuit armor

If you want to keep your Arduino project or other circuit boards safe from exposure, an electrical box is the traditional choice. But what if you want to apply protection directly to the board? In the video below, “TheRainHarvester” shows us a novel and inexpensive method for hardening a Nano from short circuits and other […]

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June 8, 2019
Manage household chores with an RFID system

If your kids aren’t thrilled about doing chores, you could resort to a whiteboard, or simply create your own RFID tracking system like maker “alastair-a.” His project uses an Arduino Nano, along with an RFID reader and RTC module to track when a job has been completed. The chore is selected using a rotary encoder and displayed on a 16×2 […]

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June 4, 2019
Drag:on varies air resistance for VR feedback

As seen here, “Standard controllers for virtual reality (VR) lack sophisticated means to convey realistic, kinesthetic impression on size, resistance or inertia.” To overcome these limitations, André Zenner and Antonio Krüger at the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI) have come up with Drag:on—a haptic feedback device that changes air resistance and weight distribution […]

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June 3, 2019
2-Axis 30X EO/IR Gimbal For Fixed-wing VTOL

Hey Guys, Recently YANGDA team tested the 2-axis 30X EO/IR dual-sensor gimbal Eagle Eye-30IE-U on a fixed-wing VTOL drone, you can see the gimbal performance from the demo video above. A nice camera to conduct surveillance, search and rescue missions. Some details of the gimbal: Compact and lightweightThe compact 1.2kg compact system is ideal for integration […]

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June 3, 2019
RC wheelbarrow racing with James Bruton, Ivan Miranda, and Tom Stanton

We’ve seen Arduino boards used in a wide variety of situations, but this may be the first time one has been implemented to control an RC wheelbarrow. In the video below, YouTubers James Bruton, Tom Stanton, and Ivan Miranda have taken on a ‘barrow racing challenge,’ where each competitor must modify a wheelbarrow for remote […]

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June 3, 2019
Canada will use drones to spray crops in the near future

Studying different ways of applying pesticides to plants isn’t new to Markus Clodius. After all, that’s his main job at the Agassiz Research and Development Centre. But this summer might see Clodius researching whether a new kind of technology will be just as effective for putting pesticides on fields: drones. “This kind of efficacy trial […]

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June 3, 2019
A light-up Newton’s cradle for your desk

Newton’s cradles consist of a series of suspended spherical masses, and are normally started by pulling one ball back. The outer balls then click back and forth for an interesting distraction. To make things even more interesting, “TecnoProfesor” made his own version using ping pong balls and RGB LEDs. As the outer balls sway, they light up […]

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June 1, 2019
Advantages and disadvantages of Ebee

Reasons To Buy the SenseFly eBee Size Ebee is the smallest fixed wing sUAS you will find with such an impressive list of capabilities. The hard side carrying case may even work as carry on luggage depending on your airline, it’s that compact! To achieve the level of performance the platform offers in a package […]

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May 31, 2019
Arduino IoT Cloud: Dynamic Dashboard

In this short article, we are going to take a look at one of the Arduino IoT Cloud‘s new and exciting features: the Dynamic Dashboard. Among other things with Arduino IoT Cloud, you can create a dashboard to monitor data and interact with your project. If you want to know more about properties and widgets, you can go […]

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