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F Is For Frequency at the Circuit Playground

adabot The 5th installation of Adafruit’s adorable educational series has recently been published. “Fis for frequency”.  In this one, the ever curious Adabot starts out by asking “why do radio stations all have their own number?”. That sparks a lesson in frequency, delivered by a talking oscilloscope. These videos are always […]

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Cheaper Robotics Through 3D Printing

Robot evolution through 3D printing. Michael Overstreet combines his two loves of 3D printing and robotics by printing his own humanoid robots. His goal is to make robotics affordable by printing as many of the parts as possible. Also, his robots are super fun to watch and play with.

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Artist creates tribute to the Lord of the Rings with stained glass lamp

zuW6Jm4 Artist designs Lord of the Rings lamp using the age-old art form of stained glass. The lamp has three scenes, with each side but the face representing the trilogy.

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Detecting Electrons with Weekend Projects

I could have used fewer wires to jump from transistor-to-transistor, but I opted to separate each component instead to make the junctions more clear. See the original circuit schematic for comparison. Sniff out electrons and sense static charge with the Non-Contact Voltage Detector. Built it into an enclosure on perfboard or quickly prototype the circuit on breadboard to experiment with this classic Weekend Project!

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3D Printed Foldable Head Mounted Display

[Tony’s] $60 Bluetooth Head Mounted Display is compatible with Android and Linux The $80 Head Mounted Display was made with 3D printed frames and component housing modules with the optics bought from eBay. They are fully adjustable and function with Android or Linux-based mobile devices.

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Comment by doone on June 21, 2013 at 7:22pm
Comment by Neal on June 21, 2013 at 10:14am

Here come the Cylons. =)

Comment by doone on June 21, 2013 at 8:18am

ROBOT EVOLUTION

Quadrupedal-robot

Emily Monosson in Aeon:

In a laboratory tucked away in a corner of the Cornell University campus, Hod Lipson’s robots are evolving. He has already produced a self-aware robot that is able to gather information about itself as it learns to walk. Like a Toy Story character, it sits in a cubby surrounded by other former laboratory stars. There’s a set of modular cubes, looking like a cross between children’s blocks and the model cartilage one might see at the orthopaedist’s – this particular contraption enjoyed the spotlight in 2005 as one of the world’s first self-replicating robots. And there are cubbies full of odd-shaped plastic sculptures, including some chess pieces that are products of the lab’s 3D printer.

In 2006, Lipson’s Creative Machines Lab pioneered the Fab@home, a low-cost build-your-own 3D printer, available to anyone with internet access. For around $2,500 and some tech know-how, you could make a desktop machine and begin printing three-dimensional objects: an iPod case made of silicon, flowers from icing, a dolls’ house out of spray-cheese. Within a year, the Fab@home site had received 17 million hits and won a 2007 Breakthrough of the Year award fromPopular Mechanics. But really, the printer was just a side project: it was a way to fabricate all the bits necessary for robotic self-replication. The robots and the 3D printer-pieces populating the cubbies are like fossils tracing the evolutionary history of a new kind of organism. ‘I want to evolve something that is life,’ Lipson told me, ‘out of plastic and wires and inanimate materials.’

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Comment by Michel on June 15, 2013 at 10:39am
Comment by Neal on June 15, 2013 at 10:34am

I missed all these doone, fantastic.

Comment by doone on May 12, 2013 at 12:02pm

Artist: Mehdi Ghadyanloo
Location: Tehran, Iran

Source: behance.net
Comment by doone on May 3, 2013 at 9:01pm
Comment by doone on May 2, 2013 at 6:50pm

Popular Mechanics, 1949.

Comment by doone on May 2, 2013 at 6:50pm

Thomas Edison, 1889. The lightbulb inventor insisted his own direct current (DC) system was superior to competitor George Westinghouse's AC power, and took every opportunity to discredit alternating current.

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Comment by doone on May 2, 2013 at 6:50pm

William Orton, president of Western Union, in 1876, when Alexander Graham Bell tried to sell the company his invention.

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