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March 20, 2012

Sal the Robot Head that can look around at interesting things

at 6:21 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Electronic Hacks, Insane Equipment



 Just like us Sal can look around in his environment so he can watch things that are interesting. Sal uses the iLab Neuromorphic Vision C++ Toolkit to make the magic work. You can also download the code to play around with building your own version of Sal. Thanks for sending this in Lior.

Read more here.

 “Sal is a robotic head that makes head and eye movements to follow interesting things in its environment (the activity of people and objects in its surroundings). In addition, the head will is capable of locating and recognize visual objects in real time.”


March 18, 2012

How to get 2 extra Pins from an Arduino

at 11:17 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


If you have an Arduino project and need a few extra pins have a look at the way that Mark from SpikenzieLabs did it. He removed the crystal and 22pf capacitors then he added a pin header to access the pins easily. To use this configuration you then need to set the fuses so that it uses the internal oscillator.  The internal oscillator is not as accurate as the internal RC time constant but most applications aren’t time critical so this is normally not an issue.


March 17, 2012

Battery Powered Warming Poncho

at 4:57 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks



 If you hate cold days and want to have some active heating to keep you warm this Battery Powered Warming Poncho might be just the project for you. Berto uses a 12 volt battery in a bag that runs the poncho. Being from Winnipeg and knowing lots of avid snowmobilers I have actually seen lots of warming gloves and vests for riding all day in the cold but a warming poncho is a great idea for the being out and about on the cold days. If this is a project you are going to take on be very careful since with that much battery power it would be very easy to get seriously burn if there was a short circuit due to some faulty wiring.

Thanks for sending in your project Berto.

“You can use a 12 Volt electric blanket. The only thing you need to do is to make a slit in the center of the blanket, to put your head through. And sewing a collar around the hole with a strip contrasting cloth.”


March 16, 2012

Harford Hackerspace Biped Robot Project

at 1:06 pm. Filed under DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


This is the Biped Robot Project that Mark from the Harford Hackerspace has been working on for that past 2 years. We will have to keep track of the future progress since they have a goal to have it walking in the next few months. So far they have totally succeeded in making something that looks like it belongs in a Terminator movie, if I saw this thing walking down the hall towards me I think I would probably turn around!


March 15, 2012

Stage Combat Choreography Shirt uses Lilypad Arduino

at 10:36 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, DIY Hacks, Electronic Hacks


Check out this Stage Combat Choreography Shirt project that uses a Lilypad Arduino to control it. When learning stage combat audio cues are normally, Instructables user grossmr1 decided to create a method of directly indicating the area of interest directly by using LEDs. A glove is used to interface to the microcontroller which has contacts sewed into the finger tips. 

“Stage combat is the art of theatrical violence. Rather than resembling fencing, stage combat is choreographed like dance for aesthetic and theatrical effect as well as for safety. I chose to make a shirt for smallsword choreography, since the placement of the “targets” is convenient for sewing onto a shirt.  Targets are the areas which the actor aims to attack or defend.  For most of stage combat, the targets are outside of the body for safety reasons.”



March 13, 2012

China Syndrome – a Robot that navigates around

at 10:51 pm. Filed under Cool Gadgets, Electronic Hacks


ChuckCrunch from letsmakerobots found some parts on Ebay and came up with this idea to make a robot named China Syndrome that navigates around via ultrasound. He has described some steps for you so that you can try making your own. The video shows how it moves and navigates itself to find its way.

“It was a dull night on the internet , so i was searching Ebay for cheap parts and found lots of mini servos for around $4 + or – .50c ,some  HC-SR04 sonar modules for around the same price , i also found some DC to DC converters for about $4. but they have not arrived yet 🙁 (massive over kill for this bot ) so i am going with 3 AAs .well 4.5v from a power supply for developing the program :)”.



March 12, 2012

An interesting Robot that gathers Stories

at 10:20 pm. Filed under Computer Hacks, Cool Gadgets


Meet Boxie, an interesting robot that is designed to self-learn about humans and the residents of a certain place. Check out what Alexander Reben from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)  has said about this really cool Robot that he has developed.

 Via: MIT Media Lab

“A robot roamed through the MIT Media Lab for a week, to learn about the humans there. It had a goal of capturing stories about its inhabitants. Inspired by projects such as the tween bot and the afghan explorer, the robot attempted to leverage humans to complete its goals”.


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