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June 2, 2015

Origami Robot unfolds with Heat and gets to Work

at 9:41 am. Filed under Cool Gadgets, What Were They Thinking

Origami Robot unfolds with Heat and gets to Work

 

This origami robot starts as a flat sheet, once heated the origami magic starts. Within a minute the robot folds itself to life. Once the structure is done it is ready to get to work. Thanks to a small built in magnet some external electrical fields allow the robot to vibrate around and get to work. It is very insect like in its movements and can actually get some productive work accomplished.

“The unfolded robot, which is made of a magnet and PVC sandwiched between laser-cut structural layers (polystyrene or paper), weighs just 0.31 g and measures 1.7 cm on a side. Once placed on a heating element, the PVC contracts, and where the structural layers have been cut, it creates folds. In under a minute, the robot is finished, and is ready to go, zipping around at speeds of between 3 and 4 cm/s.”

Via: TechnaBob

 


March 30, 2015

Making and Hacking the Nissan GTR

at 8:53 pm. Filed under Complex Hacks, Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

Making of the Nissan GTR

 

 Interesting how Nissan has gone through some massive ups and downs over the years. In the end it took a non Japanese to pull the car manufacturer out of the red. They are now mass producing an incredible super car. The car is beautiful but the hackable tech under the hood is what makes it stand out. The Nissan GTR has been designed for high performance for people with normal driving skill. The car computer can allow you to launch with amazing control and precision allowing this car to compete with very skilled drivers. The guys over at EcuTek International build on the incredible platform and enhance the options available (seen in the video below).

 

 

 

 


January 27, 2015

FPV Quadcopter Shooting Roman Candles

at 5:29 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, What Were They Thinking

 

Fellow Canadian PIEROGRAM had some experimental fun when he was at the cottage this summer. If you have a quadcopter and want to live on the edge, strapping some roman candles to the quad might be a bit of dangerous fun. Of course don’t blame me if you burn down your house, start a forest fire or blind someone! 

 


November 11, 2014

3D Printed Car

at 11:28 pm. Filed under Crazy Hacks, Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

3D Printed Car

 

Printing this car took just 44 hours our out of 44 parts. Just bolt on some electronics and wheels are you are ready to drive! Love the design but up close it doesn’t look polished like a metal vehicle but you can see that it goes together in thick levels. What will we see in the future? Instead of customizing your new car by picking a color, interior trim option and accessories are we going to be able to push and pull some of the body features? It sure does open things up for some interesting thoughts.

 

September 7, 2014

Arthur Benjamin – Mathemagician

at 10:23 pm. Filed under What Were They Thinking

 

Are you good at math? Not sure you will think that after you watch the TED Talk featuring Arthur Benjamin, the Mathemagician.

“Dr. Arthur Benjamin is both a professor of mathematics and a magician. He has combined his two loves to create a dynamic presentation called “Mathemagics,” suitable for all audiences, where he demonstrates and explains his secrets for performing rapid mental calculations faster than a calculator.”

 

 


August 27, 2014

ABB Robot made of LEGO

at 1:01 am. Filed under Crazy Hacks, What Were They Thinking

ABB Robot made of LEGO

 

Computer engineer Lassee Laussen and software engineer Ken Madsen built this ABB Robot made of LEGO bricks. It was an 8 month build to recreate the complex 6 axis machine. If you are interested in seeing some other interesting projects from Lassee and Ken have a look at Brick It.

“The LEGO version of the IRB 120 is so accurate that it mimics every shape and curve. It also has all 6 axes for the same freedom of movement that the real thing has. Sure, it won’t be moving as quickly as the original or carry the same payloads, but nonetheless it is a pretty spectacular recreation of an industrial robot that finds itself in assembly and pick-and-place operations in factories all over the world.”

 

 

March 9, 2014

Drone with a 80KV Stun Gun

at 9:46 pm. Filed under Insane Equipment, What Were They Thinking

 

When you get tired of flying a regular hexcopter why not kick things up a notch and install a stun gun on the thing to protect your property!

“In the video above, CUPID (short for Chaotic Unmanned Personal Intercept Drone) takes down an intern. He doesn’t get up with ease.”

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