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Control a robotic arm with force-sensitive hand gestures

Maker manipulates a robotic arm with pressure-based hand gestures on the Sensel Morph.  Ray Kampmeier recently finished a project that enabled him to manipulate a robotic arm using force-sensitive, five-finger hand gestures. To accomplish this, the self-proclaimed hobbyist employed a MeArm, an Arduino Uno (ATmega328), four servo motors, and a servo shield to control the mechanism. Sensel’s soon-to-be-released touch interface — the Morph — is used […]

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Node.IT is like the LEGO for building IoT devices

Node.IT is a super small and extendable Internet of Things system for Makers.  It’s safe to say that one size does not fit all when it comes to DIY electronics. This has led countless Makers to embrace interchangeable, easy-to-use components like littleBits when beginning to tinker around with an idea. With aspirations of becoming the LEGO for the Internet of Things, Pontus Oldberg has […]

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Capturing the movement of musicians through light painting

One Waterloo artist uses LEDs and long-exposure photography to reveal the hidden patterns of musicians.  Stephen Orlando has come up with an innovative way to capture music in photos. By attaching LED lights to the bows of violin, viola and cello players, the Waterloo-based photographer is able to snap a visual representation of the sounds being created with the help of a long-exposure camera. Orlando can […]

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Knocki lets you turn any surface into a remote control

Knocki is a smart device that gives you control of your favorite functions through the surfaces around you. As the world around us becomes increasingly more connected, shouldn’t the way in which we interact with our devices become easier and more intuitive as well? That’s the idea behind Knocki, a simple solution that can turn any solid surface […]

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This quarter-sized device will make your car smarter for $9

AwareCar will let you know where you parked and save you from getting a ticket.  Finding a parking space in a city can be tough enough, but when each quarter only gives you a fraction of a minute, running errands in the allotted amount of time gets even tougher. Making matters worse, if a meter goes unfed with change, […]

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Pro Trinket powers this brilliant bike POV display

Light up your nighttime bike ride with this persistence of vision display from Adafruit. In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen numerous Maker projects focused around bicycles. To recount just a few, there’s been a smart helmet with turn signals and automatic brake lights, a smartphone-controlled handlebar lighting system, and most recently added to the list of bright ideas […]

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Leaf Light is an indoor garden monitor

Build an Arduino-based monitor that will let you know if your indoor plants are getting enough light and water. Does it seem like every plant that you keep inside your house somehow dies? If this is an all too common occurrence, you’re in luck. That’s because Maker Kaia Sievert has built an Arduino-based monitor that lets those without a green thumb know if their pots are getting […]

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Brinco is a personal early-warning system for earthquakes and tsunamis

Brinco will alert you if an earthquake or tsunami is headed your way, giving your family time to get to safety. In an earthquake or tsunami, 30 seconds extra notice can be the difference between life or death. Take for instance, the 7.8-magnitude disaster that struck Nepal back in April, where none of the country’s residents had advanced warning. Had an early detection system been in […]

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Screwduino is an Arduino Uno-like board with screw terminals

Screwduino takes the Arduino design and replaces the headers/pins with screw terminals.  Like countless other Makers out there, Doug Gilliland fell in love with the Arduino Uno for its simplistic functionality and rapid prototyping abilities. However, he quickly grew frustrated with some of their limitations, namely those associated with deploying a final project. What he found was that, as great as these boards may […]

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Modulo is now based on the Atmel | SMART SAM D21

Modulo is a simple, modular solution for Makers looking to build electronics. Back in May, former Pixar developer Erin Tomson unveiled a new set of plug-and-play boards designed to take the headache and hassle out of building electronics. Not long after its Kickstarter launch, Modulo flew by its $10,000 pledge goal having garnered over $50,000 from 315-plus backers. Since then, the Richmond, […]

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