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17 smart crowdfunding campaigns you may want to back this week

Every Friday, we’re taking a look at some of the smartest, most innovative projects that caught our attention on Kickstarter and Indiegogo over the last seven days.  Robin This “cloud-first,” beautifully-designed Android smartphone will never run out of storage. Nextbit has already well surpassed its goal of $500,000 on Kickstarter. HAIKU This connected device puts all the […]

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Build your own Arduino-compatible, remote-controlled lights

Maker hacks his own Arduino-compatible, Philips Hue-like bulbs with LYT and Souliss. Looking to control the multi-colored lights in your home? Sure, you could always go out and buy your own set of Philips Hue bulbs. Or, you can do what a Dario Di Maio has done and build your own that plugs into a standard light socket. As the Maker points out, while […]

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Sense HAT is an add-on board for the Raspberry Pi

This Raspberry Pi HAT features an 8×8 RGB LED matrix, a five-button joystick and a number of sensors.  The Sense HAT is a sensor-laden, add-on board for the Raspberry Pi that will soon be headed into space as part of the Astro Pi mission. For those familiar with the initiative, Astro Pi is a collaboration between Raspberry Pi, British astronaut Tim […]

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VGADuino is an Arduino VGA graphic shield

This small graphic card shield lets you connect your Arduino boards to any kind of TV or monitor with RGB or AV ports.  If you’re like Masih Vahida, the thought of having a large color display connected to your Arduino to show values, text and other information on the screen has certainly passed through your mind. With hopes of making […]

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This wearable fluid status sensor could lead to new vital sign

A new wearable sensor from the University of Michigan will provide more accurate and continuous fluid status data streams. A team of University of Michigan researchers have developed a wearable sensor that could one day provide doctors with a simple, portable and completely non-invasive way to measure fluid status — the volume of blood that’s traveling through a patient’s blood vessels at […]

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MobileNode is a circular board for the IoT

The MobileNode is an open source, Arduino-compatible GSM/GPRS and GPS/GLONASS board. Named a semi-finalist in this year’s Hackaday Prize, the MobileNode is an open source IoT board. Measuring just seven centimeters in diameter, the circular unit is equipped with an ATmega32U4 MCU at its core, a GPS/GLONASS module for tracking and a GSM/GPRS module for data transmission. Makers can easily attach sensors to the […]

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Parse for IoT launches four new SDKs

Parse for IoT has expanded its SDK lineup with four new kits built with Atmel and other industry leaders. The Internet of Things is one of the most exciting new platforms for app development, especially as more and more people interact with connected devices every day. But it also poses a host of challenges for developers, as they […]

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BLTouch is an auto leveling sensor for 3D printers

Your 3D printer doesn’t have an automated bed leveling system? Not to worry!  As any Maker will tell you, having to manually level the bed of your 3D printer can be a rather tedious task. Between ensuring that it’s level and that the print nozzle is the right distance away, this is a headache that most of us […]

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Tunell Monitor stops filament feeding problems

This upgrade can save prints that would otherwise be lost to a filament jam, tangle or empty spool. We’ve all been there — you’re just about to finish 3D printing an object and the machine runs out of filament; your filament gets stuck because the spool was loaded incorrectly; or your hot-end gets jammed due to accumulation in the nozzles. When these problems occur, […]

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Now you can 3D print your own gummy bears

A German company has developed a 3D printer that allows you to create your own gummy treats.  If you’ve ever wanted to be Willy Wonka, you’re in luck. Recent advancements in 3D printing have ushered in a number of new machines capable of spitting out various materials, like chocolate, sugar, batter and now, gummies. The brainchild of candy company Katjes, […]

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