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Automated knitting machine made with #3D printing and #Arduino #ArtTuesday

article<p>https://blog.adafruit.com/2015/06/23/automated-knitting-machine-made-with-3d-printing-and-arduino-arttuesday/<p>Make has a post up about the …

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Your walls could talk<p>Wearable technology does a fine job of keeping tabs on your personal fitness. But to measure the health of the place where you live, you need a different tool. This device monitors the temperature, humidity, noise, and light level for any room. It can even track the number of …

Dash Hacking: Bare-Metal STM32 Programming

Dash Hacking: Bare-Metal STM32 Programming is a new guide in the learning system: The Amazon Dash button is a tiny device that orders products from …

Getting Started with ARM Using mbed

Even though the Arduino was hardly the first 8 bit microcontroller board to support a bootloader and the C/C++ language, it quickly became the <i>de …

Arduino

Building a Robot Arm Part 4: Adding Control with an Arduino

<b>This project is part 4 in the building a robot arm tutorial. In the first part I show how to design the arm, the second part shows how to design the base, and the third shows how to design the mount.</b><p>After all of the Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) and 3D modeling in my past articles on making a robot …

Arduino

Creating Arduino programs in Eclipse

Introduction<p>This article describes how to set up Eclipse IDE and AVR Eclipse plugin to be able to develop programs on a Windows computer for Arduino …

Arduino

The Hacker's Guide To Smart Yards [Interactive]

Building a more efficient, automated, and futuristic home from the outside in<p>You know well enough that your home doesn’t end at the front door. Power, security, summer fun—a lot of life takes place outside. Adding intelligence to your yard can save money and time, not to mention spare you …

Solar Panels

Toronto startup lets you design your own electronics

A Toronto-based startup wants to let you build your own custom electronics. Currently incubated at the Cossette offices in Liberty Village, Wattage …

Skip the Bar Food, You Can Make Better Hot Wings at Home

Wings made in your own kitchen aren't just healthier—they're more delicious than anything on a pub menu<p>Every guy likes to boast that his go-to bar has the best wings this side of Buffalo. The truth: Most joints follow the same stale recipe you’ll find on the back of a bottle of Frank’s RedHot.<p>The …

The Internet of Anything: How to Build Mobile Apps for Your DIY Connected Gadgets

Michael Karliner is a maker. He's always working on something—like the remote control for his car, or his wireless doorbell.<p>Thanks to a new wave of …

Emergency Lighting System

[youtube:https://youtu.be/k5YnOfPl_sA]<p>Many people keep a supply of candles and flashlights on hand for when the power goes out. But you still have to find your way around in the dark to get them. In situations like this, it might be helpful to have some kind of emergency lighting system that would …

Arduino

Designing a Breadboard Adaptor for the $5 ESP8266 Microcontroller

<i>Part 3 of a 3-part series on the new ESP8266 microcontroller</i><p>TheESP8266 is an interesting new WiFi-enabled microcontroller. We’ve already looked at the board and the talked about the new Arduino-compatible development environment that’s just been released and what it supports. Then we discuss how to …

Connect Tiny Devices To The Internet With Spark's Electron

For $3 a month, you can get a whole megabyte of data!<p>Tiny computers like Arduino and Raspberry Pi have helped jumpstart the Internet of Things by making it easy to bring connectivity to virtually anything. But while short-range networking via Ethernet, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth is readily accessible, …

4G LTE

The wild weird world of carbon fiber

How can something that starts out like cloth end up being so strong and light?<p>MUNICH—As a perennial fan of "How It’s Made" videos, my visit last …

Nick Offerman On Why We Should Build Stuff

The Parks and Recreation star talks about tinkering.<p>On the TV show <i>Parks and Recreation</i>, Nick Offerman plays the whiskey-quaffing, meat-loving, self-reliant Ron Swanson. He’s also a skilled woodworker who grew up working on a farm in Illinois and got into acting by building sets. “Keeping whatever …

Woodworking

VIPER Python Internet Of Things Arduino Shield And Design Suite (video)

Developers and hobbyists that enjoy using the Arduino platform to create projects may be interested in a new Arduino Shield and design suite called …

Microcontroller

Learn To Be A Roboticist—In Your Undies

You don't even have to get out of bed.<p>Mastering robots in the company of professors doesn’t require a classroom. Or even pants. EdX, a remote-learning site run by Harvard and MIT, offers dozens of free online courses, including one called Autonomous Mobile Robots. We audited a class to see what it …

MOOCs

The Man Who's Making A Home 3-D Metal Printer

Plus other ways to get your ideas cast in steel, bronze, and bismuth alloy<p>Sure, manufacturing companies have 3-D printers that are able to weld metal pieces. You can even send designs to Shapeways to get them printed in steel. But wouldn't you want your own metal 3-D printer at home? One California …

Maker Faire

Smoke Rings And A Giant Six-Legged Robot, From Maker Faire 2014

Members of the Artisans Asylum makerspace discuss their latest projects.<p><i>In September,</i> Popular Science_ attended World Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science. We saw giant robots, tiny Tesla coils, and musical instruments made out of anything you can imagine. Check out some of the coolest …

Maker Faire

Garage Door Controller Tutorial - Introduction

I call this project 'Garage Door Controller'. The hardware is based on Arduino, and the 'software client' is an Android app. I do not have any …

6-Axis Robot-Arm 3D Printer Runs on Arduino, Slings Spiderwebs

Most industrial robots run on proprietary systems, but this experimental KUKA arm uses an Arduino MEGA to 3D print in 6 axes, mimicking the shapes found in nature.<p>Despite the size of this KUKA arm with a custom toolhead attachment — a 3D printer extruder — carefully looking at the machine layout, …

Arduino

Laser-Blasted Metal Forms A Self-Cleaning Non-Stick Surface

The technique could make faster vehicles and improve sanitation in the developing world<p>Water, the key to life on our planet, can sometimes be one of our greatest enemies – especially when it comes to its interactions with metals. Air moisture triggers the formation of rust and corrosion on metal …

Engineering

Switcheroo: Control Any Device From Your Mobile

Meet the Switcheroo, developed by Amal Graafstra the founder of Dangerous Things. It is a small circuit board that once installed can control almost …

There's a weird problem with the new Raspberry Pi computer

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced on February 2 the new Raspberry Pi 2, a more powerful version of the computer that first debuted in 2012.<p>Early customers of the Raspberry Pi 2 have been testing it out - and they've found a pretty strange problem with it.<p>It turns out that if you try and take a …

Raspberry Pi

PIR Energy Save Light Switch

Introduction: PIR Energy Save Light Switch<p>About: I did my Masters and Bachelors in computer science. I have been tinkering with Computers & …

Joule Thief Battery Charger: Bring Back the “Dead”

[youtube:http://youtu.be/I8W20uwtJ3Y]<p>A “Joule Thief” is a simple voltage booster circuit. It can increase the voltage of a power source by changing the constant low voltage signal into a series of rapid pulses at a higher voltage. You most commonly see this kind of circuit used to power LEDs with a …

Have We Found Alien Life?

Microbes that eat and breathe electricity have forced scientists to reimagine how life works—on this planet and others<p><i>This feature was originally published in the February 2015 issue of</i> Popular Science.<p>Kenneth Nealson is looking awfully sane for a man who’s basically just told me that he has a …

Biology