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  • Cane 2.0: The Tacit Is Hand-Mounted Sonar For The Vision Impaired

    Cane 2.0: The Tacit Is Hand-Mounted Sonar For The Vision Impaired

    Every once in a while you see an invention that seems a long time coming. The Tacit, a hand-mounted system that pings surroundings and transmits distance information to the user, is one of those. While the reliable white cane and occasional accommodations for the blind and vision impaired ameliorate the difficulty of navigating the world sans sight, technological advances that are both useful and… Read More

  • DIY Device Mutes Your TV When Someone You Don’t Like Is Mentioned

    DIY Device Mutes Your TV When Someone You Don’t Like Is Mentioned

    Matt Richardson created a wild Arduino system that mutes a TV whenever a name or other keyword is broadcast on TV. It uses the closed caption track and an IR blaster to grab what's currently playing and then mute the TV for 30 seconds - or more - depending on the current topic. The project uses the Video Experimenter Shield, Lady Ada's IR tutorial, and some basic code to scan the captions for… Read More

  • Video: This Guy Plays Air Drums That Actually Make Music

    Video: This Guy Plays Air Drums That Actually Make Music

    I find myself playing the air drums rather regularly when boppin' along to some tunes, and the drum set on Rock Band is by far my favorite instrument, but neither of those hold a candle to what Maayan Migdal has up his sleeve. My air drums don’t make real music. My Rock Band drums do, but they also take up a hunk of space in my room. His make real music and are invisible. Read More

  • "Light Scythe" Is A Monster LED Strip For Long Exposure Art

    "Light Scythe" Is A Monster LED Strip For Long Exposure Art

    You've probably seen a few little gadgets and apps where you can wave it around and it spells something out on a long exposure, or draws a little picture. Pretty cool, but they've all been somewhat small — mainly good for painting stripes or single lines of text. The Mechatronics Guy's "Light Scythe" is a two-meter bar covered in LEDs, and can be used to make man-sized graphics by moving it… Read More

  • The Cansole: A Pong Console In A Can

    The Cansole: A Pong Console In A Can

    You can stick anything into a can. Peaches. Corn. (Very small) Apples. Or an Arduino board and potentiometer. The latter of those items allows you to create a playable pong TV pong game in a container the size of one of the old Pong paddles from the 1970s. While you won’t be able to eat the contents of the Cansole, you can make one yourself and play the age-old game of table tennis right on… Read More

  • Want To Get Your Arduino On, But Don't Want To Solder? Check Out Teagueduino

    Want To Get Your Arduino On, But Don't Want To Solder? Check Out Teagueduino

    With Google's Open Accessory Toolkit rolling up Android and Arduino together, there's a lot of attention being given to to the popular hacking engine. But unsurprisingly, such a powerful tool isn't really able to be just picked up and played with. Teagueduino is a modification of the Arduino system that makes the platform a bit more accessible to newbies. Read More

  • Microsoft Programmer Builds Twitter-Enabled Geiger Counter With Netduino Plus

    Combining a Netduino Plus and a Geiger counter kit, a technical program manager at Microsoft named Fabien Royer created a tweeting radiation level monitor. Royer claims that his experience in France during the 1986 Chernobyl disaster has made him a bit tense when it comes to matters of radiation poisoning and government transparency. According to Royer, the French government downplayed the… Read More

  • Minibloq Makes Arduino Programming Easy

    Minibloq is a programming language for Arduino motherboards designed to make it fun and easy for kids to make their own microprocessor projects. How does it work? Well, it's a bit convoluted but you basically plug in a board and program it using either graphical objects or text source code. It's completely portable and runs on multiple platforms including the OLPC. The product will be technically… Read More

  • The MapBag: Know Where You Are Through The Power Of Vibration

    The MapBag: Know Where You Are Through The Power Of Vibration

    Every few weeks I pop up out of the New York subway and forget where I am. I’ll start heading east when I wanted to west and north when I wanted to go south. East and west are the worst because it’s a long block before I usually realize I’m going the wrong way and, regardless of all of the potentially cues around me (street numbers, landmarks) I will invariably have to turn… Read More

  • Massive 512 LED Cube Made Possible By Arduino (Video)

    Massive 512 LED Cube Made Possible By Arduino (Video)

    This 8x8x8 LED cube with 512 LEDs takes the old 3x3x3 light cube made up of 27 LEDs to the nth degree. This, certainly more time consuming project, actually involves a simpler design. By using a STP16CP LED sink driver, Nick (the creator), was able to reduce the component count. The LED sink driver can control 16 LEDs at once, as opposed to single LED control from the 3x3x3. Programming came by… Read More