electronics

  • XPRIZE Contender Astrobotic Strives To Be FedEx To The Moon

    XPRIZE Contender Astrobotic Strives To Be FedEx To The Moon

    Astrobotic Technology, a leading Google Lunar XPRIZE competitor, is setting up to become the first delivery service to the Moon. With a low-cost launch, they now have a lander with the potential for precision landings driven by new system on a chip (SOC) technologies developed by Nvidia with help from General Electric. Read More

  • ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    ElecFreaks Is Selling (And Giving Away) A DIY VR Drone

    A new 3D-printed drone called the ELF VR Nano is available for pre-order on Indiegogo and for download on Thingiverse. That’s right: you can either buy the product and receive pre-printed parts or you can simply print it yourself. It’s one of the purest open source hardware plays I’ve seen in a long while and it just goes to show how cool it is to be able to print your… Read More

  • This USB Drive Can Nuke A Computer

    This USB Drive Can Nuke A Computer

    Do not ever use a random USB flash drive. There are plenty software exploits that can ruin your computer or life. And with this flash drive, it can physically destroy your computer by blasting a load of voltage to the USB controller with negative voltage. Think Wile E. Coyote and an ACME Human Cannon. BOOM! Read More

  • The Smartwatches That Paved The Way

    Smartwatches aren’t new. Dick Tracy had a two-way wrist radio way back in 1946, but it wasn’t until the 1990s that the electronics and software became compact enough to stuff into a tiny watch case. But the road to the Apple Watch is littered with also-rans and has-beens and we’ve decided to pay homage to these fallen soldiers. Read More

  • Apple Patents A VR Headset For iPhone

    Apple Patents A VR Headset For iPhone

    Apple has been awarded a patent by the USPTO (via AppleInsider) for a head-mounted virtual reality set that uses an iPhone as the display and computing component. The patent describes something similar to both Google Cardboard and Samsung’s Gear VR, but with an insert built specifically to accommodate an iPhone, and with an optional remote that could be used to control the VR… Read More

  • Flotilla Simplifies Electronics Tinkering — Just Add Pi

    Flotilla Simplifies Electronics Tinkering — Just Add Pi

    Flotilla consists of a series of plug and play hardware modules that are controlled by a Pi but can be programmed via different software interfaces, depending on the user’s skill level. Read More

  • SAM Is A Wireless Electronics Kit That Wants To Make Coding Connected Objects Super Simple

    SAM Is A Wireless Electronics Kit That Wants To Make Coding Connected Objects Super Simple

    Meet SAM, a wireless electronics kits that’s aiming to make it easier for kids or indeed anyone with an idea for a connected project to get building — using a series of Bluetooth connected pieces and a drag and drop software interface for linking the hardware together. Read More

  • The Rabbit Proto Can Print Real Electronics

    The Rabbit Proto Can Print Real Electronics

    Stanford students Alex Jais, Manal Dia, and Rohan Maheshwari have created a 3D printer that creates electronic traces – the flat metallic connections found on circuit boards. By replacing a standard plastic extruder on a 3D printer, the Rabbit Proto can “print” electronic wires inside a solid object, allowing you to build a sort of hybrid system that is both structural… Read More

  • LittleBits Announces The Cloud Module, An Electronics Block That Connects Your Projects To The Internet

    LittleBits Announces The Cloud Module, An Electronics Block That Connects Your Projects To The Internet

    LitteBits, maker of simple, easy to build electronics kits, has announced what they’re calling the Cloud Module, a small, Internet-connected block that lets you build standalone projects using the kit’s Lego-style connection system. The kits themselves are marketed as toys and, in a large part, they are. To build a circuit you simply pick out a battery block with magnetic leads, find… Read More