Printoo an Arduino-based platform to bring everyday objects to life

Printoo is a platform of paper-thin circuit boards and modules. It gives makers an open-source, lightweight, flexible, and modular Arduino-compatible platform to create just about anything you want! What makes Printoo amazingly unique is that it comes with a range of printed electronics modules previously unavailable to the public.

Printoo runs Arduino software and is modular, making it extremely easy to create new projects.The first Printoo packs include novel printed modules including LED light strips from VTT, printed batteries from Blue Spark Technologies and Enfucell, organic photodetectors from ISORG, printed polymer solar cells from Mekoprint, and Ynvisible’s printed displays. Also included are modules like Bluetooth LE, DC motor control, flexible LED matrices, and a variety of sensors.

Printoo is now on kickstarter!

Ride the Raptor Arduino Unicycle

Raptor ArduinoInventor Nick Thatcher was once in a dilemma on what to build: a Segway or a self balancing unicycle ? He later decided to do both but the unicycle came later.

He named the unicycle “Raptor”  because it looks like the head of a dinosaur on the side-view and it’s made from common materials found around: a chain driven wheelbarrow wheel powered by a 350W geared motor with 9:1 reduction gearbox, a pair of 12V 7.2Ah batteries wired in series, some PVC and polycarbonate, an IMU gyro and an Arduino UNO. Continue reading

Pinoccio – A smaller and more powerful Arduino

Pinoccio - Arduino compatible board
If you love creating DIY Arduino circuits, make sure to check out the Pinoccio Arduino board which comes in a smaller package and has a lots of features.

With Arduino’s advantages such as simple programming and cheap materials, no wonder that new projects like Pinoccio are adding special features in order to improve the original design. Pinoccio is powered by a rechargeable battery and it features integrated temperature sensors, integrated MESH radio and WiFi connectivity through a WiFi shield. It can also be used to connect remotely with other Pinoccios, building an internet of things.

Although Pinoccio is just a few inches long and an inch wide, it is still as powerful as the Arduino Mega. This undertaking is campaigning to raise $60000 for this project at Indiegogo.

You can checkout their Indiegogo campaign here:

Electric Imp connects your Gadgets to the Web

Electric ImpThe latest Electric Imp has already been released in Beta version and is ready to accept orders of development kits for designers.

The Electric Imp is an SD-card sized WiFi (802.11b/g/n) module with built-in antenna, 6 I/O, Arm Cortex M3 Micro-controller, and a Cloud-based infrastructure for programming and control. The I/O supports serial, I2C, SPI, A2D, D2A, and PWM interfaces. The Imp uses the Squirrel programming language, which is a small footprint C/C++ derivative for embedded devices. Continue reading

InTouch Health and iRobot the RP-VITA Telemedicine Robots

irobotThe US Food and Drug Administration has accepted the implementation of the first telemedicine robot intended for remote doctor-to-patient diagnosis, Bedford,Mass.-based iRobot (IRBT) announced Thursday.The RP-Vita Remote PresenceRobot, built by iRobot and privately held InTouch Health, uses advanced telecommunications and autonomous navigation technology.

The FDA has approved the RP-Vita consultation for  telemedicine in the field of  cardiovascular, neurological, prenatal, psychological and critical care assessments and examinations. The robot can be utilized in emergency rooms for surgeries and patient supervision. Continue reading