Inventor 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 →
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: http://www.indiegogo.com/pinoccio
The 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 →
For a long time, the space exploration has been the domain of governments .. and not all governments, but only the strong governments. Now, Arduino is playing big and launching open source experiments .. in space !
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Google and Raspberry Pi
Google Giving Fund, the charitable arm of Google will be donating with the assistance of Raspberry Pi Foundation. Google Executive chairman, Eric Schmidt and Pi inventor Eben Upton were at Chesterton Community College in Cambridge teaching the kids coding lessons when they announced that they will be giving 15000 Rasberry Pi Model Bs to students all over UK.
“We hope that our new partnership with Google will be a significant moment in the development of computing education in the UK,” said Upton.
“We believe that this can turn around the year on year decline in the numbers and skill sets of students applying to learn computer science at university.” Continue reading →