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Arduino 1.0 release now available

Arduino 1.0 release now available

Arduino 1.0 is finally out, after many years of revisions and changes to "clean up the Arduino environment and language, as well as adding lots of additional features." For those of you that need a refresher, the Arduino open-source software development platform lets you program microcontrollers that're essentially the backbone behind insanely cool DIY projects that have been released in the last few years. This is great news for the open-source DIY electronics hacker community, marking the offical release of the Arduino software.

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LAN-connected washing machine sends network notification when clothes are done

LAN-connected washing machine sends network notification when clothes are done

One of the things that I dislike most about washing clothes is that I always forget to check the machine and my stuff sits there until it is nearly dry and wrinkled up. One geek had a washing machine with a notoriously inaccurate timer and he got tired of having to trek down to the basement to check clothes so he hacked up something to tell him when the clothes were done. The result is a cool notification system that can be checked from a computer.

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.NET Gadgeteer looks to draw tinkering geeks away from Arduino

.NET Gadgeteer looks to draw tinkering geeks away from Arduino

I have talked a bunch about some of the cool DIY stuff that I have seen around the web that geeks use Arduino to build. My favorite DIY stuff that people build using Arduino are robots like the Android mascot I mentioned a few weeks back. Microsoft Research has unveiled a new project that was created by the Sensors and Devices team called .NET Gadgeteer. The project was started after some of the folks inside the research area started looking for a faster way to come up with new products.

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Dude builds Air Drums that actually play

Dude builds Air Drums that actually play

I really like to see the cool hacks and projects that people come up with using Arduino. We have seen everything from robots to this set of air drums using the Arduino system for control. The DIY guy behind this cool project is Maayan Migdal and he used Arduino and a MIDI device. The drumstick you see in the guys hands are section of wood cut from a garden rake.

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Redpark Breakout Pack for Arduino and iOS is perfect for geeky tinkerers

Redpark Breakout Pack for Arduino and iOS is perfect for geeky tinkerers

Lately there have been a lot of interesting DIY robots that have surfaced. One of the cooler ones was the Android mascot robot that I mentioned last week. One thing that all these little robots have in common is that they all use Arduino for programming. If you are the sort that likes to make little projects that you can control and add various functionality to the Arduino platform is a good one to go with.

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Spazzi dancebot busts a move

Spazzi dancebot busts a move

Generally, the robots we see around these parts are larger things that are quite bulky. They do typically move in one way or another with remote controls and such generally. A little dance bot called Spazzi has landed on Make with the directions for you to build your own if you are so inclined. The little bot is tiny and has no arms or legs. Spazzi's entire point of being is to dance to the beat of your music.

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Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Arduino-Based Geiger Counter

Geiger counter, it's a word that most people have heard about. I'm sure everyone has seen at least one piece of media featuring the clicking box with a little dial that only tells you when you're going to die a slow painful death from radiation poisoning. It's not a very fun device. Actually, they're pretty awesome. Who doesn't want to be able to play with a gadget that can sense things that only manifest in humans as genetic decay?

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Robot claw delta-robot controlled by Kinect and Arduino

Robot claw delta-robot controlled by Kinect and Arduino

One time my daughter and I were in the local grocery store and she wanted to play that game where you use the claw to pick up stuffed animals. Somehow, the stars aligned and I ended up winning two stuffed animals for her and now she thinks I can win at will, which isn't accurate at all. Some geeks have developed an interesting new robot for a project in college that reminds me of that game machine at the store.

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