Arduino

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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DIY Exploding High-Five Glove makes hand-slapping geeky [Video]

DIY Exploding High-Five Glove makes hand-slapping geeky [Video]

As we all know, high-fiving went out of fashion because it wasn't loud enough; kids experimented with gunpowder and methane gas, but it all proved far too unstable. Happily Eli Skipp has stepped in with her DIY "exploding high-five glove": it doesn't actually explode, just use an Arduino, a force-sensor and a loudspeaker to make explosion noises whenever you high-five someone.

Video demo after the cut

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HALO DIY obstacle-avoidance system is low-cost radar for visually-impaired [Video]

HALO DIY obstacle-avoidance system is low-cost radar for visually-impaired [Video]

Haptics has come to mean the lackluster vibration your phone gives off when you use the on-screen keyboard, but there's plenty more potential for the technology. Steve Struebing has come up with HALO - Haptic Assisted Location of Obstacles - a headband intended to allow blind or visually-impaired users the ability to navigate without bumping into things.

Video demo after the cut

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NASA Droidrover project uses Android remote control [Video]

NASA Droidrover project uses Android remote control [Video]

Is there anything a humble Nexus One can't do?  Well, yes, probably - its track record at damson picking is pretty poor - but the Android smartphone has found favor over at the NASA Ames research labs where they're using it to remotely-control a Senseta rover as part of their Droidrover project.  According to the team there, the Nexus One - paired over Bluetooth with an Arduino - makes for a smaller, lighter and cheaper setup than their existing microcontroller and router, and that adds up to a rover with reduced power consumption, better performance and improved manoeuvrability.

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