Make: a two-button Binary Keyboard

Chris Johnstone's "Binary Keyboard" is an open source hardware, Arduino-based two-button input device that you can build for yourself, if you have the urge to key data directly to your computer in binary (don't worry, you can configure it to be little-endian or big-endian for ease of use). Read the rest

Arduino's new CEO has spent years pretending to have an MIT PhD and an NYU MBA

Federico Musto is the new CEO of Arduino; he is the partner of one of the original five founders, Gianluca Martino, who created a scandal when it was revealed that he'd secretly secured an Italian trademark on the name "Arduino," behind his partners' backs. Read the rest

How to make a gigantic Arduino

My friend John Edgar Park made a huge Arduino for demo purposes. He brought it to Maker Faire a few years ago and it was a big hit. He finally got around to writing a tutorial for building your own.

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Watch as World's Slowest Saw returns with viewer requests

What's left in life after creating the World's Slowest Saw? YouTuber DangerousAndAwesome took his dream to new heights with a battery pack, Arduino display, and a sinister scene where the saw cuts a rope in epic Damoclean fashion. Read the rest

Make: Soviet themed launch-code box complete with missile switch covered toggles

Love puzzles, crypto, making, control panels and nuclear extinction? John Edgar Park has a maker project for you! Read the rest

Make: a wifi internet Valentine

Becky Stern writes, "Send your valentine a note through the net! This DIY electronics project uses a small vibrating motor to gently wave a tissue paper heart and flash an LED when it receives instructions over the internet from another device. I built two versions of the ESP8266 wifi circuit, also equipped with two buttons for triggering the two commands. The devices talk over the Adafruit IO cloud data service to communicate with each other from anywhere with wifi, and I'll show you how to activate your valentine with the API gateway service IFTTT as well, in case you only want to build one valentine circuit." Read the rest

Prizewinning junkbots made from surplus robotics kit

Trossen Robotics challenged the roboticists whom it serves to make junkbots out of grab-bags of surplus parts they had lying around. The three winners are extremely impressive! Read the rest

A fake HP printer that's actual an office-camouflaged cellular eavesdropping device

Julian Oliver is a playful and media-savvy security researcher; previously, he documented hidden cell-phone towers in bad disguises and produced a hand-grenade shaped "transparency device" that spied on everything going on in the room. Read the rest

Arduino clone project kit loaded with components

The Elegoo UNO Project Super Starter Kit comes with a bunch of different components, including sensors, a servo motor, a stepper motor, a joystick, a breadboard, and lots more. Most of the reviewers say that the Elegoo UNO is a good Arduino Uno clone. The one thing people have complained about is the tutorials. They say they are poorly written. That's not a problem because there are lots of great Arduino books, and I have a video class on getting started with Arduino on Skillshare that is highly rated. At $32, the components alone are worth the price. Read the rest

Kickstarting open source steampunk clocks that use meters to tell the time

Kyle writes, "The Volt is a fully open source, arduino-based, handmade analog clock that tells time with meters. Available in a DIY install kit, 2 pre-made models, and a mix & match hardware option. The clocks are but with solid black walnut and maple, with faceplates produced in brass, copper, and steel. Only on Kickstarter!" Read the rest

Best way to get started with Arduino

Arduino is an electronics prototyping platform that gives non-engineers the ability to add interactivity to their projects. (I teach an online Arduino course on Skillshare that 1,163 have taken with a 97% rating).

Amazon has a sale on the genuine Arduino Starter Kit for $72. It has the Arduino Uno microprocessor and a bunch of components, along with instructions for 15 projects that will give you a feel for all the things you can do with Arduino. Read the rest

Smart radiator covers let New Yorkers keep their windows closed

Becky Stern writes, "I recently investigated my building's new smart radiator cover installation and found a company bringing steam heat into the 21st century and allowing residents to keep their windows closed when the heat is on!" Read the rest

Manual typewriter + servos = polyfingered robot dictaphone

Zip Zaps wired up a bunch of servos to a voice-recognition system and taught them how to type on a mechanical typewriter, like a dozen robot fingers, and now she has a robotic dictation machine straight out of Brazil. Brilliant. (via Evil Mad Scientist Labs) Read the rest

Swiss Researchers solve side-scrolling immersion

Researchers at the ETH Game Technology Center of the Swiss national technical institute in Zürich, have applied their considerable talents to the critical problem of immersion in 2D side-scrolling, 8-bit era games. Witness in this video the splendor of a 360° projected Mario world that unrolls across the walls as players reveal each subsequent tile of the game map.

Robert Sumner, founder of the GTC explains:

 ...we observed that the 8-bit era of gaming had a huge collective influence on so many people, but the actual gaming experience was typically an individual one. We wanted to turn this idea upside down, and elevate the NES console experience into a group experience where the game surrounds a large event, allowing multiple people to play in a collaborative setting. The panoramic stitching and 8-way controller multiplexing hardware were the main ways we accomplished this task.

The group submitted the paper "Unfolding the 8-bit Era" to the European Conference on Visual Media Production, and then built the system to unveil at the Eurographics Conference. Utilizing a vintage 8-bit Famicom/NES system and a PC with a point-correspondence vision tracking algorithm, the researchers developed methods to detect the edge of each screen segment, adding it to a continuously expanding texture map in real-time. This panoramic texture is then seamlessly displayed on eight aligned projectors. The vision algorithm requires no prior knowledge about the game, so it is possible to play any side-scroller on this system, such as Super Mario Bros., Castlevania, Metroid, and the like. Read the rest

Arduino-based knife-wielding tentacle

Robbo sez, "Outaspaceman on YouTube shows his latest project - an Arduino-based knife wielding tentacle - which, of course, no home should be without." Read the rest

The Enigma Machine wristwach: a wearable Arduino recreation

Alan Turing and the codebreakers of Bletchley Park invented modern crypto and computers in the course of breaking Enigma ciphers, the codes that Axis powers created with repurposed Enigma Machines -- sophisticated (for the day) encryption tools invented for the banking industry -- to keep the Allies from listening in on their communications. Read the rest

Introduction to Arduino: creating interactive projects

747 people have taken my online Introduction to Arduino course on Skillshare, and the class has a 95% positive review rating. The entire video course runs a bit less than an hour, and I explain what Arduino is, what you need to use it, how to get started, and how to build some simple projects. No knowledge of programming, engineering, or electronics is necessary. The class focuses on hardware to get you using the board right away.

I also have another class on Skillshare called Introduction to DIY: Becoming a Maker. Below are intro videos to both classes. Read the rest

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