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Selfie toast, anyone?

Let’s face it, the act of taking photos of oneself has never been as ubiquitous as it is today. From mirrors to drones, you’ve probably thought you had seen just about everything when it comes to snapping a quick selfie. Think again. No strangers to image-burning toasters, Vermont Novelty Toaster Corporation has debuted what they call ’selfie toast.’ Designed using custom toasters that slightly burn a person’s face onto a piece of bread, […]

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Making music with outdated computer parts

A group of Illinois-based Makers hailing from Makerspace Urbana have unveiled a way to take outdated technology and turn them into pieces of musical instruments. The Electric Waste Orchestra project strives to “manipulate the voltage flowing through circuit boards and use those signals to make music” out of components that would’ve otherwise ended up at the dump. As seen in the video below, the Makers recently […]

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Designing a flux capacitor from Back to the Future

In a recent Instructables post, a Maker going by the handle of “n1cod3mus” details his journey to construct a flux capacitor from the ‘80s classic “Back to the Future.” Using an Arduino Uno (ATmega328), this Maker certainly succeeded at his task. In the post, the Maker discusses his early obsessions with the hilarious film trilogy, “10 years back […]

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What’s the scoop? Celebrating ice cream Maker style

30 years ago, President Ronald Reagan signed Joint Resolution 298 proclaiming that the third Sunday in every July as National Ice Cream Day, giving delicious dessert lovers an excuse to indulge in a cold, creamy treat. To commemorate yesterday’s festivities, we’ve decided to highlight some of our favorite, Maker-inspired creations. I scream, you scream, we all scream for 3D-printed […]

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The robotic troika of Atmel summer interns in Trondheim

Troika: A Russian word for a group of three, and also a pretty good Norwegian chocolate bar. It’s a safe assumption that most of us have had some sort of experience with summer jobs throughout our years as students. It’s also quite likely that some of us remember these jobs as full of sweat and manual work at a construction site, […]

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A low-cost robotic hand powered by Arduino

An Italian Maker by the name of Marco Pucci recently posted a link on the Arduino Facebook page to a tutorial, where he created a low-cost robotic hand that is capable of mimicking the movements of a human. The robotic hand unit was developed using an Atmel-powered Arduino Uno and a series of flex sensors. As […]

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HackADay talks CryptoCape

The CryptoCape – which recently made its debut on SparkFun – is a dedicated security daughterboard for the BeagleBone designed in collaboration with Cryptotronix’s Josh Datko, which features Atmel’s Trusted Platform Module and SHA-256 Authenticator. HackADay’s Brian Benchoff was lucky enough to catch up with Josh and asked him to break down how the nifty device works. “If you need to add security […]

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Maker Movement continues to converge art and tech

Writing for the Christian Science Monitor, Kendra North reveals that traditional institutions like museums and colleges are now creating new programs and spaces to enable a greater convergence of both art and technology. This “new industrial revolution” is combining the spirit of the old shop class with modern-day technology in do-it-yourself spaces. “The Maker Movement and digital media and coding are revitalizing the arts,” stated Christopher […]

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Meet Jibo, the world’s first family bot

Turns out, your next family member may neither be flesh nor blood; it may consist of aluminum, plastic and microcontrollers instead. Created by Dr. Cynthia Breazeal, Director of the Personal Robots Group at MIT Media Lab, the world will soon have its first family robot. Standing at only 11 inches tall and weighing just six pounds, Jibo makes quite a big impression. […]

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Report: Drivers ready for connected cars

According to a new report from mobile operator Telefónica, consumer awareness of connected car products and services around the globe is growing. Its its annual study of buying behavior and attitudes, the telco found that 70% of drivers were either interested in using, or already were using, connected car services, while 80% of consumers expected that they would ultimately be have the access […]

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