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CROMATICA lamp fuses light and sound

Powered by an Atmel-based Arduino board, CROMATICA creates an ambient experience by fusing light and sound. 

This digital hybrid – which acts as a both a table lamp and speaker – is controlled via a gestural interface and remotely via an app. “The name has a story. The word ‘Cromatica’ (chromatic in English) comes from […]

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Atmel’s ATtiny85 MCU powers ButtonDuino dev board

ButtonDuino – which recently made its Indiegogo debut – is an uber-mini (0.73in x 0.718in), USB programmable development platform powered by Atmel’s popular ATtiny85 microcontroller (MCU). The open source ButtonDuino is breadboard compatible, so it plugs, with no pin conflict, directly into any standard pitch (2.54mm) breadboard as well as vero-boards. In addition, the platform can […]

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Beehives are going open source

Want to make your own printable, smart beehive to track colony health, reverse colony collapse disorder and promote international bee recovery? Then check out this open source beehive project helmed by an international team of ecologists, beekeepers, Makers, engineers and open source advocates. “We’ve designed two downloadable, printable beehives: the Colorado Top Bar and the […]

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Mixed martial arts training with Fight Coach

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows the use of both striking and grappling techniques from a variety of other fighting genres. While an experienced trainer is essential to prepare for an upcoming bout, aspiring fighters may also want to step into the practice ring with Fight Coach. As HackADay’s […]

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Video: This LEGO robot plays iPad games

Uli Kilian has designed a Lego Technics robot to play freemium games. More specifically, the Arduino Uno-powered (Atmel ATmega328 MCU) ‘bot plays Jurassic Park Builder, a title that requires the user to remain active (or tap) every few minutes. In addition to the Atmel-based Uno, key project specs include an old iPad mounted on top […]

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Adafruit builds a smart (Yún) measuring cup

Adafruit’s Tony DiCola has put together a detailed tutorial explaining how to build a smart measuring cup that displays the volume of liquid in a real time on a web page. The brains behind the smart measuring cup? An Atmel-powered Arduino Yún (ATmega32u4) and an eTape liquid level sensor. Additional project components include: Female to male […]

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ATmega644 MCU powers phased array speaker system

Edward Szoka (ecs227) and Tom Jackson (tcj26) of Cornell University have designed a phased array speaker system capable of “steering” sound around a room. As HackADay’s Will Sweatman reports, the ATmega644-powered platform samples a standard audio input signal at approximately 44.1 kHz via 12 independently controllable speakers – each with a variable delay.

 Simply put, the […]

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uMotio controls 3D gestures

The uMotio – which recently surfaced on Indiegogo – is an open source 3D tracking and gesture controller. The platform, equipped with Atmel’s ATmega32U4 microcontroller (MCU), can be used to control media and games or embedded in DIY projects. “The uMotio brings a new experience to both the regular user, gamer or hacker. Whether it be […]

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Drawing musical MIDI, Uno style

A team led by Alex Haff of NYU’s Science of Music school recently debuted a DIY paper circuit project dubbed Draw MIDI. The digital-based platform uses capacitance sensing to collect electrical signals from a pencil-and-paper keyboard. The signals are converted to MIDI with an Atmel-based Arduino Uno (ATmega328) that sends the code to a PC via a Max […]

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Reading the Maker’s Alphabet

Maker’s Alphabet – which recently hit Kickstarter – is an illustrated book that celebrates traditional DIY creativity and new ways of Making. Authored by Melody Quintana and Sneha Pai, the book contains a total of 26 adventures that helps bring unique creative DIY projects to life. “Right now, we’re design grad students at the School […]

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