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MIDI dot-matrix printer does the Hackerena!

There is no doubt that you remember the inescapable ‘90s hit, The Macarena. The pairing of a catchy beat and a simple dance turned the Los Del Rio smash hit into a national phenomenon. Now, 20 years later, we can reminisce about the tune, all thanks to one Maker and his MIDI compatible dot-matrix printer. A hacker by the […]

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Report: A flexible future in store

Do you ever look at your mobile device and think it’s just too rigid? Do you wish your phone would rest ever so nicely in the palm of your hand, or even fit a bit better in that back pocket? Fortunately, a growing number of tech giants have and with that comes the next wave of mobile device […]

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A look inside Xiaomi Mi4…

Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi recently debuted its latest flagship smartphone, the Mi4. According to a teardown by the folks at GizmoChina, the newly-unveiled device is powered by Atmel’s maXTouch mXT641T controller. In terms of specs, the Mi4 comfortably holds its own with other competing devices, boasting a 5-inch full-HD screen, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 901 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 16GB or […]

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Infinity Aerospace completes open-sourcing of Ardulab

Last week, our friends at Infinity Aerospace announced the complete open-sourcing of ArduLab, an ATmega2560-powered platform that enables streamlined NASA-approved experimentation to the critical mass.  Previously costing space researchers, students and experimenters anywhere between $2,000 and $3,500 per kit, the low-cost, plug-n-play electronics platform allows anyone to now devise and launch an out-of-the-box, space-certifiable experiment. As previously discussed on Bits & Pieces, […]

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Turn your living room into a dance party this Pixel Drop Ceiling

A Maker by the name of Famous Mods was growing tired of the ceiling in his living room undergoing constant water damage. So what did he do? In true DIY fashion, he built an Arduino-powered LED Drop Ceiling to cover up the problem all while making his living room dance party ready at the press of […]

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The Evolution and DNA of IoT

The Internet of Things (IoT), as noted in previous Bits & Pieces articles, is really just a concept at this point because the “things” are undefined. As those “things” become more defined, the IoT’s things stop being just things and become something. So, the main question right now: What are those things going to be? Perhaps the IoT […]

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Bar Mixvah is a DIY robot bartender

Yu Jiang Tham recently debuted a DIY drink mixing robot aptly dubbed the “Bar Mixvah.” The platform is built around an Atmel-based Arduino Nano (ATmega328 MCU) paired with five 12V peristaltic pumps. On the software side, Yu Jiang employs and the MEAN stack (MongoDB, Express.js, Angular.js, Node.js) and jQuery for the frontend and backend, respectively. Additional key hardware […]

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10 things you need to know today

With the start of another week comes another set of top news. 1. The Internet of Things is inspiring innovations in energy and wireless. A vibration-harvesting power supply and a chip architecture for low-power communications are the latest developments. 2. Government champions Internet of things with new legislation. The UK government is beginning to step up its game when it comes […]

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Will robots take home the gold in 2020?

Recently here on Bits & Pieces, we covered the RoboCup where a group of inventors and their robots gathered in Brazil to compete in a global soccer tournament. It seems as though the robot invasion into the sports realm is not stopping there. With Tokyo hosting the 2020 Olympic games, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared his […]

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