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Controlling Halloween props with an ATmega328

Devising electronics with an Arduino is fun, but using one to scare the heck out of trick-or-treaters is just downright awesome. Published on MAKE Magazine, Jason Poel Smith has shared a video tutorial on how to create choreographed Halloween props using an ATmega328 based Uno. “Animated Halloween props are a lot of fun, but the props that you buy at the store have some […]

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This wireless iPhone charger is a work of art

Developed as part of a diploma project by a University of Contemporary Design and Applied Arts (ECAL) student, Spira is a magnetic docking station that wirelessly restores power to an iPhone while turning the device into a decorative wall clock. Described by its creator Alica Robbiani as an interactive picture, charger and clock, Spira was built around an [Atmel based] […]

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U.S. agencies investigate medical devices for cyber flaws

According to a recent report from Reuters, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is currently investigating nearly two dozen cases of suspected cybersecurity vulnerabilities in medical devices and hospital equipment that officials fear could be exploited by hackers. The vulnerable products include implantable heart implants and drug infusion pumps, thus leaving members of the Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team […]

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Create a twinkling hack-o-lantern for Halloween

Are you ready for Halloween? Are you queuing up some old Misfits MP3s, watching The Crow and breaking out those twinkling jack-o-lanterns for All Hallows’ Eve? Don’t want to use traditional wax candles or buy a jack-o-lantern light? Well, you can always do what Maker Johannes Bauer did and code your very own pseudo-random flickering LED. In […]

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When it comes to firmware, when in doubt don’t leave it out!

Product design teams endeavor to plan the safe launch of electronics products to prevent re-discovering issues that should have been learned from the previous project. Many Serial Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory (SEEPROM) users have never utilized such components and therefore may not have knowledge of potential issues. Here is a personal story from several years ago when I was asked […]

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Build your own self-monitoring device with BITalino

As the potential for smart wearable devices continues to draw new entrants into the market, it appears that a new health and fitness tracker emerges every week. While each of them are equipped with some sort of unique feature — such as food intake to running — a vast majority of them are intended for the mass market. But, what if […]

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1:1 interview with Mitch Altman, Co-Founder of Noisebridge, San Francisco (Part 2)

…Continued from Interview with Mitch Altman (Part 1)…  Tom Vu: What is the Hackerspace in Residence Program? Why is this important? Mitch Altman: Let me start by giving some background… Over the past decade, thousands of designers, engineers, artists, programmers, crafters, scientists, cooks, musicians, tinkerers, and the otherwise curious, have gathered at hackerspaces (sometimes also […]

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Tank Girl goes cyberpunk this Halloween

Whether or not you’re a fan of the 1995 American sci-fi flick Tank Girl, you will surely appreciate this 3D-printed, LED-embedded Bandolier of Light design from Adafruit’s Becky Stern. Just in time for Halloween festivities, this cyberpunk ensemble will surely be the life light of the party! The build is relatively easy, comprised of a meter-long strip of 60 white Adafruit NeoPixels, […]

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3D printing instruments to measure oxygen levels in newborns

Design that Matters, a Massachusetts non-profit focused on developing countries, recently developed prototypes of an instrument to measure oxygen levels and diagnose pneumonia in infants using an Atmel powered MakerBot Replicator 2. Created by a team of MIT and Rhode Island School of Design students, the Pelican pocket pulse oximeter is an affordable and durable tool that can be used […]

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3D printing helps 71-year-old man avoid amputation

Once again, doctors have successfully used 3Dprinting to save the life — or in this case foot — of a patient. Recently, surgeons at a New York hospital have credited 3D printing with helping to save the life of a two-week-old baby who required complicated heart surgery. Now, a staff of Australian doctors have carried out the world’s first procedure […]

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