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Video: Uno (ATmega328) helps warm this jacket

A team of physical computing students in Italy has designed a stylish jacket equipped with a heating unit. So, how does it work? Well, according to the Adafruit blog, the zipper activates a heating unit in the collar, while capacitive sensors initiate heaters in the pockets. “Once the zipper is closed, the collar begins to […]

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Atmel-powered Printoo featured on Gigaom, EDN

Printoo – powered by Atmel’s ATmega328 microcontroller (MCU) – is a lineup of paper-thin, low-power boards and modules that offer Makers and devs new levels of creative flexibility. The open source platform, created by the Ynvisible crew, made its official Kickstarter debut last week and has already been covered by a number of prominent publications, […]

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The Stargate-Arduino (Chappa’ai) connection

A Stargate is a portal device within the fictional SG universe that facilitates practical, rapid travel between two distant locations. According to Wikipedia, the devices first appear in the 1994 Roland Emmerich film Stargate – and subsequently in the television series Stargate SG-1 Stargate Atlantis and Stargate Universe. 

The stargates – created millions of years […]

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Homebrewing a DIY pulse monitor

15-year-old Angelo has designed a homebrew pulse monitor using an Atmel-based Arduino board, a grippy clothes hanger, clear/bright red LED and an LDR (light dependent resistor). The project – which recently went live on Instructables – was inspired by Make Magazine’s pulse monitor. “Movies look cool with those EKG (electrocardiogram), the one that beeps and […]

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How the IoT is altering the insurance value chain

Writing for Insurance Networking News, Chris McMahon notes that a recent report from Celent confirms the IoT could very well change “every” link in the insurance value chain. According to Donald Light, director of Celent’s Americas P&C insurance practice, the IoT currently comprises three interdependent components: things with networked sensors, such as automobiles, machines, buildings and […]

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Video: Playing ping-pong the Arduino way

Table tennis or ping-pong is a sport in which two or four players hit a lightweight ball back and forth using a table tennis racket. 

According to Wikipedia, the game originated in England during the 1880s, where it was first played among the upper-class as an after-dinner parlour game. Ping-pong is probably the most enjoyable […]

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From 3D printing to the factory floor

MIT’s Professional Education department has officially added “Additive Manufacturing: From 3D Printing to the Factory Floor” to its Short Programs list. The course is targeted at manufacturing and design engineers, as well as professionals seeking a full MIT experience in a condensed timeframe. “Additive Manufacturing: From 3D Printing to the Factory Floor” is scheduled for […]

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Making your own ATtiny (model) police light

Jan Henrik has designed a multi-functional police light for model cars using Atmel’s ATtiny tinyAVR (25/45/85) microcontroller (MCU). The project – which recently surfaced on Instructables – features several “animations” or sequences that can be easily changed by simply pressing a button on the circuit board. “It has two channels, which can be controlled with […]

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An elegant AVR holocron for a more civilized age

A holocron, short for holographic chronicle, is defined by Wookiepedia as an organic crystal-lattice device used to store large quantities of data guarded by the device’s gatekeeper.
 In the Star Wars Universe, holocrons typically stored information on Force techniques, beginning with the Sith and the Jedi approximately three thousand years later. Up until now, most of […]

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Self-learning ‘copter navigates with an ATmega644 MCU

Akshay Dhawan and Sergio Biagioni of Cornell University have designed a self-learning (RC) helicopter powered by an advanced machine learning algorithm paired with Atmel’s ATmega644 microcontroller (MCU). Aside from Atmel’s ATmega644 MCU, key project components include: Syma S107 Micro Helicopter Custom PC Board (for MCU) RS232 UART connector Max233CP Power Supply Infrared Emitter 365-1056-ND Infrared […]

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