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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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Getting started with Adafruit’s Atmel-powered FLORA

Adafruit’s Becky Stern and Tyler Cooper have penned a new book about the company’s popular Atmel-powered FLORA platform. Titled “Make: Getting Started with Adafruit FLORA,” the upcoming book details various wearable electronics projects that can be designed and built using the device. Indeed, FLORA weighs in at 4.4 grams and measures only 1.75 inches in diameter. […]

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BI Intelligence details IoT building blocks

Writing for Business Insider, Marcelo Ballve notes that the Internet of Things (IoT) will make many of the familiar objects in our lives connected, as well as accessible via smartphones and tablets. “This shift to connectivity in once-inert things — the logical next step in the growing ubiquity of the Internet — will force companies […]

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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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policelight

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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holocrom

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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This upcycled printer is now a vinyl cutter

Vinyl cutters are typically used to make stickers, signs and graphics. In short, they are quite handy for Makers to have around, which is why LiquidHandWash recently upcycled an old printer by transforming it into a DIY vinyl cutter. It should be noted that the above-mentioned project builds on earlier work by Instructables members silverjimmy […]

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Building an ATmega32U4-based FinalKey



The FinalKey is a one-button device tasked with securely encrypting and storing multiple passwords. Interested in building your own? Well, you’re in luck because CyberStalker recently posted detailed DIY build instructions for his FinalKey project. Key project components include: 1x Arduino Pro Micro (ATmega32U4) 1x 6x6x7 mm Tact switch 1x 3 mm LED 1x 380 Ohm […]

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josedelgado

$50 3D-printed hand trumps $42,000 prosthesis

53-year old Jose Delgado, Jr., was born without most of his left hand. With the help of insurance, Jose managed to obtain a number of different prosthetic devices over the years, including a myoelectric device that uses the muscle signals in his forearm to trigger the closing or opening of the fingers. The total cost? $42,000, of […]

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