coop0030 (263345) writes "The Glaucus, named after the Blue Sea Slug (Glaucus Atlanticus), is an open source soft robotic quadruped from Super-Releaser. It is a proof of concept for a method developed at Super-Releaser that can reproduce nearly any geometry modeled on the computer as a seamless silicone skin. The company hopes to apply these same techniques to practical problems in medicine and engineering as the technology develops.
The quadruped has hollow interior chambers that interdigitate with one another. When either of these chambers is pressurized it deforms and bends the structure of the robot. This bending produces the walking motion. It is similar to how a salamander walks, by balancing itself on one pair of legs diagonal from one another while moving the opposite pair forward." Link to Original Source top
coop0030 (263345) writes "An article out of CNBC discusses the state of open source hardware based businesses. "Few hardware companies would dream of giving up their design secrets, but for a growing niche of entrepreneurs, doing just that is a pillar of their business. The open-source hardware movement is migrating from the garage to the marketplace. Companies that follow an open-source philosophy make their physical designs and software code available to the public. By doing so, these companies engage a wave of makers, hobbyists and designers who don't just want to buy products, but have a hand in developing them."" Link to Original Source top
Announcing Hangout for Make the World: Prosthetics – Friday 10/4/2013 8pm
coop0030 (263345) writes "Make your own open source LED timepiece! Use an Adafruit FLORA and its GPS module to tell time with a ring of pixels. A leather cuff holds the circuit and hides the battery. The watch is chunky but still looks and feels great on tiny wrists! The circuit sandwich becomes the face of the watch, and you'll use a tactile switch to make a mode selector. The watch has timekeeping (one LED for hours and one for minutes), GPS navigation (customize your waypoint in the provided Arduino sketch), and compass modes." Link to Original Source top
coop0030 (263345) writes "Adafruit has a new tutorial that will show you how to use your Raspberry Pi as a WiFi access point that blocks ads by default for any devices using it. This is really neat in that it would work for your Android or iOS device, your Xbox 360, TiVo, laptop, and more without needing to customize any of those devices other than to use your Raspberry Pi as the access point for WiFi. Using an ad-blocker can be useful for conserving bandwidth, helping out low-power devices, or for keeping your sanity while browsing the web!" Link to Original Source top
coop0030 (263345) writes "Feel like someone is snooping on you? Browse anonymously anywhere you go with the Onion Pi Tor proxy. This is fun weekend project from Adafruit that uses a Raspberry Pi, a USB WiFi adapter and Ethernet cable to create a small, low-power and portable privacy Pi." Link to Original Source top
"B is for Battery" - Circuit Playground Episode 2!
coop0030 (263345) writes "Eric Michaud, co-founder of PSOne and HacDC has created “The List” – it is the direct result of the overwhelming interest in starting Hackerspaces that hit his inbox. When so many people asked for help with the very basics of starting and running a successful Hackerspace, he compiled this list to make it as easy as possible for potential Hackerspace founders to hit the ground running (and not forget anything important). Since then, “the list” has been distributed and shared within Hackerspace culture. It has helped with structuring the success of many Hackerspaces – and hopefully with this update and public release, it will serve as a handy go-to checklist for your awesome Hackerspace-to-be." Link to Original Source top
coop0030 (263345) writes "Becky Stern, at Adafruit, has created a tutorial on how to modify a pair of Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers to make them glow. All you need is EL panel and an inverter tucked into the tongue of your shoe to get the stars in your Chuck Taylors glowing. Two styles! Watch the video on YouTube (please subscribe!), and catch the complete tutorial on the Adafruit Learning System." top
Adafruit debuts Circuit Playground: a show teaching kids about electronics
coop0030 writes "MakerBot and Adafruit have joined together to bring the latest technology to electronic and 3D printing enthusiasts with a partnership offering a Limited Edition MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer with special Adafruit kits inside. It will come with three of Adafruit’s most popular kits – the Timesquare DIY Watch Kit, the MintyBoost Kit, and Adafruit’s most popular Raspberry Pi. The Limited Edition Adafruit MakerBot Replicator 2 Desktop 3D Printer will be available beginning March 14, 2013, online at Adafruit.com and the MakerBot Store in New York City will offer the three Adafruit kits as companion accessories." Link to Original Source top
coop0030 writes "Becky Stern, of Adafruit Industries, has created a necktie that lights up like a VU meter. A Volume Unit (VU) meter or Standard Volume Indicator (SVI) is a device displaying a representation of the signal level in audio equipment. The project that uses an Electret Microphone Amplifier to trigger 16 Flora NeoPixels sewn with conductive thread along the length of a tie. The NeoPixels are controlled by a Flora running an Atmega32u4 chip." Link to Original Source top
Hardware Hacker Ladyada to talk with the President today at 4:50pm EST
coop0030 writes "CNET writes: It's a little late for Christmas presents, but if you throw a little time-machine action into the mix, this might be the perfect gift for the hacker kid in your life: Circuit Playground plushies. The plushies are the newest product from Adafruit Industries, a leader in the open-source hardware world and the maker of a wide range of products for hackers young and old. As Adafruit wrote about the new plushies on its Web site, "We know it's hard to figure exactly what will spark a young mind on to the journey towards science, technology, engineering, art, math and more — we wish we had these when were young."" Link to Original Source