Tag Archives: Sensors

Robots complete span of 3D-printed bridge for Amsterdam canal #3DPrinting #Robotics


Via DeZeen:

Robots have finished 3D printing the structure of a steel pedestrian bridge devised by technology startup MX3D, which is set to span a canal in Amsterdam.

Dutch designer Joris Laarman is working with with Amsterdam-based robotic manufacturing technology start-up to build the 12-metre-long bridge, which will eventually cross a canal in the Dutch capital.

Six-axis robots were used to “draw” the 4-metre-wide structure in the air from layers of molten steel.

Engineering firm Arup and researchers from Imperial College London are due to perform several full load tests to prove the structural integrity of the bridge, which is being printed inside a former shipbuilding hangar.

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Chic Cat Bed Designers Debut More Classy Furniture For Suspiciously Self Aware Felines


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It’s feline-focused world and we humans are just lucky enough to live in it, via designboom.

the traditional cat tree is typically a hodgepodge of unintentional design decisions, eyesores to many designers. unfortunately, designers often bite the oblong bullet anyway, for the sake of the contentment of their selfish feline friends. they purr away in their ugly living-room-castle, while your highly-curated furniture suddenly gets lost in the calamity. meyou paris’ new products takes out the need to make this compromise: ‘meyou’s furniture reconciles your cat’s needs with your design expectations.’

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Fantasy Focused Summer School at Oxford


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Via the University of Oxford

JRR Tolkien and Susan Cooper; CS Lewis and Diana Wynne Jones. Oxford will always be associated with the greats of fantasy writing – and now the genre is being placed centre stage, courtesy of a new University-run summer school that will allow members of the public to explore this often-overlooked branch of literature.

Titled ‘Here Be Dragons’, the summer school will run from 11-13 September and is also aimed at prospective Oxford students with an interest in the fantasy genre.

Academics from Oxford’s Faculty of English and invited speakers will present a series of talks on the history of fantasy literature, the major writers, and cross-cutting themes.

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Thoughts on Low Latency Interrupt Handling (SAMD51) @microchipmakes


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Thoughts on Low Latency Interrupt Handling | Big Mess o’ Wires.

For this analysis, I’ll assume the microcontroller is an Atmel SAMD51. If I were actually building this hardware now, that’s what I’d probably choose. The SAMD51 is a fairly new 120 MHz ARM Cortex M4 microcontroller, and is like an upgraded version of the popular SAMD21 used in the Arduino Zero. Adafruit had a gushing review of the SAMD51 when it was released last year. It has a nice selection of hardware peripherals, including some programmable logic, and it’s fairly fast, and cheap.

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Star Ring: Abusing the PCB Fab


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Star Ring: Abusing the PCB Fab | Big Mess o’ Wires.

Why use a PCB silkscreen when you could showcase the shiny gold metal layer? Why build a rectangular board when you could have strange and wonderful shapes? And why settle for a dull LED flasher when you could have something crazy? I went a little bit overboard with this one, and I’m unsure how to even describe it. It’s a wearable LED blinky, with some terrible (or amazing?) abuse of the PCB fabrication process, many eye-catching light displays, and careful attention to power usage to ensure long battery life. For lack of any better name, I’ll call it the Star Ring.


via Adafruit

ИГГ1-64/64M Adventure


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ИГГ1-64/64M Adventure | About using electronic stuff.

I was quite amazed by the code demonstrated on a 64×64 led matrix by Adafruit (https://www.adafruit.com/product/3649). So why not trying this on the IGG1 display?

I have a MPU-9250 IMU and a raspberry-pi zero. However I need to adapt the code for this accelerometer, and send the data to the screen with the serial port. I’m more comfortable with Java than C or python, then I translate the code from Adafruit in Java.


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Breakout boards from Taobao are a mess @dangerousproto #makerbusiness


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Breakout boards from Taobao are a mess « Dangerous Prototypes.

For the last few days I’ve been playing with breakout boards purchased from Taobao. So far it’s been a nightmare.

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