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Learn how to make a raspberry pi, but don't pour any custard! - Hebdenbridge Today

Learn how to make a raspberry pi, but don't pour any custard! - Hebdenbridge Today | Heron | Scoop.it
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IDEO-designed quadcopter with 3G wireless on Kickstarter

IDEO-designed quadcopter with 3G wireless on Kickstarter | Heron | Scoop.it
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Fatdoor's plan is to allow neighbors with drones to synchronize their flight paths and even set landing locations outside their homes, mak…
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o que eu mais gosto mesmo são as discussões informadas

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Rise of the Machines: Why the Army Wants These Bots

July 7 (Bloomberg) --- Israel has earned itself an enviable reputation in the field of high-tech startups. But when it comes to robots, it's got some catching up to do. Bloomberg Middle East...
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Top five animal-inspired robo-projects (Wired UK)

Top five animal-inspired robo-projects (Wired UK) | Heron | Scoop.it
With its acquisition of Boston Dynamics, Google now owns a donkey-bot -- not the most promising species to turn into a Terminator, but we all have to start somewhere. Wired rounds up some more real-world animal-inspired projects

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The Protoptimus Open Source CNC Machine

The Protoptimus Open Source CNC Machine | Heron | Scoop.it
An interesting piece of work from Brazil: an Arduino powered open source CNC miling machine. A good opportunity also to know what's going on in different parts of the world where usually makers have no huge visibility. You can also support from abroad! "It's time for Brazil to show its strength in the maker movement" My name is Jeferson, the Protoptimus founder. I'm on a Catarse.me campaing, the largest Brazilian crowdfunding website, and I need your help. We yearn to be the first big manufacturer of low cost and ease-to-use CNC milling machine with Arduino, in our country. Unfortunately, our campaign it's mainly for residents in Brazil and is only in Portuguese. via Protoptimus Máquinas e Usinagem CNC: ENGLISH.
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Electric Objects Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Build Displays For Digital Art | TechCrunch

Electric Objects Launches Kickstarter Campaign To Build Displays For Digital Art | TechCrunch | Heron | Scoop.it
Startup Electric Objects aims to build displays for Internet art, separate from devices like laptops and smartphones that it says are "designed for..
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Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS | TechCrunch

Spark Labs Raises $4.9 Million For An Internet Of Things OS  | TechCrunch | Heron | Scoop.it
Spark Labs, the same folks that made this open-source Nest-like thermostat, has raised $4.9 million in Series A funding led by Lion Wells Capital, and with..
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Go Vintage! Learn to Repair and Restore Mechanical Pocket and Wrist Watches.

Go Vintage! Learn to Repair and Restore Mechanical Pocket and Wrist Watches. | Heron | Scoop.it
Until recently, watches have been entirely mechanical where each wheel, gear, and mechanism representing a milestone in our understanding of precision manufacturing and timekeeping. Today it is nea...
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Mercedes Looks Into Autonomous Trucks

Mercedes Looks Into Autonomous Trucks | Heron | Scoop.it
Long-haul truckers may not be too happy to hear it but according to Daimler board member Dr. Wolfgang Bernhard, "The truck of the future is a Mercedes-Benz that drives itself." These are no hollow words either, as the German automaker has completed its first public road test of an...
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Zuri Paperbot at Maker Faire Hannover

Zuri Paperbot at Maker Faire Hannover | Heron | Scoop.it
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▶ Gromkhana: The Grom Escape - YouTube

Honda Groms + gymkhana = GROMKHANA in this fun short from Motorcyclist magazine. Road Test Editor Ari Henning and Associate Editor Zack Courts suit up and sl...
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1947 Julien MM5

1947 Julien MM5 | Heron | Scoop.it
Maurice A. Julien was a very well qualified engineer, known particularly for his work on the development studies of the Citroën Traction Avant, which made its debut in 1934. He retired to Toulouse ...
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Bridgie – A new look for a CNC router at Buildlog.Net Blog

Bridgie – A new look for a CNC router at Buildlog.Net Blog | Heron | Scoop.it
When our Hackerspace, Pumping Station One, had it’s mini router repossessed by a member who was leaving, I decided to design a replacement.
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TechnicBRICKs: TBs TechReview 29 – 42025, Cargo Plane

TechnicBRICKs: TBs TechReview 29 – 42025, Cargo Plane | Heron | Scoop.it

This is the end result, i.e. the finished plane and I'd raise your attention to the long transmissions that command the ailerons in the wings.

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Could Wearable Robots Replace Wheelchairs?

Could Wearable Robots Replace Wheelchairs? | Heron | Scoop.it
Could wearable robots replace wheelchairs in the future?
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International farm robot contest showcases students' ingenuity

International farm robot contest showcases students' ingenuity | Heron | Scoop.it

Twenty-three teams from 10 countries recently competed at the International Field Robot event held during the DLG Field Days. This international competition brings international student teams and their autonomous field robots to Bernburg-Strenzfeld, Germany, to compete in five assigned tasks.

Started in 2003 by the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands, the goal of the competition is to test new technologies in robotics and precision farming under real-world conditions.

It was a fun several days of competition, and it was amazing to see the ingenuity of the students not only in the design of their robots, but in the way they handled adversity and hiccups during the event. A full list of the winners is available here.

The goal of the competition is to test pioneering technologies in robotics and precision farming under real conditions on the field. It also gives young scientists the opportunity to participate on the European stage and inspire the development of ideas.

MORE FROM DLG FIELD DAYS:

UAVs at a German farm show

A visit to the DLG test center

As in previous events, the field tasks focused on row crops with corn as the main crop. Each robot had to complete five tasks in order to assess their capabilities in sensing, navigation and actuation, as follows:

Basic and advanced navigation (Task 1 & 2): To ascertain whether the robots can skilfully and effectively navigate between rows, an important requisite especially in field crops like maize.Agricultural applications (Task 3): Introduced this year, the robots will have to detect weeds and create weed maps using positional information.Cooperative abilities (Task 4): Teams will demonstrate how their robots can work together.Freestyle operation (Task 5): As its name suggests, this task is all about creativity. Robots will be tasked to perform a freestyle, applications-oriented operation.

While the ‘top robot’ was selected based on performance over several routine field tasks, all students and budding engineers got equal opportunity to mingle, network and meet like-minded counterparts in Europe. As the use of robots in agriculture reduces labour inputs and the potential for human error, robotics engineering is a new field that is set to take off in a big way in precision agriculture.


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Building A Large Format Digital Camera - DIY Photography

Building A Large Format Digital Camera - DIY Photography | Heron | Scoop.it
it is not often that a person builds their own camera, and even less common for them to build a large format camera, but Jimmy.c. Alzen just built one of those. The total cost of the build was less than $150 + several years of education and tinkering know-how. The camera was submitted to Hack [...]
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DIY GSM Base Station with a BeagleBone Black | Circuit Cellar

DIY GSM Base Station with a BeagleBone Black | Circuit Cellar | Heron | Scoop.it
To give people a better understanding of what state-operated surveillance equipment actually looks like, critical engineers Julian Oliver and Danja Vasiliev built a GSM interception unit. Now Oliver has published the HOWTO on the web.
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MOTA 3D Printer: The First Affordable High-Quality Printer!

MOTA 3D Printer:  The First Affordable High-Quality Printer! | Heron | Scoop.it
3D Printing is expensive..It doesn't have to be!
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Reprap development and further adventures in DIY 3D printing: 3D Printers - Big printers, Small printers, Wide printers, Tall printers

Reprap development and further adventures in DIY 3D printing: 3D Printers - Big printers, Small printers, Wide printers, Tall printers | Heron | Scoop.it

This is a summary post, going over some of the machines I have been working on over the last 6 months. Much more information, design details and files are on the way, just fighting for time at the moment.

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Droning On: PID Controllers and Bullet Connectors

Droning On:  PID Controllers and Bullet Connectors | Heron | Scoop.it
Not all drones are multirotors - Posing in our title photo are Maynard Hill and Cyrus Abdollahi. Maynard's plane, TAM5 aka The Spirit of Butts Farm, is the smallest aircraft to make a transatlantic...
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Dropship offers safe landings for Mars rovers

Dropship offers safe landings for Mars rovers | Heron | Scoop.it
The dramatic conclusion to ESA’s latest StarTiger project: a ‘dropship’ quadcopter steers itself to lower a rover gently onto a safe patch of the rocky martian surface.
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MaKey MaKey by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum - Made by JoyLabz ID: 1068 - $49.95 : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits

MaKey MaKey by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum - Made by JoyLabz ID: 1068 - $49.95 : Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits | Heron | Scoop.it
Adafruit Industries, Unique & fun DIY electronics and kits MaKey MaKey by Jay Silver and Eric Rosenbaum - Made by JoyLabz ID: 1068 - Ever played Mario on Play-Doh or Piano on Bananas? Alligator clip the Internet to Your World. MaKey MaKey is an invention kit for the 21st century. Turn everyday objects into touchpads and combine them with the internet. It's a simple Invention Kit for Beginners and Experts doing art, engineering, and everything
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Forgotten Concepts: the 1950s Aluminum Kaisers

Forgotten Concepts: the 1950s Aluminum Kaisers | Heron | Scoop.it
Kaiser Motors may be forgotten by casual car guys, but its influence (through Jeep) remains huge. If it had lived, we'd have had aluminum cars 50 years ago!
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These drones learn about their world (and each other) as they fly

These drones learn about their world (and each other) as they fly | Heron | Scoop.it
Flying robots can already spot some objects by themselves and occasionally improvise, but they'd ideally never need help -- they should find their way
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Quadrilla - The Cyclone

Quadrilla - The Cyclone | Heron | Scoop.it
Quadrilla - The Cyclone and nearly 7,000 other quality toys at Fat Brain Toys. A HUGE box filled with beautiful fun! High quality wood, brilliant colors, fast-moving effects… It's all here, in one timeless, top-notch innovative plaything. The ulimate marble run, Quadrilla Cyclone takes fun over the top!
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