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Jaquet-Droz Automata

Jaquet-Droz Automata | Heron | Scoop.it
These magnificent 240-year-old machines are considered distant ancestors of the computer (RT @atlasobscura: These 240-year-old dolls in Switzerland are considered distant ancestors of the computer - http://t.co/v0skrakzxF)...
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Solar Impulse 2 lands in Hawaii, setting record for longest solo flight

Solar Impulse 2 — the giant, gangly solar-powered aircraft on a protracted, multi-leg trip around the world — just completed its single most challenging task: a record-breaking leg from Nagoya,...
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Hackaday Prize Entry: What To Do With A Bunch Of Old Computer Adapters

Hackaday Prize Entry: What To Do With A Bunch Of Old Computer Adapters | Heron | Scoop.it
Back in the old days of 2014 when Radio Shack still existed, you could drive up to any strip mall in America and buy D-sub connectors that were made all the way back in 1972. Yes, connectors for all t...
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Gesto: Amazing open-source gesture control platform, EMG and Accels together!

Gesto: Amazing open-source gesture control platform, EMG and Accels together! | Heron | Scoop.it
Gesto is the world’s first open-source boards for wearable gesture control with a unique method that combines muscle signals with motion patterns. It recognizes more gestures than any other platform: wave, pinch, air drawing gestures, turn a surface into a touch interface, and much more. Gesto's team designed a modular DIY 3D printing band to assemble all the Gesto electronics in the body (wrist, forearm, arm, torso, leg). 40 x 40 mm 1. EMG circuit ADS1294 2. Microcontroller ATmega1284p 3. 3-ax
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Ludvik Cejp's Bierdosenstirlingsparade - Spiel und Kunst mit Mechanik

Siehe auch hier: http://kugelbahn.blog.de/2015/06/12/ludvik-cejp-stirlingmotor-bierdosen-20544451/
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Máquinas de stirling feitas a partir de latas

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Solar Impulse 2 breaks the world record for the longest solo flight

André Borschberg, the pilot at the controls of the Solar Impulse 2 aircraft, has broken the world record for the longest solo flight. Borschberg has now been aloft in the solar-powered plane for...
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Anki Overdrive blends robotic racing with video game hooks

Anki Overdrive blends robotic racing with video game hooks | Heron | Scoop.it
Anki's robotic race cars get a revamp with new cars, new modular tracks and new gameplay modes that infuse the toy vehicles with video game hooks.
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Anki Will Ship The Second Generation Of Its Robotic Slot Cars On September 20

Anki Will Ship The Second Generation Of Its Robotic Slot Cars On September 20 | Heron | Scoop.it
Think of Anki Overdrive as slot cars for the smartphone age. With upgrades, achievements and characters, it's a perfect marriage of smartphones with physical..
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The solar-powered plane flying around the world is finally taking on the toughest part of its journey

The solar-powered plane flying around the world is finally taking on the toughest part of its journey | Heron | Scoop.it
After a couple of false starts, Solar Impulse 2 is finally crossing the Pacific, the hardest part of its around-the-world journey.
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Será que a perna é demasiado grande? Boa Viagem!

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From the Cold War: The Evolution of the Modern Digital Camera - DIY Photography

From the Cold War: The Evolution of the Modern Digital Camera - DIY Photography | Heron | Scoop.it
The history of the digital camera is much older than most would expect.  With roots going way back into the dark days of the Cold War, a fascinating series of innovations have led to the creation of technology we take for granted in our everyday lives. For instance, did you know that the first cell [...]
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▶ TYOC#26/52: Magnetic Target 4Compartments - YouTube

The Year of CoCoRo 26/52: We constructed a fragmented habitat in a pool providing 4 compartments separated by medium-height walls. One compartment contained ...
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Skycademy - Free High Altitude CPD - Raspberry Pi

Skycademy - Free High Altitude CPD - Raspberry Pi | Heron | Scoop.it
We’re looking for 24 teachers (or youth leaders) to take part in a FREE two-and-a-half day Continuing Professional Development (CPD) event aiming to provide experience of high altitude ballooning to educators, and demonstrating how it can be used as an engaging teaching opportunity. Over the last few year I’ve seen many awesome uses of the Raspberry …
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UT researchers develop physical therapy robot - KSAT San Antonio

UT researchers develop physical therapy robot - KSAT San Antonio | Heron | Scoop.it
Researchers at the University of Texas are developing a physical therapy robot designed to help people with spinal cord injuries and stroke patients
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Persona Synthetics: Human Robots Service Company? [Video] | Persona Synthetics

Persona Synthetics: Human Robots Service Company? [Video] | Persona Synthetics | Heron | Scoop.it
UK News: National News & Headlines: Persona Synthetics: Human Robots Service Company? [Video] | Persona Synthetics
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Optics Laboratory Made From LEGO

Optics Laboratory Made From LEGO | Heron | Scoop.it
16A lot of engineers, scientists, builders, makers, and hackers got their start as children with LEGO. Putting those bricks together, whether following the instructions or not, really brings out the i...
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Here's the Government's Horrifying New Fireworks Safety Demonstration

Here's the Government's Horrifying New Fireworks Safety Demonstration | Heron | Scoop.it
Do you love watching fireworks? What about watching fireworks that blow the shit out of poor, unsuspecting mannequins? Well, have we got a treat for you.
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Quando era míudo, e estudava no Colégio Despertar, na Covilhã num dia de festas houve alguém que teve um encontro imediato com fogo de artíficio e não foi nada bonito nem alegre

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PLEN2 opens up pre-orders and community hub for their 3D printed humanoid robot

PLEN2 opens up pre-orders and community hub for their 3D printed humanoid robot | Heron | Scoop.it
PLEN company announced that for the first time since their Kickstarter campaign came to a close last year, users who might not have been able to purchase a PLEN2 during the campaign can now pre-order a robot directly from the PLEN online store.
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Watch Rhys Millen Set A Record For EVs At Pikes Peak - Gas 2

Rhys Millen and Monster Tajima, competed for the top spot in the electric car class, but it was Millen that ultimately came out on top.
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Watch how this beautiful game exhibit helps kids understand ecosystems

Watch how this beautiful game exhibit helps kids understand ecosystems | Heron | Scoop.it

The New York Hall of Science's new Connected Worlds exhibit is a series of six interactive ecosystems that spreads across the walls of its Great Hall, united by a 3000 square foot interactive floor.

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Ultimaker releases the latest version of their free Cura software

Ultimaker releases the latest version of their free Cura software | Heron | Scoop.it
Ultimaker has just announced a completely reengineered (and free) version of their Cura software that aims to make preparing 3D files for 3D printing easier and more intuitive than ever before.
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Avião elétrico brasileiro faz vôo inaugural na Usina de Itaipu

Avião elétrico brasileiro faz vôo inaugural na Usina de Itaipu | Heron | Scoop.it

A Itaipu Binacional fez na tarde desta terça-feira (23) o voo inaugural e a apresentação oficial de um avião elétrico tripulado. O voo foi no aeroporto de Itaipu, no lado paraguaio da usina, na cidade de Hernandarias, na fronteira com o Brasil.

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Bricasso 'printer' makes mosaic art out of Lego tiles

Bricasso 'printer' makes mosaic art out of Lego tiles | Heron | Scoop.it
If you fancy playing with Lego blocks and you're not familiar with Jason Allemann, take a few minutes to browse his work. He's one set of hands behind JK
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Peek Inside Aston Martin's Totally Bonkers, $2.3M Hypercar | WIRED

Peek Inside Aston Martin's Totally Bonkers, $2.3M Hypercar | WIRED | Heron | Scoop.it
We've gotten our first look at the inside of Aston Martin's $2.3 million Vulcan supercar and it is glorious.
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When One Display Just Won't Do, These 10 Multi-Display Computer Setups Have You Covered - TechEBlog

When One Display Just Won't Do, These 10 Multi-Display Computer Setups Have You Covered - TechEBlog | Heron | Scoop.it
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When one display just won't do, there's always the option of adding a few more, and these awesome computer setups should provide all the inspiration you need.

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Robots Seem to Be Improving Productivity, Not Costing Jobs

Robots Seem to Be Improving Productivity, Not Costing Jobs | Heron | Scoop.it

Nearly 30 years ago, in 1987, the Nobel-winning economist Robert Solow surveyed the impact of IT on the economy and concluded that “you can see the computer age everywhere but in the productivity statistics.”

Solow’s quip crystallized a frustrating disconnect in the 1980s. Why did an observed technology boom coincide with a prolonged slump in the productivity data? Companies were using computers, but they didn’t seem to be getting any more productive.

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Now there's a cockroach-inspired robot that can squeeze into small spaces - Quartz

They probably won't survive a nuclear winter, though.
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