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Learn How to Build Your Own Electric Bicycle - The Hardcover

Learn How to Build Your Own Electric Bicycle - The Hardcover | Heron | Scoop.it
Electric bicycles help people save money, get around town faster and protect the environment. Learn to build your own ebike today!
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How to make a Sugru-sealed rainbow gatling water-gun

How to make a Sugru-sealed rainbow gatling water-gun | Heron | Scoop.it
Sugru's R&D department blew off a little steam by making a Sugru-reinforced gatling water-pistol that fires multicolored streams of dyed water.
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ARTE consacre un documentaire critique à la guerre des brevets

ARTE consacre un documentaire critique à la guerre des brevets | Heron | Scoop.it
La chaîne franco-allemande ARTE diffusera mardi soir à 23h35 un documentaire intitulé "La guerre des brevets", qui critique les dérives de la
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Stubby, The Adorable And Easy To Build Hexapod

Stubby, The Adorable And Easy To Build Hexapod | Heron | Scoop.it
A while back, we had a sci-fi contest on Hackaday.io. Inspired by the replicators in Stargate SG-1, [The Big One] and a few other folk decided a remote-controlled hexapod would be a great build. Th...
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Tinker at home on The Tinkering Studio's site. Powered by RebelMouse

Tinker at home on The Tinkering Studio's site. Powered by RebelMouse | Heron | Scoop.it
The Tinkering Studio promotes thinking with your hands while experimenting with art, science, technology, and delightful ideas. At the Exploratorium!. Powered by RebelMouse
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Lisbon Mini Maker Faire - os Curadores, prazo estendido e algumas notícias

Lisbon Mini Maker Faire - os Curadores, prazo estendido e algumas notícias | Heron | Scoop.it
 Olá a todos! Tenho algumas excelentes notícias sobre a  Mini Maker Faire Lisboa que irá decorrer em Setembro. :) No caso de não terem visto a primeira publicação que fiz sobre a Mini Maker Faire L...
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Marvelous Mechanical Motions

Marvelous Mechanical Motions | Heron | Scoop.it
Pat Konkle, a retired machinist from Colorado, created a set of mechanical displays that demonstrate a variety of working gears. It's an amazing piece of work. Mike Neden of Pittsburg State's Kansa...
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Atmel-powered 3DOF Robot Arm is now on Tindie

Atmel-powered 3DOF Robot Arm is now on Tindie | Heron | Scoop.it
Back in May, Dan Royer of Marginally Clever debuted an open source 3-DOF palletizing robot based on the commercial ABB 460. The unit is now available on Tindie as a kit for $350. According to Royer...

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Sleep in the Trees Inside a Portable Suspended Treehouse by Tentsile

Sleep in the Trees Inside a Portable Suspended Treehouse by Tentsile | Heron | Scoop.it
Created by UK inventor Alex Shirley-Smith, Tentsile is an ingenious portable suspended treehouse that installs much like a hammock while offering the convenience of a multi-person tent.
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DARPA Finals: Separating the Robot Men From the Robot Boys

DARPA Finals: Separating the Robot Men From the Robot Boys | Heron | Scoop.it
The next installment of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, coming in 2015, will require humanoid robots to move 4 times faster with even less human supervision than in last year’s trials.
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Silkworms and robot work together to weave Silk Pavilion

Silkworms and robot work together to weave Silk Pavilion | Heron | Scoop.it

Researchers at MIT Media Lab's Mediated Matter group have created a dome from silk fibers woven by a robotic arm, which was then finished by live silkworms. 


The project is intended to explore how digital and biological fabrication techniques can be combined to produce architectural structures. The team programmed the robotic arm to imitate the way a silkworm deposits silk to build its cocoon. The arm then deposited a kilometer-long silk fiber across flat polygonal metal frames to create 26 panels. These panels were arranged to form a dome, which was suspended from the ceiling.


6500 live silkworms were then placed on the structure. As the caterpillars crawled over the dome, they deposited silk fibres and completed the structure.


The Silk Pavilion was designed and constructed at the MIT Media Lab as part of a research project to explore ways of overcoming the existing limitations of additive manufacturing at architectural scales.

Mediated Matter group director Neri Oxman believes that by studying natural processes such as the way silkworms build their cocoons, scientists can develop ways of "printing" architectural structures more efficiently than can be achieved by current 3D printing technologies.


“In traditional 3D printing the gantry-size poses an obvious limitation; it is defined by three axes and typically requires the use of support material, both of which are limiting for the designer who wishes to print in larger scales and achieve structural and material complexity,” Oxman said earlier this year. “Once we place a 3D printing head on a robotic arm, we free up these limitations almost instantly." Their research also showed that the worms were attracted to darker areas, so fibers were laid more sparsely on the sunnier south and east elevations of the dome.



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1949 Champion CH-2

1949 Champion CH-2 | Heron | Scoop.it
In 1945, Hermann Holbein, a former development engineer for BMW, recovered his beloved BMW 327 sports car from the haystack where it had been interned and reluctantly gave it up to an American GI i...
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Green Car Congress: DELIVER electric light commercial vehicle demonstrator to make its debut at FISITA

Green Car Congress: DELIVER electric light commercial vehicle demonstrator to make its debut at FISITA | Heron | Scoop.it

y Electric Cars, the European subsidiary of Green Automotive Company, has completed the build of the first fully functioning example of “DELIVER”—an electric light commercial delivery vehicle funded by the European Commissions’ 7th Framework Programme.

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High Altitude Glider

High Altitude Glider | Heron | Scoop.it
Check out this cool High Altitude Glider project that House4Hack and HABEX made: On 14 June 2014, team HAG from House4Hack teamed up with HABEX. We released our High Altitude Glider on weather balloons into the atmosphere. After our glider reached ...
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Mission Control desk | Raspberry Pi

Mission Control desk | Raspberry Pi | Heron | Scoop.it

The desk came about as the result of a family visit to the Kennedy Space Center.

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Interacting with a World of Connected Objects — Product Club — Medium

Interacting with a World of Connected Objects — Product Club — Medium | Heron | Scoop.it
A quick write-up of a session at the 2014 #foocamp hosted by O’Reilly Media
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Rubik's Cube Solver Made Out of Popsicle Sticks and an Arduino

Rubik's Cube Solver Made Out of Popsicle Sticks and an Arduino | Heron | Scoop.it
[Matt] recently learned both how to solve a Rubik's cube and the basics of an Arduino. Putting the two together, he decided to try his hand at making an automatic Rubik's Cube solver! We've seen th...
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JPN: Tecnologia: Pocketscan, o novo digitalizador de bolso sem fios

JPN: Tecnologia: Pocketscan, o novo digitalizador de bolso sem fios | Heron | Scoop.it

Para quem acha que digitalizar um documento é uma coisa da década passada, o PocketScan prova o contrário. O projeto surgiu na plataforma de crowdfunding Kickstarter e está a angariar fundos até 16 de julho.

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Pley Is like Netflix for LEGO

Pley Is like Netflix for LEGO | Heron | Scoop.it
LEGO bricks have a variety of great uses for kids of all ages. For many of us though, the real fun is the challenge of the build rather than owning of the finished project. Pley bridges the gap by letting you rent LEGO sets for a monthly subscription fee.
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Raspberry Pi: IoTSys brings user control throug... | element14

Read about 'IoTSys brings user control through middle-ground communication stack for IoT devices' on element14.com. IoTSys makes it easy to communicate with IoT devices using a simple interface (via IoTSys) At
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▶ 24 of the Most Mesmerizing Machines - YouTube

That's how pretzels are made?! Post to Facebook: http://on.fb.me/1jsudiI Like BuzzFeedVideo on Facebook: http://on.fb.me/18yCF0b Post to Twitter: http://bit....
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37 Genius LEGO Organization Ideas - Kids Activities Blog

37 Genius LEGO Organization Ideas - Kids Activities Blog | Heron | Scoop.it
Here are 37 of the best LEGO organization ideas we found online. These easy DIY projects will have your LEGOs organized in no time!
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That Toy Is Now a Drone, Says the FAA - IEEE Spectrum

That Toy Is Now a Drone, Says the FAA - IEEE Spectrum | Heron | Scoop.it
A Federal Aviation Administration announcement makes video-piloted models subject to regulation
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Affordable CNCs For Brazilian Makers: The Protoptimus CNC Router

Affordable CNCs For Brazilian Makers: The Protoptimus CNC Router | Heron | Scoop.it
The cost to import and ship CNC routers to other countries can be very expensive. Jeferson Simões is trying to lower those costs for the people of Brazil. Using a Kickstarter-like site called Catar...
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