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Kinze Autonomy Project: Planting System

Tractor equipped with the Kinze Autonomy Project Planting System planting a field with a Kinze planter.
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How Chris Burden Created Metropolis II, A Tiny City Where 1,100 Toy Cars Zoom

How Chris Burden Created Metropolis II, A Tiny City Where 1,100 Toy Cars Zoom | Heron | Scoop.it
The blogs have been buzzing about California artist Chris Burden's toy-car megalopolis project, Metropolis II, for ages.
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Buildatron 2 3D Printer from Buildatron Systems

Buildatron 2 3D Printer from Buildatron Systems | Heron | Scoop.it

"Buildatron Systems in New York City designs and builds open source 3D printers. The basic design is apparently adapted from the RepRap printer, but is much more robust.

 

The price for a fully assembled system is $2500, and a DIY unassembled kit is $1599. However, I went to the Buildatron online store page and could not see how to put a unit on order online. A contact number and email address is given there, so if you are interested in a printer you can give those a try.

 

Buildatron has several galleries of printer pics and parts pics here. Their blog is here.

 

If you would like to get into the research and design of 3D printers, Buildatron wants you to know that the company is looking for engineers and interns. You can contact the research and design department here."


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Nathan Sawaya — The Art of the Brick

Nathan Sawaya — The Art of the Brick | Heron | Scoop.it
LEGO artwork of Nathan Sawaya...
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The Popinator: Because Eating Popcorn Is Crazy-Difficult, You Guys

The Popinator: Because Eating Popcorn Is Crazy-Difficult, You Guys | Heron | Scoop.it
From the Department of We Have Entirely Too Much Time On Our Hands, this is the Popinator.
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Solar-Powered Dowel Cutter

Solar-Powered Dowel Cutter | Heron | Scoop.it
I love this elegant if “almost useless” machine that Alex Weber created: This little machine uses a so called solar engine to drive the motor. This solar engine is able to collect tiny ...
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SOUND LAB | Physical electronics synthesizer and experimenter's design set, made in Portland, OR.

SOUND LAB | Physical electronics synthesizer and experimenter's design set, made in Portland, OR. | Heron | Scoop.it

The MOLECULE SYNTH is a unique musical instrument. It is like a traditional keyboard synthesizer that has been broken into its elements: speaker/amp, sound generator, and pitch control. With the MOLECULE SYNTH SET you decide how to put those elements back together using simple, color-coded, interchangeable hexagons. The MOLECULE SYNTH combines LEGO-like interchangeability with Synthesizers with Physical Electronics.

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Math Monday: Linkages – Biomimicry

Math Monday: Linkages – Biomimicry | Heron | Scoop.it
Today, we're going to look at some linkages designed to mimic the walking behavior of living creatures. They are designed to lift a strut up off the ground, plant it farther ahead, and pull it bac...
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Connecting Lovers-LovePalz

Connecting Lovers-LovePalz | Heron | Scoop.it

Remotely control your partner's device through your body movement.

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Low-tech Magazine: Cargo cyclists replace truck drivers on European city streets

Low-tech Magazine: Cargo cyclists replace truck drivers on European city streets | Heron | Scoop.it
Those with strong cycling legs have ever more jobs up for grabs in Europe these days. A growing number of businesses are using cargo cycles, a move towards sustainable and free-flowing city traffic that is now strongly backed by public authorities.
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Your Own Mini Milling Machine -- the iModela | GeekDad | Wired.com

Your Own Mini Milling Machine -- the iModela | GeekDad | Wired.com | Heron | Scoop.it
The iModela is a milling machine -- it uses a small bit, similar to what you'd put into a portable hand drill for drilling holes in wood.
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Gas2 Helps Electric Cowboy Set New Electric Motorcycle World Record - Gas 2

Gas2 Helps Electric Cowboy Set New Electric Motorcycle World Record - Gas 2 | Heron | Scoop.it
"Electric Cowboy" Brandon Nozaki Miller went out and did what he said he'd do; set a world record for lightweight electric motorcycles. Read more here.
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High-Tech Kites Harvest the Power in Sea Breezes: Scientific American

High-Tech Kites Harvest the Power in Sea Breezes: Scientific American | Heron | Scoop.it
An airborne wind turbine turns sea breezes into electricity...
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Bigfoot: The Original Monster Truck! - The Downshift Episode 34

On this weeks episode of The Downshift, take a ride with the Bigfoot driver Dan Runte as he attempts to regain the Guinness World Record for the longest jump...
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Pan/Tilt wheel trainer ends up being a different way to play Quake - Hack a Day

Pan/Tilt wheel trainer ends up being a different way to play Quake - Hack a Day | Heron | Scoop.it
This is a special controller that [Gary Scott] built to help train camera operators. The pan and tilt controls on high-end movie cameras use wheels to pan and tilt smoothly.
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Arduino Meets Shrink-Ray => TinyDuino | Open Source Hardware Junkies

Arduino Meets Shrink-Ray => TinyDuino | Open Source Hardware Junkies | Heron | Scoop.it

If you were to take a shrink ray and point it at the Arduino – you would get something very much like the TinyDuino. The setting for “shrink” will have been pretty high because the TinyDuino packs all the punch of its big cousin the Arduino Uno in less than the size of a quarter!

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Whole lot of Legos to look at - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette

Whole lot of Legos to look at - Fort Wayne Journal Gazette | Heron | Scoop.it
Whole lot of Legos to look atFort Wayne Journal GazetteThe images were maybe 2 feet by 2 feet. One portrayed Link, “The Legend of Zelda” character, and the other, his princess.
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ebuggy Solves Range Anxiety With Battery Trailer - Gas 2

ebuggy Solves Range Anxiety With Battery Trailer - Gas 2 | Heron | Scoop.it
Are EV owners willing to hook up a giant battery trailer to their electric cars for more range? That is the hope of a new German startup called ebuggy.
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Baccus: Open Source Robot Arm

The Baccus robot arm is designed to manipulate 12oz payloads. From the researcher to the hobbyist, it can meet your manipulator needs.
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The portable 3D printer that fits in a briefcase

The portable 3D printer that fits in a briefcase | Heron | Scoop.it

 

The portable 3D printer that fits in a briefcase

Two MIT students created an ultra-compact machine with a detachable head.

 

A pair of MIT mechanical engineering students has developed the first truly portable 3D printer, which fits neatly into a metal briefcase.

PopFab—designed by MIT CADLab's Ilan Moyer and Nadya Peek of MIT's Centre for Bits and Atoms—can impressively be set up in just a few moments. In the embedded video you can see the students pull out a retractable arm, fix it in place, then connect up a laptop, along with the printing head and attached material source. The pair then sit back and watch the device spring into action, etching out the fish design being fed to it by the laptop.

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Shine: An LED Wall Looks Great, Tours Easily, And You Can Build It [Open Source Hardware]

Shine: An LED Wall Looks Great, Tours Easily, And You Can Build It [Open Source Hardware] | Heron | Scoop.it

Brilliant in more ways than one, this LED wall is affordable, practical, beautiful, and completely open source, from physical design to software.

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On a bien fait la bidouille à la française !

On a bien fait la bidouille à la française ! | Heron | Scoop.it
Des centaines de personnes, alimentées par autant de sandwichs au pâté, qui se pressent devant des ateliers imprimante 3D, vélos augmentés ou ravioles faites maison : le premier Open Bidouille Camp organisé ce week-end a été une vraie réussite !
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BLOG – KamerMaker

 

The KamerMaker is officially up and running! On Sunday we celebrated the opening of the world’s largest portable 3d printer in the front garden of our office. We had great weather for the opening and there was a large and diverse turnout. Thanks again to Carolien Gehrels, Deputy Mayor of Amsterdam for helping us officially open the KamerMaker.

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Automatic building mapping could help emergency responders | KurzweilAI

Automatic building mapping could help emergency responders | KurzweilAI | Heron | Scoop.it
The prototype sensor included a stripped-down Kinect camera (top) and a laser rangefinder (bottom), which looks something like a camera lens seen side-on...
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Blog | Ultimaker | the fast, easy to build, affordable 3D printer - 3D printing for everyone!

Blog | Ultimaker | the fast, easy to build, affordable 3D printer - 3D printing for everyone! | Heron | Scoop.it

We’re really excited to show you our 3D print farm.

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