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Singapore Maker Faire 2012: Robots!

Singapore Maker Faire 2012: Robots! | Heron | Scoop.it

Robo-Buddies. There were lots of awesome robot projects. Check out the pics below the fold.


Wall-E needs to go on a diet!

Bar Robot

Sweet POV gadget from DesignSpark.com

Cardboardus Prime

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New router enhances the precision of woodworking - MIT News Office

New router enhances the precision of woodworking - MIT News Office | Heron | Scoop.it
Handheld device precisely follows a digital plan with minimal guidance from a user.
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EU Mycopter project to develop a personal air transportation system

PAVs will be designed and implemented on unmanned aerial vehicles, motion simulators, and a manned helicopter.

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Models of rusted cars

Models of rusted cars | Heron | Scoop.it
video about John Findra's love of classic cars and his creative expression through affectionately reproducing the rusty beauty of abandoned automobiles
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Raspberry Pi’s Expansion Companion Is Here!

Raspberry Pi’s Expansion Companion Is Here! | Heron | Scoop.it
Raspberry Pi hackers who are pushing their boards to the limit in terms of I/O will be delighted to learn that the Gertboard is now available for purchase as a kit.
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Romo the robot uses your smartphone as its brain

Romo the robot uses your smartphone as its brain | Heron | Scoop.it
Remember Romo? The robot smartphone dock that was first spotted over at Kickstarter? Well, the project actually kicked off and Romo is now available for only $149 via Romotive.

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The Fastest Watch at the London Olympics? That Would be Richard Mille

The Fastest Watch at the London Olympics? That Would be Richard Mille | Heron | Scoop.it

What Richard Mille pulled off at the Olympics with their sponsorship of 100M dash silver medalist Yohan Blake is nothing short of brilliant.

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Pwdr, the open source powder printer - Hack a Day

Pwdr, the open source powder printer - Hack a Day | Heron | Scoop.it
Meet pwdr, the open source 3D printer that is a complete departure from the RepRaps and Makerbots we've come to love.
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From the Greeks to the Disney: a short history of automata - North, Dug

From the Greeks to the Disney: a short history of automata - North, Dug | Heron | Scoop.it
Today's post points to an informative overview of the history of automata. The item comes to us by way of Molly, a Junior Librarian, who is spending her summer working and researching at the Jefferson Library.
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Firefly - Exploration with Arduino made easy

Firefly is an Arduino compatible system with onboard power, charging, data logging, and radio communications.
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Intelligent Sensing Agriculture Robots To Harvest Crops

Intelligent Sensing Agriculture Robots To Harvest Crops | Heron | Scoop.it

VideoAgriculture might be the last place you would think to look for robots. To be more specific, high value crops such as greenhouse vegetables, fruits in orchards and grapes for premium wines. But it does make sense.


Via Andrea Graziano, Digital Sustainability
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Historical Watches: Automatons

Historical Watches: Automatons | Heron | Scoop.it

The automaton is a concept that has existed in both myth and reality since as far back as ancient Greece. The word means “acting on one's own will,” and is a term used to describe machines that operate by themselves and without the help of humans. The term “animated puppet” is often used to describe an automaton, and it is also considered to be synonymous with robots, a concept which came into existence in the 20th century. Automatons are popularly identified with machines that look like humans or animals, but they can also come in the form of clocks and other strictly utilitarian devices. The plural forms of automaton are both automatons and automata.

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Quelques miniatures de véhicules de Batman et de cinéma façon Lego

Quelques miniatures de véhicules de Batman et de cinéma façon Lego | Heron | Scoop.it

Un peu Fan de Batman, Tiler a créé cette série de mini véhicules autour de son héros préféré tout en s'amusant en parrallèle à créer ce petit hommage au 5ème élément. Une belle réalisation encore une fois d'un de ces véritables orfèvres des légos qui nous donne immanquablement envie de replonger les mains mais nos caisses de briquettes pour bâtir des univers inventifs, fantasmés ou simplement inspirés. 


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Hover Bike Prototypes available for purchase now and Commercially Soon

Hover Bike Prototypes available for purchase now and Commercially Soon | Heron | Scoop.it

Chris Malloy is installing a new computerised control system on his Hoverbike, an aircraft which is ridden like a motorbike but has ducted fans at the front and back instead of wheels.

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Back Yard Roller Coaster with 12′ Drop

Back Yard Roller Coaster with 12′ Drop | Heron | Scoop.it
We've seen a quite a few back yard roller coasters in the past, but this PVC coaster, with it's 12-foot drop, is over the top. If you can identify the builders, let us know in the comments.
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A watch that displays time on both Earth and Mars

A watch that displays time on both Earth and Mars | Heron | Scoop.it
Looking for a gift for the NASA Mars rover flight controller in your life who has everything? Executive Jewelers makes watches that display Martian time, and watches with dual displays so you know what time it is on Mars *and* Earth, at a glance.
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Stop motion animated film ParaNorman taps 3D printers to create 31,000 unique facial features

Stop motion animated film ParaNorman taps 3D printers to create 31,000 unique facial features | Heron | Scoop.it
Take one look at the upcoming 3D stop motion film ParaNorman and it's easy to see that moviegoers are in for some stunning...
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Keeping school kids make things with the SparkTruck | 3D Printing Event

Keeping school kids make things with the SparkTruck | 3D Printing Event | Heron | Scoop.it

A “Bookmobile” That Brings Rapid Prototyping to School Kids
The truck contains two 3-D printers, a laser cutter, sewing machines, and a clay oven—and its meant to foster a new generation of makers.

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CAROLINA NATURALLY: The Pooping Duck Automaton

CAROLINA NATURALLY: The Pooping Duck Automaton | Heron | Scoop.it
More than two centuries ago, French engineer Jacques Vaucanson built the Digesting Duck automaton, a mechanical duck that could eat and digest grains, and then ... poop them out!The 18th century was the golden age for ...
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Dear Lego: How About A Mars Curiosity Space Set? | GeekDad | Wired.com

Dear Lego: How About A Mars Curiosity Space Set? | GeekDad | Wired.com | Heron | Scoop.it
Lego is an idea. An idea waiting to be built. It is the ultimate construction toy lending to infinite possibilities of exploration and expression. Lego inspires us to dream, and when we dream, we can build that dream into existence.
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Cabaret Mechanical Theatre

Cabaret Mechanical Theatre | Heron | Scoop.it
Cabaret Mechanical Theatre - THE HOMEPAGE! - Museum of automata (mechanical sculpture). 70+ humourous machines come to life at touch of button. Unique (Nerdgasm. London's Cabaret Mechanical Theatre Automata is in Baltimore!
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Building wireless sensor applications using Dorji’s DRF5150S and DRF4432S RF modules (Part 1) :Embedded Lab

Building wireless sensor applications using Dorji’s DRF5150S and DRF4432S RF modules (Part 1) :Embedded Lab | Heron | Scoop.it

Dorji Applied Technology is a China-based company that primarily focuses on building different types of RF modules that can be easily incorporated in designing wireless data loggers, sensor network, telemetry and other wireless applications.

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For $5,000, you can own a terrifying band of hillbilly robots

For $5,000, you can own a terrifying band of hillbilly robots | Heron | Scoop.it

Hey hypothetical insane billionaire, do you have five large burning a hole in your tissue box pocket that just needs to escape?


Via Luca Baptista
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Brick by Brick: Running: Usain Bolt wins gold in 100m final

Brick by Brick: Running: Usain Bolt wins gold in 100m final. Usain Bolt seals his status as the world's fastest man by winning the 100m gold in the most keen...
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