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2plex-chipboard kit by bschaeffer - Thingiverse

2plex-chipboard kit by bschaeffer - Thingiverse | Heron | Scoop.it

A version of the laser cut 2plex kit designed for chipboard . The svg documents are 10.5 inches x 8 inches, rendered at 72 ppi. There are documents (packed with pieces of a single type) for triangles, squares, pentagons, hexagons, octagons, decagons, and rectangles. The edge length of the regular polygons is 1 inch.

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Railroad Automation « MartinSant.net

Railroad Automation « MartinSant.net | Heron | Scoop.it

As we enter 2014, I thought I would post up a recap of what I’m working on. Primarily I’m developing a wireless method for controlling moving vehicles. In my particular case, this is Garden Scale (G) model train locomotives.

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The Pocket Drone - Your personal flying robot

The world's first multicopter that's powerful enough to carry a high quality action camera and folds up smaller than a 7in tablet.
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Can You Teach Programming With Plywood? | Wired Design | Wired.com

Can You Teach Programming With Plywood? | Wired Design | Wired.com | Heron | Scoop.it
Colorful wooden blocks are encoded with instructions for the robot, and when placed in sequence on the compiler board they become a kind of low-fi software.
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Open your Hackerspace Door with a Phone Call

Open your Hackerspace Door with a Phone Call | Heron | Scoop.it
[Mário] sent us a tip detailing the access control system he and his friends built for the eLab Hackerspace in Faro, Portugal. The space is located in the University of Algarve's Institute of Engin...
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Demasiado simples

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Skittles M&M's Sorting Machine - ivc wiki

Skittles M&M's Sorting Machine - ivc wiki | Heron | Scoop.it

This machine sorts candy by color. It separates different colored Skittles and M&Ms pieces and puts them into individual cups.

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Isto fez-me lembrar uma máquina de ordenação de cartões perfurados por "Côr" da IBM

 

"Côr" era codifica com furos que a máquina reconhecia

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Geoweaver: A Walking 3D Printer Hexapod

Geoweaver: A Walking 3D Printer Hexapod | Heron | Scoop.it
Geoweaver is a student designed (team members Jia Wu, Mary Sek, and Jeff Maeshiro) robot created in the Creative Architecture Machines advanced option...
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Automatic Antenna Tuner

Automatic Antenna Tuner | Heron | Scoop.it
To get the best power transfer into an antenna, tuning is required. This process uses a load to match the transmission line to the antenna, which controls the standing wave ratio (SWR). [k3ng] buil...
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Otocycles Are E-Bikes With Vintage Flair - Gas 2

Otocycles Are E-Bikes With Vintage Flair - Gas 2 | Heron | Scoop.it
One recent entry into the e-bike field is the Otocycle, which combines vintage 1950s styling with light weight and up to 26 miles of pedal-free operation.
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WowWee's MiP revisited: the dance of the robot fairies

WowWee's MiP revisited: the dance of the robot fairies | Heron | Scoop.it
You might remember the MiP from such posts as Meet WowWee's MiP: A gesture and app-controlled robot with moves like Jagger and Live from the Engadget CES
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Self balancing robot

Self balancing robot | Heron | Scoop.it
It's really been a very long time since I added this on my todo list, and in the past couple of week-ends I finally found the time to do it. And for once, I managed to avoid over-designing it, and ...
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AirDroids Wants To Democratize The Skies With Its Pint-Sized Pocket Drone | TechCrunch

AirDroids Wants To Democratize The Skies With Its Pint-Sized Pocket Drone | TechCrunch | Heron | Scoop.it
The buzz around drones is undeniable these days -- as it turns out, even Martha Stewart uses one to survey her farm -- but there still hasn't been a runaway..
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A3 Printer to CNC conversion: Converting an A3 printer into CNC machine - In Summary

A3 Printer to CNC conversion: Converting an A3 printer into CNC machine - In Summary | Heron | Scoop.it

In short, it's been an awesome project to do, and I would do it again in a heartbeat.  I've still got some tidying up with cable routing, etc, but it has had it's first run with a pen zip-tied to the Z-axis.  The results are pretty good, and the accuracy is nice to see. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5aqQXD04N4&feature=youtu.be)

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littleBits Projects: Robots that React

This is part of an on-going series of posts about littleBits projects. littleBits is available in the Adafruit store – Starter Kit, Extended Kit, Deluxe Kit, and Synth Kit.
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Yana & Bo : des robots pour apprendre aux enfants à coder

Yana & Bo : des robots pour apprendre aux enfants à coder | Heron | Scoop.it
Yana & Bo sont deux petits robots conçus par la start-up californienne play-i. Destinés aux enfants entre 5 et 12 ans, ces compagnons mécaniques devraient le
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Raspi Notifies You Of Space Station Passes

Raspi Notifies You Of Space Station Passes | Heron | Scoop.it
A few months years ago, [Liam] funded a Kickstarter for a small desk toy that would tell him when the International Space Station was overhead. [Liam] got a little tired of waiting, so he decided t...
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▶ The beguiling bender - LEGO NXT three point bend test - YouTube

The modulus of steel can vary greatly depending on the ratios of the alloys, the manufacturing process and the strain history of the sample. For this reason ...
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Wireless Power Transfer for Quadrotors

Wireless Power Transfer for Quadrotors | Heron | Scoop.it
Quadrotors are great, but what kind of range can you get on them, really? What if you could charge them up just by flying over high voltage power lines, by or temporarily hovering by a charging sta...
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Espero que o Luís Correia nunca veja isto

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Bugatti x Roland Iten Belt Buckle | Uncrate

Bugatti x Roland Iten Belt Buckle | Uncrate | Heron | Scoop.it
Before you ask, no — the Bugatti x Roland Iten Belt Buckle ($84,000) won't help you travel at speeds in excess of 250 miles an...
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Cinto para o carote

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The Automata Blog: Vintage battery-powered bowler coin bank made in Japan

The Automata Blog: Vintage battery-powered bowler coin bank made in Japan | Heron | Scoop.it

If you are into vintage mechanical toys, I've got one that I've just posted on eBay.

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Schaublin SV12 Milling Machine « The Automata Cabinet

Schaublin SV12 Milling Machine « The Automata Cabinet | Heron | Scoop.it
I will be doing individual posts on all machinery I have for sale with photographs of the accessories and a bit of information. If you would like more information regarding the featured piece of equipment get in touch with me at ...
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