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ARM Cortex-M0+ is a low-power, low cost 32-bit processor for the ‘internet of things’

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012
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The “internet of things” is quite the buzzed about phenomena these days and everyone wants in on the action. But, much of the hype so far has been associated with that DIY staple, the Arduino, and its admittedly under-powered 8-bit MCU. ARM is looking to put more power at developers fingertips, though, with the Cortex-M0+, an ultra low-power processor designed for embedded applications. The 32-bit chip is based on the existing M0, but with significant tweaks that greatly improve performance while keeping power draw to a minimum. Freescale and NXP should be first out the box with licensed processors and, while we wouldn’t anticipate these showing up in a refrigerator or printer just yet, we wouldn’t be shocked if they drew some interest from hobbyists. Check out the complete PR after the break.

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CircuitLab brings schematic design and sharing to the browser (video)

Saturday, March 3rd, 2012
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The designs for all those wonderful Arduino and electronics projects don’t create themselves, sadly. No, a person needs to put in time and effort laying out the circuits and carefully arranging the components, often by hand, but sometimes with aid of a software tool. A new player in that field is CircuitLab, a surprisingly full featured app for sketching out schematics and simulating them that lives entirely in the browser. It’s also amazingly user friendly and simple for even the novice hobbyist to dive into. Finally, once you’ve finished with your project you can make the design public and share it with others. Check out the quick intro video after the break and sign up at the source.

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CircuitLab brings schematic design and sharing to the browser (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 04 Mar 2012 00:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Adafruit’s Internet of Things Printer combines your love of information, receipts

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Love staying connected and using excess paper? Adafruit’s got your back with its latest project. The Internet of Things (IoT) printer goes online via an Ethernet jack, printing up data on 2.5 inch wide receipt paper. You can print things like Twitter feeds, news briefs or sports scores using its open source software. Putting the box together requires some soldering and an Arduino, but once you’re done, you’ll finally be able to live out your fantasies of becoming an old timey stock broker. Video of the printer with a slightly grating Twitter song soundtrack after the break.

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Adafruit’s Internet of Things Printer combines your love of information, receipts originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 22 Feb 2012 19:01:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Arduino hack turns Space Invaders alarm into Gmail Notifier (video)

Monday, February 6th, 2012
Glaswegian engineer Grant Gibson spied a Space Invaders alarm clock being flogged off cheap ($5) and decided it deserved hacking. When activated, the battery-powered unit scuttled left to right, old-school style as it roused sleepy gamers but Mr. Gibson added a little Arduino magic to turn it into a moving Gmail notifier. Stripping out the battery compartment, he installed a USB-powered Arduino Nano, programmed to poll his email and activate the motion whenever he received a new message. The system is ripe for customization, it can be set up to alert when a front door bell is pushed or a notification received on Twitter — which you’ll be allowed to try as he’s included all the details on his blog. The project (including the Nano and Alarm Clock) came to $20 and three hours of his time, which we’re understandably impressed by. Head on past the break to see the thing in action and then fling yourself (highland-style) down to the source link to learn how to build your own.

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Arduino hack turns Space Invaders alarm into Gmail Notifier (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 06 Feb 2012 17:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Open source controller framework lets you add the finishing touch

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

There are plenty of off-the-shelf controllers out there, but what if you fancy something a little more… you? How about fully customized, with a good seasoning of affordability and style? Design student Alex S has built a framework to help you build just that. The units shown above are for DJ-based programs, but you can create interfaces for any software that takes HID or MIDI input, and as they’re modular, create endless ultra-custom set-ups. Keen to dismantle any technical barriers, Alex created a step-by-step Instructable, but you’ll still need to get your hands dirty with Arduino and some circuitry. The whole project is open source, and while it’s a step up from Lego, until we can just print these things, it seems like a great option to us.

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Open source controller framework lets you add the finishing touch originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Jan 2012 18:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Hacker builds allegedly pointless data network out of Lego train set

Tuesday, December 27th, 2011

How can we appreciate bullet-quick SSDs and fiber networks without pausing — at the year’s end — to appreciate where it all came from? We should think back to before the birth of modern computing, even before the telegraph, to a time when bits of data were forced to travel everywhere by train. A hacker named Maximilien has now recreated that locomotive golden era using Lego, Arduino and Linux, and what his system lacks in bandwidth it more than makes up for in historical relevance. A USB flash key is borne by miniature railway carriage from station to station, stopping at each one to unload or pickup information and thus creating its own barebones networking protocol. Click the source link to appreciate the full museum piece.

Hacker builds allegedly pointless data network out of Lego train set originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Dec 2011 09:19:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Arduino geek develops Cold War Angst, starts spying on satellites (video)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Start with some Arduino and Gameduino hardware, add a splash of PLAN-13 satellite tracking software from 1983, and finish with a healthy dose of libertarianism. The result? A neat little hack called Angst, designed and built by Mark VandeWettering (aka Brainwagon). It can store details of up to 750 satellites on 128KB of EEPROM memory and display their predicted orbits in all the glory of SVGA display. Don’t get lazy though — the most reliable way to track those pesky snoops in the sky is still to don your anorak, step outdoors and snoop right back.

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Arduino geek develops Cold War Angst, starts spying on satellites (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Nov 2011 21:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Arduino geek develops Cold War Angst, starts spying on satellites (video)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Start with some Arduino and Gameduino hardware, add a splash of PLAN-13 satellite tracking software from 1983, and finish with a healthy dose of libertarianism. The result? A neat little hack called Angst, designed and built by Mark VandeWettering (aka Brainwagon). It can store details of up to 750 satellites on 128KB of EEPROM memory and display their predicted orbits in all the glory of SVGA display. Don’t get lazy though — the most reliable way to track those pesky snoops in the sky is still to don your anorak, step outdoors and snoop right back.

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Arduino geek develops Cold War Angst, starts spying on satellites (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Nov 2011 21:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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PC Fan hack lets you scra… scra… scratch analog audio, ah-yeah (video)

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Digital DJ controllers let would-be grandmasters get up to all sorts of fancy new tricks, but if you’re one of those old dogs who can’t be taught, then this PC-fan-come-DJ-turntable might tickle your fancy. Connected to an old-school personal cassette via an Arduino, with a little voltage level smoothing in the mix, moving the fan “scratches” the audio, by controlling the speed of the tape player. The initial plan was to have the fan spinning with the music, like a real turntable, but as you’ll know if you’ve ever caught your finger in one of these things, it’s probably best it didn’t work out. Despite its home-made charms, one final flourish is VU style LEDs for some mixer-style visual feedback. Alas, there’s no built in cross-fader, so don’t start work on that DMC routine just yet.

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PC Fan hack lets you scra… scra… scratch analog audio, ah-yeah (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 22 Nov 2011 04:29:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Arduino-powered modder recreates ‘first PC’

Monday, October 3rd, 2011
Before the Altair 8800, before the SCElBI, there was the Kenbak-1 — considered to be the first personal computer by the Computer History Museum. Designed in 1970, it used Transistor-Transistor logic instead of a microprocessor — which is one of the reasons only 40 of the units were ever sold, of which 14 are known to still exist today. That’s what prompted modder funnypolynomial to produce his own using an Arduino. It may look a little more functional than the gloriously retro hexagonal design of the original, but it wouldn’t take much to copy that look, too. What are you waiting for? Get ordering your blinkenlights!

Arduino-powered modder recreates ‘first PC’ originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 03 Oct 2011 12:57:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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A DIY Arduino watch that’s actually wearable, still won’t win you points with the ladies

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011
Arduino LED Watch

Here’s a little fashion secret: it’s all about the details. Wear cheap square-toe shoes with that $5,000 custom-made suit and people will notice. The same is true of a watch. Your timepiece can say a lot about you, including: “I’m a big nerd, please beat me up and take my lunch money.” So, what does an Arduino watch tell your peers? Well, for one, that you have way too much time on your hands. And two, that you’re crafty person capable of putting their brain meats to work building actual things. Of course, telling time with a series of brightly glowing LEDs on an exposed PCB also sends the message that being fashionable is not your primary concern. If you’re looking to earn some geek cred, and can live with the fact that wearing this will probably cost you that cute girl’s number at the bar, hit up the source for instructions. At least this wearable Arduino timepiece is a slightly less conspicuous than the Steampunk version we saw last summer. One more pic after the break.

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Giant wall console lets you Game & Watch while you wait

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

Before there was a 3DS and DS — heck, before there was a Game Boy, there was Game & Watch, Nintendo’s portable, sometimes dual-screened gaming line from the ’80s. But while the gaming giant has long since moved on, nostalgia for their platform-based frustration lives on in the form of this large piece of interactive wall art, a case that uses an Arduino and Python script to bring folks with a little spare time the sort of retro gaming that will make them long from the graphical power of the original NES. Check out more images of the device in the Source link below.

Giant wall console lets you Game & Watch while you wait originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Sep 2011 10:44:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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This DIY Daft Punk helmet is way cooler than your DIY Daft Punk helmet (video)

Monday, September 19th, 2011
Harrison Krix may never actually be invited to join Daft Punk, but at the very least, he’ll likely have the coolest Halloween costume in the room for pretty much the rest of his life. It’s true, we’ve seen plenty of folks have a go at the French electronic duo’s signature headware in the past — including one from Krix himself — but few if any have shown quite the attention to detail as this project from the Atlanta-based graphic designer. At the center of the project is an Arduino-controlled LED with text that can be changed over WiFi with an iOS device. Relive the four month project in the three and a half minute video after the jump. And if you’ve ever wondered what Back to the Future might have looked like with Thomas Bangalter as Marty McFly, check out the source link below.

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Laundrino ensures you’ll never rely on your washing machine’s timer again

Sunday, August 7th, 2011

LaundrinoWe can’t count the number of instances we’ve started a load of laundry in our washing machine and missed the timer go off, only to later find an odorous and damp pile of what should have been fresh garments. Luckily, the tried-and-trusted Arduino is stepping in to solve yet another first world problem. A fellow over at möp, möp! (apparently, a sub-blog of the Fellowship of Free Software Foundation Europe), had a relatable issue by way of a busted cycle-indicator. Rather than having to check the machine constantly or call a repairman, they decided on the obvious choice: hooking it up to an Arduino Uno and Ethernet shield. Now, the unit is programed to ping a web address over LAN that lets the user know whether the load-cycle is complete, and if so, how long it’s been idle for. The poster’s even been kind enough to detail the work and source code required, which you’ll find by hitting the source link below. “Rinse and repeat” never seemed so fitting.

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Bluetooth keyboard mod resurrects Morse code, offers a helping click to disabled (video)

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011

Morse code may have been pushed aside in the pursuit of higher-tech cryptography, but the old dits and dahs of yore are now finding a repurposed life helping the disabled. Modding outfit Zunkworks has cobbled together an Arduino hack that pairs a Bluetooth-based, dots and dashes approach with wallet-friendly parts. Using the keyboard’s two inbuilt push-buttons, users’ clicks are decoded by the integrated Arduino and then transmitted via Bluetooth to a nearby computer. And thanks to the mod’s HID profile support, you can also enjoy this access solution on smartphones and tablets — useful for those who can “send code at 25-50 words per minute.” Yeah, that’s definitely not us. Still, we applaud the group’s efforts to make 21st century tech accessible to the handicapped and geek alike. Jump past the break for a video demo of this on / off hackjob.

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Android trash can robot begs the question: ‘Why are you hitting yourself?’ (video)

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

We’ve seen robots that look like they’ve had one too many, but we’re pretty sure this little guy needs to check into rehab. Despite its absolutely adorable appearance, this Android seems hell-bent on destruction, literally beating itself up, and eventually falling on its face. Built using the requisite Arduino, a trash can, some LEDs, and a slew of other components, this little guy was apparently created in three days on a budget just barely exceeding $100. You can see a video of the waste-bin bot hitting rock bottom at the source link below, but please refrain from laughing; Android alcoholism is a serious issue.

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Blocklets’ Arduino-powered trebuchet could be your cat’s worst nightmare (video)

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

We don’t do a whole lot of reporting on ancient weaponry here, because, well, it’s a little dated — but throw in an Arduino and a servo, and you’ve got our attention. Take, for example, this miniaturized trebuchet. Constructed from a series of click-in-place pieces known as Blocklets, the little launcher is basically a standalone slingshot. With the addition of the aforementioned components, however, it becomes a motorized annoyance for anyone and anything that stands in its way. The folks behind the tiny trebuchet tested its capabilities against a sculpture similarly built from Blocklets, but we prefer the challenge of a moving target. Unfortunately, we’ll have to wait to get all medieval with this thing, as Blockets haven’t quite made it out of the funding stage yet.

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