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Super-Simple Audio Cellbot

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Celljoust! What is a cellbot? A cellbot is a small robot using a smartphone as the brain. They can be autonomous or remotely controlled over the Internet. There are many different types of cellbots, but they typically share the following features: Small; around 6 in. square, less then 1 lb.... Read more »

RoboBrrd

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RoboBrrd’s Characteristics A RoboBrrd is a robot that experiments with human-robot interaction and is created from a limited selection of materials. Inspired by birds, RoboBrrd has a beak and wings that allow it to produce actions based on sensory inputs. The combination of multiple actions create behaviours for RoboBrrd to... Read more »

NASA MAKE Challenge 2011 Winner: “Bring It Back” Microgravity Kit

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“Bring It Back” Microgravity Kit by Prashant Rao & Subra Sankaran Prashant Rao, Ph.D., Principal Engineer, Barrios/Jacobs/ESCG Subra Sankaran, Ph.D., Senior Thermal Specialist, MEIT/Jacobs/ESCG at NASA JSC, 2224 Bay Area Blvd, Houston TX 77058 Three experiments are described here (with suggestions for additional experiments) that use molten wax in different... Read more »

Interactive Wall of CDs

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Many of us over the years have collected boxes of CD cases of the music albums we purchases. Nowadays more and more people are buying digitally, but some of us still prefer the higher quality audio and tangible cover art of physical CDs (used CDs are often cheaper than digital... Read more »

DC Boarduino (Arduino Clone) Kit

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If you’ve ever struggled to use a solderless breadboard with an Arduino, you understand how frustrating it can be! The Boarduino clone acts just like an Arduino, and works with the latest Arduino software. For many projects it can even be preferable! Read more »

Circuit Skills: LED Color Organ

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Long before the dawn of digital music, folks employed the power of the electric color organ (aka “light organ”) to add some synced visuals to their hi-fi experience. Schematics for building such a beast based on AC power and incandescent bulbs can be be found fairly easily on the web,... Read more »