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Trash Panda Brings A Robotic Twist To Games

Trash Panda Brings A Robotic Twist To Games

A great example of fun and simple robotics made with CRICKIT from Adafruit.

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Automatic Supercuts With Open Source Python Script

Automatic Supercuts With Open Source Python Script

Artist and game designer Sam Lavigne has essentially created the cotton gin of supercut video production with an open source python script that automatically “searches through dialog in videos and then cuts together a new video based on what it finds.”

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PeerTalk, BeagleBone, and Raspberry Pi

I came across an excellent bit of wizardry by Rasmus Andersson called PeerTalk. It’s a Objective-C library allowing you to communicate between your iPhone and your Mac over the USB dock cable using TCP sockets. My immediate thought was that the same mechanism should be able to be used to talk to something like the BeagleBone, or the Raspberry Pi, not just your Mac.

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Getting Started With Raspberry Pi Ebook Half Off Today

Getting Started With Raspberry Pi Ebook Half Off Today

Today’s the last day to get 50% off the Early Release ebook of Getting Started With Raspberry Pi. Buy it now while it’s still being written, and get the final version of the ebook when it’s done.

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Maker Faire New York: Rascal Micro

Maker Faire New York: Rascal Micro

The Rascal Micro is an open source embedded Linux platform that’s aimed at helping artists and scientists build web interfaces for their installations or instruments.

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Makers and Hardware Hackers at PyCon 2012

Makers and Hardware Hackers at PyCon 2012

My colleague Julie Steele wrote in to let me know about all sorts of cool Maker talks at PyCon 2012. You can check them out yourself with these video links: Jason Huggins’ Building a Robot that Can Play Angry Birds on a Smartphone (or Robots are the Future of Testing): BitbeamBot (pictured above) is an […]

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Camera + Turntable + Laser = 360° Scanner

Camera + Turntable + Laser = 360° Scanner

Sebastian Korczak hacked together a 360° rotating 3D scanner using little more than a record turntable modified with Arduino, digital camera, and a laser pointer. Korczak’s laser was mated with a special lens to create a linear beam. The distortion of this beam as it scanned the room coupled with the video data is put into a Python script, which outputs a point cloud of whatever is scanned. In this manner he is able to get full real-time scans of entire rooms. Fortunately for us, he’s provided extensive documentation on his homepage.

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