Attention 3D modelers! The 3D marketplace Pinshape and 3D design resource center Mold3D have launched a robot design contest. Create one or more 3D printable parts for their MakerTron robot and you could win a 3D printer and more.
Last year we checked out the PiTouch, a third-party 10″ touchscreen display for the Raspberry Pi. But that takes up the Pi’s HDMI port and more importantly isn’t for sale as of this writing. Thankfully the Rasberry Pi Foundation has released its own 7″ touchscreen display for the Pi.
It used to be that when you said “laptop dock,” all it meant was additional ports and connectivity options. Then came PCI-E adapters that let you use desktop graphics cards with laptops, one of the latest examples being Alienware’s Graphics Amplifier.
A couple of months ago, we checked out Sergey Grishchenko’s DIY scale model of the Curiosity rover. Michael Larkin’s Moon One is a very similar remote-controlled rover, but he optimized it for agility, maneuverability and mischief.
Last March, the performing arts group Extant held a unique rendition of the novel Flatland. The installation was set in complete darkness inside a disused church. But the audience members were able to make their way around the set with the help of the Animotus, a haptic navigation device that points to the destination by changing its shape.
Force Friday is behind us, but the cool Star Wars merch keeps on coming anyhow. One of my favorites so far is this Death Star Kitchen Timer.
Just turn the two hemispheres of the Death Star to the amount of time you need, and when it the timer hits zero, the ultimate weapon will be activated, destroying everything in its path.
Some new cars have a built-in Wi-Fi connection over cellular data. But unless you’re willing to buy an entire car just for that feature, you’re better off with Alcatel Onetouch’s upcoming 4G Car WiFi mobile hotspot, which plugs into your car’s cigarette lighter.
Nowadays you can emulate Philips’ Ambilight technology on different TVs or monitors using third–party or custom alternatives. The old Ambilight tech that is. The company recently unveiled an updated version of Ambilight that uses pico-projectors instead of LEDs.
Last year, Razer unveiled Project Christine, its concept for a user-friendly PC that has USB-style plug-and-play modules. Now Acer has unveiled the Revo Build M1-601, a more modest take on a modular PC.
The Revo Build works a lot like Lenovo’s ThinkPad Stack peripherals, except this one has a mini PC as a base unit.
Dexter Industries makes educational electronics and robotics kits for all levels of experience. With its new GoBox subscription service, the company aims to be more involved in the progress of robotics newbies, particularly children.
The heart of GoBox is the GoPiGo, an open source robotic car based on the diminutive Raspberry Pi computing platform.
NETGEAR’s recent entry into the home security space is designed to make it easy to monitor and record your home or office remotely. Unlike other systems on the market, the Arlo is truly wireless. Other than connecting the base station to an outlet and your internet router, the cameras themselves have no wires whatsoever.
For starters, the Wren V5US is one of the most beautiful wireless speakers you can buy. It’s built into a stunning wood enclosure with a flowing sort of organic form, and will look great sitting on any desk or bookshelf.
Over the last few decades, computer graphics have become a more and more essential part of industrial design – especially in the automotive industry. The ability to visualize designs digitally has given designers and engineers the freedom to test and refine concepts and functionality prior to expending time and money on physical prototypes.
I don’t know how much fruits cost these days, but in terms of single board computers, oranges apparently now beat raspberries. The $15 (USD) Orange Pi is not only cheaper than the Raspberry Pi, in some ways it’s more capable too.
My only knowledge about working with servers is courtesy of Mr. Robot, but should you need a dedicated PC in your server rack or room, check out Core Systems’ new M1U2201.
The M1U2201 fits on a standard server rack and has a 17″ 1080p screen, a keyboard, a trackpad, a 1.91GHz CPU, 8GB RAM, a removable 500GB SSD, two front-mounted USB ports, two Ethernet ports, three VGA ports and a PCIe slot.
A few years ago we found out that you can obscure the content of your laptop to everyone but you by making specially polarized sunglasses. A startup called NoonWear is working on a pair of sunglasses that work similarly, but are designed to reduce glare from sunlight and other bright light sources.