We’ve featured a lot of cool and useful Arduino–based creations here at Technabob. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making an Arduino-based project but know little about programming, then you’ll want to support Julián da Silva and his Minibloq project.
This cool clock is the DOTKLOK and it’s an open source digital clock that can display the time with many different animations. The best part is that it’s totally hackable, not that I’d have the time to do this, but it’s nice to have that option.
Head DOWN! The DARwIN-OP robotics platform has a head like Sputnik, mostly spherical but pointy in parts. The open source robotics kit has been spied in a new version that has open software and hardware along with an open platform for some all open robotic lovin’.
I’ve certainly seen our share of low-cost computers, but I can honestly say that this is the least expensive computer system I’ve seen yet.
The Humane Reader is designed to provide computer technology to homes or schools without internet access or the budget for traditional PCs or Macs.
When Haiti was struck by an earthquake last January, the country’s mobile phone network was out for two days, and did not resume normal operations until after a week, which made the situation ever more tragic, because it’s during disasters like that when communication devices are needed the most.
Web addicts rejoice: you can now view your feeds right on your desktop. Or should I say right over your desktop. Open source program Feedling lets Windows users pin headlines over their wallpaper. The location, font, colors and update interval of the feeds can be customized.
Chris Ball and his wife Madeleine created an email-counting shirt. If you’re looking for a valid justification for the existence of a shirt that can count new emails in binary form then you must be new to technabob.
Maker/Problem-solver Steve Hoefer made an Arduino-based glove that can play Rock Paper Scissors. Why? Why the hell not! You think a nerd would pass up the opportunity to play with a computer? The glove has an accelerometer that detects when the user is shaking his fist to signify the beginning of a round.
The evil & mad scientists at Evil Mad Scientist Laboratories built upon the idea of a certain David Friedman for a digital sundial. A normal sundial relies on the sun and only displays the hour. The Bulbdial clock is lit up by three layers or rings of LEDs that cause the gnomon (the object in the center of the clock that casts the shadow) to have three shadows.
Unless something awesome happens, this will be our first and last post about the CrunchPad, TechCrunch head Michael Arrington’s nearly-there web tablet. Yesterday, Arrington announced on TechCrunch that the project “self destructed over nothing more than greed, jealousy and miscommunication.”
Stanford computer science and electrical engineering professor Marc Levoy is a bit tired of the marketing gimmicks for digital cameras. He says that the “megapixel war” is over and the battle has now shifted from quantity to quality, as in what feature does camera X have that camera Y doesn’t.
This nifty little media player claims it can play just about any video format you can throw at it. The Mvix Ultio 1080p Media Center not only can play a ton of codecs, but can stream video from many web-based video services as well.
Evil Mad Scientist Labs have turned their open-source hand-held gaming platform, the Meggy Jr RGB, into a one-line Twitter reader. The Meggy Jr RGB is connected to a computer running a program that detects Twitter updates and then sends “”scrolling” data” one line at a time.