Posts tagged gadgets

DIY Johnny 5 robot kit available.
The US$1,400 kit lets you create a fully functional model of the robot from the 80s movie Short Circuit.

The robot is made from Servo Erector Set aluminum brackets, custom injection molded components, and ultra-tough laser-cut Lexan structural components. The torso is fully articulated utilizing 8 x HS-645MG, 3 x HS-475HB / HS-485HB, and 3 x HS-422 servos, and our SSC-32 servo controller. By utilizing heavy duty polypropylene and rubber tracks with durable ABS molded sprockets the robot has excellent traction. It includes two 12vdc 50:1 gear head motors and the Sabertooth 2 x 5 motor controller.
The combo kit includes the powerful Lynxmotion Sequencer Program for PC. You can control the robot from a PC with the included DB9 cable, or use our DFRobot bluetooth/APC220/Xbee modules for wireless PC control. 

DIY Johnny 5 robot kit available.

The US$1,400 kit lets you create a fully functional model of the robot from the 80s movie Short Circuit.

The robot is made from Servo Erector Set aluminum brackets, custom injection molded components, and ultra-tough laser-cut Lexan structural components. The torso is fully articulated utilizing 8 x HS-645MG, 3 x HS-475HB / HS-485HB, and 3 x HS-422 servos, and our SSC-32 servo controller. By utilizing heavy duty polypropylene and rubber tracks with durable ABS molded sprockets the robot has excellent traction. It includes two 12vdc 50:1 gear head motors and the Sabertooth 2 x 5 motor controller.

The combo kit includes the powerful Lynxmotion Sequencer Program for PC. You can control the robot from a PC with the included DB9 cable, or use our DFRobot bluetooth/APC220/Xbee modules for wireless PC control. 

Jawbone data shows which Bay Area residents were woken by the quake.
Interesting chart from anonymized data taken from Jawbone UP trackers, showing just how many residents of each area were woken by Sundays 3:20am quake.

Jawbone data shows which Bay Area residents were woken by the quake.

Interesting chart from anonymized data taken from Jawbone UP trackers, showing just how many residents of each area were woken by Sundays 3:20am quake.

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uBeam allows wireless charging, at a distance.

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Baxter is an (almost) affordable industrial robot.

Rethink Robotics industrial robot is notable for being only US$25,000, which is pretty surprising for an industrial robot.

Video: Jibo, the family robot.

Jibo’s makers claim it’s the ‘World’s first family robot’. The device sits on a table or bench, and uses two high resolution cameras, 360 degree microphones, and an HD touchscreen to recognise faces, take photos, tell stories, deliver hands free messages, and more.

What’s really striking about the device though is it’s movement - it looks like a cute cousin of Wall-E straight out of a Pixar movie. According to the team, it’s from their “ deep expertise in animation and social robotics with Huge Design’s stellar talent in sophisticated and cutting-edge industrial design” - check it out in the video above.

Jibo has just passed US$1,000,000 and is still taking pre-orders. They don’t expect to ship the first units until December 2015, although that’s still ahead of a planned public release in 2016.

Check out the Jibo Indiegogo page here.

Robotic device gives users extra fingers

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A robotic device developed at MIT mimics the movements of a users hand, essentially giving them two extra fingers. 

More plans for Google’s smart contact lens revealed

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Google’s plans for a contact lens able to measure glucose levels were first announced in a blog post in January. Now the company is teaming up with major contact lens manufacturer Novartis, in order to bring even more features to the lens.

Latest Kickstarter craze - a cooler.
The Coolest Cooler is currently sitting in the position of 6th highest funded Kickstarter project of all time (see rankings here), but with 44 days to go the project could easily move up to 4th.
Features include an 18v blender, removable waterproof bluetooth speaker, usb charger, LED light, and more. Check it out or back the project here.

Latest Kickstarter craze - a cooler.

The Coolest Cooler is currently sitting in the position of 6th highest funded Kickstarter project of all time (see rankings here), but with 44 days to go the project could easily move up to 4th.

Features include an 18v blender, removable waterproof bluetooth speaker, usb charger, LED light, and more. Check it out or back the project here.

New LG TV rolls up like a poster.
This is an 18 inch flexible display from LG, with a 12,00 x 800 pixel resolution. The company expects a 60 inch 4K TV to be possible using this type of technology by 2017.
Not only does this screen look super cool, but it would drastically reduce shipping and storage costs if future TV’s were able to be sent rolled up in a small tube.
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New LG TV rolls up like a poster.

This is an 18 inch flexible display from LG, with a 12,00 x 800 pixel resolution. The company expects a 60 inch 4K TV to be possible using this type of technology by 2017.

Not only does this screen look super cool, but it would drastically reduce shipping and storage costs if future TV’s were able to be sent rolled up in a small tube.