RadarCat sensor

The next generation of smart sensors is coming... RadarCat (Radar Categorization for Input & Interaction) is a small, versatile radar-based system for material and object classification which enables new forms of everyday proximate interaction with digital devices. In this work we demonstrate that we can train and classify different types of objects which we can... Continue Reading →

Tiny Arduino clones

The Arduino Mini and Nano used to be the only options for small Arduinos. Now there are a number of independent Arduino clones, some funded on Kickstarter, that are tiny and cheap. I will post a spec and price comparison soon. Bareduino Nano Femtoduino TinyDuino Microduino

Small transistors

Some common NPN transistors are the 2N2222 and 2N3904. Look at the part numbers carefully as PNP transistors look the same! Most of the time, an NPN transistor will work for you. Here is a comparison of NPN vs PNP: These little guys can switch incredibly fast but have lower maximum ratings than TIP120's -... Continue Reading →

PneUI: Pneumatic Soft Interfaces

http://vimeo.com/63591283 PneUI: Pneumatically Driven Soft Composite Material for Shape-Changing User Interfaces from Tangible Media Group "We present PneUI, an enabling technology to build shape-changing interfaces through pneumatically-actuated soft composite materials. The composite materials integrate the capabilities of both input sensing and active shape output. This is enabled by the composites’ multi-layer structures with different mechanical... Continue Reading →

Commonly used sensors

Here are suggestions for the most commonly used sensors by beginners. There are of course many variations possible for each of these, this is just a sampling. To purchase, check with local vendors first. The links below are to online vendors, note these change frequently, so a newer or cheaper option may be available.  Useful video... Continue Reading →

Project HiJack – sensor interface for mobile phones

HiJack is a hardware/software platform for creating cubic-inch sensor peripherals for the mobile phone. HiJack devices harvest power and use bandwidth from the mobile phone's headset interface. The HiJack platform enables a new class of small and cheap phone-centric sensor peripherals that support plug-and-play operation. HiJack has been tested with the iPhone 3G/3GS/4G, iPod Touch,... Continue Reading →

Making Your Own Cheap Power Supply

Old desktop computers are thrown into the trash by the thousands. You can salvage a power supply from one, or buy new at a computer store for under $20. Then follow these instructions to convert to a very respectable high power benchtop supply. Follow all safety precautions! Detailed information and how-to: http://www.wikihow.com/Convert-a-Computer-ATX-Power-Supply-to-a-Lab-Power-Supply Another tutorial: http://www.instructables.com/id/ATX--%3E-Lab-Bench-Power-Supply-Conversion/... Continue Reading →

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