Archive for October, 2010

Arduino Paypal Vending MachineArduino Paypal Vending MachineArduino Paypal Vending Machine

Friday, October 29th, 2010

 

[...]This PayPal vending machine on exhibit at the PayPal X Innovate 2010 developers conference was created by Ray Tanaka and his crew at PayPal Labs.

They hacked together the multi-part system using a mechanical candy dispenser, a couple of Arduino Duemilanove, a WiShield, relay, proximity sensor, and LED display.

The end result allows you to scan a QR code, make a payment, and acquire munchies using a smartphone. As you make your payment, the machine will tweet your purchase and notify a confirmation display.

via [helablog]

 

Hack In The Box 2010 MalaysiaHack In The Box 2010 MalaysiaHack In The Box 2010 Malaysia

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

 

[Amy] wrote us about Hack In The Box conference Malaysia 2010 and the Hard Hack Village workshops about Arduino and related.

The attendees (and many speakers!) definitely enjoyed the hands-on tinkering, both at the lab and the village. We also saw a substantial number of attendees committing two hours for the Arduino lab. Echoing Amsterdam, Arduino was a great feature for HITB Malaysia this year – it was very popularly received by a highly enthusiastic HITB dotMy audience.

For now, the HITB team’s catching up on sleep. Our next conf will be in Amsterdam in May 2011 – hopefully we’ll see some of you there!

We hope so Amy. You did great though!

more cool pictures [here] via [HackInTheBoxConference]

 

 

 

 

 

Arduino a Scuola #2 – Live From MajoranaArduino a Scuola #2 – Live From Majorana

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

 

Come preannunciato qualche tempo fa, oggi viene presentata una sperimentazione ai docenti di scuola superiore per la riforma del secondo ciclo basato sulla tecnologia Arduino. Se ci vedete nel video poco sotto vuol dire che Topix e DocAbout hanno fatto il loro dovere (grazie).

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Se avete problemi andate alla diretta su Dchola.tv.

Per maggiori informazioni: la pagina di riferimento del Majorana, e il nostro precedente post.

UPDATE: se volete rivedere l’evento potete farlo dal sito di Docabout.

Come preannunciato qualche tempo fa, oggi viene presentata una sperimentazione ai docenti di scuola superiore per la riforma del secondo ciclo basato sulla tecnologia Arduino. Se ci vedete nel video poco sotto vuol dire che Topix e DocAbout hanno fatto il loro dovere (grazie).

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Se avete problemi andate alla diretta su Dchola.tv.

Per maggiori informazioni: la pagina di riferimento del Majorana, e il nostro precedente post.

Lecture on Open Hardware at CCEMXCharla sobre Hardware Abierto en el CCEMX

Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

David Cuartielles is presenting the work made with open source tools at Faro de Oriente, Mexico City, during the last two years. The talk will include some reflections about how to introduce hardware in locations where it is not easy to import components, the creation of knowledge blocks in the right size for kids, using Arduino starter kits as a way to introduce programming at early ages, and the insane love for Sumo Robots that kids have.

pacman robot by kids at Faro de Oriente

pacman robot by kids at Faro de Oriente, (c) 2010 D. Cuartielles

The lecture will take place at CCEMX, Centro Cultural de España en México, on Friday October 29th at 7PM local time, 8PM EST, 2AM CET (one day later). Many of the ideas collected during this project will for sure influence our future projects dealing with secondary education.

David Cuartielles presentará el trabajo realizado con herramientas abiertas en el Faro de Oriente, México DF, durante los últimos dos años. La charla incluirá aspectos relacionados con temas como la introducción de hardware en localizaciones dónde no es fácil importar componentes, la creación de bloques de conocimiento con el tamaño apropiado para chicos/as, el uso de kits de iniciación a Arduino para enseñar programación en edades tempranas, y el increible amor de los chicos/as por robots luchadores de sumo.

pacman robot by kids at Faro de Oriente

pacman robot por chicos del Faro de Oriente, (c) 2010 D. Cuartielles

La presentación tendrá lugar en el CCEMX, Centro Cultural de España en México, el viernes 29 de Octubre a las 7PM hora local, 8PM EST, 2AM CET (un día más tarde). Muchas de las ideas recogidas durante el desarrollo de este proyecto influirán seguramente en futuros proyectos teniendo que ver con Arduino en educación secundaria.

Multi-touch Input Sensor based of Arduino MegaMulti-touch Input Sensor based of Arduino MegaMulti-touch Input Sensor based of Arduino Mega

Monday, October 25th, 2010

 

Possible low-end solution for multi-touch surfaces based on Arduino Mega:

So i’ve been working on this project for a while now as part of my thesis and independently and work is still continuing. So just an overview the project is a multi-touch and multi-modal input sensor that can be utilised behind traditional LCD panels utilising a new method to detect inputs. By using a large IR sensor array consisting of 128 sensors behind the LCD panel and IR light source in front of the Panel we are able to augment the display with the ability to sense a variety of objects near or on the surface; including fingers tips and hands and thus permitting us to enable multi-touch interaction. The inherent nature of the senors allows us to create a low cost high fidelity image sensor allowing us to take advantage of optical sensing which also allows other physical items to be detected, and thus permits us to develop multi-modal interaction schemas.

Amazingly done with Processing and a simple Arduino Mega board.

via [ArduinoForum] source [mtaha]

 

 

 

Arduino Uno as JoystickArduino Uno as JoystickArduino Uno as Joystick

Sunday, October 24th, 2010

Arduino Forum User [ant.b] has shared his personal Arduino UNO hack with other LUFA firmwares. He tries to turn an Arduino UNO in a Joystick, uploading a new firmware on the 8u2, and summarize it in a very useful step by step guide.

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Lecture: Educational Robots with Arduino

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Eduardo Gallego, the trainer to the Complubot robotics team from Spain is going to make an online lecture about the way he uses Arduino techology to teach kids about building robots. He announced it on this forum post. If you are good in Spanish, hook up with the video stream live tonight!

Complubot lecture about building robots with Arduino

picture (c) 2010, courtesy of Complubot

The lecture will be at 7PM CET, October 21st, 2010, and you can either follow it at:

- http://elclic.cenditel.gob.ve/openmeetings/ , or

- http://www.livestream.com/elclic

GardenBot Is Monitoring Your Garden

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

 

Very interesting bottom-up product (but it’s not really a product, it’s more of an experience of nature-lovers and DIYers) do look after your garden:

GardenBot is a garden monitoring system. This means that you put sensors in your garden, and GardenBot will show you charts of the conditions in your garden — so you can see the world the way your plants see it.

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HackVision now available

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

As I read in the Forum, the latest NootropicDesign Product has bees released:

Hackvision is a simple, retro gaming platform based on Arduino technology that you can assemble and connect to your TV. You can write you own games and make your own controllers!

The price goes from $37.95 (kit) to $47.95 (assembled).

Features

  • NO Arduino is required. Based on Arduino technology so you can write your own games and upload them using the Arduino IDE. All you need is a USB to TTL serial cable or adapter.
  • Connects directly to your TV with standard RCA connections. One for audio, one for video. Works with NTSC or PAL (Europe, Africa, Asia, South America) TVs.
  • Integrated button controller right on the PCB.
  • Preloaded with awesome Space Invaders and Pong games. More games coming. You can write them, too!
  • Other controllers supported: Wii nunchuk, SuperNES, or paddle controllers you can make from a potentiometer and button. Or invent your own.
  • Software libraries for game development and controller support.
  • High score files stored in EEPROM so they are retained even with power off.
  • All unused pins broken out to pads for your hacking pleasure.
  • Non-conductive adhesive foam pad protects the bottom of the board from your fingers.
  • All through-hole components. Kit can be assembled in 30-45 min. Fully assembled and tested units will also be available.
  • Additional accessories available in the nootropic design store including 9V adapters, RCA cables, Wii nunchuk breakout boards, paddle controller kits, USB-serial adapters, etc.
  • Makes a great gift!

Technical Specs

  • ATmega328 microcontroller with Arduino bootloader
  • Monochrome video
  • Resolution is 136×96 pixels (You can control this in your own games)
  • Requires 9V power supply with center-positive 2.1mm barrel plug

via [nootropicDesign]

Arduino al Linux Day

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

 

Il prossimo sabato 23 ottobre si svolgerà in Italia una manifestazione a cui teniamo molto: il Linux Day. Ringraziando l’Italian Linux Society (e le migliaia di volontari e organizzatori in giro per l’Italia), per promuoverla e organizzarla, facciamo – nel nostro piccolo – un po’ di pubblicità all’evento: cerca nella mappa e guarda se hai un LinuxDay vicino a casa!

Alcuni dei nostri collaboratori parleranno di Arduino in diversi Linux Day, per la precisione:

Gianluca Martino (ingegnere elettronico membro del Team Arduino) e Luigi Chiaverina, presenteranno la scheda e alcuni progetti fatti a scuola con Arduino al Linux Day di Ivrea.

Costantino Bongiorno e Cristian Maglie faranno altrettanto slla Casa del Sole, a Milano.

Infine, Davide Gomba (cioé io) presenterà Arduino al Linux Day di Torino a Cascina Roccafranca, ma cercherà anche di portare una sopresa per i più piccoli nella sezione bambini!

A sabato!

Hai un talk su Arduino al Linux Day? Commenta e ti mettiamo nel post!

UPDATE 20/10

Salvatore Balestrino e Diego Formica al Linux Day di Pisa. Talk sui microcontrollori, Arduino ed esempi pratici http://linuxday2010.gulp.linux.it/

UPDATE 23/10

Giuseppe D’Aquì al parlerà al Linux Day di Reggio Calabria