Bett 2017: Call for volunteers in London!

Arduino Team January 2, 2017

Arduino Education empowers educators with the necessary hardware and software tools to create more hands-on, innovative learning experience.

Later this month, we’ll be exhibiting our latest STEAM program for upper secondary education at Bett 2017 in London: CTC 101 – Creative Technology in the Classroom 101.

We’re looking for volunteers to join our team during the event, from staffing tables and displays, to helping with one-on-one demos, to providing technical assistance. Water and snacks will be provided, of course, and we’ve even prepared a small gift to show our appreciation at the end of your shift! Read the rest of this entry »

RooBee One is an open-source SLA/DLP 3D printer

Arduino Team January 2, 2017

Aldric Negrier, a Portuguese Maker and owner of RepRap Algarve, has created an SLA 3D printer named RooBee One.

Most desktop 3D printers that you’ll see in Makerspaces or advertised for home use drop material onto a bed using a hot extrusion head. The open-source RooBee One, however, employs a DLP projector along with an Arduino Mega to light up each layer in a vat of resin. This causes each layer to solidify, thus making a complete object. You can see this process at around 0:30 in the video below. Read the rest of this entry »

New IDE for all Arduino boards!

Arduino Team December 23, 2016

Following the announcement at this year’s World Maker Faire, we’re excited to reveal the release of Arduino IDE 1.8.0—the new official desktop editor for all Arduino boards, both .org and .cc alike.

This should come as great news to the entire Arduino community, representing a key milestone in our journey moving forward.

You will now be able to use the desktop IDE 1.8.0 when working with any Arduino board from .org or .cc family. The latest and greatest unified Arduino Software can be downloaded here.

Arduino IDE 1.8.0 works out of the box with AVR boards, like the Uno, Mega, Yun, and Micro, among the most popular. Additionally, it supports the Leonardo Ethernet, Yun Mini, Industrial 101, and Uno WiFi.

The updated SAMD core will provide support for the M0 and M0 PRO, completing the product line that includes the Zero, MKR1000, and the newly-launched Primo and MKRZero. Read the rest of this entry »

A DIY hexagonal Bluetooth speaker with sound-reactive LEDs

Arduino Team December 23, 2016

Imgur user Peter Clough recently created his own colorful “Magic Box” Bluetooth speaker assembly with a NeoPixel visual display.

If you need a speaker (or rather a speaker with an enclosure) the easiest way is usually to just buy one. On the other hand, if you want something really awesome and unique, why not build it yourself? Clough did just that using an Arduino Pro Mini and a Bluetooth receiver along with a strip of programmable LEDs that react to the emitted sounds–made possible by an electret microphone amp. Read the rest of this entry »

Hack your Teddy Ruxpin with Arduino, Raspberry Pi and Alexa

Arduino Team December 22, 2016

If you had a Teddy Ruxpin in the ’80s and ’90s, you probably remember inserting special tapes and hearing him read stories to you. Whether you loved or hated the little bear, it was hard to forget his weirdly moving mouth and eyes. Today though, with small and cheap development boards readily available, this mechanical system is just begging for a retrofit.

In this project, hacker “Tinkernut” employed an Arduino to sense the intensity of a sound input, and in turn used it to allow Ruxpin to lip sync to any audio source. This could be a song, story, or even output from a virtual assistant. Read the rest of this entry »

Control this Ohio home’s Christmas lights from the Internet

Arduino Team December 22, 2016

If you don’t want to bother putting up your own lights this year, you can just control Tom Hammond’s!

As seen on Good Morning America, Hammond recently put up a Christmas display that can be controlled via a simple online interface between the hours of 5pm and midnight (EST). The setup consists of an Arduino Mega along with a Raspberry Pi running Falcon Player, while the animations were created using xLights.

The website offers nine lighting options that anyone can select and play. Thanks to a webcam on Hammond’s property, the page even features a live stream that lets users see the animation they chose in real-time. However, due to the number of people trying to access it, the video is not always available. Read the rest of this entry »

Turn an old microscope into a live cell imaging device

Arduino Team December 22, 2016

Microscopes are common pieces of equipment in laboratories (or even high school science classes for that matter), but making movies of living cells usually requires more expensive and specialized tools… until now. With a 3D-printed mount for a smartphone and an Arduino, researchers at Sweden’s Uppsala University have been able to retrofit ordinary microscopes to take time-lapse sequences.

To accomplish this, an Arduino was used to control a shutter for the smartphone to minimize light exposure when capturing intermittent images, while a heating unit was employed to maintain a constant temperature for the tiny organisms.

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Control this Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots match with your tweets

Arduino Team December 21, 2016

Los Angeles-based interactive agency Friendly Vengeance is putting up its dukes to “Knock Out Injustice” with the five-day social media fundraising campaign “KO Bots” to benefit L.A. Kitchen.

A pair of Rock ‘em Sock ‘em Robots are ingeniously employed for this charity boxing match, in which the action is entirely decided by Twitter. Participants tweet @KO_Bots with the hashtags #RedBot or #BlueBot to prompt the robot of that color to take a symbolic swing at issues including ageism, food waste and recidivism, then watch the impact of their post by following along in real-time online.

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An Arduino-powered Christmas card game controller

Arduino Team December 21, 2016

Last December, to wish their clients a Merry Christmas, UK-based agency Kerve Creative decided to do something a bit different than just the traditional holiday card. Instead, they created an interactive one with Arduino that transforms into a fully-functional game controller.

The card invited recipients with a “little ditty” to play the retro-style Hacky Xmas game. After plugging it into your computer’s USB port and pressing either the Mac or PC button (PC may’ve needed to wait for the drivers to update), they could then use the controller to help Santa hack down a Christmas tree, while dodging falling decorations and collecting as many points as they could. Read the rest of this entry »

A four-factor lockbox

Arduino Team December 20, 2016

If you really don’t want someone messing with your valuables, a programmable box may be just what you need!

Locking mechanisms generally work using one method—a key, for example—to keep them secure, or perhaps two in certain circumstances. This box, designed as a final project for an electrical and computer engineering class at Cornell, instead makes the user go through four steps to get to the “treasures” inside. Read the rest of this entry »

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