Teslapathic! Hackers build a brain-controlled Tesla

Arduino Team November 18, 2016

Using an electroencephalography (EEG) headset and gyroscopic tracking, researchers have created a mind-controlled Tesla Model S.

Self-driving cars seem to be all the rage these days in technology circles, but, as part of Cal Hacks 3.0, researchers have instead figured out how to drive a car using brain waves. This hack takes the form of an EEG headset that translates brain signals into “stop” and “go” commands, with a head-mounted gyroscopic sensor used to tell the steering wheel how to turn.

A radio link using an Arduino transmits these signals to the car’s new physical controls. This takes the form of linear actuators for the brake and accelerator pedal, and a windshield wiper motor for the steering wheel. Read the rest of this entry »

Teen helps friend with a brain injury communicate again

Arduino Team November 17, 2016

After an accident, Ethan Kadish was paralyzed. His friend, 14-year-old Jacob Smilg, came up with a simple device to help him communicate.

Several years ago, Kadish was struck by lightning, and lost control over his body. Communication with the world took the form of eye blinks for “yes” and “no,” which gave Smilg an idea for a revolutionary, Arduino Uno-based gadget that could help him communicate with people not familiar with this method. Read the rest of this entry »

A wakeup light for kids

Arduino Team November 17, 2016

In order to convince his kids to stay in bed just a little longer, Maker Ralph Crutzen has created a “wakeup light” using an Arduino Mega and an RGB LED strip.

Those of us that have toddlers know that they can wake up very early. If you’d like to get some more sleep without leaving them unsupervised to dangerously play with your electronics and power tools, then a “wakeup light” could be a good solution. Read the rest of this entry »

This machine sends messages using common chemicals

Arduino Team November 16, 2016

Stanford researchers led by post-doctoral fellow Nariman Farsad have built a machine that sends text messages using common chemicals.

If you’re building a project, and need to send a signal from one component to another, solutions generally involve wiring them together, or some sort of radio, perhaps Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. Farsad, however, has been working on something entirely different. His system uses commonly-available chemicals to turn a liquid, either basic or acidic, in sequence as a binary communication protocol. Read the rest of this entry »

Skintillates: Temporary tattoos with embedded electronics

Arduino Team November 15, 2016

Developed by a team of UC Berkeley students, Skintillates is a wearable technology that mimics tattoos.

When you think of temporary tattoos, you likely think of something that comes out of a gumball dispenser, or perhaps “art” that you got on a spring break trip. As interesting as those may be, Skintillates is taking things to the next level.

These “epidermal wearable interactive devices” can serve as everything from passive and active on-skin displays, to capacitive and resistive sensors for controlling gadgets, to strain gauges for posture detection. Read the rest of this entry »

PolySync launches open-source kit for autonomous car development

Arduino Team November 15, 2016

If you’re tired of waiting around to get an autonomous vehicle, PolySync’s Open Source Car Control Project (OSCC) development kit can be had for under $1000.

Autonomous cars are still in their infancy, and can cost upwards of $100,000. If you’re willing to do some of the work yourself—and trust a machine you modified to drive you around—PolySync has an Arduino-based kit (nearly) available to help you build your own.

You can pre-order a kit right now for $649, and you’ll have program each Arduino module yourself when you receive it. You’ll also need a 2014-or-later Kia Soul on which to install it, chosen for its combination of drive-by-wire controls as well as relatively low price. Keep in mind, however, the project is intended for R&D and off-road use only. Read the rest of this entry »

An awesome 3D-printed Daft Punk helmet

Arduino Team November 14, 2016

Though it’s been done before, this 3D-printed Thomas Bangalter helmet is absolutely amazing!

Daft Punk hasn’t toured in over a decade, but their music and general look seems to be becoming more and more popular. Perhaps this is due, in some small part, to the fact that Makers can now build a very good replica of their iconic helmets. Though the design for this helmet is available for download, looking at a design and building it are two different things.

In addition to printing and finishing this prop (no small task), redditor “CrazyElectrum” did quite a bit of soldering. Getting all the electronic components to “play nice” with each other certainly took a good amount of work as well! Read the rest of this entry »

Roast coffee to perfection with an Arduino and Android app

Arduino Team November 14, 2016

After winning the South African National Barista Championship in 2009, Neil Maree decided to actually start a company to make coffee roasting equipment. Genio was the result, and after some work, his machines can now roast coffee to perfection using recipe input via an Android app.

Once instructions are transferred, a heavily modified Arduino Due controls the roaster depending on user preferences. Maree first tried an analog solution, then used a PLC before deciding that the Arduino was what he needed. Read the rest of this entry »

Robot lets your dog walk itself using Arduino and sausage

Arduino Team November 14, 2016

After recently meeting each another in Cologne, Simone Giertz and Laura Kampf decided to put their creative minds together to build a cartoon-inspired robot for Kampf’s dog, Smudo. The idea is fairly straightforward: a device that “makes a dog walk itself” by dangling a piece of sausage in front of their head.

The contraption consists of a lightweight, ergonomic aluminum harness that bends over Smudo, along with an Arduino Uno and a servo motor tasked with wiggling the hot dog around.

You can see how it works and hear more from the creators themselves the video below! Read the rest of this entry »

Take a break from coding and take VisionMobile’s developer survey

Arduino Team November 13, 2016

Our friends at VisionMobile have just launched their 12th developer survey, focusing on a 360-view of developer tools, skills and salaries.

The State of the Developer Nation Survey features questions on topics like programming languages, platforms, app categories, new technologies, revenue models, IoT verticals, and more. Not to mention, this 15-minute survey is actually fun! Based on your responses, you’ll get a personalized profile showing what type of developer you are, and what kind of character you’d be in a fantasy world. A mage? A fighter? A dragon slayer?

After completing the survey, you’ll get the chance to see how your answers compare to other developers in your country. Participants can even win one of several prizes, which include a MeccaNoid G15 KS, an Apple Watch Series 2, an Oculus Rift headset, a Pixel Phone, and Udemy courses, among many other awesome things.

Ready to get started? Take the survey here! You’ll also be the first to receive the State of the Developer Nation report (due out March 2017).

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