Bluetooth Mesh Networking will usher in huge connected environments

Bluetooth Mesh Networking will usher in huge connected environments

The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG), the group that oversees development of the widespread Bluetooth standard, has today unveiled the details about its new mesh networking standard. This development means that mass device-to-device communication can be supported by Bluetooth devices, those using Low Energy 4.x and 5.0 specifically, opening the door for new use cases and products in the automation, Internet of Things, and sensor network markets.

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Dual Arduinos bring this Tauren cosplay to life

Dual Arduinos bring this Tauren cosplay to life

It takes a lot to win best of show at a Comic Con, but Jason Caulfield’s Tauren Frost Death Knight named “Akulva” was more than up to the task. This beautifully detailed beast, his third try at this sort of costume, not only looks good but features backlit eyes that blink automatically, as well as a voice-changing circuit to allow Caulfield to speak in this creature’s deep tone.

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Binge-watch and burn calories with the Arduino-powered Cycflix

Binge-watch and burn calories with the Arduino-powered Cycflix

As entertaining as watching Netflix may be, you’re not burning a lot of calories while binging on your favorite shows. In order to do both at the same time, hacker “Roboro” modded a stationary exercise bike to stop streaming if he’s not maintaining his fitness goals.

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ExoArm: An Arduino-powered assistive exoskeleton arm

ExoArm: An Arduino-powered assistive exoskeleton arm

Whether to enhance one’s abilities or to compensate for a loss of strength due to a variety of reasons, the idea of a robotic exoskeleton is an exciting prospect. As seen here, Kristjan Berce, not content to let well-funded labs have all the fun, decided to make his own prototype assistive arm using simple hand tools to manufacture a bracing system over his left arm.

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Hack an old typewriter with Arduino for digital input

Hack an old typewriter with Arduino for digital input

Mechanical typewriters are, for the most part, a thing of the past. Though the tactile feedback of these machines is interesting, as is the ability to directly mark on a piece of paper, they lack the important ability to input instructions into a modern computer.

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CAT Smartband that monitors worker fatigue

CAT Smartband that monitors worker fatigue
Jul 05 2017

CAT Smartband is a cloud-connected wearable sleep monitor that can predict when the wearer’s fatigue level will become a safety risk. A 'predictive fatigue monitoring solution', companies can use the smart wristband to assess employee fatigue level and give them rest or manage shifts schedules and employees rosters accordingly.

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A fidget spinning robot!

A fidget spinning robot!

Fidget spinners are currently very popular, and if you get one you’ll certainly want to spin and spin, maybe thinking you’ll never put it down. Unfortunately, like Nikodem Bartnik, you’ll eventually get bored with this device.

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Arduino Uno-driven plotter uses rulers for arms

Arduino Uno-driven plotter uses rulers for arms

When you see a plastic ruler, you wouldn’t normally assume it was destined to become part of a CNC plotter. Maker “lingib,” however, realized their potential to be combined to form plotter arms, in this case actuated by two stepper motors.

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Face tracking with Arduino and Android

Face tracking with Arduino and Android

Computer vision has traditionally relied on an assortment of rather involved components. On the other hand, everything you need to do this complicated task is readily available on an Android phone.

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Arduino-controlled frame makes objects move in slow motion

Arduino-controlled frame makes objects move in slow motion

Though time may be relative, unless you’re planning on doing a lot of space travel, slowing things down in real life is “notoriously” difficult. On the other hand, with carefully-coordinated vibrations and lighting, the “sLOMO” device is able to make objects such as a feather or plant appear to move in slow motion with the naked eye.

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A capacitive touch Jankó keyboard

A capacitive touch Jankó keyboard

If you have even a passing familiarity with how to play a piano, you know that there are a bunch of long white keys, with a lesser number of black keys in a nearly-universal arrangement.

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