3D printed STAR bot sprawls down and goes under doorways

3D printed STAR bot sprawls down and goes under doorways Drawing inspiration from insects, The STAR (Sprawl Tuned Autonomous Robot) created by David Zarrouk, Andrew Pullin, Nick Kohut and Ronald Fearing at the Biomimetic Millisystems Lab, UC Berkeley, has six legs and can control its sprawl angle which ...

Finally! 3D print your own candy stash

Sweets, candies, bob-bon, snoep, dolce, dulce, gula-gula, mithai - whatever you call them, sweets are wonderful things that have hardly changed in hundreds of years.However, with the masses of digital design tools around, creativity for making the moulds for these delicious delights has just been unleashed to another ...

Making a real instrument out of a Kaoss pad and ribbon controllers

MIDI guitars have been around since the 80s, and nearly without exception they are designed as direct, one-to-one copies of their acoustic and electric brethren. [Michael] has been working on turning this convention on its head with the Misa Tri-Bass, a MIDI guitar designed to be the perfect ...

BearDuino: Hacking Teddy Ruxpin with Arduino

As a geek father, I have a reputation to uphold. And BearDuino has helped me maintain some shred of credibility with my kids... while creeping them out a bit in the process.The BearDuino is a hardware-hacked Teddy Ruxpin—the infamous animatronic talking story-time teddy bear unleashed in all its ...

Makin' copies: UPS testing in-store 3D printing in San Diego

While 3D printer costs remain high, some companies are experimenting with offering in-store 3D printing access to consumers. Staples was the first to make the announcement last fall. Now, it looks like UPS is joining them. The shipping company announced today it is testing 3D printers in San ...

Study Finds 3D Printing Could Save The Average Home Up To $2,000 A Year

While I don’t have to remind you about the value of studies – many company-funded studies are best dropped directly in the trash after publication – this one about 3D printing does have some merit. Produced by the authors at Michigan Institute of Technology, it posits that at ...

3D printing an Aston Martin

For many the dream of owning an Aston Martin remains just that, the current Aston Martin Vanquish will set you back in excess of £250,000 ($380,000, €280,000), and if you’re after a vintage DB4 well you’re talking millions. For this Auckland man 3D printing is helping him build ...

The story of Yugoslavia's DIY computer revolution

In Yugoslavia in the 1980s, computers were a rare luxury. A ZX Spectrum or Commodore 64 could easily cost a month\\'s salary, and that's if you could even get through the tough importation laws. Then in 1983, while on holiday in Risan, Voja Antonić dreamt up plans for ...

Fuel3D: A handheld 3D scanner for less than $1000

The world’s first handheld point-and-shoot, full color 3D scanner available for under $1,000. Fire up your creativity! 3D is booming… whether in the worlds of gaming, making, or art, the demand for 3D is ever-increasing. But generating high quality 3D images for use in 3D printing or gaming is ...

If You Think 3D Printing Is Disruptive, Wait for 4D

Every now and then you come across a technology, or a mooted technology, that sounds so far-fetched, so outlandish that it belongs with proper flying cars and the paperless office. Things that will never happen.The idea of “printing” objects, so-called 3D printing once seemed pretty outlandish but it ...

First Open Source Airplane Could Cost Just $15,000

There’s an open source airplane being developed in Canada, and now its designers are looking to double down on the digital trends, turning to crowdsourced funding to finish the project. The goal of Maker Plane is to develop a small, two-seat airplane that qualifies as a light sport ...

Self-contained time-lapse rig braves elements from thirty feet

Perspective is a bit hard to grasp in this image, but all of this hardware is mounted thirty feet above the ground. This time-lapse photography box makes use of the sun and a Raspberry Pi to document the goings on. The rig is one of three that were ...

Researchers develop 3D-printed flying drones capable of self-assembly

A research team in Zurich has created a flock of helicopter robots that can detect each others' positions and join together to create a larger flying machine. The Distributed Flight Array (DFA) has been developed by a team of researchers at the Institute for Dynamic Systems and Control ...

MTU Study: 3D printers may soon be in every home

3D printers are fast becoming one of the hottest new technologies. While the technology is still in the very early stages, Michigan Tech researcher Joshua Pearce is predicting that personal manufacturing, like personal computing before it, is about to enter the mainstream in a big way."For the average ...

3D Printing Can Save Time, Money And Hassle

Much of the talk surrounding the so-called revolution of 3D printing is centered around the DIY (or Do It Yourself) aspect, people sharing designs (or creating designs themselves) and then creating them in the comfort of their own home. The DIYers of old may have either taken great ...

Video: Modding the all-in-one Atari 2600 controller

Those of us who grew up in the 1980's fondly remember all the time we spent playing video games on the stalwart Atari 2600.

$70 Drone Shield wants to protect you from flying spies

There are quite a lot of people who are seriously concerned about maintaining their privacy in an age where aerial drones - like the Parrot AR - are increasingly easy to build or buy.

This gigantic LEGO alien city has 200,000 bricks

Quite a lot of us never really gave up building with our beloved Lego bricks. Then again, most of probably never spent the time or effort designing a gigantic custom project.

Kindle hack turns reader into a wireless Raspberry Pi terminal

We've seen some really cool hacks for the Amazon Kindle family of digital readers over the years.

DIY 3D sensor hits Kickstarter

A new DIY project dubbed DUO has hit Kickstarter, which can best be described as a high-performance 3D sensor for the masses.