I, for one, welcome our robotic ukulele overlords

It is unclear where the UkuRobot came from and where it will go once it is done with humanity but I fear that it is up to no good. Look at this robot: small, compact, infinitely complex. Its fretting system stares at us, gimlet -eyed, while the plucking system continues its dark work on the strings. The system uses Lego, motors, and what looks like an Arduino to bring evil songs out of that mini-guitar of death, the ukulele. The world will never be the same and, honestly, do we deserve it to be? The UkuRobot can play almost any song. In these videos it plays two songs, The Godfather theme and Boulevard of Broken Dreams by Green Day. In the end the tune this monstrous creation plays does not matter. It will pluck out the end of days, winking stars from the sky as each note cascades out of
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Build your own L3-37 droid complete with voice interaction

Robot maker Patrick Stefanski has created a 3D-printed – and animated – model of L3-37, the droid in the recent Solo movie. L3-37 is one of the funnest – and woks – droids in recent memory and this recreation is fun and ingenious. Stefanski used Alexa voice controls to let the robot head respond to voice commands and he set the wake word to “Hey L3” to which the robot responds with a grumpy “What!” The version you see above is painted and weathered but you can 3D print your own pristine version from here and then add in a Raspberry Pi and Arduino with a simple servo to control the head motion. In all it looks like a lot of fun and the hardest part will be printing all of the larger head parts necessary to recreate L3’s saucer-like dome. It could make for a nice weekend
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Federico Musto is out as Arduino CEO

 Last week Arduino AG, the holding company for the open source Arduino project, announced that CEO Federico Musto stepped down, to be replaced with Massimo Banzi as new Chairman and CTO of Arduino and Dr. Fabio Violante as CEO. The move comes after the maker community found troubling discrepancies in Musto’s educational claims. “This is the beginning of a new era for Arduino in which… Read More

CEO controversy mars Arduino’s open future

 Things in the normally placid world of open source hardware are heating up as major figures in the Maker movement have begun speaking out against the current managing director of Arduino AG, Frederico Musto. The Italian engineer became a part owner in the company after buying out one of the original five founders and ultimately came to run Arduino AG, a holding company that owns the trademark… Read More

The Atomo Modular Electronics System is like LEGO for electronics

 One of the hardest things about Raspberry Pi and Arduino is figuring out where to stick all the pieces. While both of these systems work well alone – you can have a lot of fun with just a board and an Internet connection – it’s also fun to add little things like printers and screens to make fun projects. That’s where the Atomo comes in. This modular kit comes from… Read More

This candy sorting machine isn’t the hero the world wants but it’s the hero the world needs

mmsorter_featured-1 War. Famine. Drought. Imagine Dragons. The world is full of horror and what better way to assuage that grief then by watching this M&M and Skittles sorting machine do its amazing work in real time. Created by Willem Pennings the system is surprisingly robust and very well made. You can pour unsorted M&Ms into the top of the machine and a little nozzle spits out sorted candies into… Read More

Making an Arduino-based CNC plotter out of a DVD player is as easy as 1, 2, what’s Arduino again?

ftr0vvqivo3s42b-medium Once, long ago when magazines still existed, I bought a copy of Popular Mechanics. Inside was a guide on how to build a robotic lawnmower. Now this was back in the 1980s so it wasn’t a very complex machine – it basically backed up when it hit stuff – but I was amazed. Being only ten at the time I was unable to build the thing and, now that I’m 40, I still… Read More

Where are all the women in tech? They’re in wearables

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While we read about the gender gap in technology almost every day, it’s worth championing a sector that seems to have a strong showing of talented women in tech – the wearables industry. Women have an extensive history in the wearables field: There’s Leah Buechley, inventor of the Lily Pad Arduino; academics like Dr. Rosalind Picard, founder, and director of the Affective Computing research group at the MIT Media Lab; Corinne Vigreux, founder, and COO, TomTom; and Ivy Ross, Vice President, Head of Design/User Experience for all Hardware Products at Google. Then, of course, there are a plethora of wearables companies headed by women including Vinaya, Wearable Experiments, ElektroCouture, Roar for Good and Bellabeat, to name but a few. Women in wearables include academics, entrepreneurs, female directors, designers, and engineers. They all  have been part of setting the wearables agenda and moving the technology
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Lessons from the IoT front lines

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As a leading edge chip manufacturer, MediaTek has been helping companies and developers get to market for almost two decades. Philip Handschin is a technical account manager, which sounds a little boring until you realize he gets to travel the world helping their community of developers use their Hardware and Software Development Kits. He crosses the globe attending events to evangelize, working with developer shops and supporting hackathons and provides technical support to direct customers. And that puts him at the front lines of people developing for IoT, as well as the leading edge of their concerns. ReadWrite:  As you talk to developers, what are the concerns you are hearing as people try to get engaged with this connected world. Philip Handschin:  The biggest concern at the moment is definitely security because we see these stories about hacked calls on mobile and the biggest hack of email addresses. Since
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This DIY Stranger Things light kit will make you forget about Barb

f8zxly7iudwfoyz-animated-medium Are you and your friends all in love with the same strange girl who bleeds from her head? Does she like waffles? Are you afraid of monsters? Then have we got the Halloween decorations for you. This DIY LED light kit allows you (or Winona Ryder) to communicate with your child who has been taken to the Upside Down using an Arduino board and some clever wiring. The plans are available as an… Read More