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Shrunk down an Arduino to the size of a finger-tip! by Open Source RF

Shrunk down an Arduino to the size of a finger-tip! by Open Source RF
RFduino: A finger-tip sized, Arduino compatible, wireless enabled microcontroller, low cost enough to leave in all of your projects! The RFduino has Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy built-in, which enables it to wirelessly talk to any smartphone that has Bluetooth 4.0. Currently we have several open source apps built for the iPhone which were used in our demos. Open source Android apps are next. The RFduino has a Nordic 32 bit ARM Cortex-M0 processor, so it has more power then the UNO, however it still runs the same, simple Arduino code the UNO runs, so there is no need to learn any new programming language or environment. The RFduino GPIO lines all support, Digital IO, Analog ADC, SPI, I2C, UART and PWM. The RFduino is similar to the Arduino UNO or DUE, except the RFduino is a fraction of the cost and size, in addition has wireless smartphone connectivity built-in! Up to now, adding wireless to an Arduino required an additional wireless shield which adds cost and size. - Armen Related:  Interactivité

New Digital Musical Instruments: Control And Interaction Beyond the Keyboard - Eduardo Reck Miranda, Marcelo M. Wanderley FORM 1: An affordable, professional 3D printer by Formlabs Are you frustrated that low-end 3D printers don’t have the quality to make the true beauty of your designs real? Do you dream of having the power and resolution of a truly professional machine on your desktop? We’ve created an easy-to-use system that rivals the output of high-end printers at a fraction of the cost. Our reason for starting this project is simple: there are no low-cost 3D printers that meet the quality standards of the professional designer. We’ve been hard at work for over a year, and with your help, we’re ready to take the Form 1 into full-fledged production. We’ve gone to extraordinary lengths to design a complete 3D printing experience: The Form 1 printer is engineered to produce high resolution parts with the touch of a buttonForm software is intuitive and simple to use so you can spend less time setting up prints and more time designingThe Form Finish post-processing kit keeps your desktop organized so that you can easily put the finishing touches on your masterpiece

New Interfaces for Musical Expression Gigabot 3D Printing: This is Huge! by re:3D Share this project Done Share Tweet Embed Tweet Share Email Gigabot 3D Printing: This is Huge! by re:3D Play Dream big, print big! Austin, TXHardware Share this project pledged of $40,000 goal seconds to go Funded! This project was successfully funded . Dream big, print big! re:3D Project by First created | 5 backed See full bioContact me About this project Facebook Page | Twitter BIG thanks to Ben Malouf who has graciously allowed us to feature his stunning vases found at! Stretch Goal: $200K! We will be integrating an LCD display into each and every Gigabot shipped to our Kickstarters. Our Vision At re:3D, we believe that the biggest problems in our world are solved by taking a bigger view. "Just saw this at SxSW and it is AMAZING. Our Company re:3D is one of Austin’s newest start-ups, committed to trailblazing new frontiers in 3D printing. Community Focused We love people and 3D printing! Our Product 20mm Calibration Cube available on Our Team Rewards

Syntact™ | Ultrasonic Syntact™ musical interface is introducing a new paradigm in the field of human-computer interaction design. It is redefining the possibilities of musical interaction and enabling a playful and physical engagement in musical creation. The revolutionary technology behind Syntact™ provides contact-free tactile feedback to the musician. By utilizing airborne ultrasound a force field is created in mid-air that can be sensed in a tactile way. The interface allows a musician to feel the actual sound with its temporal and harmonic texture. While an optical sensor system is interpreting her or his hand gestures, the musician can physically engage with the medium of sound by virtually molding and shaping it – i.e. changing its acoustic appearance – directly with their hands. Applications Live music creation and performance Virtual reality / telepresence Public interactive multimedia installations in museums, galleries, science centres etc. Features Control input: Tactile feedback: Control panel: Sales

Filabot: Plastic Filament Maker by Tyler McNaney Filabot is a 3D plastic extrusion system. For example mostly any type of recyclable plastic, such as milk jugs, detergent bottles, soda bottles, shampoo bottles, product packaging, and many more, can be processed through the Filabot to make usable 3D printing filament. This will allow for users to remake filament from an old print that is bad or not needed. Plastic recycling and extrusion have been around since plastic was invented. The Size of Filabot and Operation: Going along with the desktop theme, The Filabot will be designed to fit on a desktop. The grinding unit of the Filabot will process plastic up to the diameter of 4in, larger pieces will have to be broken down before feed into the grinder. After grinding the plastic will be a uniform size and will be automatically feed into the hopper. The molten plastic will be extruded out of interchangeable nozzles. After extrusion the filament passes through a sizing roller so that it will be the correct diameter for printing.

Weekly sounds: gel-based speakers, sound to control devices and Audio Branding Congress program New post on Weekly Sounds, with the best resources on the world of Sound and Audio. Our picks of the week Most interesting news of this week are in the field of research, where many sources reported on going experimentations related to the use of Sound in novel and never seen directions. First article is about Harvard University, where Researchers build an audio speaker out of stretchy transparent gel, a flexible speaker with ionic able to produce high-quality sound. Sound Gives Objects A Human Touch reports the work of two researchers from Japan’s University of Tsukub, consisting of an experiment to use the phenomenon of sound resonance of objects to control a mobile or desktop device. The term 5 is ending for Carlo and then it’s time for game audio final project: read Drink coffee, kill the freaks from outer space and accomplish the game audio final project! Audio Branding congress 2013 finally published the final program for Moscow edition. The best from other Sound lovers Follow Me:

RoBo 3D Printer by RoBo 3D Printer 1) Unassembled Kit w/ ABS- $475+$99+shipping (locally or internationally) 2) If you already pledged for a kit and want to do a $99 ABS upgrade, just go to manage your pledge and add an additional $99 and we will be able to process it on our end. Thank you! Feel free to message us with any other questions and please, if you have not added shipping to your printer ($48 US, $70 international) then please go into manage your pledge and add the additional amount according to your location. Thank you so much backers! *Open source 3D printer that anyone can use, regardless of knowledge and skill level. *Precise and high detail printing. *Low cost without sacrificing quality. *Easy to use/Easy to assemble *Large print area 10x10x8in / 254mm x 254mm x 203.20mm *Looks great, professional, and enticing *Sturdy structure, high quality parts, built to last *Great beginner printer, or advanced printer-RoBo does it all! 3D printing is additive manufacturing that turns computer models into real physical things.

Touché: Touch and Gesture Sensing for the Real World. Disney Research, Pittsburgh. Touché is a new sensing technology that proposes a novel Swept Frequency Capacitive Sensing technique that can not only detect a touch event, but simultaneously recognize complex configurations of the human hands and body during touch interaction. This allows to significantly enhances touch interaction in a broad range of applications, from enhancing conventional touchscreens to designing interaction scenarios for unique use contexts and materials. For example, in our explorations we added complex touch and gesture sensitivity not only to computing devices and everyday objects, but also to the human body and liquids. We demonstrate the rich capabilities of Touché with five example setups from different application domains and conduct experimental studies that show gesture classification accuracies of 99% are achievable with our technology. Research paper Touché: Enhancing Touch Interaction on Humans, Screens, Liquids, and Everyday Objects. Awards Contact Gallery

ATOMS Express Toys by Seamless Toy Company, Inc. And there's a little more in it for you too - if we hit $175K, we'll give every backer at the $59 pledge level and above a free Earthquake ATOM for your set (it's a vibrating motor/rumble-pack ATOM). ATOMS give kids of any age the ability to make their toys DO things. And not just new toys – ATOMS were built to work with the stuff kids already have, like LEGOs, costumes, stuffed animals, Barbies and action figures. ATOMS don’t require any electronics skills or programming experience – or supervision from a parent with an engineering degree. In fact, because of the tiny electronics built into each one, kids can make all sorts of cool stuff within 5 minutes of taking ATOMS out of the box. Here’s a snapshot of the toys we’re introducing at launch, with your help: Monster Construction Set: So you have a pet monster? Magic Wand Set: What good is a magic wand that doesn’t do anything? $100K - UNLOCKED! We're making toys that help kids make stuff that does stuff. 1. 2. 3. 1. 2. 3.

Xth Sense | Res, a matter. The Xth Sense™ (2010-14) is a free and open biophysical technology. With it you can produce music with the sound of your body. The Xth Sense captures sounds from heart, blood and muscles and uses them to integrate the human body with a digital interactive system for sound and video production. In 2012, it was named the “world’s most innovative new musical instrument” and awarded the first prize in the Margaret Guthman New Musical Instrument Competition by the Georgia Tech Center for Music Technology (US). Check the video below to see what the Xth Sense can do! You can build an Xth Sense and learn how to use it either on your own by checking the documentation here, or by taking part in one of the regular workshops taught wordlwide by the Xth Sense, creator Marco Donnarumma. The Xth Sense users forum lives at Createdigitalnoise/xth, and you can connect with us on Facebook too. Ominous | Incarnated sound sculpture (Xth Sense) from Marco Donnarumma on Vimeo. Schematic and Tutorial Framework

Makeblock : Next Generation of Construct Platform by Makeblock Update #2: Using Makeblock to DIY a 3D (Chocolate) printer What is Makeblock? Makeblock is an aluminum extrusion based construct platform that can be used to bring your creations to life. With Makeblock you can make professional and steady robots, machines or even art-ware. The only limit is what you can think of. With Makeblock platform, the only necessary tool is a screw driver. We are committed to providing a complete solution to bring your ideas into the physical world to enjoy. Why did we start this project? We wanted to create a platform that is open and accessible to everyone, to allow people with varying skills and backgrounds to create something with their hands. It was then we decided that the only way to do this was to design our own platform. After a year of testing, designing and several upgrades we finally unveiled our creation. Features Makeblock’s STABILITY comes from its strong modular aluminum design and flexibility. Where can Makeblock be used? What kits should you choose?

Microsoft Researchers’ “3-D Audio” System Is Like Oculus Rift for Your Ears Just as a new generation of virtual reality goggles for video games are about to hit the market, researchers at Microsoft have come up with what could be the perfect accompaniment—a way for ordinary headphones to create a realistic illusion of sound coming from specific locations in space. In combination with a virtual reality device like the Oculus Rift, the new system could be used to make objects or characters in a virtual world sound as well as look like they are at a specific point in space, even if that is outside a person’s field of view. Microsoft’s researchers refer to the technology as 3-D audio. In a demonstration of the technology at Microsoft’s Silicon Valley lab, I put on a pair of wireless headphones that made nearby objects suddenly burst into life. A voice appeared to emanate from a cardboard model of a portable radio. Higher quality music seemed to come from a fake hi-fi speaker. Tashev’s system is a new twist on an old idea.

ZERO TO MAKER: A Re-Skilling Guide for New Makers by David Lang "David Lang is an inspiration to anyone who has dreamed of making, but has been hesitant to start because they feel they don't have the necessary skills. As David will show you, all it takes is curiosity, passion, and a willingness to learn from your mistakes." - Mark Frauenfelder, editor-in-chief of MAKE Magazine, founder of Boing Boing, and author of Made by Hand "Many entrepreneurs have heard the prediction that 'hardware is the new software.' Well, David is laying out a lean approach to building the right skills to help you get into the action." - Patrick Vlaskovits, entrepreneur and author of The Lean Entrepreneur By this point, you've probably heard of the maker movement. A growing contingent of garage tinkerers who have been steadily building an impressive (and mostly grass-roots) infrastructure of maker/hackerspaces, new digital fabrication tools, and online collaboration platforms. After losing my office job in the summer of 2011, I was forced to rethink my career trajectory.