You can make your own rotary cellphone

As convenient as modern cellphones are, there's a certain charm to spinning an old-fashioned rotary dial to make a call -- and now, there's a cellphone that caters to that nostalgia. Brookhaven National Lab engineer Justine Haupt has developed a rot...

This Clock Draws the Time Using Sequins

There are lots of different ways to tell the time. You can use an old school analog clock with hands, a segmented digital display, or even a sundial. But I can say with 100% certainty that this is the first clock I’ve ever seen that tells time with sequins.

Architect Ekaggrat Singh Kalsi put together the Sequino, a truly unique timepiece that takes advantage of the bi-colored nature of some sequins, flipping them from one side to the other to reveal the current time. The sequins are set onto a cylindrical backdrop, and then a mechanical arm moves up, down, left and right to flip the sparkly bits over with a specially engineered tip that’s designed to emulate a human fingertip. Imagine a two axis plotter set onto a curved surface, and that’s basically the mechanism. It’s driven by a pair of motors and controlled by an Arduino Nano. Check it out in action in the video below:

If you’d like to build your own Sequino, you can read the full details of the build over on Hackaday.

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RVR is a Sphero robot for budding tinkerers

Sphero's been amusing us with its collection of robotic balls, like its adorable BB-8, for eight years. But lately the company has been getting away from the toy aspect of its products and embracing its educational potential. It's had an app th...

Learn to Master Arduino (and Pay What You Want)

Arduino is a powerful tool for creating versatile, effective electronics projects. Want to become a master of the open-source electronics platform without shelling out big bucks for training? With the 2018 Arduino Enthusiast E-Book Bundle, you’ll learn a ton about Arduino, and pay what you want for all the courses in the bundle.

With this bundle, you’ll learn how to leverage the programming language C to control an Arduino board, and even how to create basic projects, such as a smart weather board. You’ll also learn how to produce IoT projects on the Arduino platform, and you’ll be programming smart home automation capabilities in no time at all. You’ll also learn the role Arduino plays in industries such as robotics and wearable technology. By the end of the training, you’ll be a pro at all things Arduino, opening up new career and hobby opportunities for yourself.

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Learn About Robotics with This Bionic Lizard

Interested in learning more about robotics? The DIY Bionic Robot Lizard is a perfect way to make robotics education really fun. Designed for STEM education, this mechanical lizard can provide hours of amusement to both beginners and advanced robotics experts, all while being an effective educational experience.

With the kit, users will assemble the lizard robot, then utilize the provided programming language and Sunfounder Nano board to make the robotic reptile move. By the end of the lesson, students will have gained valuable knowledge about all different aspects of electronics and programming.

Let the DIY Bionic Robot Lizard teach you about robotics. It’s yours for $54.99 in the Technabob Shop. Plus, you can use code USA20 for an extra 20% off through 2/20/2018.

Become an Arduino Robotics Expert for Just $19

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Make Your Own Robot with This DIY Kit

Want to be able to say you actually built a robot? The SunFounder Nano DIY 4-DOF Robot Kit gives you everything you need to build your first robot for less than $50!

This fun and simple robot kit is equipped with two legs that you can program to walk, kick, or even dance. It’s compatible with the included SunFounder Nano board or an off-the-shelf Arduino Nano board and comes with a HC-SR04 ultrasonic ranging module, so it can detect and avoid obstacles. Even if you’ve never had any experience with programming, this kit comes with a visual programming toolkit, allowing any DIYer to start from scratch.

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Learn to Build Robots with Arduino

Robotics have the power to revolutionize many different industries in the near future. If you’re interested in a robotics career, it pays to learn Arduino, the world’s most popular platform for building robotic projects. Learn all about it with Ultimate DIY Arduino Robotics Bundle.

With this bundle of online courses, you’ll gain hands-on practice and problem-solving experience by creating an Arduino robot that can navigate toward a light source and avoid obstacles along the way. You’ll also learn how to program and assemble the mBot, the world’s friendliest educational robotics platform, and practice combining the robot’s sensors and actuators efficiently to make it follow a black line on the floor. Plus, you’ll be introduced to some of the most powerful advanced Arduino boards on the market today.

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