John Kicklighter writes:
Watching fireflies is one my most memorable childhood events. Every summer, I would look forward to watching fireflies dance with their seemingly random blinks. I marveled at how a living creature could produce light all on its own. Even today as I share this experience with my children, I look forward to each season of fireflies.
TinyGlo was made to continue the experience of watching fireflies well after the firefly season has ended. Instead of having to wait another year to see them again, you can now bring the firefly like light show into your home and have a similar memorizing light show every evening.
TinyGlo – Your own firefly light show anytime - [Link]
A do-it-yourself Delta Robot kit that’s fun to build, sharp to look at, and a great point of departure for your own project!
Want to make your own delta robot? Do you support the global onslaught of adorable little yellow machines? If you answered yes to either of these questions… then we have the best product to offer you!
The kit includes all of the delta’s mechanical pieces in grey and neon yellow plastic (the yellow fluoresces under black light!), all of the spacers, brackets, ball bearings, and hardware required to assemble them, and the electronic components, PCB and wire harness needed to wire it up and give the delta power.
Robot Army Starter Kit - [Link]
DSLogic is an interesting open source 200MHz logic analyzer project on Kickstarter.
Most of electronic instruments are designed in professional fashion. They are dedicated, traditional, well functioned, and most importantly, expensive. They are usually only available and affordable to academic and industry. Individuals, however, are not lucky enough to get the best electronic instruments as they want. This is how we are inspired to make DSLogic. [...]
DSLogic consists of DSLogic-Core and extension modules. DSLogic-Core is a re-configurable circuit board based on FPGA technology with maximum 200MHz sampling rate and 64Mbit on-board memory. DSLogic-Core can work alone as a fully functional logic analyzer, along with various extension modules. DSLogic can also work as oscilloscope, data acquisition system, protocol analyzer and even RF analyzer.
DSLogic – Multifunction Instruments For Everyone - [Link]
Making it easier to assemble electronics. Holds everything in place while providing full access to the work. Open source flexibility.
PCBGRIP is an electronics assembly system designed to make it easier to assemble electronics. Completely customizable, with open source flexibility, it holds printed circuit boards (PCBs), components, and stencils securely, improving both the quality and speed of assembly. It solves the challenges of hand electronics assembly and testing faced by hobbyists, makers, and assemblers.
Unlike other products that just hold PCBs, PCBGRIP holds PCBs and everything else. The open source aluminum extrusion and standard 3mm hardware allow you to build and share whatever you need to help you with your electronics project.
PCBGRIP: Electronics Assembly System - [Link]
All-Dock: The fastest docking station in the world. Works with iPhone, iPad, Android, Apple, Samsung, Sony, HTC, Kindle, Nokia, Huawei
The All-Dock is the race car, the Porsche, of charging stations. It’s not just functional – charging multiple devices of nearly every type available – but also incredibly fast and spectacularly beautiful. When this project is completed, the All-Dock will surpass any other charging station in the worldwide market. You can be a part of this amazing effort by supporting us, and by doing so you’ll obtain a product you’ll be proud to display where everyone can see it.
Our dream with the All-Dock is to create more than just a charging station. The All-Dock is envisioned as a functional piece of art. It will offer a solution for the rapid recharging of multiple devices at the same time, compatible with nearly all devices, including Apple, Samsung, Blackberry, LG, HTC, Motorola, Huawei, Microsoft, Nokia, Kindle, Sony Ericsson, Nexus, etc. The All-Dock will enable you to work with, charge, dock and store your device – all with the same station. It will provide incredible value for money.
All-Dock: Universal USB charger for Tablet, Smartphone, etc. - [Link]
Eric Rosenthal and Michelle Temple have developed a low cost open source DIY hearing assistive device through hole component kit called Wear. Wear is a device that was made to provide a low-cost hearing aid alternative for individuals who suffer from hearing loss and is designed to be used when a hearing impaired individual is interested in having a quality conversation in very noisy environments like family gatherings, restaurants or meetings.
This wearable assistive device has been engineered and designed to improve the quality of conversation, while aiding in reducing extraneous noise. Similar to listening to your iPod, users connect their personal headphones to the device that is worn around the neck. The microphone creates a directional sound lobe 3-6 feet in front of the user. The device amplifies sound directly in the circular zone in front of the user, while reducing noise outside of the zone. The Wear can also be used as a high quality commentatorʼs microphone, for interviews or for general recording.
Latency (delay) imposed by digital signal processing is detrimental to the hearing impaired due to lip sync (lip reading) difficulties. For that reason we used an analog circuit design with no measurable latency. We incorporate a technology using a beam-forming array of 10 microphones that create a circular 6 foot zone. Acoustic waves generated in that zone (coherent) reach the microphones at the same time so they are amplified. Sounds from further away (non coherent) reach the microphones at different times are not amplified. This creates a near field to far field signal level difference of 10 to 11 db. That 10 db level difference improves the intelligibility of near field conversation. Our research over the past two years has allowed us to reduce the size of beam forming arrays to unprecedented small form factors in a lightweight package using low power. All of this is done without digital signal processing while maintaining hi fidelity sound quality so that the directional microphone can also be used for general recording applications as well as an assistive hearing appliance.
The open source kit uses through hole components and comes complete with double sided circuit board, all components, a battery, and assembly instructions.
Wear – A wearable personal assistive hearing device - [Link]
The Oscilloscope Watch by Gabriel Anzziani of Gabotronics:
The Oscilloscope Watch has all the features of a modern watch (time, calendar, alarm, etc…) combined with all the features of the popular Xprotolab (Oscilloscope, Waveform Generator, Logic Analyzer, Protocol Sniffer, Frequency Counter).
Currently on Kickstarter
The Oscilloscope Watch - [Link]
The Arduino compatible board to take your projects beyond your home and garden. Anywhere your imagination takes you.
Prototyping should be rapid. Putting projects together should be as easy as clicking together lego-like building blocks. SODAQ makes it so. SODAQ is a multi-feature microprocessor board that lets you connect sensors and devices to the internet, quickly and with no fuss. It’s designed for connecting things efficiently, running off-grid with built-in, ready-to-go solar power:
Getting data off a device is only half the story – it needs to go somewhere. We designed the SODAQ system to be able to communicate from anywhere, with a GPRS module and all the control code for it included from the start.
It takes the Arduino prototyping concept, makes it simpler, and extends it. No breadboarding or soldering required, but with plenty of memory, sockets, solar panel and battery control, and extra features, all on one board.
The board has built in sockets for Grove modules; a realtime clock; extended flash memory; USB on-board; and the Bee socket can take any WiFi/RF/XBee or other compatible plugin for communications instead of our GPRS module.
SODAQ: a lego-like, plug-in, rapid prototyping board - [Link]
Nix is a breakthrough smartphone accessory. Just scan an object and instantly view the color on your iPhone, Android, PC, or Mac.
Nix is a patent pending device that allows anyone to become a color expert. Just grab Nix from your pocket, purse, or bag, touch it to an object and magically watch the exact color appear on your iPhone, Android, PC, or Mac. Once scanned, you can keep palettes of your favorite colors, match the color to real life pigments, and even receive directions to the nearest store where you can purchase the color.
Nix Color Sensor - [Link]
A small, low cost USB-capable Inertial Measurement Unit with open-source software. For electronics projects, robotics and UAVs
Thalamus is a small board containing a USB-capable 32-bit 72MHz ARM Cortex-M3 microcontroller, 3-axis accelerometer, 3-axis gyroscope, 3-axis magnetometer and barometer.
Thalamus started out life as a flight controller for the R10 Quadrotor systems, providing stabilization at 400Hz. However, packing a fast microcontroller with native USB capabilities, and with two SPI ports for communications, Thalamus is a perfect low-cost IMU board for robotics projects, as well as PC-connected applications.
Thalamus IMU – Motion sense/control board for your projects - [Link]