Originally posted on Nutmech:
I finally got around to finishing the eye mechanism so here is the dude looking around for the first time!
It’s currently controlled manually by 2 potentiometers driving an Arduino Diecimila and 2 standard servos. Maybe one day it will be procedurally controlled or something.
Eyebrows are shit and probably needs redesign before I get more into that, but I’m still proud of him!
Originally posted on EdTechTimeOut:
Give 6th graders time, computer, and a Makey Makey and watch out! We are slowly trying to convert some of our space at our middle school library into a Maker Space. We picked up a Makey Makey and gave it to our students with no instructions other than figure this out! It has been three days and they have used two forty minute study periods and one after-school impromptu session (of their own accord) to create fun music, play Flappy Fish, having electrical current conversations, asking what else can we do, and just having a good time! This is what education needs to be about and this is why I love putting middle-schoolers and technology in close proximity and saying figure this out!
Originally posted on ChemEngTopics:
3D Printing: the process of making three-dimensional solid objects from digital designs. From scale models, gifts and clothing to prosthetic limbs, hearing aids and more ambitious projects such as house made entirely from a 3D Printer, the possibilities seem to never end.
3D Printing has been around for a long time now, but it is now that has gained a lot more interest for the general public consumers in the more recent years.
But how does a 3D printer actually work? How can something closely related to our household printer or office photocopier create complex, solid objects in a matter of hours?
It all starts with a concept. The first stage of 3D printing is laying out an original idea with digital modeling- A CAD system or animation modeling software. Without giving so many importance to the program chosen. We are now able to create a virtual “blueprint” of the…
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Originally posted on TED Blog:
Scientific research is generating far more data than the average researcher can get through. Meanwhile, modern computing has yet to catch up with the superior discernment of the human eye. The solution? Enlist the help of citizen scientists. British astronomer and web developer Robert Simpson is part of the online platform Zooniverse, which lets more than one million volunteers from around the world lend a hand to a variety of projects — everything from mapping the Milky Way to hunting for exoplanets to counting elephants to identifying cancer cells — accelerating important research and making their own incredible discoveries along the way.
At TED2014, Simpson took us through a few of Zooniverse’s 20-plus projects (with more on the way), some of which have led to startling discoveries — including a planet with four suns. Below, an edited transcript of our conversation.
Are you a scientist?
Well, I’m a distracted astronomer. Yes, I’m an astronomer at University of Oxford. But I’m there…
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