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Zepp’s GolfSense motion sensor, promo image. You get the gist.. glove... app... (via Zepp) Amateur golfers are always looking for that edge to go pro. Whether it is wearing crazy golf hats, using better clubs or hiring a coach, they are always looking gain an advantage. While nothing can take the place of natural talent, there are devices that can help improve a player’s golf swing, which can help them become adept at the sport. In this case, it’s Zepp’s novel GolfSe ...
MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) are becoming more prevalent in the electronics we use today and will play an even bigger role in technology being developed for the near future. The tiny nano-sized (1 to 100 micrometers in size) devices usually incorporate its own microprocessor along with several components that are designed for interaction in its immediate surroundings. They can be found in mobile devices (smartphones and tablets) as sensors such as accelerometers, which can also be fou ...
XFC UAV launched from the USS Providence (via Navy) Drones have been making headlines almost on a daily basis concerning new advancements and capabilities, such as Amazon’s Prime Air package delivery system and Mark Mueller’s fail-safe system that keeps drones aloft after propeller malfunctions. When it comes to drone delivery systems however, nothing can top (at this point) the US Navy’s XFC UAV launch from a submerged submarine. Designed by the Naval Research Center, the ...
Mark Mueller’s fail-safe algorithm (via Mark Mueller) Drones have a habit of dropping out of the sky no matter what size they are, including military UAVs such as the Predator and Reaper along with smaller civilian drones such as the hexacopter that crashed into a spectators face (Great Bull Run in Virginia). Like with all things mechanical, they fail sometimes, however when flying things fail it tends to be catastrophic, especially if they are airborne. Anyone who has ever seen a qua ...
Andy Rubin... Google pushing accessible robots on us all? (Google) From the same company that brought the world one of the most popular search engines and mobile phone Operating Systems, Google recently announced a new project to take the world of robotics by storm, to be headed by the infamous Andy Rubin.   It may not be a coincidence that Google announced its robotics campaign shortly after Amazon announced its Amazon Prime Air drone project last week. Regardless, while Amazon̵ ...
Georgia Tech’s Tongue Drive System (via GT) There is a limited selection when it comes to wheelchairs that can be self-driven and maneuvered by quadriplegics. Controlling them usually consists of ‘breath-power’, where the user blows or inhales into a tube and the pressure is translated into movement. Researchers and engineers have been designing and developing new systems that allow those without the use of their limbs to control their wheelchairs without the need of assis ...
SkyJack: Raspberry Pi equipped Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 With the recent revelation that Iran had supposedly hijacked a US Navy RQ-170 Sentinel UAV by hacking its navigational systems, it wasn’t long before someone figured out how to do with hobbyist drones. Hobbyist Samy Kamkar has designed a unique drone that is capable of hijacking other drones that are nearby and taking control of them (a drone with its own drones). The UAV itself is actually a Parrot AR.Drone 2.0 that’s equipped w ...
Tallinn University of Technology’s U-CAT robotic sea turtle in action (via Tallinn) Scientists and archeologists have been using submersible ROVs for decades to explore the oceans depths and those hard to reach shipwrecks. The problem with crafts/subs is that they are often too big and bulky to navigate inside those wrecks, which limits what we can learn from them. Another issue is the propulsion systems, which the ROVs use to navigate. Typically, they rely on thrusters for precise mo ...
Amazon’s Prime Air octo-copter. Ready for package delivery! (via Amazon) Just when you think there is nothing left that drones can be used for, comes a sci-fi like story that’s seemingly hard to believe. In this case, it’s Amazon’s Prime Air delivery system, which makes use of drones to deliver packages in 30-minutes or less! The shopping hub recently went on 60 Minutes to reveal their new shopping endeavor, which is clearly the first of its kind for retail outlets. Th ...
A short introduction from Martin Mienkina (Field Application Engineer) on Kinetis M series MCUs one-Phase Power Meter ref design. Kinetis M series MCUs one-phase power meter reference design (DRM143) is intended for the measurement and registration of active and reactive energies in one-phase, two-wire networks. It is pre-certified and serves for evaluation of Kinetis M series microcontrollers in a real metering application. ...

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