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  Space researchers at the University of Surrey and Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL) have developed ‘STRaND-1’, a satellite containing a smartphone payload that will be launched into orbit around the Earth later this year. STRaND-1's lead researcher Dr Chris Bridges explains why a smartphone made an ideal satellite payload, “Smartphones pack lots of components – such as sensors, video cameras, GPS systems and Wi-Fi radios – that are technologically ad ...
R_Phoenix

The MEGA_Stick

Posted by R_Phoenix Jan 19, 2011
My Issue: Needing an Arduino that is both small in size and “portable”, meaning that it can be used in several different projects. The Arduino Mini-Pro (to name a few) answers this issue on a smaller scale but I was looking for something in the 2560 size so I developed my own.   My Solution: The MEGA_Stick   The MEGA_Stick allows me to simply unplug the system from one project and plug it into another. Two unique things about the MEGA_Stick; all 100 pins are available to ...
After ‘Bluewraith’ designed his first electric dice project, he felt a need to design a better one. For his 20 sided dice he used an Arduino and a spare MAX7219 chip he had lying around. “Once I started hooking this one all up, I noticed that I may run into the same problem that I did with previous projects: My wire is way too big to be trying to route around and have it look nice. Once I got the socket for the MAX7219EWG soldered down, I knew I had to do something different wi ...
  What do you do when your child asks you to build them a robot? Well if you’re Jose Julio, you build an Arduino-based ArduSpider robot. He constructed the robot using a minimalistic hexapod setup (only three servos for six legs). The body of the robot is constructed with a carbon & 1.5mm balsa sandwich. The legs are made of 2mm carbon rods and use some aileron hinges for the front legs. Also a 6gram micro servo was used for the middle legs (that balances the robot) and two 16 gra ...
Arduino units have been used for many purposes, however none as cool as what Ross Whehner did with one. Called ‘The Can Dispenser’, it uses a new ‘zigzag’ can housing that can hold a twelve pack that are held in place by a wooden lever and two clothespins. The elevator is powered by a system of pulleys and has a spring loaded trapdoor bottom that drops down to allow the can to roll into the white bucket at the end of the catapult arm. On the back of the fridge is where th ...

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