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NASA's PUFFER is a new robot being developed at their Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, and is designed so that it can fold its wheels and explore terrain that was previously inaccessible to full-size rovers. The PUFFER robot was field tested in snow on a recent trip to Mt. Erebus in Antarctica. (Photo via Dylan Taylor)   NASA never fails to impress.   NASA recent technological innovation, known as the Pop-Up Flat Folding Explorer Robot (PUFFER), could open an enti ...
Hello, Does anyone acknowledge the electric circuit below or recognize the protocol type which usually make use of the 48 pin connector ?   Any information about is welcomed !   Thanks in advance, ...
NASA recently published the third edition of its software catalog free to the public; LEGO announces a Women of NASA play set. The future of LEGO includes women of NASA (Photo via LEGO)   In recent years NASA has been shedding its image of a stuffy, restricted institution to becoming the cool space nerd on the block. To be more open to the public, albeit slightly, NASA recently published its 2017-2018 catalog which includes a portfolio of software products used for different technical appl ...
The new device is made of organic materials (mostly carbon and hydrogen), and is also more efficient and less expensive than its inorganic competitors. Two members of the team that helped create the artificial synapse device: Alberto Salleo, associate professor of materials science and engineering, and graduate student Scott Keene. (via L.A. Cicero)   The human brain is often compared to computers through analogy, and it represents the world’s most elegant and powerful supercomputer ...
The old Stars and Stripes were created using 300 Intel Shooting Star drones, all of which were choreographed using a PC with pre-programmed algorithms. (images via Atkins)   You have to hand it to Lady Gaga, she can sure put on a show, and her Super Bowl halftime performance was no exception. During her first song God Bless America at Houston’s NRG Stadium, 300 Intel Shooting Star drones coalesced in the night sky and formed the US flag in red, white and blue. Granted, most of you ha ...
Cabe Atwell

Space cleanup crew

Posted by Cabe Atwell Feb 22, 2017
To clean up space debris and simultaneously advance exploration, a research branch of the US government is looking to re-purpose satellite parts in orbit for a mission to Mars. A computer generated image of the Sling-Sat, a satellite design which uses a grapple to capture space debris  (image via Jonathan Missel/Texas A&M)   Think your closet is a disaster zone? Imagine all that clutter whizzing through space at dizzying speeds. There are approximately 100 million pieces of debri ...
The small drone helps cross-pollinate plants by grabbing pollen with its tiny hairs covered in a sticky solution and rub if off on another flower. This small drone is not a permanent replacement for pollinating bees. (via National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology)   I swear I saw this on an episode of “Black Mirror.”   Though many of us find bees to be a nuisance especially when they sting you, they’re actually an important part of our ecosys ...
Rethink Robotics has created Sawyer, a simple smart bot that’s easy to train; Tepco’s robot recently died when sent into Fukushima’s nuclear reactor. Sawyer looks more like a Pixar character than a warehouse robot (via Rethink Robotics)   Huge warehouses have a lot of supply and demand to keep up with. Think of an Amazon warehouse; a lot of work goes into making sure you get that late night purchase on time. But as of late, more warehouses are looking to bring in smart te ...
Prototype heart pump. (via Harvard) The inevitable future of bionic humans is one step closer with the engineering of a robotic heart “sleeve” by a team of American and European scientists. The sleeve is the newest model of ventricular assist devices (VADs), or devices that help hearts plagued by heart failure to beat properly. Heart failure is not a total cessation of the heart’s activity as its name would suggest, but the inability of the heart to pump enough blood. This can ...
Two recent developments in AI may pose a threat to human poke players and workers. How much can we trust AI? (Photo from Future of Life Institute)   Is AI out to take over the world? Maybe not just yet, but recent developments show it may be a bigger threat to humans than we thought. First, they want to take our entry level jobs, at least according to George Zarakadis, now they beat us in poker. For the first time, Libratus, an AI developed by Carnegie Mellon University, was crowned the vi ...
The ESP8266 Breakout, "HUZZAH" from Adafruit (image via Adafruit, in the element14 store)   If you need Wi-Fi connectivity for a project, then the ESP8266 Wi-Fi SoC should be at the top of your list of prospective solutions. They are essentially microcontrollers with wi-fi built in. The module IO pins can be configured for use as all the usual functions like I2C, SPI, ADC, PWM and digital IO.   Just like any other microcontroller you will be able to take data from sensors, control LE ...
The Steadicam Volt’s Kickstarter campaign has far surpassed its goal, which means that this latest, and relatively inexpensive innovation, will be available for purchase to all budding filmmakers. This Steadicam gimbal spells trouble for the competition. Tiffen’s Steadicam Volt in action (via Kickstarter)   This reminds me of my Tiva C steadicam I made a few years ago here on element14. I suppose I should have stayed with the idea. Or perhaps, time to return to the idea?   ...
Nike’s latest shoes uses an E.A.R.L. system to autolace your shoes for maximum comfort. These futuristic shoes will cost you $720. Futuristic price? (Image via Nike)   Last year, Nike introduced the word to HyperAdapt 1.0, the real auto-lacing shoe. Though it’s obviously inspired by the Air Mags from Back to the Future 2, these shoes look nothing like Marty McFly’s kicks. And unlike reproductions of the futuristic sneakers, Nike’s latest footwear isn’t meant t ...
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stepper motor control

Posted by sheesbabu Jan 8, 2017
hello everyone  i have a project to make a clock rotation by using stepper motor can someone help to make this project i have to use mitsubishi plc fx series i made some ladeer logic but the motor behave is like that if i need one rotation at desire angle the next step of motor goes back at befor ...
DARPA’s LUKE APAS bionic arm features 10-powered degrees of movement and can be controlled using multiple input devices. (via DARPA)   According to an article from the Washington Times back in December of 2014, more than 50,000 troops have been wounded since the War on Terror began. Of those wounded, 2.6% have lost a major limb due in most part to IEDs. So many in fact, that a host of medical and robotics institutions have been designing bionic limbs shortly after the start of the wa ...

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