Selin Ornek interview: A young maker who loves dogs, robots and Star Wars

Reading Time: 3 minutes What is your history with making things? When I was eight years old my dog Korsan passed away. I was really upset and wanted to bring him back to life. I had to do a math project for school, and I had to interview a technical professional, so I asked my dad’s friend, a mechanical…… Continue reading Selin Ornek interview: A young maker who loves dogs, robots and Star Wars

Making Android more accessible for braille usersMaking Android more accessible for braille usersAccessibility Analyst

Reading Time: 2 minutes Editor’s note: Today is Global Accessibility Awareness Day, and we’ll be sharing more on how we’re partnering with people with disabilitiesand what we’re doing to make education more accessible.The heart of our mission at Google is making the world’s information truly accessible. But the reality is we can only realize this mission with the help…… Continue reading Making Android more accessible for braille usersMaking Android more accessible for braille usersAccessibility Analyst

Meander Coil++ enables safe, wireless power transmission

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 19th, 2022 Modern wearable devices have allowed for a wide array of smart technologies to become mobile, including health tracking, receiving notifications, and much more. But due to their small battery size, they often run out of charge within a day or two, thus requiring frequent charging. This problem is what…… Continue reading Meander Coil++ enables safe, wireless power transmission

A teaspoon of computing in every subject: Broadening participation in computer science

Reading Time: 6 minutes From May to November 2022, our seminars focus on the theme of cross-disciplinary computing. Through this seminar series, we want to explore the intersections and interactions of computing with all aspects of learning and life, and think about how they can help us teach young people. We were delighted to welcome Prof. Mark Guzdial (University…… Continue reading A teaspoon of computing in every subject: Broadening participation in computer science

FingerX is a gadget that lets people feel the shapes of VR objects physically

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 18th, 2022 One of virtual reality’s largest unsolved challenges is allowing players to interact with a virtual environment beyond just video and audio. This is why a team of researchers from National Chengchi University in Taiwan came up with the FingerX project as a way to get haptic feedback when touching objects in…… Continue reading FingerX is a gadget that lets people feel the shapes of VR objects physically

This robotic system automatically scans film slides on its own

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 18th, 2022 Before the advent of digital cameras, people used film to capture their most cherished memories. And nowadays, there is a rush to convert them into a digital format before they inevitably degrade and become unrecognizable. Film slides in particular have a major drawback in that they are separate, individual…… Continue reading This robotic system automatically scans film slides on its own

A bird in the hand: Smart bird feeder

Reading Time: 3 minutes Inspired by this, maker Jeff Stockman looked to automate the process as part of his Internet of Things course at the University of Washington Tacoma. “I’d made a bird feeder a few years ago and used a first-generation Raspberry Pi computer and a basic webcam connected to my local network,” he says. “But I wanted…… Continue reading A bird in the hand: Smart bird feeder

Continuously measure wind speed and direction with this EMT conduit-mounted station

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 17th, 2022 It seems like DIY weather stations are everywhere, and while most can perform the basic functions of measuring temperature, humidity, and air pressure, the majority are still unable to determine wind speed and direction. In response, Austin Allen from Elation Sports Technologies LLC created his own system that uses an anemometer…… Continue reading Continuously measure wind speed and direction with this EMT conduit-mounted station

Introvention is a wearable device that can help diagnose movement disorders early

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 17th, 2022 Conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and essential tremors often present themselves as uncontrollable movements or spasms, especially near the hands. By recognizing when these troubling symptoms appear, earlier treatments can be provided and improve the prognosis for the patient compared to later detection. Nick Bild had the idea to create…… Continue reading Introvention is a wearable device that can help diagnose movement disorders early

Rack up the highest grocery bill possible in the Bonprix game

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 17th, 2022 It seems like everyone these days is trying to reduce their grocery bill as much as possible, but Niklas Roy and Kati Hyyppä’s interactive installation, Bonprix, turns the tables by making the goal to spend the most money on whatever items can be scanned within 90 seconds. Bonprix is meant to…… Continue reading Rack up the highest grocery bill possible in the Bonprix game

Celebrate Scratch Week with us

Reading Time: 3 minutes Scratch Week is a global celebration of Scratch that takes place from 15 to 21 May this year. Below, we’ve put together some free resources to help get kids coding with this easy-to-use, block-based programming language. If you’re not sure what Scratch is, check out our introduction video for parents. Visit Scratch Island on Code Club…… Continue reading Celebrate Scratch Week with us

NOUS: uNdersea visiOn sUrveillance System

Reading Time: 3 minutes Dr George Papalambrou and his colleagues Vasilis Mentogiannis and Kostas Katsioulis, from the NTAU’s School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, knew plenty about Raspberry Pi before selecting it for their underwater archaeology surveillance project. “It was our first choice from day one,” George says. For a start, he had used Raspberry Pi alongside Apple HomeKit…… Continue reading NOUS: uNdersea visiOn sUrveillance System

Motorize a manual wheelchair with this adaptable electronic system

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arduino Team — May 15th, 2022 Motorized wheelchairs can be very expensive, and for those who are unable to afford them, getting around the house can become a challenge. This is what inspired Wesley Gardner from element14 Presents to design a series of wheelchair modifications that can improve a person’s mobility.  Gardner began by coming up with a few…… Continue reading Motorize a manual wheelchair with this adaptable electronic system

PecanPi Streamer review: high-end audio driven by Raspberry Pi 3B

Reading Time: < 1 minutes Minimalist This case is minimalism taken to a new level. Looking at the rear, we see the ports from a Raspberry Pi 3B, and not only the usual phono (RCA) sockets but XLR sockets too. This unassuming box is aimed right at the professional market as well as the audiophile. Driving the PecanPi is Volumio,…… Continue reading PecanPi Streamer review: high-end audio driven by Raspberry Pi 3B

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