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Gears of Resistance: A podcast about all things DIY. From Open Source Product Design, OSHW, and FOSS to STEAM, Citizen Science, and Digital Rights. Make. Better. Always.
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The original RS232-based Arduino development board circa 2003. Image courtesy of Nicholas Zambetti – http://www.arduino.cc/ The humble Arduino embedded development platform marked it’s 15th year of existence recently. Ever since the original RS-232 serial port-based Arduino became a reality, the companies behind the platform have made steady progress in improving the capabilities with each new generations of boards. The board and the associated C-based programming language (originally called Wiring) were initially created for art and design students to help reduce the complexity in adding interactive features to art installations. However, 2018 may very well be remembered as the year Arduino graduated from college and went to pro. For a majority of Arduino’s existence, the boards have typically leveraged 8-bit AVR architectures for their simplicity and tolerances that made them very friendly to makers and others with limited technical experience. During that time, the world has increasingly become connected and digital. Smartphones, the Internet of Things (IoT), drones, smart devices, wearables, digital twins, autonomous vehicles are far my prevalent today than they were in 2003. Many of the products require increasingly more computational horsepower to provide capabilities that are increasingly in demand by consumers. Despite a short-lived divide in the Arduino ecosystem, newer generations of Arduino boards began to move beyond the AVR architecture in favor of ARM-based and Atheros/AVR hybrid solutions to meet the needs of more complex applications. Different form factors such as the Arduino Nano emerged to do help bridge the gap between development and production needs. The LilyPad format emerged to help support the burgeoning wearables community by making an embedded board that could be directly applied to clothing and wired together utilizing conductive thread. The MKR WAN 1300. Image courtesy of arduino.cc Flash forward to 2018 and any pretense that Arduino intends to remain a maker-only focused platform was swiftly dropped. First was the release of the MKR WAN 1300 which is powered by SAMD21 Cortex-M0+ 32-bit ARM microcontroller. In addition, into being released in a convenient DIP package format, the MKR WAN 1300 also sports LoRa-based communications hardware. LoRa, short for Long Range, operates in the sub-gigahertz license free spectrum is seen as a potential solution for the low power, long range needs of IoT and machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. Next up in the breadboard-friendly MKR line is the MKR Wi-Fi 1010. The board consists of three major components including a SAMD21 Cortex-M0+ 32-bit ARM microcontroller, U-BLOX ESP32 NINA-W10 Series low power 2.4GHz IEEE 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and ECC508 CryptoAuthentication. Arduino quite frankly states that the MKR Wi-Fi 1010 “aims to speed up and simplify the prototyping of WI-FI based IoT applications thanks to the flexibility of the ESP32 module and its low power consumption.” And still it will leverage the rather simple Arduino integrated development environment (IDE). In other words, professional grade hardware with maker friendly firmware development tools. Continuing with MKR line is the MKR NB 1500. The 1500 leverages two other Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) radio technologies known as Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) and LTE Cat M1. Both implementations are designed to work within the LTE cellular network spectrum while promising improved indoor wireless coverage, IoT-friendly data transfer speeds (necessary for frequent firmware updates that ensure capability and security), long battery life, and the ability to support many concurrently connected devices. LTE Cat M1 is also ideal for mobile applications such as autonomous vehicles as it handles tower-to-tower hands offs similarly to how smartphones can jump from tower-to-tower while moving. The last board in the MKR is perhaps the most revolutionary. The MKR Vidor 4000 is the first MKR Vidor 4000. The first FPGA-based Arduino. Image courtest of arduino.cc Arduino board based on Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) hardware. The Vidor will contain the same SAMD21 Cortex-M0+ 32-bit ARM chip and the U-BLOX ESP32 Wi-Fi/BLE chip as other boards in the MKR line. It will also uniquely feature an Intel Cyclone 10 FPGA. Also on board will be a Microchip ATECC508A cryptographic co-processer that will provide hardware-based security which will be invaluable to securing IoT applications. According to the spec sheets the Vidor will also contain “8 Mbyte SDRAM, 2 Mbyte QSPI Flash (1MB for user applications), Micro HDMI connector, and a MIPI camera connector”. Users will be able to program the FPGA directly using Verilog or VHDL and their standard Altera/Intel toolchains. To make things a bit simpler for newcomers to the world of FPGAs, Arduino intends to eventually release a new development environment to allow users to program the Vidor using a visual block language similar to the one used by MIT’s Android App Inventor. In the interim, Arduino libraries will be provided to let user configure the FPGA via code ran from the microcontroller that will be able to connect any of the 25 I/O pins to any hardware device they desire such as digital-to-analog converters (DACs), pulse width modulation hardware, quadrature encoders, and I2C or UART communications hardware to name a few. The upcoming CAN bus shield for the MKR line will enable professional automative/IoT applications to be developed quickly and inexpensively. Image courtesy of arduino.cc Arduino is also releasing many MKR-compatible shields as well to given developers and engineers even great capability. The shields include a CAN bus interfacing with automobiles and a shield to interface with the industrial RS485 protocol used in many industrial systems such as programmable logic controllers (PLC). Both shields are intended help turn legacy systems into IoT-connected devices with minimal effort and expense. For years engineer have debated the effectiveness of utilizing Arduino is production grade devices. In the intervening 15 years many competitors have emerged to address this question. It seems now that Arduino the company is answering that challenge by giving makers and engineers access to highly functional, simple to develop embedded systems at extremely affordable prices. The MKR embedded platform lineup of 2018 may very well prove to be the much needed upgrade to end the debate and usher in a new era for the Arduino platform. One that is no longer confined to just the maker and DIY hobbyist community. Michael Parks, P.E. is the owner of Green Shoe Garage, a custom electronics design studio and technology consultancy located in Southern Maryland. He produces the Gears of Resistance podcast to help raise public awareness of technical and scientific matters. Michael is also a licensed Professional Engineer in the state of Maryland and holds a Master’s degree in systems engineering from Johns Hopkins University. The post Arduino Graduates, Enters the Professional World appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
April 21, 2018
Gears of Resistance #84 for April 21, 2018 http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/GOR/2018/GOR_0084_21APR18.mp3 This week we cover: IoT and Cybersecurity FTC Lets You Fix Your Stuff Without Voiding Your Warranty Ultrasonic Hacking Google AIY Let’s You Play With Neural Networks Nintendo Labo: Physical Meets Virtual Intel Shutting Down Group Behind AR Goggles Wearable Solar Cells 3D Product Fabrication All-In-One... The post GoR 84: Return of the Geek appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
April 3, 2018
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We have sunset STEAM Power Podcast, or rather it will be subsumed into Gears of Resistance as a segment on that show.  In short, life got nuts, needed to consolidate to stay sane, and we will be back in a few weeks with a brand spankin’ new GoR.   The post We’re Not Dead Yet! appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
Oct. 3, 2017
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Dubai tests a passenger drone for its flying taxi service Dubai was serious when it said it wants to be first in the world to offer a flying taxi service . That’s why on Monday, it staged a maiden test flight for one… https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/26/dubai-volocopter-passenger-drone-test/ Microsoft’s new coding language is made for quantum computers When one of the first personal computers, the Altair 8800 came along in 1976, Microsoft was ready with a programming language, the Altair BASIC. It… https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/26/microsoft-new-coding-language-is-made-for-quantum-computers/ AMC will install room-scale VR at six of its theaters by 2019 Movie theater chain AMC is committing to virtual reality in a big way. The company has announced a $20 million investment in Dreamscape… https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/26/amc-theaters-vr-installation-dreamscape-immersive/ EU withheld a study that shows piracy doesn’t hurt sales AOL In 2013, the European Commission ordered a €360,000 ($430,000) study on how piracy affects sales of music, books, movies and games in the EU. However, it… https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/22/eu-suppressed-study-piracy-no-sales-impact/ DHS finally reveals the states Russia hacked during the elections State officials finally know if they serve one of the 21 states Russia tried to hack during the 2016 Presidential elections. Homeland Security and… https://www.engadget.com/2017/09/23/homeland-security-russia-hacking-elections/ Packet radio lives on through open source software Linux packet stations can be used for mail, chat, and even sending messages long distances via the International Space Station. https://opensource.com/article/17/9/packet-radio Open source licensing: What every technologist should know https://opensource.com/article/17/9/open-source-licensing Ford Designers Strap on Augmented Reality Goggles to Design Better Cars Augmented reality is just starting its long-anticipated march into humanity’s eyeballs, but if you don’t plan on dropping $1,000 for an iPhone X , you can still… https://www.wired.com/story/ford-design-microsoft-hololens/ Programmable Board for 3D Gesture Control, Motion Capturing, Tracking and Robotics THE TACTIGON is a portable and wearable device with 3D motion sensors on board. You can use the board for different applications like human machine interaction,… https://www.open-electronics.org/programmable-board-for-3d-gesture-control-motion-capturing-tracking-and-robotics/ The post Weekly STEAM and Maker Digest #6 appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
Aug. 16, 2017
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Ready Maker One! MakeVR Pro Adds Precision 3D Modeling Tools Want to create precision 3D models in virtual reality and print them out? Sure you do. There are a handful of VR modelers out there, but the brand-new MakeVR… http://makezine.com/2017/08/07/ready-maker-one-makevr-pro-adds-precision-3d-modeling-tools/ That Guy Dressed Up as a Car Seat to Solve a Robocar Riddle Somewhere in northern Virginia, a man dressed as a car seat seeks the answers to vital questions about how autonomous vehicles interact with the public. The… https://www.wired.com/story/virginia-self-driving-car-seat-disguise-van/ Ethereum Is Coding’s New Wild West Pelle Braendgaard has the textbook bio of an old-guard programmer. At 12, he often went to his local computer store in Denmark to write BASIC code on an… https://www.wired.com/story/ethereum-is-codings-new-wild-west/ Photo-Etching and Soldering Your Own Brass Model Parts If you’re a fan of highly-detailed scale modeling, you may already be aware of the YouTube channel PLASMO (Plastic Models), a consistently mind-blowing video… http://makezine.com/2017/08/08/photo-etching-and-soldering-your-own-brass-model-parts/ World’s First Shape-Shifting Skyscraper Allows Residents to Rotate Their Apartments 360 Degrees Dubai is full of jaw-dropping engineering marvels: the world’s largest man-made island, the world’s largest shopping mall, the world’s tallest building–all are… http://www.industrytap.com/worlds-first-shape-shifting-skyscraper-allows-residents-rotate-apartments-full-360-degrees/43437 Your Wardrobe of the Future Could Be Printed at Home We are one step closer to a future where you can print your own clothes at home and 3D fashion designer Danit Peleg is at the forefront of this fashion… http://makezine.com/2017/08/10/your-wardrobe-of-the-future-could-be-printed-at-home/ Arduino Cinque – The RISC-V, ESP32, WiFi, Bluetooth Arduino This weekend at the Bay Area Maker Faire, Arduino in conjunction with SiFive, a fabless provider of the Open Source RISC-V micros, introduced the Arduino Cinque… http://hackaday.com/2017/05/20/arduino-cinque-the-risc-v-esp32-wifi-bluetooth-arduino/ Machine Learning for Developers INTRODUCING THE Nexosis makes it easy to start building machine learning applications. Forecasting API Take your historical time series data and predict what’s… http://content.nexosis.com/api-features-signup Edible robot surgeons will cure you from the inside out Back in 1985, the best robotic surgeon we had was the Puma 560 , a manipulator arm just barely more advanced than Rocky Balboa’s… https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/09/edible-robot-surgeons-cure-from-inside-out/ Fingernail-sized chip can repair damaged tissue in seconds OSU A new device can begin repairing damaged organs in seconds, heralding a major breakthrough for life-saving medicine. Developed at Ohio State University… https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/08/ohio-state-genetic-device-breakthrough-organ-tissue-repair/ How Elon Musk Could Kick the Human Out of Tesla’s Self-Driving Truck Elon Musk’s grand plan of moving beyond passenger cars to truly revolutionize transportation just got a bit grander. In addition to developing an electric… https://www.wired.com/story/tesla-self-driving-truck-musk/ CircuitPython Snakes its Way onto Adafruit Hardware In a recent discussion with Scott Shawcroft, an engineer at Adafruit, I got really excited. He was explaining their transition into using CircuitPython on their… http://makezine.com/2017/08/11/circuitpython-snakes-way-adafruit-hardware/   Photo: Paralympian Amy Purdy wearing Danit’s 3D printed design at the Opening Ceremony of the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Photo courtesy Danit Peleg The post Weekly STEAM and Maker Digest #5 appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
Aug. 7, 2017
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Mouser Now Offers The Powerful Open Source UDOO x86 SBC We spoke about the UDOO Kickstarter campaign just over a year ago . From this month, the powerful x86 single board computers are available on Mouser.com. https://www.open-electronics.org/mouser-now-offers-the-powerful-open-source-udoo-x86-sbc/ Arduino Create is now available on Chrome OS devices The new Arduino Create Chrome App enables students and other users to write code, access tutorials, configure boards, and share projects. Designed to provide a… https://www.open-electronics.org/arduino-create-is-now-available-on-chrome-os-devices/ Digilent OpenScope: Open-Source PICMZ All-in-One Instrumentation Device The OpenScope MZ is a portable multi-function programmable instrumentation module. It is a device that connects to a computer (through Wi-Fi or a USB cable)… https://www.open-electronics.org/digilent-openscope-open-source-picmz-all-in-one-instrumentation-device/ Open Source Parral Dev Board Now on Kickstarter Anyone searching for a way to get started learning the wonderful world of electronics, may be interested in a new breadboard friendly development board which… https://www.open-electronics.org/open-source-parral-dev-board-now-on-kickstarter/ Will Healthcare Inequality Cause Genetic Diseases to Disproportionately Impact the Poor? Today in America, if you are poor, you are also more likely to suffer from poor health. Low socioeconomic status—and the… http://gizmodo.com/will-healthcare-inequality-cause-genetic-diseases-to-di-1796996231 Every Voting Machine at This Hacking Conference Got Totally Pwned A noisy cheer went up from the crowd of hackers clustered around the voting machine tucked into the back corner of a casino conference…  http://gizmodo.com/every-voting-machine-at-this-hacking-conference-got-tot-1797368945 Alphabet is using salt and antifreeze to store power from wind farms The latest from Alphabet’s experimental X division ? A storage solution for renewable energy. Code named “Malta,” the system uses tanks of salt…  https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/31/google-alphabet-salt-antifreeze-power-storage/ Watch A Pod Race Through the Hyperloop for the First Time Ever The future sounds a bit like a witch crying over a dead cat. That spooky wail is the sound hyperloop makes—at least, the version of the high-speed… https://www.wired.com/story/hyperloop-one-test-pod-video/ Bitcoin split in two, here’s what that means All eyes were on bitcoin on Tuesday as the digital currency split in two. After ongoing debates over how to scale the digital currency called bitcoin, some… http://money.cnn.com/2017/08/01/technology/business/bitcoin-cash-new-currency/index.html First US Crispr-Edited Embryos Suggest Superbabies Won’t Come Easy Last week, when a British reporter broke the news that American scientists had used Crispr to edit the first human embryos on US soil , he wasted no time in…  https://www.wired.com/story/first-us-crispr-edited-embryos-suggest-superbabies-wont-come-easy/ How time-series databases help make sense of sensors Infrastructure environments’ needs and demands change every year and systems become more complex and involved. But all this growth is meaningless if we don’t… https://opensource.com/article/17/8/influxdb-time-series-database-stack DJI and 3D Robotics team up for business-focused drone tools For all their hobbyist applications, like photography and videography , drones are still primarily commercial tools . Thus, 3DR’s… https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/01/3dr-dji-partnership/ These Stylish Tattoos are Actually Super-Thin Wearable Electronic Devices to Monitor Health With the latest development in wearable electronics, scientists are closer to getting rid of traditional big and bulky medical equipment which involves pasting… http://www.industrytap.com/stylish-tattoos-actually-super-thin-wearable-electronic-devices-monitor-health/43371 The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral,… https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/03/magazine/the-loyal-engineers-steering-nasas-voyager-probes-across-the-universe.html Chicago police see less violent crime after using predictive code Law enforcement has been trying predictive policing software for a while now, but how well does it work when it’s put to a tough test?…  https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/06/chicago-police-see-less-crime-after-predictive-code/ You can confuse self-driving cars by altering street signs While car makers and regulators are mostly worried about the possibility of self-driving car hacks , University of Washington… https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/06/altered-street-signs-confuse-self-driving-cars/ Lockheed Martin previews a future of tiny space telescopes Current space telescopes are… big . You can’t really avoid it given the need for giant lenses and bulky sensors. Lockheed Martin wants…https://www.engadget.com/2017/08/06/lockheed-martin-spider-photos/ Here’s Every Hyperloop One Route Proposed For The U.S. Hyperloop is still exactly what it was when Elon Musk revealed the concept several years back: an idea. But one of the main companies… http://jalopnik.com/hyperloop-one-is-ready-to-start-tests-heres-every-propo-1794082345 The post Weekly STEAM and Maker Digest #4 appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
July 31, 2017
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Stanford built a ‘4D’ camera for cars, robots and VR  A team of Stanford scientists have created what could be the perfect “eye” for autonomous vehicles and delivery drones thus far. It’s a…  https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/25/stanford-4d-camera-robots/ Citizen scientists find a failed star in the Sun’s neighborhood Citizen scientists may not have the time and equipment of their pro counterparts, but their dedication can sometimes… https://www.engadget.com/2017/07/24/citizen-scientists-find-brown-dwarf-near-sun/ World’s First Ropeless Elevator Can Move Up, Down, and Sideways While elevators have enabled the rise of city skylines, since the day one, these elevators have worked on a roped hydraulic mechanism for lifting and lowering… http://www.industrytap.com/worlds-first-ropeless-elevator-can-move-sideways/43273 From Waste to Innovation: 22-Year-Old Computer Engineer Converts Soda Can Into Mini-Satellite Back in school, we all created crafts using easily available, cheap, and recyclable materials in our art projects. However, this 22-year-old computer engineer…  http://www.industrytap.com/waste-innovation-22-year-old-computer-engineer-converts-soda-can-mini-satellite/43247 Grasping Robots Compete to Rule Amazon’s Warehouses Amazon employs 45,000 robots, but they all have something missing: hands. Squat wheeled machines carry boxes around in more than 20 of the company’s cavernous…  https://www.wired.com/story/grasping-robots-compete-to-rule-amazons-warehouses/ Google working with Tri-alpha Energy on nuclear fusion Google is helping the Tri-alpha energy nuclear fusion project with improved algorithms, sensor data analysis and simulations. Google developed a new computer…https://www.nextbigfuture.com/2017/07/google-working-with-tri-alpha-energy-on-nuclear-fusion.html Scientists Are Planning A Floating City Where They Can Conduct Research Unregulated In the hopes of rising above the laws and regulations of terrestrial nations, a group has bold plans to build a floating city in Tahiti, French Polynesia. It…  http://www.iflscience.com/technology/floating-city-project-wants-to-make-an-unregulated-hub-of-scientific-research/ Two girls make rare addition to UK maths Olympiad squad Rosie Cates: ‘I really enjoy the problem-solving aspect of Olympiad maths’Photograph: Christian Sinibaldi for the Guardian The rarefied world of international… http://www.theguardian.com/education/2017/jul/14/rosie-cates-international-mathematical-olympiad-uk-team Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn’t a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His equations… https://www.wired.com/story/controversial-new-theory-suggests-life-wasnt-a-fluke-of-biologyit-was-physics/ The $10 Hardware Hack That Wrecks IoT Security Most consumer tech manufacturers figure that once a hacker can physically access a device, there’s not much left that can be done to defend it. But a group of… https://www.wired.com/story/sd-card-hack-iot-zero-days/ SPP 83: Spectacle of Rockin’ Romans in Space (and BitCoin) – Gears of Resistance S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #83 for July 29, 2017. This week we chat about BitCoin, Roman-era concrete, future of jobs, Google’s jump into geothermal and much more… http://gearsofresistance.com/2017/07/spp-83-spectacle-rockin-romans-space-bitcoin/ First human embryos edited in U.S., using CRISPR A still from a video shows gene-editing chemicals being injected into a human egg at the moment of fertilization. Scientists used the technique to correct DNA…  https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608350/first-human-embryos-edited-in-us/ Researchers shut down AI that invented its own language An artificial intelligence system being developed at Facebook has created its own language. It developed a system of code words to make communication more efficient…  http://www.digitaljournal.com/tech-and-science/technology/a-step-closer-to-skynet-ai-invents-a-language-humans-can-t-read/article/498142 Mathematics yields techniques for more accurate weather predictions Figure 1 shows an illustration of the ensemble Kalman filter concept. Each green dot represents a possible estimate of earth atmosphere at a given time.…  https://phys.org/news/2017-07-mathematics-yields-techniques-accurate-weather.html Tesla Gigafactory Adds Microgrid Lab BuildZoom reports that Tesla applied for several building permits, including one to add a microgrid lab to its colossal Gigafactory near Reno NV. It’s not clear whether its purpose is to eventually make the Gigafactory http://www.engineering.com/ElectronicsDesign/ElectronicsDesignArticles/ArticleID/15364/Tesla-Gigafactory-Adds-Microgrid-Lab.aspx Astronomers Might Have Found the First Alien Moon Visualizations based on NASA data show a planet with a huge moon. PUBLISHED Close to the swirling depths of a huge alien world, a new… http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/moon-discovery-planets-kepler-exomoon-space-science/ Modifying mice: SF startup unleashes new feat in genetic engineering Startup of the week: Who they are: Ravata Solutions What they do: Genetic engineering of embryos Why it’s cool: Ravata created technology that makes the process… http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/07/30/sf-startup-unleashes-new-feat-genetic-engineering/     Want to get this digest delivered directly to your inbox every week?  Subscribe below and get it a day earlier than it is posted here! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; }<br /> /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block.<br /> We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */<br /> Subscribe to our mailing list Email Address Email Format html text (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); The post Weekly STEAM and Maker Digest #3 appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
July 31, 2017
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Looking for something cool to build with your new Micro:bit embdded device?  How about a dice simulator that rolls a 6-sided die if you press button A or a 20-sided die if you press button B. The post 6 and 20 Sided Dice Simulator appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
July 29, 2017
S.T.E.A.M. Power Podcast #83 for July 29, 2017. http://greenshoegarage.com/podcast/SPP/2017/STEAM_0083_29JUL17.mp3 This week we cover: Clothing That Can Charge Your Phone Human Radio Signals Could Be Helping Shield Us From Space Storms Explaining BitCoin Google Gets Into Geothermal Energy Business Google Glass Returns  |  SnapChat Spectacles Disney Unveils Plans for Star Wars Hotel Roman Concrete Secrets Unlocked Quindar:... The post SPP 83: Spectacle of Rockin’ Romans in Space (and BitCoin) appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
July 25, 2017
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Bluetooth LE Standard Gains Mesh Networking for Improved Smart Home Connectivity The Bluetooth Special Interest Group today announced that its Bluetooth technology has been updated with support for mesh networking , designed to create…https://www.macrumors.com/2017/07/18/bluetooth-standard-mesh-networking/ Google Glass Is Officially Back, Doing Something It Doesn’t Suck At Agco Google has officially announced what we’ve known for two and a half years—Google Glass isn’t dead, the company has just been redeveloping the… http://gizmodo.com/google-glass-is-back-with-a-new-trick-it-doesnt-suck-at-1797017601 Scientists Just Observed an Effect of Gravity on Tiny Particles For the First Time Bad news: Humans will probably never explore the area around a black hole, at least while you’re alive. That’s mostly because most…  http://gizmodo.com/scientists-just-observed-an-effect-of-gravity-on-tiny-p-1797057322 Disney is opening an immersive Star Wars Hotel where each guest gets a storyline AHHHHHHH. Disney just announced something that’s potentially so damned cool that I hardly need complete sentences here: Immersive. Star Wars. Hotel. Details are… http://social.techcrunch.com/2017/07/15/disney-is-opening-an-immersive-star-wars-hotel-where-each-guest-gets-a-storyline/ This famous roboticist doesn’t think Elon Musk understands AI Earlier this week, at the campus of MIT, TechCrunch had the chance to sit down with famed roboticist Rodney Brooks, the founding director of MIT’s Computer… http://social.techcrunch.com/2017/07/19/this-famous-roboticist-doesnt-think-elon-musk-understands-ai/ GoldieBlox Releases New Video Series to Get Girls Tinkering Getting girls into STEAM* activities has been a big deal in the last few years. GoldieBlox is an engineering construction set based on fairy-tale-esque stories…  https://geekdad.com/2017/07/goldieblox-releases-new-video-series-to-get-girls-tinkering/ Intel reportedly disbands wearables division as it focuses on AR Intel reportedly disbands wearables division as it focuses on AR Intel has reportedly laid off the few employees working in its health wearables division, which… http://appleinsider.com/articles/17/07/20/intel-reportedly-disbands-wearables-division-as-it-focuses-on-ar US House Panel Approves Broad Proposal On Self-Driving Cars – US House Panel Approves Broad Proposal On Self-Driving Cars (reuters.com) An anonymous reader quotes a report from Reuters: A U.S. House panel on… https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/07/19/2249224/us-house-panel-approves-broad-proposal-on-self-driving-cars Neuroscientists find new way to make lab equipment on the cheap Neuroscientists from the Universities of Tubingen and Sussex have created a budget-friendly imaging and microscope system for research, training and teaching… http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/cheap-lab-equipment-1.4212166 Westworld: Where Technology and Ethics Collide HBO’s Westworld , a reimagining of Michael Crichton’s 1973 feature Gunslinger film debut, is quickly gaining a cult following akin to Lost , The Walking Dead… http://www.mouser.com/blog/westworld-where-technology-and-ethics-collide Lawbreaking Particles May Point to a Previously Unknown Force in the Universe A diagram of two protons colliding inside the LHCb experiment. Credit: CERN For decades physicists have sought signs of misbehaving particles—evidence of subtle…  https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/lawbreaking-particles-may-point-to-a-previously-unknown-force-in-the-universe/ The Moon’s Interior Could Contain Lots of Water, Study Shows Ancient volcanic deposits on the moon reveal new evidence about the lunar interior, suggesting it contains substantial amounts of water. Using satellite data,…  https://www.space.com/37596-moon-interior-could-have-water.html Want to get this digest delivered directly to your inbox every week?  Subscribe below and get it a day earlier than it is posted here! #mc_embed_signup{background:#fff; clear:left; font:14px Helvetica,Arial,sans-serif; }<br /> /* Add your own MailChimp form style overrides in your site stylesheet or in this style block.<br /> We recommend moving this block and the preceding CSS link to the HEAD of your HTML file. */<br /> Subscribe to our mailing list Email Address Email Format html text (function($) {window.fnames = new Array(); window.ftypes = new Array();fnames[0]='EMAIL';ftypes[0]='email';}(jQuery));var $mcj = jQuery.noConflict(true); The post Weekly STEAM and Maker Digest #2 appeared first on Gears of Resistance.
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