Why stop at having a shiny red nose when you can have one that blinks, too, and no hangover the next morning? Engineer and amateur-jewelry-maker Jerry created a nifty little holiday stickpin featuring Rudolph the red-nose reindeer. His low-tech invention involves wiring a low-voltage blinking LED to a 3V battery using pieces from a metal paper clip, then attaching the components to a stickpin. Wear it to your next holiday event, and we guarantee you'll be the toast of the town!
Unlike industrial robots, which suffered a slight overall slump in 2012, service robots continue to be increasingly in demand. The majority are used for defense, such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs); and agriculture, such as milking robots.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
These are the toys that inspired budding engineers to try out sublime designs, create miniature structures, and experiment with bizarre contraptions using sets that could be torn down and reconstructed over and over.
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