Category Archives: Newsworthy

Volumio for the Raspberry Pi

When you search for a networked stand-alone audio player with a touch screen, most likely chances are you will only find big consumer grade amplifiers. Those with network support may not have a touch screen or else may be very expensive. Most disappointing will be those having an issue with space and mobility. The best way out of this dilemma is to build one with the famous single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi). You must start with an application that works on the RBPi. You can already Read more [...]

QSCR: Using A Wireless Hotspot To Charge Your Phone

Using the smartphone is always a pleasant experience, until the charge runs out. The only option left is to plug the phone into a charging arrangement, usually a mains-operated power supply that connects to the phone by a USB cable. The main disadvantage of this method is it limits the freedom of mobility of the phone until it is charged up again. That leaves people to wonder as to how long before smartphones could be charged wirelessly same as everyone uses Wi-Fi to link to the Internet. Now, Read more [...]

Dual Function LEDs & Multifunctional Displays

At the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, researchers have made dual-function nanorod LEDs that could double as multifunctional displays. The researchers are also working with Dow Electronic Materials in Marlborough, Massachusetts. The LEDs are made of tiny nanorods arrayed in a thin film. They could enable new interactive functions and multitasking devices. The researchers report their advances in the February issue of the journal Science. According to Moonsub Shim, Professor of materials Read more [...]

Diamondoids Make Three Atoms Wide Wires

At the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Energy, and the Stanford University, scientists have discovered a new method of using diamondoids. These extremely tiny bits of diamonds, these diamondoids can be used to assemble atoms into the thinnest possible electrical wires—only three atoms wide. The diamondoids do this by grabbing different types of atoms and bringing them together as is done in LEGO units. The scientists are of the opinion this new technique has the potential Read more [...]

Tinker Board: Raspberry Pi Competitor from ASUS

The community of single board computer users is passionate and the DIY enthusiasts are growing daily. While they are infatuated with the amazingly tiny package called the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), they are constantly clamoring for more performance and connectivity features. This demand has produced several competitors to the RBPi, and the tech giant, ASUS Computers is now providing one in the form of a Tinker Board. The ASUS Computers product is a mini-PC based on the ARM core, and its actual model Read more [...]

Soft Robots Mimic Biological Movements

At Harvard University, researchers have developed a model for designing soft robots. The special features of these robots include bending as a human index finger does and twisting like a thumb when a single pressure source powers the robots. For long, scientists have followed a process of trial and error for designing a soft robot that moves organically—twisting as a human wrist does, or bending just like a finger. Now, at the Wyss Institute for Biologically inspired Engineering and the Harvard Read more [...]

LCD Touchscreens for the Raspberry Pi

Those using the single board computer, the Raspberry Pi (RBPi), can now get several high-resolution LCD screen models on the market. While they are cheap, some are designed to integrate with the RBPi specifically. SunFounder, a company specializing in accessories and kits for RBPi and Arduinos, produce a series of these screens. For satisfying different segments in the market, SunFounder has lately produced and is marketing a number of models with varying price ranges. SunFounder LCD 10.1” HD With Read more [...]

3D Printers: Change the Shape of Your 3D-Printed Objects

When you print 3D objects on your 3D printers, they remain stable. Other than deteriorating over time, the objects do not change by themselves. However, that may be changing now. Scientists at MIT have created a new technique of printing 3-D objects where you can change the polymers in the object after printing. That means change the color of the object, grow or shrink it, or even change its shape entirely. Associate Professor of Chemistry at MIT, Jeremiah Johnson led the research, along with Read more [...]

IOT: The Internet of Things Helps Manage Decisions

In any era, one of the characteristics of a good leader has always been their ability to take a good decision with the limited information available to them. According to the 26th US President Theodore Roosevelt, the best thing to do in a moment of decision is doing the right thing, the next best thing is doing the wrong thing, while the worst that anyone can do is doing nothing. This brings us to the IOT Expectations are the Internet of Things (IoT) will be networking billions upon billions of Read more [...]

Bipedal Robots Walk Agilely on Two Legs

At the New Economic Summit (NEST) 2016 conference, in Tokyo, Japan, Andy Rubin unveiled an awesome new bipedal robot from SCHAFT. The new robot can easily climb stairs, carry a payload weighing 60 kilos, balance on a pipe, and move in tight spaces. In fact, they even showed a video where the robot can be seen climbing a narrow staircase. By positioning its legs behind its body, the robot is shown cleaning the stairs using a spinning brush and a vacuum type appendage attached to its feet. The video Read more [...]