This mini-tutorial will go through the process of setting up a ST7565 LCD. These LCDs are graphical which means they can display pixels, not just text. This type of LCD in particular has 128×64 pixels, which appear dark gray on a green-blue background. They have a backlight but can also be used without the light on for daytime visibility (Instructable docs are up!)…
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Meknes International Animated Film Festival in Morocco, lab212 created this large-scale interactive drawing machine. The machine allows the public to collectively illustrate a 3×7 meter canvas suspended from the side of a building, using a wireless control box that is similar in nature to an etch-a-sketch.
Design details here (text in French, pictures in Esperanto)
Walt Disney Science series from 1957 describing the advent of the Nuclear Age. Dr. Heinz Haber, a noted scientist in the field of atomic energy, hosts this look at the possibility of an exciting new power source. He starts by comparing atomic energy to a genie in a bottle, both of which capable of doing both good and evil, and it is up to humankind to develop safe controls over this largely unexplored science… All 5 videos below….
This graphical display looks great, costs less! The dark gray pixels are visible in daylight, and there’s also a white LED backlight, which turns light bluish-green when on.
Four mounting holes and a blank 9 pin 2mm-pitch labeled breakout on the side – we just soldered some wire to each hole as shown in the photos, very easy! (The LCDs have no wires soldered in when we ship them)
We’re including a free 4050 level shifter chip so that you can safely use it with your favorite 5V microcontroller
Lower cost than KS0108 LCDs
Serial interface uses only 4 or 5 digital pins
Low power LED backlight
Visible in daylight / without backlight
Works perfectly with 3V logic
3.3v power and logic means a level converter is needed for 5V Arduinos (we include this part when purchasing from us)
Control of precise aggressive maneuvers with an autonomous quadrotor helicopter. This is a small autonomous Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV). Demonstrations of flips, flight through windows, and quadrotor perching are shown. Work done at the GRASP Lab, University of Pennsylvania.
Henry Schelesinger, author of the book “The Battery: How Portable Power Sparked a Technological Revolution” gives a brief history of this most humble of devices, and suggests where new technology is headed.
A path to freedom. A number of DIYers I’ve met have succeeded in turning their passion for making things from a hobby into a business. In this era of economic uncertainty, DIYers have learned not to rely as much on governments and corporations to take care of them. They seek a more direct way to support themselves by becoming producers of high-quality, short-run products. For instance, Limor Fried transformed her passion for electronics into a full-time business called Ada Fruit that sells mail-order kits to hobbyists. Mitch Altman made a little remote control that could turn off any TV set, and it was so popular he started a company that sells electronic gadgets. Sites like Etsy.com and the Makers Market give DIYers a place to sell their handmade creations, ranging from hollow “spy coins” to silkscreened posters to revolving bookcases to chaotic pendulums. Even if you have no desire to become a full-time maker, DIY can provide a certain degree of freedom from depending on others for everything you need.
Dennis Hong is a mechanical engineer and director of RoMeLa, a robotics research lab at Virginia Tech. In this video he discusses and demonstrates his seven “species” of robots, and how they work.
Some of these designs will really get you thinking, particularly the IMPASS, which uses two independently variable “wheels” with adjustable radius. I couldn’t help but be reminded of Neal Stephenson’s novel “Snow Crash” and the wheels on YT’s skateboard. This isn’t a “new” idea, but to see it in practice is still quite impressive.
The Hoverboard is a project made by Nils guadagnin. This work is born in 2008 for an exhibition named “Back To the future”. It is a copy of the hoverboard from the movie Back to the Future II. Integrated into the board and the plinth is an electromagnetic system which levitates the board. A laser system stabilises the object in the air. In the making of this work, this artist was thinking about different ways of presenting sculpture. In fact it’s a reflexion on the multiple possibilities of how to give a sculpture full spatial autonomy.
2600 Magazine presents The Next HOPE, the eighth conference in the 16 year history of the Hackers On Planet Earth series. It will happen at the Hotel Pennsylvania in the middle of New York City from July 16-18, 2010, and will be the largest creative technology conference on the U.S. East Coast.
Personal privacy will be the focus of a key project at The Next HOPE, when hackers unveil the next generation of a technology that could send privacy advocates into panic mode, and enforcer-types into nirvana.
Conference attendees will see first hand where human tracking by commercial and government interests may be headed when they are offered an active RFID conference badge. Participation in RFID tracking is completely voluntary. If you wish, you can request an electronics-free “unpopulated” badge at registration, or simply remove the battery from your “populated” RFID badge at any time. There will be a limited number of the full-featured badges, so register early to be guaranteed to receive one.