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Creating a Touchless 3D Tracking Interface with your Arduino

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A clever use of the Arduino to create a very simple touchless 3D tracking interface. Could be a good project for an after school club. Links: A Touchless 3D Tracking Interface

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Autonomous robotic plane flies indoors at MIT

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Those clever people over at MIT have been showing off their new technology. Control algorithms for flying autonomous (un-manned) helicopters have been around for a while now, but MIT have come up with the first GPS-denied autonomous airplane capable of flying indoors. Check out the video here:

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Challenges of Getting to Mars

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A great video outlining the difficulty in landing the NASA Curiosity Rover on Mars. It is mentioned in the video that it took over 500,000 lines of code to program the landing procedure. Certainly worth showing to your students to show another use of programming in the

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Electronic ‘LEGO’

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Ayah Bdeir is an engineer and an artist. She has developed an open source system called littleBits of preassembled, modular circuits that snap together with magnets. It is similar in idea to LEGO, but with the emphasis on building electronic circuits. On her talk on TED she

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