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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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Google Drive Released

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Google have launched a new cloud service called Google Drive. Similar to Microsoft SkyDrive and Dropbox, Google Drive will allow you to store, access and share files online. 5GB of storage are offered for free, but users will be able to upgrade up to 16TB (for $799.99

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Microsoft Release RDS4 (Robotics)

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Microsoft have released the full version of their Robotics Developer Studio 4. It is built to incorporate the Microsoft Kinect sensor easily into robotic development. The robot recommended to go with the setup is available from Parralax.com for around £785 (which does not include the Kinect sensor),

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Raspberry Pi on CBBC

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CBBC recently made a short video introducing the Raspberry Pi. Worth showing to younger students if you plan to purchase them for your school (if you can get your hands on any!). Source: CBBC Video

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Inside Foxconn: How the iPad is made

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An interesting video was uploaded to Youtube yesterday showing how the iPad in production in China. Certainly worth showing to your classes. Youtube Details: Marketplace Shanghai Bureau Chief Rob Schmitz is only the second reporter ever to gain access to visit the factory floor at Apple’s Chinese

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Google X: Project Glass

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Earlier this month, Google released a video showing their idea of the future in Project Glass.  The video shows somebody waking up and, through a first person perspective, follows them throughout their day and shows the potential of the augmented technology. The video shows the user looking

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Android PC on USB Stick

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At Mobile World Congress 2012, a Norway-based company called FXI Technologies has made its Cotton Candy — a tiny computer the size of a chewing gum packet — available for pre-order. The miniature device was first unveiled late last year, but is now available to purchase for

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