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Magnets are pretty basic – some poles attract, some repel, and you can use them to hold stuff up on your fridge. However, what happens when magnets can be “programmed” to react in different ways? Huntsville, Ala.-based Correlated Magnetics Research has some magnets that can do some amazing – and slightly spooky – things.
These magnets can “hold together” while still not touching, release from each other with a twist, and even act as a sort of magnetic motor. In one cool demo Stephen Straus, VP of CMR, shows us magnets that repel each other from a certain distance and then, when pushed close enough, snap together. Before you run away screaming “perpetual motion machine,” understand that the laws of physics still apply.
CMR essentially programs the magnets as they’re built and the company creates magnetic solutions for companies around the world who need to control torque and movement but want to maintain an “air gap” between metals. Fortunately, they have a web store so we can try these things at home and attempt to build wild, non-intuitive magnetic interaction machines.
NFC’s a curious thing. That once heavily buzzed about feature’s found a home in many of the handsets that occupy Android’s swiftly rotating throne, but eager users wielding those enabled devices haven’t been given much to do with it. Visa’s payWave aside, Samsung’s finally cooked up a means of making the near field tech a more integrated and efficient aspect of our modern lives — well, the lives of other Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II (T-Mobile only), Galaxy Nexus, Nexus S 4G and Galaxy S Blaze 4G owners, to be precise. Enter: TecTiles. In tandem with its flagship’s impending US launch, the company’s going to be offering packs of branded NFC stickers at retail that can be programmed with useful actions and placed wherever adhesive is welcome. Need to set up a seamless Foursquare check-in for your place of business, leave a message on the fridge for members of your family, effortlessly transfer your contact info or even silence your phone automatically at a meeting? That’s where Sammy’s stickers come in handy, sidestepping the multitude of taps it normally takes to enter data or navigate a mobile UI with a simple close encounter of the NFC kind. If the implementation sounds eerily familiar, that’s because you may have seen it before in the form of Smart Tags – Sony’s own spin on the communication tech.
As you might imagine, there’s an app to manage each individual TecTile’s settings that will be made available after an initial pairing. And, according to one of the company’s reps, each unlocked sticker can be programmed up to 100,000 times, a high enough ceiling that should get you plenty of mileage, glue willing. Naturally, there’s a limit to this initial rollout’s NFC-love and that’s where things could get pricey, given that each TecTile can currently carry only one function at a time. Plans are underway, however, to expand beyond this limitation by enabling multi-functions in future iterations of the tacky tech — whenever version 2.0 touches down. For now, though, you’ll have to make frugal use of the stickers, considering they’ll be marked at $ 15 for a pack of five. So, if you’re still standing undecided on a Galaxy S III purchase despite its litany of capabilities, then this long-overdue feature could very well prove to be the wallet-tipping point.
Gallery: Samsung TecTiles
Turtle Beach partners with MLG, will unveil tournament-focused Ear Force Seven Series programmable headsets, TM1 audio mixer at E3
If you’re familiar with Major League Gaming tournaments, you’re likely aware that Astro Gaming’s Mixamp Pro has been the staple device for providing multi-platform surround sound and team chat to the headset-wearing pros. Things are set to change this fall, however, as Turtle Beach has announced a partnership with MLG that’ll usher in the release of its first ever tournament-focused gaming headsets and a long-overdue competitor to the Mixamp.
To start, the TM1 tournament will be the exclusive sound hookup for MLG events when it hits the streets, effectively ending the reign of the Mixamp at events once it’s out. Like the Mixamp, the unit will provide virtual surround sound and chat functionality to any headset with a 3.5mm jack, albeit with a number of improvements. One TM1 can provide six players with individual sound whether they are on the same team or playing 3 vs. 3, and multiple devices can be daisy chained to provide a whopping 12 channels of separate audio. Notably, the TM1 also allows the broadcast audio to be fed into your mix so that you can keep up with the crowd around you.
On the headset front, TB is blending its programmable audio know-how and recent foray into lifestyle headsets into what’s dubbed as the Seven Series. Details are slim, but the first two models set to up the ante on the likes of Astro’s A40 and the Sennheiser PC360 will be the Ear Force XP7 and Z7. Each headset features a portable design, detachable microphone and an optional inline remote / mic, so you won’t be you stuck to only using ‘em in your living room — unlike pretty much of all the company’s past headgear. You’ll naturally be able to download your preferred audio settings using TB’s Preset Community Portal, which will also include “presets customized for specific [MLG] tournament games.”
There’s sadly nothing in the way of pictures at the moment, but we’ll be getting some hands-on time with prototypes of all the goods at E3 next week. Hit up the press release past the break for further details in the meantime.
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South Korea loves its robots. While the country prepares them to teach the kids and guard its prisons, smartphone-compatible models are now propping up shelves in hobbyist shops. Dongbu Robot (previously Dasarobot) is launching several new products for wannabe bot engineers, but it’s the Google OS-compatible HOVIS kits that caught our eye. While we already know Android-powered bots can make a mean cocktail, these kits will get new features programmed to them through a phone’s Bluetooth and WiFi connections. The basic wheeled model can be upgraded to fully-fledged legs, while Dongbu Robot is working alongside the country’s SK Telecom network to offer speech recognition as the first software add-on, with plans for education and home security all in the pipeline. The price of sowing the seeds of the Robopocalypse? Around $ 620 for the starter model. Sound like too much? Well, there’s always Romo.
Question by Andrew: Where can I get a programmable robotics motherboard?
Im constructing a small robot and I need a programmable motherboard, the robot isnt going to do much, its simply going to turn an electric motor on and turn it into reverse. It also needs to emit a beep every 3 seconds and be activated by a proximity detector.
I would just like to know where i can get a motherboard similar to a DAQ unit so i can program this thing. Something cheap if possible.
Answer by Mark G
Use a BASIC Stamp from Parallax
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- The first Robotic Gaming Platform
- Hi-tech, programmable robot with personality
- Customizable behavior and game accessories
- Interactive controller featuring ZigBee technology
- Sensors include 16 infrared, 2 touch, and RFID
Getting Started instructionsMeet Roboni-i, a highly-intelligent robot that fuses interactive, remote-controlled gameplay with advanced robotic technology. Operated wirelessly using a handheld controller and featuring four processors and 16 sensors, Roboni-i can sense and respond to his environment, explore the room on its own, and even engage in games with other Roboni-i units. A great toy for young robotics enthusiasts, Roboni-i can also be linked to your computer, allowing to reprogram his behavior and upload customized games.
Roboni-i senses his environment using infrared and touch sensors. View larger.
The controller features an intuitive design and an LED screen where you can view your Roboni-i’s status. View larger.
Cutting-Edge Robotic Technology
With his futuristic architecture and space-age silver color, Roboni-i would fit right at home in a science fiction movie. He features a durable plastic chassis that protects his intricate inner technology.
Inside of Roboni-i are 12 infrared sensors, which the robot uses to sense his surroundings, “talk” to other robots and communicate with the included BaseStation. He also features highly-sensitive touch sensors on his front and back bumpers, allowing him to sense even the slightest physical contact.
When Roboni-i senses something, he responds immediately by executing complex behaviors. For instance, if he collides with a wall, he’ll whistle with displeasure, turn around, and proceed in the opposite direction. If he spots his BaseStation or another Roboni-i unit, he might fire off his laser. If left by himself for more than 30 seconds, he may even begin to explore the environment on his own. He’ll always remain near his BaseStation, though, so you don’t have to worry about him wandering off by himself.
Fast, Nimble Remote-Control Action
With a full, 360-degree range of motion, Roboni-i is incredibly agile. You control Roboni-i using a comfortable handheld controller, which communicates wirelessly with the robot. The controller’s LCD screen displays various aspects of the robot’s status, such as his level of “happiness,” his battery life, current game mode, and so on.
The robot is surprisingly fast, and he’s even capable of stunts and loops. Keep in mind that his plastic frame houses complex electronics, so don’t get too wild with your stunts. He’s by no means an all-terrain vehicle and is best driven on a hard, flat surface.
Roboni-i features the latest in robotic toy technology. View larger.
Loaded with Personality
Roboni-i isn’t just a mindless automaton that you control. He is a moody, sensitive robot that seems to have a mind of his own! He is at his happiest when he gets lots of attention, and when he is in close vicinity to his BaseStation.
If you switch his BaseStation off or move it out of reach, he will have a robotic “freak-out” and begin frantically searching for it. When he’s in a good mood, he will randomly fire off his laser, run away and “hide” from you, and perform other playful acts.
When you pay close attention to Roboni-i, you earn “RoboTX” levels — a measure of how much your robot trusts you. As you earn more and more RoboTX levels, your robot will gain access to more advanced actions and movements. This is a fun feature that allows your robot to grow dynamically with you as its owner. However, it also requires you to invest time in playing with your robot in order to get the most out of the toy.
Roboni-i can engage in multiplayer gameplay with other Roboni-i robots. View larger.
Interactive Single- and Multi-Player Games
The feature that distinguishes Roboni-i from other robotic competitors is its ability to participate in real gameplay and multiplayer games with other Roboni-i owners. To set up a multiplayer game, the robots must “join” each other in a group so they will be able to identify each other. Once this happens, you’re free to interact with other Roboni-i units and play games with them.
Reprogram Roboni-i with Your Computer
Edit Roboni-i’s behavior with your PC. View larger.
Using the included Command Center program, you can customize the way your Roboni-i reacts to different stimuli. The program is very easy to use, although it does take some degree of computer competence (which younger kids may not have.) A drag-and-drop menu lets you easily program your robot to reverse, spin around, crabwalk, flash its activity LEDs, and more. The program also comes with a comprehensive tutorial, making it easy to learn how to use your robot.
The Command Center program is compatible with Microsoft Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7. It is backed by a 1-year limited warranty.
|Roboni-i’s PC-based Command Centre Screen Shot|
The Command Center features extensive tutorials. View larger.
Roboni-i’s mission is to defend the world from approaching asteroids. View larger.
Roboni-i’s story is told through CGI-rendered movies, which you can view on your computer. View larger.
What’s in the Box
Roboni-i Robot, Base Station, Energy Port with Pod (Ball), Uni-hubs (3), SFX Hub, Controller, Software, Seven Games, USB Cable.
Rating: (out of 8 reviews)
List Price: $ 249.99
Price: $ 89.99
It may not be your birthday, but it’s most definitely the weekend. And if you’re looking to have a “good time,” there’s hardly a better place to look than your local ABC store. We mean… whatever place you can find that sells Medea. Put simply, this vodka maker has decided to wrap its spirits inside of bottles that boast programmable LED displays, and while the company has been kicking the tires for a small while now, we’ll have you know that these things are now available for purchase ($ 39.99 a pop) over the world wide web. Programming information is down there at the source link, and if you’ve been searching for the perfect complement to your LED rims, look no further. Man, if only Brennan Huff and Dale Doback would’ve had access to this while shooting their first and only music video…
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