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These videos are great, there still isn't a lot of information out there on Bootstrap 3. Thanks!
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It looks like OpenROV (BeagleBone based) is doing fairly well!
"Everyone still thinks exploration is what research institutions or National Geographic gets to do, and that's just not the world we live in anymore."
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I just backed my first Kickstarter project, the Pixy: a fast, easy-to-use vision sensor. I'm looking forward to getting it working with my BeagleBone Black.

Check it out here: http://kck.st/1cEgPcL
Pixy is a fast vision sensor you can quickly “teach” to find objects, and it reports its findings through several simple interfaces.
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Ahh, my new nerd toy has finally arrived. Aoyue hot air/soldering/vacuum system.

But I don't have anything to solder right now... :/
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HAHAH Such a nice way to use ur TI prize. :) 
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I'm a few days late but Part 2 in my "How to Design a PCB" series proved to be a bit more in depth than I originally planned. In this part we take a look at how to take your design from a schematic all the way to manufacturing. Enjoy, share, and let me know what you think!
Continuing from How to Design the Perfect PCB - Part 1 we look at how to take your electronics idea from schematic to manufacturing.
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A recent announcement from AT&T shows that they are redesigning their stores to focus less on the actual experience of buying an item and to focus more on the physical aspect of business, like touching and testing out the new products.

There is significant research that shows customers are willing to pay more for a product after they have touched it. That's often all it takes.

So for those of you with brick & mortar stores, could you see something like this working for you?
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+Mike Bayes Haha, it would definitely be fun.
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Hey Sebastian, I noticed your post on Hack-a-Day and have bookmarked this for future reference. My next project will need to make use of "dead-reckoning" to some extent so I think this will be useful.

In the meantime, if you would consider changing platforms I have designed an add-on board for the BeagleBone Black that includes an accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass (all are 3-axis) as well as a pressure sensor which would allow you to measure altitude. It should be available soon.

In addition to all that, the Beaglebone Black has a micro-sd card slot built in that is perfect for data-logging. You can learn more about the SensorCape here... http://michaelhleonard.com/projects/sensorcape
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My first big step toward my pilot certificate, huge thanks to Skyventure Aviation.
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Here is a pretty cool looking Indiegogo campaign with the BeagleBone Black at the core.
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The Sky Drone FPV team had just been interviewed by Bloomberg's Mia Saini, check out some behind the shots of the interview here: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/sky-drone-fpv/x/3767302?c=activity
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Microsoft is a public relations nightmare. First they try to lock down their developers and tell gamers that you can't even resell your games or play them without an internet connection.

After doing a 180 on that due to the incredible backlash, they are now saying they won't release the drivers for their next version of the Kinect.

Yeah, I wouldn't want those crazy robots using my sensors either... The Kinect is designed for gaming and I won't have anyone using it for practical purposes like computer vision!
 
Microsoft has “no plans” to release open-source drivers for next-gen Kinect

http://spectrum.ieee.org/automaton/robotics/robotics-hardware/video-friday-baxter-nao-robonaut

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Last night, we heard from a member of the Kinect for Windows developer team that they have “no plans” to release open source drivers for the next generation Kinect, meaning that all of the awesome and magical things that the original Kinect enabled for robotics won’t evolve into even more awesome and more magical things with Microsoft’s new sensor.

Sigh.
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#xbox   #kinect  
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For anyone who is curious, the results for the TI Intern Design contest are in. The SensorCape took "Best Technical Design" and the Gaming Cape took "People's Choice"

If you haven't seen the Gaming Cape yet, you should check it out, it's kind of awesome.
http://bear24rw.blogspot.com/2013/07/beaglebone-gamingcape.html

And here is the project page for the SensorCape.
http://michaelhleonard.com/projects/SensorCape
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Way-To-Go Michale!!!  I too look forward to getting my hands on your cape.
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I just got my first article published to makezine.com, check it out!
Trying to choose between the Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black? This article will help you decide which one is best for the job.
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+umbreontest04 I'm not really sure about their policies. I do not work for MAKE but will occasionally write articles for them.
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    M.S. Electrical Engineering, 2013 - 2015
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    B.S. Physics, 2009 - 2013
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    B.S. Electrical Engineering, 2009 - 2013
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  • Texas Instruments
    Firmware Engineer, 2015 - present
  • Texas Instruments
    Design Engineer Intern, 2013 - 2013
  • MSCAD
    Undergraduate Researcher, 2011 - 2013
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    Graduate Research Assistant, 2013 - 2015
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7 Simple Ways to Work 10 Times Faster
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If you are looking for simple ways to maximize productivity, you'll enjoy all of the great tips and tricks listed in this post.

How to Choose the Right Platform: Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black
makezine.com

Trying to choose between the Raspberry Pi or BeagleBone Black? This article will help you decide which one is best for the job.

Ubuntu Edge
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The Ubuntu Edge is the next generation of personal computing: smartphone and desktop PC in one state-of-the-art device.

HowStuffWorks "How Bluetooth Works"
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Bluetooth technology allows electronic devices to communicate wirelessly. Learn about Bluetooth, Bluetooth headsets and how to link devices.

Digital Trends
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Technology news, product reviews, buying guides

The Distributed Flight Array: Modular robots that self-assemble, coordin...
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“The whole is greater than the sum of its parts” — a catch phrase that aptly expresses the Distributed Flight Array: a modular robot consist

No nonsense guide for patching into a gaming controller
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Here a straight-forward guide for tapping into the buttons on most gaming controllers. Why do something like this? Well there's always the g

I don't leave a lot of reviews but I visited the ER here this weekend and I have to say. I wasn't a medical emergency or anything so while the wait could have been shorter, I don't think the staff could have possibly been any more friendly. There was also a security guard and a police officer in the lobby at all times so it felt very safe. On top of the auxiliary staff (who were great), the nurses and technicians all seemed to be happy as well and acted like they really liked their jobs. The doctor was very professional and spoke to me within a few minutes of me getting a room. Overall a great experience and I hope that if I ever have an emergency in the Dallas area that I end up at this hospital.
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