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Google announces ChromeBit. For less than a $100 you can have ChromeOS anywhere you have an HDMI port.
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Today at an Arduino Day celebration at MIT Massimo Banzi announced an upcoming initiative that will extend the Arduino platform to interconnected intelligent modules. The project is code named “Eslov.” Banzi said it will be ready to demonstrate by this year’s Maker Faire Bay Area, which will take place May …
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Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

A pair of engineering students created a new type of fire extinguisher that uses sound waves to put out flames.

The prototype extinguisher was developed by computer engineering major Viet Tran and electrical engineering major Seth Robertson of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia. The pair hopes their design could revolutionise firefighting, particularly in the home.

The technology is based on the way sound waves displace oxygen as they move through physical space -- oxygen that fire feeds on. If you can suffocate a fire, you can extinguish it, so the pair set to work. They discovered that music is unsuitable -- the sound waves it produces are inconsistent.

A higher frequency sound caused the flames to vibrate, but that was all. The lower frequencies -- 30 to 60 hertz -- seemed to be the so-called "Goldilocks zone" at which the waves were able to effectively keep the oxygen from the flames long enough to suffocate them.

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The next step was the development of a portable, handheld extinguisher. DARPA's device, for example, was a large machine that can't be easily moved around. The prototype they developed consists of the sound frequency generator, a small amplifier, and a collimator made out of a cardboard tube with a hole at the end, to focus the waves in a specific direction.

This device was able to extinguish small, controlled fires created with an alcohol accelerant, proving that the concept is viable. Of course, the next step is further development.

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Happy Arduino Day!
 
It's officially Arduino Day - and we have some big discounts on some great products today only! Details here: http://bit.ly/1I29zTb
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Trying to keep up with consumer wireless demand.
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Altera, a maker of chips for networks and cars, would be Intel’s biggest purchase ever
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Former Tesla Intern Releases $60 Full Open Source Car Hacking Kit For The Masses
A former Tesla intern is releasing open source hardware and software that make car hacking incredibly cheap and more accessible. It's part of a wider movement to get as many researchers as possible probing vehicles for vulnerabilities, in the hope of avoiding road disasters.
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IMHO, not a good guy, this intern....is there any way to sue these guys? They've just made it very easy to suddenly remove the brakes in a Prius. At any time. Way to go, guys. Yeah, that's real cool.
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ARDUINO DAY!!!
 
More than 250 groups in the world are celebrating #Arduino Day! #ArduinoD15 http://buff.ly/19pyVi8 #opensource
Tomorrow we are celebrating Arduino and its community with a day of official and self-organised gatherings, encouraging people to meet and share their interest in open source DIY electronics with neighbors and friends. More than 250 user groups, makerspaces, hackerspaces, fablabs, schools, ...
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The bloated Federation in the future that needs a wake up call set in the original Trek timeline could be interesting.
This year marks ten years since Star Trek: Enterprise went off the air, and ever since, fans have been wondering when a new Star Trek series would come back to television. Sure, the J.J. Abrams movies have been successful, but the Trek movies always seemed like something extra, the icing on the cake for Trekkers, but not the cake itself. The cake is Star Trek as a regular, ongoing television series. And with the franchises' 50th Anniversary next ...
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Hello, World!  My name is Mike and I am engineer.  During the day I ply my trade for the US Navy.  On the side I run Green Shoe Garage, a small electronics design business and technology consultancy.  When I am not tinkering away in the lab you can find me can find me geocaching, dabbling in digital doodling and photography, playing games, sharing ideas at my local makerspacegazing up at the stars or surfing the amateur radio frequencies. Most importantly, I get to be a dad to an amazing kid.

I also do a podcast and blog that covers a wide range of quirky STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) topics. It also serves as an advocacy platform several initiatives including:
  • STEAM education at all ages
  • Raising public awareness of the positive impact STEAM has on our daily lives 
  • Promoting the Maker Movement and various Open Source initiatives 
  • Advocating for the digital rights of individuals everywhere

Stay Quirky!  Keep it STEAMy!
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  • Johns Hopkins University,
    M.S. Systems Engineering, 2007 - 2009
  • University Of Maryland Baltimore County,
    B.S. Computer Engineering, 2001 - 2003
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy,
    Logistics and Intermodal Transportation, 1999 - 2000
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